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31 January 2015 - 4:11 pm
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I just wanted to say we are very thankful to have found this group!  I'm so appreciative of the administrators that helped me through my initial struggle with the site and also of all of you who've shared your stories.  In reading them, it helps me to know we did the right thing for our kitty.  Oscar, who has a blog now :) became a tripawd a little less than a week ago and thus far has adapted quite well.  Even after all the reading I'd done, we're surprised at how well he's doing.  If you read his story you'll find out that Oscar became a tripawd as a result of being shot by someone which is horrifying.  It's a big scary world out there, how do we keep our fur babies safe and still let them be who they are?  For now Oscar is recovering inside and we're taking things one day at a time.  Thank you again for sharing your stories.  If you have advice for us, we'll take all the suggestions we can get on how best to help Oscar adapt and be happy in this new life.

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31 January 2015 - 5:45 pm
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Welcome to the forums, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.


Here is a link to Oscar's Blog

I'm glad to hear he is healing and getting back to himself.  I'm sure you will here from some of our other kitty members soon.

I haven't had inside cats for years, but I was wrangling feral cats for awhile when I lived in the country.  I can't stand that people dump their 'problems' out in the country.  Not to mention using a kitty for target practice!


Karen and Spirit Maggie

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010


              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

Martinsburg, WV
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2 February 2015 - 7:42 am
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Welcome to you and Oscar!!  I'm glad his recovery is going well and I'm sorry he's had to go through such an ordeal all because somebody shot him.  In deed the world is a cruel place and we have to be ever vigilant to keep our furbabies safe and out of harms way.

I don't have any advice with Tripawd kitties (my Leland was a 108lb Dobie) but I'm sure some of the other kitty folks will chime in regarding their experiences.

Sahana and her Angel Leland


November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2014

May you finally be healthy and running free at the Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again my sweet boy!

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2 February 2015 - 9:28 am
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So sorry about your kitty Oscar, and his awful ordeal of getting shot......sometimes people can really suck. You have found the best place to be to help you through, though. My only experience with Tripawd kitties, was when I worked in my veterinary hospital a few years back, and I can honestly say that cats do so much better with amp surgery than most dogs do. They recover quicker, and can get around even better seemingly once they are healed, so have no fear about that. I think if you just let him adapt on his own and at his own pace, he will surely surprise you, and he will without a doubt be very happy.

Best wishes to you and him, and keep us updated when you can,

Bonnie & Angel Polly

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2 February 2015 - 11:17 am
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Oscar & Family welcome! We are so sorry about that awful incident, how awful! Oscar seems like such a sweet cat, how could anyone . . . mad

Anyhoo, not being a TriCat pawrent myself I don't have nearly as much insight as those who are but I just wanted to welcome you and let you know that you are definitely not alone. As you've seen here, TriKitties get along really well after recovery and it doesn't take long for life to get back to normal. Fang is an outdoor kitty and he's doing great, so Oscar will get there too, just wait!

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene | | |

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2 February 2015 - 7:49 pm
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Hi Oscar & Oscar's people!

I'm so glad you found comfort here.  The tripawds family is truly wonderful.  I look forward to hearing how amazing Oscar does :)

Jenn & Tri-Kitty Sebastian

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