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12 January 2015 - 7:53 pm
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Haha! Blurry or no these are great pics of Smore! Meerkat Trikitty, love it!

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Everyone has given you some great input and I concur with all of it. I also took Kerren's advice on the massage and Sebastian LOVES it.

Here's some other things I've come across:

Pay attention to his discomfort level, like if he starts licking his leg. Sebastian sometimes does that when he's been running around too much. His Dasuquin supplements seem to help a lot.

Muscle takes time to build so he will test his limits more as he gets stronger.

Avoid high places if possible and give him ways to get down from places he insists on going. The less impact on his one front leg, the better. Especially avoid letting him get up high where the other cats might want to play / knock each other off.

TRIM NAILS. I don't know how many cats are like this because Sebastian has always been ridiculously clumsy for a cat. Even before his amputation he would fall off the bed or whatever and be hanging by his claws. I really don't want him hanging by only one paw so I keep his nails short/dull.

Esteban is so lucky to have you as a foster mom!! Good luck

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Fantastic tips! I love these, especially about nail trimming, thank you! Smooches to Sebastian.

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14 January 2015 - 12:37 pm
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I don't think I've mentioned it, but Esteban is actually declawed. He came to the shelter that way, it was absolutely not done by the humane society. That's an interesting thought, though, because I keep Steve's claws long so she can use them to pull herself up places! Such different perspective!!

I will definitely be putting makeshift steps in as I allow Esteban to wander the apartment more. The only place that the feline crew goes that I don't think he will be able to get to at all is the top of the dog crate. All three cats climb the crate to get up there, I don't know that he'd be able to. I also don't know that he'll be here long enough to be welcome up there.

He really seems to enjoy the massage.

I appreciate all of the tips and advice!

Right rear leg amp due to injury from unknown cause (but don't tell her she's missing her spare...yes HER!)

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