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7 August 2015 - 7:40 am
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Awww what a great way to start the day I am so happy to hear this latest news! Stories like yours go on to help and inspire others, so thank YOU for sharing.

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7 August 2015 - 12:06 pm
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GREAT NEWS!!! Big grin on my face!!big-grin

The fact that Mr. Darcey is enjoying all his normal routines is what it’s all about! Enjoy and savor these treasured moments! It’s so heartwarming to see your kitty living life to the fullest!!

And yeah, when it seems absolutely impossible to love your furbaby any more…then they become a resilient and courageous tripawd and the love fest expanded beyond words!!

Keep rockin’ Darcey! We love ya’!

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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7 September 2015 - 7:23 am
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Hi Tracie

I have read your posts and I wondered how Darcey is doing now?  Our little cat, Archie, had to have his right hind leg amputated in August following a road traffic accident and is displaying similar symptoms following the amputation that Darcey previously had.  It is heart breaking to see but I have taken hope from your post dated 7 August 2015 that Darcey is doing so much better. Thank you. xx  

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7 September 2015 - 12:36 pm
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Welcome to Tripawds, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.  

I’m sorry to hear about Archie’s accident.  I would suggest you start a new topic under ‘Share Your Story’ so our kitty members can more easily find your questions. Plus, you can tell us more about Archie!

 

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

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              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo

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Im so thankful to have found this thread. I’m feeling so stressed and scared for my cat Marcel. I really hope some of you like Tracie121 are still here to offer advice. My Marcel is having these same episodes! His can be very violent. He had a rear amputation 6 weeks ago. About 3 weeks ago after a second surgery to remove infection he started this backwards jolting, walking. He actually flips up, falls all over the place and looks like he could break his neck sometimes. The vets have nothing to offer me! Nothing! I’m so frustrated and feel so alone. 

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Hi Kerry! I’m sorry to hear about Marcel. You are definitely not alone. Please consider starting a new topic so more people can see your story and help ok? 

I’m on my phone now but will be back later with some thoughts. Your future posts won’t need approval.

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2 April 2017 - 9:39 am
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Hi Kerry & Welcome,

I’m sorry Marcel is having problems! I have only read about the rear leg amp problems. Our kitty Purrkins is a front leg amp.

This sounds like phantom limb pain to me. Have you talked to the Vet about phantom limb pain? There is medication that can be prescribed that is very helpful for phantom limb pain, gabapentin.

If you are getting nowhere with your Vet I would highly suggest you get a second opinion ok! 

http://tripawds…..dogs-cats/

Here is a forum on phantom limb pain.

http://tripawds…..limb-pain/

Paws crossed you can get some advice/meds that will help Marcel feel better asap!

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2 April 2017 - 7:15 pm
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Kerry and Marcel, you’ve gotten pawesome links from Holly & Purrkins, that’s what I wanted to share when I answered earlier (Thanks Holly!). And I agree that a second opinion is in order if you’re not happy with your vet. Get the help of a veterinary pain management specialist who understands how to treat phantom pain in dogs and cats. Where are you located? We can try to help you find one if you’d like or you can check this directory of vet pain management specialists.

Also please consider starting a new topic so we can follow along with Marcel’s progress OK? 

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I realise your post is a couple of years old, but I’m going through exactly the same situation with my cat now and wondered if you had any tips to help him?

He’s currently still on his Metacam, had his left hind removed 4 weeks ago had his stitches out just over 2 weeks ago and seemed to be doing quite well, hadn’t had any ‘episodes’ for a while, and then all of sudden started again 2 nights ago and now it seems to be every time he moves. 

Any advice you have would be much appreciated! 

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5 June 2017 - 5:28 pm
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Hi Steph, thanks for posting. Please consider registering as a guest so your future posts won’t need approval.

Sorry to hear about your kitty’s post-op issues. What’s his name? What was the reason for the amputation? Just curious.

Have you talked to your vet about the situation? This sounds like a case of phantom or uncontrolled pain related to the amputation. Good news is there are many options for treating it. Acupuncture, medication, etc. If your vet is unfamiliar with these treatments then ask for a referral to a veterinary pain management specialist.

Oh, be sure to stop by our Tripawd Cats discussions, you’ll find many pain-related posts that can shed some light on your situation too.

I hope this helps. Keep us posted OK?

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6 June 2017 - 7:22 am
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Hi Steph & Welcome

Sorry to hear your kitty is having issues post amp, Ditto Jerry. 

Call your vet and tell them what going on. Pain or phantom limb pain both can be treated! If you don’t get answers or help get another opinion!! Sounds like phantom limb pain, Gabapentin can be prescribed for that.

I’d have him looked at and find our what is going on, I know its not easy to see but if you can record it on your phone that would be helpful for the vet to see.

Keep us posted please

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22 September 2017 - 2:08 pm
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My cat is also having episodes like these. I was so relived to come by these posts. I started a new topic since many of these posts are older. I’m hoping to hear how these cats have done-long term. 

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Steph said
I realise your post is a couple of years old, but I’m going through exactly the same situation with my cat now and wondered if you had any tips to help him?

He’s currently still on his Metacam, had his left hind removed 4 weeks ago had his stitches out just over 2 weeks ago and seemed to be doing quite well, hadn’t had any ‘episodes’ for a while, and then all of sudden started again 2 nights ago and now it seems to be every time he moves. 

Any advice you have would be much appreciated!   

Hi, Steph…

My cat (6-weeks post-op) is also having these episodes. He had them right after surgery and just this week they’ve started back up. He too is having them nearly every time he tries to walk and they’re much more severe than they were weeks back. I had him re-examined by our veterinarian today and he prescribed gabapentin (12.5mg once daily), but he admits he has no clue whats wrong with him and whether or not the new medication will help. How is your kitty doing? It’s very distressing to watch, I certainly feel your torment. I’m concerned my cat has phantom limb type pain and I’m hoping the gabapentin will help him with that. 

It’s interesting to me how many others have reported this side-effect from amputation surgery. I posted a new topic on this issues and I’m hoping to hear back. 

Best Wishes,

Kate

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Just wanted to find out how everyone’s kitty is doing? Did the Gabapentin help? Have the episodes stopped? We sure hope so. Update when you can, we’d love to learn what worked and didn’t. Thanks!

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Hello,

My cat jasper has started doing the same thing, but he is only 3 days post op (hemipelvectomy) due to enlarging osteochondroma, he has been flinging himself around wildly, hissing and can’t get comfortable. he has a fentanyl patch on but has been going through this on and off for 20 minutes, I don’t know what to do. I called the vet and they’re closed but the sister surgery said it is likely normal from post surgery, should I just wait it out and call vet in the morning. any advice would be appreciated

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