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Cat displaying strange behaviour after amputation
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25 August 2019 - 8:36 am
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Hi Jasper and family, welcome. Your future posts won’t need to wait for approval, sorry for the delay.

Please let us know what your vet says, this is definitely something to talk to them about. There are ways to adjust the meds so he doesn’t feel so terrible. 

Also, please start a new topic so we can follow along and help you better during recovery and beyond. Thanks!

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25 August 2019 - 11:24 am
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Sorry Jasper isn't doing well with the pain. I feel for you.

I believe I heard a pain management vet on this site (sorry, I can't find the video) that a fentanyl patch isn't the best med for pain relief because of inconsistency in dosing. It seems as though many vets use now use buprenorphine or tramadol and gabapentin for pain and, an anti-inflammatory for pain and inflammation. My cat was on buprenorphine and Medicam for Cats. I don't agree that you and Jasper "wait it out". Rather than calling the vet in the morning I would call the emergency number again and ask for an effective pain management regime. Humans aren't told to wait out their pain and if they are then they could end up buying drugs on the street.

You might find that a cold, damp facecloth on the surgical site gives Jasper some relief until he gets the meds he needs.

As Jerry said, you can start your own thread so we can respond to you directly and following Jasper's progress.


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Tiffany Willrich
9 February 2023 - 4:52 pm
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Hi my name is Tiffany i have a 5 year old domestic long hair cat. He was diagnosed with cancer and within a week we had to amputate his left rear leg. He has had the same behavioral issues you mentioned above the vet has no idea what to do just increases the amount of gabapentin we give him. He has the same episodes the rearing of the stump and lose of control then falling over. If he stabilize or hold him he will be ok but he has attacked myself my boyfriend and our two other animals multiple times now. Its extremely scary and horrible to watch and go through. Before he was the most chill calm cat never had even hissed or scratched me. So this is a major 180 in his personality its been about 3 months and still no progression. Please i know this was posted in 2015 but if you have any advice or something specific the vet told me I would greatly appreciate it. 

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9 February 2023 - 6:43 pm
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Hi Tiffany, thank you for posting. Please consider starting an all new topic in Three Legged Cats. so we can help you better OK? And registering as a member means you won't need all of your posts approved.

I'm so sorry about your cat. It does sound like your cat's pain is not being managed as well as it can be, those are definite pain signals and yes very scary. At three months out, if your vet is out of treatment options, it's time to ask your vet for a referral to a pain management specialist. 

Treating pain is not always a one-and-done thing. Gabapentin can help but multiple methods sometimes need to be added to the mix. Dry needling acupuncture is one method that can make a huge difference. 

See this post:

How to Help Amputee Cats Walking Backwards

If your vet cannot refer you to a pain specialist, let us know and I will find one you can contact. Registering as a member will allow you to use our Private Messaging system so you can let us know your location. If you don't want to do that you can call the Tripawds Helpline at 844-TRIPAWD.

I'll look for your new topic in Three Legged Cats.

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