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11 May 2022 - 1:32 pm
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Hi Friends!

Fred and I had a successful visit to the vet today; she said his incision is healing wellicon_lol

She took out the drain (which I am sure Fred appreciated!) and gave us a prescription for more gabapentin. I am glad to have that extra pain and anxiety control; Fred is used to having free roaming access of our cat-fenced backyard (https://www.pur.....tfence.com <-- great product!), so I think being restricted to the kennel is probably hard for him. His kennel is in my bedroom, but I have had to sleep in a different bedroom, because he cries at night to be let out. Poor guy. He calms down when I pet him, but I can't do that all night!

Now he is on an antibiotic pill and the gabapentin, but no more drain emptying. He had a little diarrhea last night, which I think might be from the antibiotic.

I wonder whether I should keep him confined in the kennel (it's 4 x 4 x 3 ft) or let him out in the bedroom to roam a little bit and find his feet?

Thank you all so much for your wonderful advice and support!

Christina

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11 May 2022 - 7:56 pm
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Glad you had a good check up AND  glad you got the Gabapentin!!  I know getting that drain out uplifts you and Fred both .

It sounds like letting Fred have a little more space in your bedroom  to roam around in is a good idea and he's ready for it.  I'm not the kitty expert, but having that little bit of extra roaming room would help him physically and emotionally. 

And yeah, the antibiotic  probably  caused the loose poops.  Of course,  if it continues  talk with your Vet.  Make sure he stays hydrated.

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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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12 May 2022 - 10:50 am
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smiley_clapYAY! What a total relief to get that drain out, for both of you. And I love that your vet was good with continuing the pain control. What's the dosage and timing he's getting now?

Fred is doing so well. This made my day smiley16

Yeah I think at this point, as long as your vet feels he's on track with recovery, you could safely let him out in the bedroom. As long as he can't get trapped under furniture, or leap from a high shelf, he would probably be a lot happier. And you'll get some sleep too!

Big congrats on this latest milestone!

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12 May 2022 - 10:51 am
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Oh and thanks for the link to the fence company! I'm going to mention it in Tripawds Gear. Looks like a terrific tool for a lot of cats and their people.

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14 May 2022 - 7:10 pm
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Hi Friends,

Fred is doing so well, and his Mom is doing well too thanks to all your helpful advice. He has a prescription for 0.5 ml gabapentin every 8 hours, which seems to really help his pain/anxiety, and he is finishing up his course of antibiotics. I have given him free run of the bedroom now, and he is spending a little more time exploring and finding his feet. It has been 8 days since his surgery, and from what I can tell, he is not in any pain or distress. Well, other than wanting to go back outside and play with his other cat friends! He is staring out the French windows of my bedroom at the backyard like a Dickensian street urchin with his face pressed up against a shop window.sp_hearticon2

The doctor has OK'd him to have a whole room to himself unsupervised, and I've set things up so that there are no tempting surfaces or shelves to jump up on. We are waiting to hear back from the pathologist to find out whether the surgical margins were free of cancer cells. I understand that we might need to send him for radiation if not, but thankfully this was not classified as an aggressive form of fibrosarcoma - so fingers crossed for my sweet boy!

Tomorrow I will move him out to the sunporch where it will be easier to have some supervised visits from his best cat buddy, Blackie. They had slumber parties out there pre-surgery when I was having to keep Fred contained in one place for medicating and cat-carrier-capturing purposes. He and Blackie are best buds, and I know it will cheer him up to see him.

I may need to keep him on the sunporch for at least a month or so until his fur grows in -- I don't want him going outside and getting a sunburn in our strong Midwestern sunshine! 

Our next doctor's appointment is in 9 days, so between now and then I will concentrate on just giving him safe places to regain his strength.

Thank you all so much for caring about Freddie and I!

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15 May 2022 - 3:25 pm
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He is staring out the French windows of my bedroom at the backyard like a Dickensian street urchin with his face pressed up against a shop window

icon_lolCLASSIC! Oh my gosh. Are you a poet? Love it! He is going to be soooo happy to have Blackie around again. That's really going to lift his spirits and put more sparkle back in his day. 

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SO happy you had a great check-in with the vet, and that you are both doing so much better. Your slow, steady, patient progress and eye on the prize is such great medicine. YAY!

We are keeping everything crossed so that he doesn't need any cancer treatment. Let us know when you get the pathology report. Have a great week!

Virginia




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15 May 2022 - 4:31 pm
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This whole update has me grinning ear to ear.  You are doing such a splendid job of caring for him on all levels.  You know him so well and know his needs and what makes him happy.  And clearly seeing Blackie will be therapeutic.  It will be interesting  to see of there is a little "negative " interaction at first, just because  Fred may feel more vulnerable or maybe Blackie still smells hospital  smells....and maybe they'll be just as happy as can be to reunite!!

Look forward to all updates!

Hugs

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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23 May 2022 - 10:28 am
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Hi Friends,

Fred had his two week follow up with the vet this morning. She says his incision is healing really well! The onesie can come off and he can resume his normal activities, which in his case means napping outside in the (fully cat-fenced) backyard underneath his favorite shrub 🙂

I was so happy to let him outside after the appointment today; he has been pitifully gazing out the window all week, mrrrowwwing to be let out! 

We still don't have his pathology results back yet, so I still have my fingers crossed for clean surgical margins. But Fred is a very happy kitty today, and that is what matters!

Christina

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23 May 2022 - 10:56 am
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Fred is rockin' this recovery thing! Oh wow what great news, I'm so happy to start my day with it! Thank you for sharing this great news. How was his reunion with Blackie? 

Can't believe it's been two weeks. Congrats on this very big milestone!

Virginia




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23 May 2022 - 12:03 pm
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YAAAAAY FOR FRED!!!!  This really has been a cery smooth recovery  overall!  Good job!

I know he is thrilled to reclaim his yard.  Soo hapoynto read this update.

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Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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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