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Chris Tate-Davies posted 3 yearss ago
I'm really sorry to hear this too. As you say, she's no longer in any pain.
Sue Harris posted 3 yearss ago
I am so sorry to hear this. The amputation was worth it, though, bless her. She's at peace. Remember her as she was, enjoying life with three legs or four. Take care.
Murmeli posted 3 yearss ago
I haven't been active here lately, but every now and then I've red the messages.

Tuhka had her left hindleg amputated 5 years ago. She did rather fine being three-legged.
Yesterday I had to put her to sleep, not because of her leg, but for having chronic pancreatitis. The vet said, that she would never thought that we put her down for something other than her legs.. She had really bad athritis, but she managed with painkillers really well.

Well.. Now she's never in pain again.
I just miss her so :(
Cilla posted 4 yearss ago
William wouldn't eat either. He was missing for a week, then with the vet for a week and still wouldn't eat when I got him home. He is very timid though and I think was frightened of the change and also they are still in a lot of pain. Have you asked your vet? My vet prescribed an appetite stimulant in the end. It worked like a chemical cosh. He immediately started eating and he didn't need anything further - he just carried on eating on his own after that. Your vet should also be able to provide special food for him.
Best of luck
Cilla
Chris Tate-Davies posted 4 yearss ago
I think Angela is right. I think he probably needs his own space that isn't going to be invaded by the other cats

We found that boiled chicken and rice went down a treat but my cats are completely the opposite end of the scale from fussy. They will literally eat anything. The vets might sell some high protein food.
Angela posted 4 yearss ago
Poor kitty. Sounds like he has a lot going on.

It's really important he eats and drinks. If he stops completely that can be serious and a trip to the vet is definitely needed. In the worst case scenario, he can be put on a drip whilst other things are tried to get him eating and well again.

If you are giving him milk, see if he will drink special cat milk (most large supermarkets sell kitten milk and he could probably benefit from the extra nutrients from that). Cows milk is not good for any cat. It can upset their stomachs.

If he will only eat wet food, and pates, try making your own. Use tuna and other smelly fish as ingredients. Make one using chicken. Anything that can get some protein into his system.

Will regards to his depression, is it possible to give him a room to himself? With his own litter tray and feeding bowls, and bed? Right now it sounds as though he doesn't feel safe, and he's recovering from major surgery too. Keeping him away from your other cat completely will give him a chance to get his strength up and hopefully his confidence too.

Basically he needs a LOT of special TLC. I hope things get better for him and for you x
Margaret posted 4 yearss ago
Alexa, Try buying the jars of strained Baby Food Meat like Chicken, Turkey and Beef, It is in the Baby Food aisle of your food store. If this works you can then try adding a little mashed up cooked rice to it and/or mashed up cooked egg yolks. The vet also sells a high calorie food supplement that comes in a tube which you could put on his paw to lick off if he doesn't lick it off a plate. It's called NutraCal here but might have a different name where you live.
Good luck. Do keep your vet informed of how he is doing as well or certainly bring him in again.
Alexa Ferro posted 4 yearss ago
I also would like to know if there is any WET food I can buy that is very high in fat and protien. Chewy will not eat any filets or chunky wet food he will only eat pure patte wet food as he just licks food and doesnt actually go to eat and chew it. That or some sort of pedialite high in fat milks he can drink as he enjoy his milk it is one of the only things he will eat anymore. I do know milk isnt the best for older cats but since he is still a kitten he loves his milk and at this point if its the only thing he will eat I will give it to him as I am extremely nervous about his weight since he refuses to eat. If anyone has went through this please let me know what I should do.
Alexa Ferro posted 4 yearss ago
One night after coming home I walked into the house and stepped on my 1 year old cat chewy, his leg wasnt bad minimal fracture, took him to a vet who told me to wait 3 months to see if it heals, which resulted horribly. He stopped eating and was suffering from pain..come to find out when I took him to different vet we were only supposed to wait 2 weeks at the most before taking him in again for another xray because he is still a kitten and his hip was not fully grown. I figured the vets word who I paid to tell me what to do would be the right thing to do unfortunatley because of waiting that long his leg grew into his hip and had to be amputated. When they shaved him he was so skinny to the point where if we would have waited any longer he would have died from mal nutrition which made me sick to my stomach because I made sure he ate every day, but because of him laying down all day and not moving all his muscle mass was gone.. Post amputation He was doing fine the first couple weeks with the pain meds running and overall acting happy. My biggest concern was his eating I knew it was because of the pain before the surgery. Now 2 months post surgery he is starting to not eat at all anymore become extremely depressed again hiding behind couches where he knows hes safe from other cat which i seperate because when nala(my other cat who is much bigger and overweight) wants to play she hurts him on accident. . I am extremely worried about him. When it comes time to feed them I have to sit next to chewy and literly spoon feed him becuase he is intimidated by the other cat in the house. Now he is refusing to eat all together, he only licks food and gives up very easily its like he doesnt know how to chew anymore. Chewy was also a slower cat mentally we beleive he was inbreed he has very slow reflexes (which is why i stepped on him as well) If i come close to my other cat she runs immidietly when she hears me coming. Chewy just doesnt understand some things he is still very much a kitten but my biggest cornern right now is his severe depression, because of it he is becoming skin and bones again has zero fat on him at all I try so hard to get him to eat bought so many diffferent kinds of soft food. its to the point where I am calling vet in am to take him in to see what the problem is I cannot allow him to suffer again. I just need to know if this is something that cats go through when they have a leg amputated I am very worried about him I have lost animals tragically in past and I cannot loose another one hes my baby. I have spent 1000$ on surgery I am only 22 I ofcourse did not have 1000$, Me and my boyfriend had to put it on care credit which we are still paying off I am very tight financially but I will pay for as much as I need to to reasure he is okay. My pets are my children and my everything I cannot loose him. Any suggestions would be much appriciated.
Alexa Ferro posted 4 yearss ago
One night after coming home I walked into the house and stepped on my 1 year old cat chewy, his leg wasnt bad minimal fracture, took him to a vet who told me to wait 3 months to see if it heals, which resulted horribly. He stopped eating and was suffering from pain..come to find out when I took him to different vet we were only supposed to wait 2 weeks at the most before taking him in again for another xray because he is still a kitten and his hip was not fully grown. I figured the vets word who I paid to tell me what to do would be the right thing to do unfortunatley because of waiting that long his leg grew into his hip and had to be amputated. When they shaved him he was so skinny to the point where if we would have waited any longer he would have died from mal nutrition which made me sick to my stomach because I made sure he ate every day, but because of him laying down all day and not moving all his muscle mass was gone.. Post amputation He was doing fine the first couple weeks with the pain meds running and overall acting happy. My biggest concern was his eating I knew it was because of the pain before the surgery. Now 2 months post surgery he is starting to not eat at all anymore become extremely depressed again hiding behind couches where he knows hes safe from other cat which i seperate because when nala(my other cat who is much bigger and overweight) wants to play she hurts him on accident. . I am extremely worried about him. When it comes time to feed them I have to sit next to chewy and literly spoon feed him becuase he is intimidated by the other cat in the house. Now he is refusing to eat all together, he only licks food and gives up very easily its like he doesnt know how to chew anymore. Chewy was also a slower cat mentally we beleive he was inbreed he has very slow reflexes (which is why i stepped on him as well) If i come close to my other cat she runs immidietly when she hears me coming. Chewy just doesnt understand some things he is still very much a kitten but my biggest cornern right now is his severe depression, because of it he is becoming skin and bones again has zero fat on him at all I try so hard to get him to eat bought so many diffferent kinds of soft food. its to the point where I am calling vet in am to take him in to see what the problem is I cannot allow him to suffer again. I just need to know if this is something that cats go through when they have a leg amputated I am very worried about him I have lost animals tragically in past and I cannot loose another one hes my baby. I have spent 1000$ on surgery I am only 22 I ofcourse did not have 1000$, Me and my boyfriend had to put it on care credit which we are still paying off I am very tight financially but I will pay for as much as I need to to reasure he is okay. My pets are my children and my everything I cannot loose him. Any suggestions would be much appriciated.
Cilla posted 4 yearss ago
I was faced with that choice when my cat William was hit by a car 3 years ago. His front leg was shattered but I was told there was a 50% chance they could save it and they'd like to give it a go. I decided to let them try and save it even though it would have meant a long period of immobilisation and recovery before the leg could be used. In the end it wasn't a success and the leg was amputated a few days later anyway (and he is still fine!) but I still don't regret giving him that chance. You have to make the decision you think is best for you - I'm sure you will and I wish you all the best.
Regards
Cilla and William
Charlotte posted 4 yearss ago
Matt had his front leg removed after a rta. He had a spiral fracture so there was no option in choice. The thing was he wasnt our cat when we found him injured but ended up taking him when his owners said they wouldn't cope with a three legged cat. Poor Matt had to adjust to a new family and situation but he made the ajustment quickly wifh only a couple of nights of calling out in pain. His disability doesnt hold him back and although we have to watch his weight at times you forget he only has three legs.
kelly posted 4 yearss ago
Hey

My cat called Tom had his back leg removed 3 years ago . he not once cried out . he gets on with it so well now , even within the first few days he was jumping up on things ! I was so upset when the vets told me the leg had to go , never in a million years would i have thought how well they get on with only 3 legs...

Good luck x
Chris Tate-Davies posted 4 yearss ago
I think the majority of cats on here did not have phantom pains. I guess you're worried about the cat waking your husband. When Archie did cry out it was very short lived. He mostly slept like a recluse cat
Chris Tate-Davies posted 4 yearss ago
Hi Tracey

We had no option about Archie's leg. It was too smashed to be saved. So we've never had to make the determined choice.

That said, you can tell by reading all the stories from everyone on here, that they get on just fine on three legs. You cat may be a bit more unsteady due to lack of tail.

As for the crying, Archie did. Probably a mix of fear, confusion and pain. It must be hard to lose a leg! But he soon got over it.

You mustn't feel guilty. Accidents happen and I do believe that cats should be allowed outside
tracey posted 4 yearss ago
Im due to have this op done on the cat :0/ really not sure. I took him in as a stray in july last year, in october he had an accident and needed the tail aputating so i had this done, 4 days ago the cat went out and disappeared, we thought he was dead, so was a shock when i got a call today to say his micro chip had flagged up he was with the rspca with a broken femur, he's now at our vets, ive been advised for hospital xrays drugs it £300, then the price of the op on top could be £450 depending how bad it is, also that the op could be done to save the leg and he may still need it removing, ive asked the vet which options gona be the best, he said to save on the xrays and having an op to possibly lose the leg anyway to just amputate it, im gutted, ive agreed to the surgery but now seriously having doubts, should i get them to try and save it or just have it off? putting to sleep isnt an option, ive already paid £600 for the last op it had, so now it will stand at £1200. My daughter was heart broke thinking it was dead and blamed herself coz she let it out. ive got a banging headache and feel stressed and guilty as hell. putting to sleep is defo no option i wont put my little girl through that,my husband works shifts so is it normal for all cats to cry out in pain after the recovery period?
Chris Tate-Davies posted 4 yearss ago
Hi Carol. I will take a look at the gallery to see what's wrong with it as soon as I can.

I think Angela could well be right on the itchy suggestion. Healing sounds do itch, and you can't always see the un-healed sections.
Chris Tate-Davies posted 4 yearss ago
Hi Natasha

I'm sorry to hear that. Good that you're remembering the 10 years and being positive.
Natasha posted 4 yearss ago
Just an update on my little Minstrel. Sadly, he was put to sleep just over a week ago :( his 2 breaks in the leg that was amputated transpired to be aggressive bone cancer. I'm missing him like mad but so happy I got to spend 10 years with such a lovely boy xx
Carol Oakley posted 4 yearss ago
Thanks Angela

That makes sense, will keep an eye on him and see how it goes when the jabs wear off this time xx
Carol Oakley posted 4 yearss ago
Thanks Angela

That makes sense, will keep an eye on him and see how it goes when the jabs wear off this time xx
Carol Oakley posted 4 yearss ago
Thanks Angela

That makes sense, will keep an eye on him and see how it goes when the jabs wear off this time xx
Angela posted 4 yearss ago
You are welcome Carol.

It could also just be that the joint, where the leg was removed, is still healing. Skin and fur heals quickly, but muscle and bone can take longer. That may lead your cat to still think there's a wound, and cats naturally lick wounds.

I hope it clears up soon x
Carol Oakley posted 4 yearss ago
P.S Can't seem to add his photo in gallery? When i click on 'click here' doesn't seem to be a button to press to upload!
Carol Oakley posted 4 yearss ago
Thank you for you kind words and advice Cilla and Angela. I will certainly bear the phantom itch in mind if I have to go back the vets.
Gizmo is doing everything he used to before he lost his leg. As we are Semi - rural we have lots of cats around and he had to fight for his 'land' back as soon as he was given the all clear to go out(under the watchful eyes of mum and dad of course).

It may have been coincidence when the spots appeared, I have put it down to that anyway. The constant grooming of the healed wound area is a mystery to me, maybe it is phantom pain/itch and he is trying to make it better.

For now though he seems more settled probably due to the steroid and antibiotic injection this week.

Again thanks for the advice and will keep you posted x

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