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It’s been awhile . . .

I’m so sorry that it has taken so long to get back to this!!  My intention when I started his Blog was to keep everyone updated each day of his recovery.  Alas, life took over.  Sooo . . .

Lucky did exceptionally well at recovery!  His bruise healed quickly and so did the rest of him!  He didn’t use a cone of shame but didn’t bother his incision site hardly at all.  As I started thinking about his being alone the second week of recovery due to my returning to work,  I began thinking about using the Vetmedwear recovery suit for amputees that I had gotten him.  Needless to say, having been “free” of all restraints for almost a week, he freaked out!!!  He rolled around on the floor, and began to shake at which time my husband made me take it off of him.  I think he would have done much better if we had put him in it as soon as he came home the night of surgery.  The only reason I didn’t was that I wanted to monitor his incision and the suit covers it up.  Ah – live and learn.  He did make it through his second week of recovery with no incidences of bothering the incision!!

At 10 days post surgery he got a green light from the surgeon with instructions to keep him on the Gabapentin for another couple of weeks.  He has resumed his normal activity, running and playing with his siblings and the older cats.  He jumps up on furniture, jumps down, and has even learned to jump up on some new items!!!  My “Little Man” has no fear but I hold my breath everytime he jumps down off of something.

He currently is being weaned off of the Gabapentin.  I’m watching carefully for any signs of pain or even phantom pain.  My recovery cuddle bug doesn’t cuddle anymore but he climbs onto the bed and curls up against me each and every night!!

Tripawds is absolutely the best source of information and support for anyone facing the experience of having a tripawd animal. I can’t say enough about the site or its’ members.  This was definitely a God send for me!!  Thank you to all of you!!  I will keep you informed as to how Lucky continues to grow and develop!!!

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2 thoughts on “It’s been awhile . . .”

  1. Hey Barb
    We have an unwritten rule here you never need to apologize, ok;)
    We all understand life and intentions!

    Super update and so glad to hear Lucky made it thru recovery and did not bother his incision. He is one of few we can count. LUCKY hehe;)

    I know I said this elsewhere, but it bears repeating k. Think about steps for Lucky, yes. He can jump up and down with no problem! Think long term on his joints. Being on three does take a toll on the body.

    I know front and rear leggers are different, but we take a limb and alter how the body was designed to operate. Three is three, and we need those three.

    Purrkins goes for acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments every few months. I can assure you being on three whacks the body out. The good news cats hold better on three but even, so Purrkins needs a tune-up every couple of months,

    We call the house Purrkins palace because we have more aids/steps for Purrkins to be a cat and do all things cat safer than anything else.

    Love to your crew, please smooches and ear chin rubs to Lucky!
    Holly & Purrkins💝💝💝

  2. Lucky is just amazing us with every new update. He is one of the most resilient Trikitties I can recall! He’s crazy zoomie it sounds like, and I agree that pet stairs are the way to go. They will benefit him so much as he gets older (eventually, all cats will develop arthritis after living on 3 legs for a while, but you can slow down the progression with environmental changes like pet stairs).

    Sorry the recovery suit didn’t work out for him! You are right though, it’s probably best to put it on right away while the new Tripawd is still zonked from surgery. I will remember that for future articles about it and suggestions to members. Thank you for that tip.

    Keep us updated on how he’s doing and like Holly said, no apologies necessary! We are just glad things are good.

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