Caring for a Three-legged Cat

***Note: I originally had this as a page on this blog, but since you cannot tag or label pages, the people who are looking for info on three-legged cats don’t seem to be finding the page. So I decided to change it to a post.

I’ve noticed that, aside from “Army ball”, the number one thing people who come to my blog from search engines seem to be looking for is information about three-legged cats. Patrick finally said, “Well, are you going to give them what they are looking for, or just leave them hanging?”

Fair enough. I have a three-legger, who used to be a four-legger and we have been through the whole process of the injury, amputation, recovery and living with the disability. I don’t know that I have much to offer in the way of practical information. But maybe some of you are just looking for some reassurance that someone else has been there, or an idea of what to expect. That I might be able to help with, a little.

PLEASE NOTE: This story is graphic, in relation to our cat’s injury and recovery. Please do not read if it is going to hurt your heart or upset you.

So here is our story. Well, it’s Fongie’s story.

Not quite two years ago, Patrick and Aidan were outside in our front yard playing together. At that point we were allowing both our cats to be indoor/outdoor cats. We lived on a very quiet cul-de-sac and had a cat door and we felt relatively good about their safety, though we knew and accepted that there is ALWAYS a risk to letting your cats roam. However, we felt like they got a lot out of getting to be outside, including tons of exercise (which is now sorely missing, living in an apartment…they’ve gotten fat).

They were outside for about an hour and both Patrick and Aidan had seen Flower Fong (full name: Triple Happy Flower Fong) out and about in the yard. She rarely strayed from the perimeter of our yard. As the fellas were preparing to come inside, Patrick saw Fong lying on the porch. He reached down and scooped her up. That is when he noticed that the flesh on the outside of her left rear leg was neatly stripped away. She was quiet and calm, and must have been somewhat in shock. The entire inside of the outer face of her leg was exposed up to the haunch.

I was laying down with Emerson, trying to get him to take a nap when I heard Patrick and Aidan come in, and Patrick frantically calling to me, “Fongie is hurt. We have to get her to the vet!” Emerson and I leapt off the bed, threw on some shoes and were at the door as fast as we could move. I grabbed a towel on the way out, to wrap her in to help keep her calm.

We went to the emergency vet not far from our house, since it was a Saturday afternoon. We had to wait several minutes, but not an overlong time.

What the vet told us at first was that they would pull the edges of her skin together across the wound and that it would take about a month to grow together, but that the wound could be closed up. We were surprised, as the exposed portion of her leg was about an inch across. They informed us that she’d need to come in to have the bandages changed twice a week. Yikes…could you imagine the cost? It sounded pretty straightforward, so I told the vet that we were do-it-yourself kind of people and asked if we couldn’t take care of bandage changes ourselves, bringing Fongie in once every week or two or as needed. She reluctantly agreed.

Before they undertook the procedure, they wanted to x-ray our kitty’s leg, just to rule out a fracture. Patrick and I discussed it and decided that it was prudent to make sure, since a fracture would require different treatment. We were sent to the lobby to wait.

After some time, the vet came out to talk to us in the lobby. She told us that she was surprised to discover that both of the bones in Flower Fong’s leg were broken. She explained that this would mean a much longer and more intensive plan of care. She informed us that she felt that a better course of action would be to amputate the leg. She said the recovery would be shorter and more straightforward. She gave us a price estimate.

As much as we hated to have to make the choice, we decided to go ahead and amputate. To be perfectly honest, as much as we adore our cats…and believe me, we do…we are not the kind to pay any price for unlimited veterinary care. The price the vet quoted us was actually just past the upper limit of what we were comfortable with spending. Patrick was shipping out for Basic Training in less than two months. There was just no way it would be a good idea for me to be left with a very sick cat, not to mention with all the preparation we still had to do to get Patrick ready to leave. The vet told us that she had a three-legger and the cat had adjusted very well to having one less leg.

As a side note, we asked the vet what she thought might have happened to Fong. She said that she suspected something that spins using a strong motor. She thought that the skin must have gotten caught on something and it just pulled the flesh right off, breaking the bones in the process. We certainly do not have experience with this kind of injury, but after a good bit of thought, we could not come up with anything that would fit that description that she would have had access to. Nothing fit the whole story. Patrick believes that it was an animal and that Fongie was just lucky enough to get away. Or maybe something scared the animal off right after it attacked. We’ll never know.

We were told that Flower would have to stay overnight after her surgery, so we went on home.

Later that evening, the vet called to let us know that the surgery was over, Fongie was fine, and it looked like everything was going to be okay. As we chatted she mentioned something about this having been her assistant’s first amputation. At the time I assumed she meant that it was the first time her assistant had participated in an amputation surgery. Later, we came to realize that she probably meant that it was the first time her assistant PERFORMED this surgery.

The next day I picked Fongie up and brought her home. When I paid the bill, I was told that the bill was $100 more than estimated, because the surgery had run long and they therefore used more anesthesia then planned. This was another clue, we realized later, that the assistant had performed the surgery.

Fongie was quiet, but glad to see me. The vet gave me pain medication to give her, as well as an antibiotic to prevent the wound from getting infected, and informed me that we should bring her back to have her staples removed (I can’t remember it it was one week or two weeks).

I set Fong up on a towel on the bed where she would be in the sunshine, when we got home. For that first whole day, she did not eat or drink. She seemed to be in pain. She was lethargic. I had to pull back her lip and drip water into her mouth a few drops at a time, several times that day.

When Patrick came home from work, I let him know that I was concerned about her. On top of not eating or willingly drinking, the wound seemed to be a bit smelly. He went and gathered her off the bed, and took her to the kitchen where her food bowls were kept. He laid her down on the towel and brushed her, and talked to her sweetly and gently. He opened a can of wet food that we happened to have on hand (we don’t normally use wet food) and drained the juice into a dish. She perked up a good bit and ate some of the wet food juice and drank a little water. I was amazed at how much better she seemed to feel with just the additional affection and attention.

During all this it came time for her dose of pain medication. But I didn’t want to interrupt when she was finally eating a bit and seemed to be doing well. So I decided to wait until she showed some sign of the pain coming back. Amazingly, from that point forward she acted almost normal. She tried to walk some, she interacted with us. When I did finally give her the pain medication, she started to slide again. She was lethargic and she would shiver and not show interest in eating, etc. So…we stopped giving her the pain meds. Within a day or two she was up and about and acting well-adjusted. It seemed like she was reacting poorly to the pain meds, and did much better without them. I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve seen cats in pain, and on meds and she did much better without them.

After about a week, it became clear that the wound was not healing just right. Patrick took her back to the vet, where he was told that they needed to run a test to decide on a different antibiotic. They also told him that he needed to bring Fongie back in on following Saturday to get her wound debrided. They also wanted us to put an Elizabethan collar on her to prevent her from messing with the wound. He really felt like they were trying to basically “upsell” him. They wanted him to do a lot of things that weren’t strictly necessary to solve the problem, he didn’t think.

So he decided to opt out of the care that they were offering. He didn’t think the wound was actually infected, and he felt like they didn’t really hear what his concerns were. Basically, what it looked like to us was that when they had closed the wound following surgery, they left the skin too loose in one spot. That tissue on that area was becoming necrotic. It wasn’t infected, it was dying.

Here is what we did. And by “we”, I mean “Patrick”. For several days he irrigated that portion of the wound. The rest of the wound healed up nicely, and he removed the staples at the appropriate time. The wound drained all over the place in the first few days after putting the collar on her. Plus, she was miserable. Finally I asked Patrick why exactly they’d decided she needed it. He thought that they assumed that perhaps she had somehow contributed to this one trouble spot. But since we had determined that it was necrotic, I pointed out that animals lick their wounds for a purpose, and suggested that that would debride the wound naturally. Patrick agreed that it might be a good idea, so the collar was out the window.

She did much better without the collar. (And the wound no longer drained all over our house!) We watched her closely, but all she did was lick the necrotic spot regularly. She never did anything that would compromise the wound. The wound looked far better after just half a day.

Eventually, the dead piece of flesh turned white and then finally fell off. This left a small hole in the underlying tissue, about the size of a dime. It took about a month for the hole to heal completely. It just got smaller and smaller, until it closed up. It took longer for all her fur to grow back and cover the whole wound.

Triple Happy Flower Fong

Triple Happy Flower Fong

It’s been almost 2 years. We’ve been living in an apartment for the past 9 months and Fong doesn’t have the opportunity for exercising the way she used to. She has gained a lot of weight and it makes it hard for her to get around well. We have another cat, Pippa, so it has taken us awhile to figure out how to put them on diets and make sure one wasn’t eating all the food, leaving nothing for the other. We also started buying a weight loss formula cat food. We have had them on a diet for about a month now. Pippa is losing weight, but Fongie hasn’t lost much yet. She has slimmed down some, but we figure it will be slower going since she uses less calories. But it is much easier for her to jump on our bed now!

The other thing I want to mention is that she is more skittish than she used to be in certain situations. Mostly during the day, when Aidan and Emerson are about. Emerson still hasn’t fully grasped that Flower can’t get away from him when she gets tired of his games. So she pretty much stays clear of them during the day. But she is still as friendly as ever to visitors and when the boys go to bed, she loves to snuggle right up next to them. Except when Patrick is out of town…then she snuggles up to me sometimes, too.

A Beautiful Kitty

A Beautiful Kitty

Like I said, I don’t know if any of this will help anyone else. But maybe it will encourage someone that they can help their kitty through this transition.


~ by zhappyhomemaker on September 10, 2008.

35 Responses to “Caring for a Three-legged Cat”

  1. Please take a moment to view this video and flag it as animal abuse. The poor cat is clearly terrified. I wish I could rescue this poor animal out of the hands of such a sadistic monster!

    Thank you for your time.

  2. Thanks for this blog. I was looking up on-line how long it takes for the wound to heal and came across your blog. I’m currently fostering a three legged cat that just had its front left paw amputated due to a declawing surgery that went bad.


  3. Oh, I am so glad this was a help to you. I can’t tell you how many people are apparently searching for information about this, based on how often it shows up as a term people used to find my blog.

    I hope your little foster kitty heals up quickly.

    You should also know that Fongie has never forgotten that Patrick nursed her so sweetly though her ordeal. They were always bonded, but we could tell that she regarded him differently afterwards. It really is as though she remembers that he is the one who took such good care of her. I’m sure that your furry ward appreciates your efforts.

  4. I´m one of those people who´s looking for information on three legged cats..I loved reading your blog, and the caring and love your family have for little Fongie. She´s lucky to have you, and Patrick.
    My persian cat just had kittens two weeks ago and one of the kittens lost a back leg, in birth, the bibl.cord was around the leg many times and very thight, causing the bloodstream to stop so in a week half of the leg was dead, and smelly then it fell of. The whole time I nursed him day and night, and like you did I let his mother lick his wound and it healed very well in few days. Now my kitten is very young and used to be in my hands all the time. He drinks and moves around very perky and these days he´s beginning to try and walk. I hope he gets the hang of it, but still he´s not doing as well as his siblings. I hope he´ll learn, cause I can see he´s frustrated when he´s trying, poor little Moli.

    • my 12 year old cat right leg was amatated i am trying to fined out as much information as i can, she well not walk at all and hides alot of times and also when ever she decides to start walking i would like to be prepared any any experance you can give me also on the mental part that the cat goes thrue loosing a leg

    • I adopted a kitten that had the same thing happen at birth. Now she is 4 months, and the bone popped through the skin. Any advise or experience with this?

  5. Wow…what an amazing story. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that happening before!

    How hard for you little guy, to have to learn to walk with three legs. But I bet that once he learns it will be like there is no problem at all. Since he won’t have known anything different, hopefully he will compensate fine.

    Good luck to you and Moli.

  6. I adopted a three-legged cat from the pound last year. Only now, I thought, maybe I should look on the Internet to see how other people are taking care of their “tripods”.

    Isabelle, “Izzy” was 6 years old when I got her, so she’s 7 now. She is missing her left front leg and is blind in her left eye. The Denver Dumb Friends League, where I adopted Izzy, said she was in a car accident when she was a kitten. Her former owners gave her up when someone developed allergies.

    Since she’s been three-legged practically her whole life, I guess Izzy thinks she’s just fine the way she is. She gets around great, jumping up and down on the couch and my bed. The only thing that is disconcerting to me is the fact that she just lands, thump! in a heap on the floor when she jumps down. It looks like it would be painful, but doesn’t seem to bother her.

    I, too, am trying to keep Izzy slim and trim, since she does love to eat. We live in an apartment, and when the weather’s nice, we leave the door open for Izzy to lay on the deck. (We’re on the third floor, with mesh wire attached to the railings so she can’t take a flying leap.) She gets mental stimulation from watching the activities in our complex. And we try to have several play sessions each day, with her trying to catch a string or some feathers tied to a stick.

    Just adding my two cents worth to the debate! I’m glad your Fongie recovered and is doing well. What a scary thing, whatever it was.

  7. I just adopted a kitten that lost her back leg, from the hock down, to an umbilical cord. I’m concerned because sometimes the stump seems irritated or even bloody. Could the bone be pocking through? I wondered if anyone has had this problem?
    I’m taking her in to the vet in two weeks to get spayed. If it is the bone, I hope he can smooth it and stitch her up.
    She is adapting beautifully. I took her and a litter mate. She tries her best to keep up with her four legged sister. But it is funny. If she gets left behind, the sister ‘meows’ for her and waits until she catches up. They are going to be very good for each other.
    Thanks for your article on amputees. It was very helpful.

  8. My cat, Archie had his leg amputated after a road traffic accident.

    I wrote about it all here:

    It is amazing how quickly they recover and get back to their naughty ways!

  9. I spent hours looking for info on amputation as I have to make decision in 24hrs.was I reiieved to find your story,Im now going to go ahead as you have given me hope,thank you.

  10. i adopted two three legged kittens and after one year, they both developed infections in their stump leg so they had to have a complete amputation. Seems it gets irritated, the bone sticks out, and the skin doesn’t grow back over it. Vet said eventually it would have needed to be done and so I had to finally do it.

  11. I have to make a decision in the next 12 hours as to whether to have my special elderly girl go ahead with a hind leg amputation or have her put to sleep. She probalby has a bone tumour as well as being nearly 20 and very overweight so i have been torn as to know what is the right thing to do for her. all the information i am finding is giving me hope.

  12. I am so glad that Flower Fong’s story is giving some of you hope. It’s been 4 years since she had her leg removed and she continues to be the sweet, affectionate kitty that we loved before.

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this story! My partner and I are possibly going to be taking care of a 3-legged beautiful kitty soon, and I am trying to prepare so I can help him recover from surgery. I also volunteer at a no-kill cat rescue, Feline Friends in Olympia, Washington, and I see the beauty and value of all different kinds of cats with all different kinds of needs ~ all very loving, and all worthy of amazing people who put faith in them! 😀

  14. my brother’s cat had his leg amputated, i think it was early this year, he seems completely healed now. but the way he walks is a bit different to other 3 legs on the internet. , it seems like he prefers to put less weight on his back leg (he lost a back one, probably a car accident). he does this by kindof scooting around bending his whole hindquarters around to take a step, it’s hard to explain…he keeps his back half quite low and his leg more bent, it seems like maybe that leg couldve been hurt in the accident too and not rreally diagnosed cos it seems like it’s still not very strong and he doesnt put weight on it all the time. it doesnt seem like he’s in pain but i am a bit concerned. also my friend who has a 3leg said that their vet said that 3legs get on great it’s just that in later life there spines can become curved which i think can cause them pain, has anyone else heard of this? cos if that is true i’m worried for Spider (the cat) as he curves his spine right around with each step… i’m thinking of taking him to a vet or cat physio or something or maybe trying to teach him to walk a bit better,, but dont know if this would work,, any thoughts??? thanks!!!

  15. i saw a stray cat whose back leg was broken or dislocated but he seemed to be getting around ok a couple weeks later i saw him again and his leg was worse he was falling when he tried to run and very thin i think he live in the woods my sister fed him sometimes he was such a friendly cat i think he had been an indoor cat well it broke my heart so i asked my husband if i could help this stray cat he said yes but gave me a certain dollar (we have already taken in 2 strays and a feral cat) to spend but said we are NOT keeping him all the vet could do was amputate his back leg it was so damaged i could find no help for the cat from any agency they told me to call animal welfare and have him put to sleep one place purrsonalitys tried to help me find a low cost vet i told the vet i took hime to that i had only 700.00 and he amputated the leg and neutered him for that amount as he put it out the door! that was 3 weeks ago but he seems to be having pain in his stump now it that normal his wound is healing but he crys and goes in a corner and lays on it. he is so afraid his world is so different thanks

  16. We have just adopted a 5 year old three-legged cat from the RSPCA called Pringle. He was in a road traffic accident recently and it’s his front right leg missing. He is absolutely gorgeous and so affectionate but still very scared and hides from us some of the time.

    I trying to get as much info as possible on how I can help him adapt with 3 legs. He CAN move very fast and efficiently if he needs to (for example when he darts to hide due to a sudden movement) but getting him to come to me at the moment takes alot of coaxing and patience (of which I have an infinite amount!)

    Seeing him like this breaks my heart but I have read that it seems to affect the owner worse than the cat in most cases. Pringle walks like he hasn’t yet noticed he is missing a leg which can at times be quite funny. He will be lying flat asleep on the couch, awake suddenly at a random noise in the house and fall flat off of the sofa! He is still quite unsteady a month on!

  17. Thank you for sharing this story. Our 4 year old Siberian broke his back leg in 3 places . When we adopted him, he was already lame in one front leg and scared of most people. His was a breeder and didn’t have much human attention. We just brought him home after surgery, he pulled the bandage off and has be worried sick. I just hope he mentally recovers from this too!

  18. I can not thank you enough for writing your story down and sharing it. You saved my Murphy cat’s life. After disappearing overnight, I found him the next day with a hurt rear leg. We rushed him to the emergency vet, and three days later he was home with an amputated rear left leg. They had sent pain medication and instructions to give them every 8 hours. He was lathargic and non-responsive. Not eating, drinking or using the litter box for over 36 hours. I turned to the Internet in desperation and found your page. I stopped the pain medication and in amazement saw my baby boy slowly come back to life. It’s been a little over a week now and he’s almost back to his old self again (minus a leg of course)! Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Wow. I am so glad your Murphy is okay!
      I was so skeptical about stopping the pain medication. Even in thinking back over the years, I have wondered if we were wrong to stop her medication. She had just had surgery! But she did so much better after we took her off it. I don’t think I would have been brave enough to stop if Patrick had not been proactive in that decision.
      It is good to hear confirmation from someone else that we weren’t crazy.

  19. Thanks for this! My cat is currently staying at the Vets and we had to make the decision today – just like your reasoning. ZIggy our cat is a beautiful Ragdoll who was injured by the dog next door! She was so happy, but the leg was limp. I couldn’t tell the vet what to do – so my husband returned the phone call and gave the instruction! I miss her so so so badly your cat story has given us hope! Thanks for sharing!

  20. My cat got home today from a back leg amputation.its a bit overwhelming the situation.but you have given me confidence to relax a bit and use my judgement.thankyou for sharing your was beautiful.

  21. Hi,
    My cat had her left rear leg amputated today above the knee. I was looking online for reassurance tonight and I found this site. Thank you. Our story is a long one, we have been going through an ordeal for almost 10 weeks now. Jenny came home injured one night but we couldn’t figure out exactly what happened. She was “opened up” in back, and the vet pointed out that you could actually see her spine by her tail! It looked like a huge pull and a puncture wound. Nothing was crushed and there was no gravel so a car was ruled out. There was no skin missing and no tearing like an animal had attacked her. The vet and I were perplexed. The only thing we could figure was she had maybe fallen onto a jagged fence post or a broken branch. It looked like a large “hole” in her left hip along the spine. It took three layers of stitching to close up the wound – first the deep muscle, then the outer layers and finally closing up the skin which was about a 3 inch closure. The vet thought she used over 40 stitches! Her foot was dragging when I found her, and an xray showed that there was perhaps a break right under the ankle joint but it was hard to see. Her leg was splinted for 6 weeks and she lopped around all that time with a straight leg. At first her tail didn’t work well but she has regained full “wagability” now. When the splint came off her leg, the foot was as limp and useless as it was the day she was injured. Another 4 weeks and a “handicap” brace, still no change. She tried to use it by “knuckling”, but she has no feeling whatsoever in the foot and all the back muscles of the leg have atrophed. So it was decitded that the sciatic nerve must’ve been severely damaged and she has no hope of regaining feeling or control of the foot. So she walks with a bad limp dragging the foot behind her. We were assured that amputation would be much better for her now, and after discerning it for a few weeks, we finally decided to go ahead with it. Stories like yours have helped me to make the decision. She comes home tomorrow a three-legged cat, and since it is Thanksgiving weekend I can be home with her for 4 days before having to go back to work. Wish us luck!

    OH, about the pain meds – she was on a lot of them for about a week and a half after her first injury and surgery. Yes, it made her very lethargic and she didn’t eat much or use the litter box much, but in her case her injury was so severe that we wanted her to be “down”, so we kept her on the morphine. It caused her to sleep a lot and be groggy, but we did not want her running around while that huge wound started to heal. After a week I lessened the morphine and she started on steriods and began to become more herself. It wasn’t easy to see her in that weird state but it was better to keep her calm for a little while as we hoped the nerves and tendons would heal. As her tail slowly became mobile again we started to breathe easier. I have no problem keeping her sedated for a few days after the amputation either. That way the wound will have time to heal before she does too much running around and licking it. Remember, when they are sleeping they are healing. A few days of not eating much won’t hurt them. A few days of rest can only be good for the amputation too I think. Cats are so active that the only way to keep them resting is to cage them up or knock them out a bit. I vote for the morphine. She spent a lot of time just laying with us and sleeping when she was on it, and I think it did her a world of good. Of course it helped her pain too which is good for their anxiety because they don’t understand why they hurt and it scares them. She also didn’t mess with the wound too much while she was on the morphine, which was a preferred thing. That was good, as we never had to collar her which is so much better for their psychological health. No need to rush things. The vet will probably give us 7 days of morphine for the amputation, but I think 3-4 days of full dosing will probably be enough and then I will start to back off on it slowly so she can adjust to her new situation without hurting herself or getting too anxious too soon. I hope this story helps others. I will check in again in a week or so and let you know how Jenny is coming along, and how I am coming along as a new “tripod” owner.

  22. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing
    all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to
    say excellent blog!

  23. I have had two 3-legged cats, a 3 legged German Shepherd Dog who could go over a 6 foot kennel run fence & could pull as hard on a leash as any normal 4-legged GSD!, I’ve had a few blind cats, a deaf cat, a few hit-by-car rescue cats that had broken pelvises, and a few other rescue cats & kittens who had various handicaps from traumatic injuries. At present I have a one-eyed cat, a cat who is blind in her right eye, another cat who is blind in her left eye & a cat who was brought to me after being hit by a car because her owner couldn’t care for her & didn’t want to put her down…this cat’s broken pelvis is mostly healed but she still has sciatic nerve damage & a lot of muscle wasting in her right hind leg…I’m doing physical therapy with her to try to help the leg. Nerve damage takes a long time to heal so I don’t yet know if she will regain use of her right hindleg or if she’ll end up having to have it amputated. Handicapped animals can have lives just as good and happy and active as the lives of non-handicapped animals!

  24. My cat has now only 3 legs as she has had a hind leg amputated. I am so worried as she is not eating too well and is reluctant to take the pain medication. It breaks my heart as she was alright until she broke the back leg by just falling from trying to jump up on my leg. The vet recommended the only course of action was to put her to sleep or amputated. I really did have no choice as I wanted her to live as it seems so sudden an accident. She is getting around by struggling on one side. I am so unsure about the decision.She has been purring since , after the accident she was in such a bad way.There do not seem to be any support groups or very much advice to help with aftercare I will always be there for her though and just hope that by some miracle she comes through this. She has also had all teeth removed and gone through cat flu she is 17 years old. I could see in her eyes she didnt want to be put to sleep. I have 2 other cats and a dog who are all so far being good. She is really trying to recover. This is day 2 of her amputation, I am scared to move almost as I feel in shock still. She also seems in a state of shock although she is moving around. She tried to eat a little chicken and I gave her some fish paste as she would not eat anything else. I am talking minimal amounts though. The wound seems ok so far however the vet says the wound will take longer to heal as there is tissue damage. She had a perfect leg 4 days ago I cannot still believe it. I have cried alot, but I am trying to stay steady for her as she is so brave and a true survivor.

    • How did your older kitty finally do? Mine got into a scrap with a racoon that actually came inside the house (long story) she is almost 16 – frail – but definitely not ready to be put down. But I struggle with chopping off her leg. As you say, a week ago she had four good legs, the splint doesn’t stay put. I am heartbroken and really really scared for her. Tell me how your little senior did?

  25. thank you for your blog post. I am trying to make the decision regarding my cat Olivia. she has a rare streph infection in her ankle. she’s an indoor cat and I have no idea how she got it. She is 12. I would love an update on your cat. thank you again. Mandy,

  26. Hi to all of us carers of 3 leggers!! i am a newbie. Our Freddie, Black and 6 yrs old, had his rear left left amputated last Thursday, a Dog attacked him. Bought him home from Vets Sunday, he was so miserable car in there, not eating, he was on a fluid drip. Although he’s moving around indoors, up and down stairs, on and off the armchairs, he’s always been headstrong and an outdoor free spirited cat. He’s not wanting to eat or drink, and like others, prefers his own company at the moment. I do give him paste food from a tube, and a supplementary fluid concoction via a syringe, bit messy but he takes it. But he too not really using litter tray, have put all over where ever he lies, old sheets, easy to wash then, he does have bit poohy discharge from his botty, but i do clean him up, along with his little growling at me, but so far no claws. Really hoping he can shake this sad spell off him soon, never was a lap cat, but will let me cuddle him for short spells.

  27. Thank you, you have given me hope. My beloved cat Jeff had his left hind leg amputated 48 hours ago and is not eating or drink. Will be following some of your tips today.
    It’s been a sad few days for the family as it came as a massive shock.
    We rescued Jeff when we found him under a bush last November in the rain, cold, wet, hungry & frightened because it was bonfire night. He has grown
    In to an amazing cat so we are devastated. Hope he will be the same cat he was before. Thanks for giving us hope xx

  28. i am terrified bc my baby midnight is in surgery right now having his front leg amputated im scared i cant provide the time to care for him and help him.
    any suggestions or helpful hints for me?

  29. We have two cats plus a stray that visits occasionally usually starving but won’t always stay for long. Last night he was here with a horrendous back leg injury, this time he stopped all night. He is now with our vet having the left back leg amputated. We are adopting him and he comes home tomorrow. Thanks for the blog it helps.

  30. Thank you. Reading this helped to calm my anxiety & gave me some hope that my kitty is going to heal up. She may not even need to go back to see the Dr., a third time. We have a rescue kitty, that had her front leg amputated, over a week ago. Her shoulder wound is not healing as quickly as we all thought it would. She busted her stitches, and has been re-stitched. There are 2 holes, much smaller than what you described, that I have been Very worried about. I did not think that a “hole” would shrink up & eventually close. I can’t recall the last time I was this HaPPy about being wrong!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
    Also, your kitty is beautiful and I must say that you have some serious skills in the naming department!!! Love your kitty’s names!!!

  31. I’m not sure exactly why but this blog is loading very slow for
    me. Is anyone else having this problem or
    is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

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