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Tripawd Cat – Life After amputation (Soft Tissue Sarcoma)

Purrkins

Success -2.58 lbs

May 24th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Post Amputation

We are so proud we have been successful on our weight loss!!
Purrkins has lost -2.58lbs YAAAAAAAAY !!🎉🎊👏🏻❣️
That is a huge accomplishment here! Saxton is still a work in progress.  We will get there.

Pathetic cries and meows continue and we continue to make progress with the weight loss. We are almost to our goal weight! The the next challenge will be maintaining his weight.

Purrkins looks like a kitty to me again. Of course we think he is Purrfect anyway!

Purrkins always sits with his one leg wrapped around the front of him like in the pictures below, must be the way to balance himself out without the shoulder and arm.

Purrkins loves to interfere with anything I am doing if it has anything to with not paying attention to him!

Helping with the dishes;) More like stopping Mom from putting the dishes away!


The laptop is underneath Purrkins I have to close it when he comes or he will lay on top of it open!

Which means anything can happen all of which are not good😉
Not very helpful to Mom.

Who can resist that upside down mug?

He is my assistant in everything and anything I do. He is a good assistant in making sure I take a break!

Can you see how skinny he is? A good skinny;) So handsome!
Purrkins likes Mom’s Back brace! Mom well not so much!

We got a new core exercise tool;). J/Fit Disc It’s huge 26″!

Purrkins was Leary at first but when I got the Bonito flakes out he did exercises and did not even know it;)

Saxton is always included and does the exercises too, because core strength is good for him also, but more importantly Bonito flakes are being passed out!😸

Bonito Flakes ? I will get those! Ha that simple!

I was thrilled it took no effort and they were both on the disc, little did they know!

When people think cats don’t or cannot do??? There is your proof;)


Until our next update we are hopping into our 11 month post amp….

Hugs & Purrs!

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Thank You Admin!

April 1st, 2017 · 3 Comments · Post Amputation

The #Tripawds Nation website runs smoothly because of this talented geek. Today he’s spent hours working in WordPress & PhpMyAdmin to solve

Purrkins Blog RSS feed issues!


We appreciate all that you do! Admin!
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Testing Purrkins Post Indexing

March 31st, 2017 · Comments Off on Testing Purrkins Post Indexing · Post Amputation

Nothing to see here…move along now. 🙂

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8 Months Hopping On

March 29th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Post Amputation

We have hopped into our 8th almost into our 9 month technically.

Purrkins has lost 1.56 lbs. 🎉👏🏻👏🏻 so far we are looking at having him lose 1 1/2 lb. more.

Purrkins is at 180 calories a day.

Saxton is down 1/2 lb. They have different metabolisms obviously and poor Saxton had to be reduced in calories once again. Saxton is at 172 calories 😾 

Purrkins & Saxton both went to see Dr Matt for their Tune up’s acupuncture and if needed chiropractic. It has been 3 months since their last treatment.

Saxton goes for his IBS/Constipation issues a bad gut! I am a huge believer in Acupuncture and Chiropractic after seeing the results on both of our guys! It is miraculous to see the change in them after each session! 

We let Purrkins out of his carrier and he is at home in Dr. Matts office, This is very rare for our kitties to be so relaxed and show their purrsonality.

I think we kitty owners usually are the only ones who really know and get to see who our kitties really are. Purrkins is showing Dr Matt exactly who he is!

Purrkins rubs up against Dr Matt, he stood up on his back two and checked on his brother who was getting his treatment, he roams around the office, He was weaving in out of chairs up and over the stretcher of the chairs.

Dr. Matt smiles, “look he is doing a obstacle course look at him go” “Really great to see”!

It just warms my heart, we are always in awe of Purrkins but when Dr Matt is smiling away in awe of him!😍

I think Purrkins is teaching Dr. Matt a few things:)

I continue to say this , it is worth repeating!

” We never could of  imagined Purrkins to do this well on 3 legs!”  We would of been happy with Purrkins just hopping on.  He has surpassed anything we could of imagined!

He is a inspiration! We could not be more proud of this guy! 

In the last 2 weeks I could see Purrkins hop looked off.  It is hard for me to explain what I mean, but I knew it was different.

His head was going lower to the ground as he hopped and his shoulder looked higher. His gait was off. He looked uncomfortable to me.

Purrkins was still playing and acting normally. In fact the boy does not skip a beat. He goes like he has 4 legs! Exactly why things would get misaligned.

Dr. Matt checked Purrkins and he was out of alignment in 4 areas.

  • Atlas- 1st vertebra of the neck, carries the head)
  • Cervical 7
  • Right Pelvis
  • Thoracic 10

These are all typical of being a Tripawd.

                                                                                                                                              

 

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Purrkins loves his sessions with Dr Matt  he lays and lets Dr Matt do whatever to him.  

As Dr Matt adjusted him we could see Purrkins wince each time, then a release in his little eyes, he never complains. My heart skips a beat with each wince, but I do follow his lead!

We will follow up in 2 months now instead of 3.

Here is Mr. Purrkins playing with kitty boinks, I did a slow motion too. How neat is that too see?

We made the video below to share our journey, hopefully this will help future Tri-kitties and their humans!

Purrkins Amputation Journey

Until our next update we are happily hopping on into our 9 month 😸

Hugs, Purrs & Scratches

Love to all XOXO

 

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Purrkins Working for his Treats.

February 13th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Post Amputation

Purrkins has been a tripawd for 7 months. Wow where does the time go???

We started our diets in November for both Purrkins and brother Saxton.

We calculated the calories and write everything they eat down. Including treats!

I have a notebook out and just keep everything tallied.

We had to keep making adjustments to get these guys to lose weight. We actually gained ounces when we first started  🤢!  Every week we weigh them, then tweaked the calories, we are now at 185 calories Purrkins has lost 1/2 lb!😃

Ok you wont be excited with 1/2 lb but let me say how excited we are 👏🏻👏🏻🎉 ! If you have cats you will be excited for 1/2 lb. each week we are losing ounces!  We are excited for ounces lost! Slow weight loss is best in cats!

So for now we are staying at the 185 calories and if each week we continue to lose we will just stay here until we are at a good weight . We can revaluate each week.

Unfortunately it took Purrkins losing his arm to really get serious and figure this weight loss out!  We have tried everything in the past – different foods, differnt proteins , high fiber , we have gone by the suggested feeding amount from the vets, from the labels. The calorie counting is the only thing that has worked for us to date.

We are still on the same food we have just cut the calories back very gradual.

This is the website we followed the directions on for calories and reduction. Very INFORMATIVE site.

Saxton is not losing like Purrkins , we had to cut his calories back again now to 180. 😾Hopefully this will be his key number.

Feline Obesity: An Epidemic of Fat Cats

We got this food puzzle that they both love, (thank you for the suggestion tripawds)

We use it as a treat puzzle because our guys do not eat dry kibble.  They go crazy for these Bravo freeze dried salmon bites. There is never one left in the puzzle;)

Purrkins mastered the little bowl at the end of the video.  That was his first success at the little fish bowls. 👏🏻

Its a fun way for them both to use their minds. If they are bored or insist they are hungry, we get the puzzle out.

Purrkins has to use his core muscles with this .

We do count all those treats and the calories go towards the daily 185.

We can see his 1/2 lb. weight loss and so can Purrkins.

We notice he is more active. Plays more, races around more;)

We are not sure what our goal weight is yet, – 1/2 – 1 lb more??

We will see what Dr. Matt thinks when we see him again in a couple weeks.

Purrkins got his new small yellow (CANCER SURVIVOR color) bandana Saturday.

He is so handsome in yellow😻

look at this boys arm, the increase in size is impressive!

Purrkins in his heated window seat;) He fell asleep with his bandana on.

He likes the small size better 😻

Thank you Tripawds for making smalls for tri-kitties and smaller breed dogs.

Until our next update …….

Hugs , Purrs, & Scratches!
Holly, Mark, Purrkins and brother Saxton

XOXO

 

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Soft Tissue Sarcoma- what it looked like and how it changes

January 30th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Diagnosis of Soft Tissue

Soft Tissue Sarcoma- what it looked like and how it changes

This is how we started this journey and I would like people to see what this Soft Tissue Sarcoma looks like and how it changes this is how Purrkins became a tripawd.

One day Purrkins came and laid his paw out, he put it on my hand!  It was if he said hey Mom look something Is not right here!

Paw is bent this is at its largest size

February 22,2016

I saw this lump and my heart sank what is that??? Where did that come from?  I felt it, he was not bothered by prodding it. We called the vet immediately and got a appointment for the next day.

February 23rd the next day it looks like nothing ?? The day we go see the vet and see what this is.

February 23rd

The vet said wow how did you even see this with all his fur, he had never seen anything like this on a cat in this location. Is he limping at all ? NO

We did a needle biopsy and some bloodwork.
Biopsy comes back as below. Inconclusive as it has different considerations.
When the vet called me with the results he said its not cancer its a form of bursa.
Ok great I was so relieved! I asked could you please send me the results so I can have a copy.

( ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO GET A COPY)

With the results above and now the lump seems to be going away.
The Vet said we could do a wait and see approach , or try steroids and wait and see.
We have been prescribed steroids in our other animals a couple times and prefer not to use them, unless we have to. We chose the wait and see only approach.

I took pictures of this thing everyday for months!

This lump changed depending on Purrkins activity level.

You would not know there is a lump there

2nd lump has appeared its hard to see but its there, above the round lump

2nd Lump- its hard to see but its there, above the round lump

2nd Lump- better view

Back to the vet we go!
He rechecks it and  confirms yes another lump, but he still was thinking it could be related to the first one.  ( Bursa ,Injury ,swelling now effecting the above.)
I asked them to do a X-ray to see if we could see anything more.
X-ray showed nothing ,most importantly there was no bone involvement.

He then said he would like to do a surgical biopsy . I panicked over the surgical biopsy, little did I know what was to come!
We were afraid if it was in fact a bursa ,we could do more damage with the surgical biopsy.

We were not comfortable so we set out to get more information we got two more opinions. One from our Holistic vet ,one from another local surgeon .
I did a online vet opinion total of 4 opinions , all say do the surgical biopsy and find out what this is.

Hopefully you can get the lump off when its small before it goes further.

Ok we have a plan and we scheduled the surgical biopsy with the local surgeon rather then his local vet.

We took Purrkins in for his surgical biopsy. June 14th,2016

We took him in the morning and picked him up late afternoon.
The Surgeon (Dr.Zarka) plan was to go in and take all or as much of the main lump as possible and biopsy the second, when she got into the surgery she was not prepared to see what she saw! It was entangeld, and cottage cheese like.

She took a good wedge sample and closed it back up!

WHAT WE LEARNED ON A NEEDLE BIOPSY- PLEASE HEAR ME!
IF SOMETHING IS INCONCLUSIVE GO FURTHER AND FIND OUT WHAT YOUR DEALING WITH!

If we could go back , we would of skipped the needle biopsy and have done the surgical biopsy. It was a delay in the diagnosis and time for cancer to be growing. It was a waste of time and money. I totally understand the less invasive procedure !
I do not believe we would chose that route again!

Purrkins did great thru the surgery he was given a time release pain med & a long lasting antibiotic, he came home dopey but wired!
He stayed up 2 days! Which meant we were up for 2 days 😉
He did not need a cone , we were sent home with a soft fabric cone just in case.

He was the purrfect patient never once bothered his incision.
We limited his activity . It went way better then I could of imagined it too.

Surgical biopsy pictures

June 14th

June 17th

June 17th in the evening it started to get angry

The Vet called Mark and told him the results are back, she was very sorry she had bad news. Its CANCER a soft tissue sarcoma!

Mark and were just sick! I cried my heart out .

We took Purrkins back to get his stitches removed.
The vet mentioned amputation immediately and then proceeded to tell us how well cats can adjust on 3 legs.

My eyes about popped out of my head. What ? This bump and your want to cut off his entire leg?

Im just absorbing the cancer diagnosis and now we are talking about amputation of his entire front leg?

He is only 6 and healthy how can this be?  Mark and I always have described Purrkins as the most loving, sweetest ,gentlest soul! He is my velcro man!

Why why why! Of course with any cancer or disease we get angry and sad and then have a million questions!

Biopsy results

She referred us to Michigan State Veterinary Clinic Oncology.
July/05/16 That appointment seemed to take FUREVER to come and on the other hand I didn’t really want it to come. I was scared to death!

Appointment day came with oncology  at MSU –  They explain the soft tissue sarcoma diagnosis and that they want to do a ultrasound, chest X-ray , bloodwork and urinalysis.
Before we even talk about any options.
They want to make sure the cancer has not spread.
Soft Tissue sarcoma if it had the chance to spread ,would go to the lungs.
They want to rule that out first.

We leave Purrkins for the day.  That was a HORRIFIC ,LONG , STRESSFUL DAY!

MSU called Purrkins is done and we can come get him and discuss all the results .

The chest xray, ultrasound and bloodwork all results came back with no apparent spread. Although it was mentioned it still could of spread and its too early for it to be showing up. (microscopic cells)

Our options going forward are surgery to remove as much of the 2 masses as possible.

Followed by radiation 16-20 treatments that would be every day Monday thru Friday weekends off. Purrkins would have to be sedated daily. With a guarantee of 2 years of keeping it under control. The cost of  surgery would be $1400 cost of radiation would be between $7,000 – $9,000.

If the cancer returns we could then amputate  $2,000-2500

Our other option was to amputate now.

We wanted the best quality of life possible for Purrkins and the first option did not sit well. Purrkins having another surgery and then 16-20 daily treatments!

The toll it would take on him, surgery, going every day ,being sedated daily for a
2 year guarantee ?

Then we still would have a option to amputate later if the cancer returns.

Put 7-9,000 dollars into a leg we could then cut off later? What ? The role of money and this world is what it is. Everything has a cost ! Thats the worst when we are looking at health issues for our animals or our family members!

We looked at this at every angle there was and without the cost playing a role into our decision, yes it had to be considered this is the real world but we wanted what was best for our Purrkins and for him to have the best quality of life he could! We would borrow money to make this happen!

We googled and googled , and googled some more, we talked to our Holistic Vet,

He felt the best approach would be to get rid of the source of cancer (arm) and to continue using Supplements and diet to increase his immune system.

Are other options were-

We could try a Neoplasene
http://www.buckmountainbotanicals.net/treatments/neoplasene.html
This would need to be monitored closely with our Holistic Vet and Traditional Vet working together .

We could try Chinese medicine.

We asked our family there opinions, we  gathered as much information as we could on Soft Tissue sarcomas in cats.

I’ll never forget Mark saying there is a entire website dedicated to 3 legged animals!  Tripawds

We joined asked the scary questions in the forum, read all of the wonderful advice and input from others, we read and researched some more .
Our forum post

http://tripawds.com/forums/share-your-story/feline-soft-tissue-sarcoma-front-left-leg/

We decided the best shot at beating this cancer and Purrkins having a full life was to amputate his arm and get rid of the source (cancer)!

This was obviously a sickening discussion. It was the hardest, scariest, decision we ever had to make!

We were told by our vets and holistic Cats adjust very well with 3 legs. I literally read every cat blog on Tripawds , I watched the 3 legged cat videos, to see that yes this can be done and Purrkins can still have a quality life.

Tripawds and All the Kitty Bloggers helped with our decision!
We wouldn’t have made this decision without all the wealth of knowledge we got from Tripawds.
Thank you to all of you! We are furever greateful!

We called the oncologist at MSU and told him our decision, that they we would proceed with amputation.

Purrkins appointment was scheduled for July 26th. He would go in July 26 the and spend the night ,surgery would be in the morning July 27 th,2016.

 

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Purrkins 6 month CANCER FREE ampuversary !

January 11th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Post Amputation

Purrkins and his humans are celebrating his 6 month Cancer Free ampuversary🎉

I have another long update and apologize for the book in advance.

When Purrkins got his stitches taken out at MSU they told us they would like for Purrkins to be rechecked again in 6 months, we could do that with our Traditional Vet or with MSU oncology. We chose MSU.

We have been seeing our holistic vet  regularly since his amp for the accupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional ,immune support.

We had our  6 month recheck with MSU Oncology on the 3rd,  I assumed our recheck would be bloodwork, a good looking over and possibly a X-ray.

I told Purrkins we were just going for a recheck and would be coming right back home.
When we got to MSU 8:30 am their idea of recheck was all of the above and a ultrasound. That was the best way to make sure we had no metastasis.

Now we are leaving Purrkins and his belly has to be shaved. His hair has just grown back in. I was not thrilled!😔

Mark agreed we should do all of the above to make sure those microscopic cells that could of been laying and hiding were not going to show up now.

This journey is not easy by any means, once you get that dreaded Cancer diagnosis your world furever changes!

I was shook up, I was not prepared for the ultrasound and all of sudden it hits me.  I felt like we just went back 6 months to the same terror!🤢

Purrkins stayed the day at MSU, unfortunately a emergency came in and his ultrasound was pushed back.
We got the call we could come get him at 5. Long stressful day for all of us!

We are ecstatic to announce we are still cancer free!!!  Everything came back  UNREMARKABLE🎉

Completely excised with left forelimb amputation 7/26/16
No evidence of metastasis 1/3/17!!!!

Happy and relieved words could not describe the weight lifted once again.
I asked the Dr. if I could hug her I was so happy and thankful! She said absolutely ,
we were the only good news she got to pass on that day. She was as happy as we are!

She felt very positive, but, it was cancer and they would like to just keep on eye on him, she said alot of times, the cancer can come back in a different form or kind.

They would like to check him again in 6 months and when we get the UNREMARKABLE news again , we will then go to yearly exams.

The boys say thank you to Sally!

Sally wrote-“Do kitties like Puppy Lattes? Actually, go ahead and ask Starbucks for a Kitty Latte to go! If they’ve never done one, it’s time they start!! In fact, they can name it in his honor..PURRPPUCCINO!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

PURRPPUCCINO for me? yum

Love PURRPPUCCINO;)

Purrkins has made a difference at MSU 👏🏻👏🏻  We asked Tripawds to send MSU and our vets the Tripawd fliers when we were in Recovery , hoping to spread the word so other animals and their pawparents can be aware, educated and have support like we did ! To know they are not alone in this journey.

Look what we saw !!They are out on the front desk HA LOVE IT


Again elated doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt.
We saw the fliers at Dr. Matts office too!
You never know if they will indeed put these out. Yep there out!👏🏻🎉

We want other people to be as blessed as we have been to find Tripawds and know life on 3 legs is a Quality of life option !

How is this for Quality of life on 3? Tripawds do have more fun!


Who needs 4 legs to be happy and play? Not me!  (LOVE SEEING HIM GO)😍

Purrkins has had a total of 6 accupuncture treatments after his amputation surgery. It has done wonders for Purrkins it is miraculous to see the change in him!

We are now going to what Dr Matt calls “Tune ups” 4 times a year.

Purrkins has only needed one chiropractic adjustment in his 6 month of being a tripawd .

These needed adjusted simply because he is a tripawd and things do get out of whack.
the Atlas (1st vertebra of the neck, carries the head)
and the sacral vertebrae.

(added the photo in case anyone is interested) On where those are at.

We Thank Dr. Matt for helping Purrkins feel so good! Purrkins does not feel he is handicapped or special needs in any way!

I showed Dr. Matt what Purrkins has been up to😉 I wanted him to see what he is doing for Purrkins !😀

In the middle of the night BUSTED

Dr Matt’s eyes about popped out of his head! “How does he get all the way up there” as he is smiling ear to ear😉

Well he jumps from the floor to the countertop, then up to the fridge top and up to the cupboards

What? I’m not doing anything wrong 😼

If I turn my head maybe she wont see me!

OH NO, Your going to make me get down now aren’t you! 😾UGH

Here’s the problem Purrkins cannot get down safely!  We only have so many steps for Purrkins. I cannot make the entire house tripawd safe, we have tried!

If we could build him a set of stairs to safely get down I wouldn’t care, but there is no where to put stairs and still function in the kitchen.

I have slid stairs over to him to get down and I have physically gotten up there myself
to get him down. (Thats another story LOL)

Much to Purrkins disgust he is banned at night or when we are not here, to assure he has a safe way down.

This is our temporary solution to keeping Purrkins safe when we leave and at night.
I have Mark assigned to making a more permanent door in the future:)

Well that wraps up our 6 months update we are so proud of Purrkins !
We are going to keep on hopping on!  If you find yourself here and read all the way thru.(thank you!)

You will see Tripawds have more fun!  & IT IS A QUALITY LIFE!
We have no regrets and Purrkins doesn’t either!
Thank you for all the love and support

Hugs , and Purrs!
Holly, Mark, Purrkins and brother Saxton

XOXOXOXOXO

Until our next update …

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Purrkins 4 months update

November 16th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Post Amputation

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Purrkins is in his 4 month of being a Tripawd kitty now, I meant to update on his 3rd and started this on his 3rd month. 🙄

There never seems to be enough hours in the day. Time has just flown by. We are grateful everyday, that we had a choice and were able to amputate and cut that cancer off!

When we were faced with the decision it was our worst nightmare! But we can most certainly say we did the right thing for Purrkins no matter what our future holds! He is such a joy to watch, and does amazing well, he is absolutely just as happy on 3 as he was on 4!

I still get nervous leaving him and that will never 100% change for me.

Life experiences change who you are as a person or pet parent . We had a 16 year old cat named Garfield he was sitting on the kitchen table, one of the boys jumped up on the table and Garfield tried to get away and slipped off the tables edge, he tried to catch himself and in seconds he fell on the wood floor and not on his feet! I tried to catch him and there was no time it was a blink of a eye and Garfield was on the floor with a compound fracture bleeding from his back leg.

We rushed him to the emergency room at MSU and we were told the worst, the break was so bad they could not repair it , on a younger healthier cat they would of amputated .  At Garfield’s age and health he was not a candidate for surgery and we had to say good bye to our Sweet Garfield that day! I bawl as I type this three years later, its still the same heartbreak.

You never hear anything about cats breaking bones due to falling ,that just doesn’t happen right ? Cat trees to the ceiling, Cat walls, cats climbing trees outside, cats climbing all over and landing fine.

Well unfortunately we are here to tell you it can happen. I do not know if it is never shared or if we are one in a million.

When we were faced with decision to amputate with Purrkins years later it was truly unreal!

We have had so many new kitty members join lately and I feel like I needed to share Garfield’s story.

If we can prevent accidents or mishaps we should absolutely take that step. We are all here, joined by the love of our animals and want the best for them.

We are extra cautious with Purrkins he has steps going to all his favorite spots! A set at his window seats a set at the coffee table, he goes from the coffee table to the sofa. A set at our bed. He always use his steps! We are not taking any chances if we can prevent an accident we are going to. We are doing the better safe then sorry approach!

When a new member joins, I suggest stairs or anyway to make the landing or jumping up easier and safer!

We also moved furniture closer together so its like stairs, graduating down to areas, we added floor mats and rugs, anything to make things easier and safer on his remaining limbs ! Purrkins brother also uses the steps just because he can;)

We had steps for our Garfield because he was up there in age and had arthritis . He always used them. You can use boxes and furniture if you cant get steps. Just think safer ups and safer landings!

We also put some sisal carpet on the window sill. Secured with some double sided carpet tape,
Purrkins was slipping on the window sill when he was relearning his new life. Cats love sisal anyway;)

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We live in a SMALL house, do we have room for these stairs and do they look nice NOPE do we care NOPE sure we would love the house to look great but again life changes how you look at things and it is what it is ! All’s that truly matters is safety and to allow our animals to still be themselves and happy on 3 or 4 legs.

Purrkins is still getting acupuncture treatments done he was off for 2 months and we go back the 21st for another treatment.

We do see a lot of improvement with each treatment. Purrkins comes homes and plays and has more energy. He seems to tire less frequently for the first week afterward. Dr Matt said that that is all the endorphins working.  He has 2 bowel movements on his acupuncture days. It obviously stimulates everything.💩

Dr. Matt also does chiropractic and checks Purrkins alignment each visit. He said he is holding his adjustments (alignment) well and that cats usually do hold there adjustments for longer periods then dogs do.

That being said he also said he doesn’t have a lot of cat patients. Dr Matt will also learn from Purrkins & Purrkins brother Saxton. We are not sure what the long term plan is on acupuncture and will keep you posted on what we are doing and what Purrkins ends up needing and benefiting from.

Some things we have noticed with Purrkins are ~
● He tires easier, He plays just as hard as he did before, he just doesn’t last as long .

●His one remaining front right leg is getting a lot bigger! Its really impressive to see how the body compensates
with the increase in size!

●We have seen a decrease in him trying to use his missing limb. He was trying to use his missing limb a lot the first month and each month is decreasing. Dr Matt said that is normal ,the brain is still sending him signals the leg is still there.

● We have seen him be startled a couple of times and he goes to take off running, without thinking and then flops frantically, then seconds later he gets his wits about him and off he goes on his 3 legs! He must realize oh yeah my leg is gone this is not working. I imagine in fight or flight mode thats normal too.

●Purrkins has figured out some new ways to clean his one side. He props one side up on the window, wall, or his humans and can now reach everywhere except his one side of his face .

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He also seems to prefer having his amputated side propped up now when sleeping or cleaning. He always uses a pillow or wall or again us humans for support. He prefers his head elevated too. He likes to lay on the sofa between two cushions (crack) That spot no one usually likes to sit in cause you sink down in between😉

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●He does appreciate his one side of his face wiped off and his one ear to be scratched more often. We are happy to oblige .

●When sits he now brings his 2 back feet in closer to the front leg

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●Purrkins has decided to go back to using the non handicap litter box;) We have 3 litter boxes total, we cut two of the boxes out in the front for him to have easier access. His brother Saxton didn’t mind the alterations in fact he still is using the easy access boxes. Purrkins uses both the cut and uncut ones now.

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We have two of these boxes this one is cut out in front. We used a dremel tool with cutting blade on it and then filed it smooth.

●Purrkins stopped sleeping in his normal bed after surgery its got a warmer in it. We noticed him laying on the air ducts on the floor . We took the heater out of his bed and he still did not use it. He is preferring to be cool now rather then warm and how smart is he!;) I didn’t think of the cool being comforting to him. I saw the cooling beds on tripawds gear and that it was beneficial for joints and aches. I ordered him a cooling pad on Amazon smile and he loves it. I put in on the crack of the sofa in the day and bring to our bed at night.

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This was as soon as it came out of the box and got the cooling part in;)

●Purrkins fur is not completely grown back in yet but almost , Its really fuzzy and cute. It will be nice to have him fully clothed again and we can keep on hopping on! I suspect next month he will have his full coat back.(total of 5 months from bald to full coat. Just in time for winter;)

We are working on both of the guys weight now. There was A LOT of complaining at first and there still is but it is getting better. We calculated what there daily calorie intake should be. We slowly cut back on portion size ,we write down everything they have eaten ,and the total calories for the day are.

Its important in cats to not lose weight too quickly , they can develop hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver disease, both can potentially be fatal.

We use a digital pet scale, we put a cardboard box and and put them in the box to weigh them. We weigh them weekly and we are slowly making progress. After all the complaining its really rewarding to see the scale move in the right direction!

 

Scale is too small for our cats- we add a box and then add them:) ZIEIS | 30 Lb. Capacity | Digital Pet Scale | Z30P-DURA | 11.5″ X 9.3″ BigTop Dura Platform | 0.1 Ounce Accuracy

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Add a box and zero out the scale then we put the guys in the box

Saxton demonstrating how its done

We do core strengthening with Purrkins every day a couple of times a day, he is getting really good at standing on his back two legs;) We do them on this balance pad. He now swats his toys standing on his back two feet;)

I just started to put his food bowl on the balance pad and he now eats on it. That took some time and coaxing at first but food is motivating 😉

Saxton is also strengthening his core, we don’t exclude him, they get rewarded with bonito flakes or freeze dried treats.

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Purrkins on his balance pad

Saxton doing core exercises. He is reaching for treats;)

The boys being brothers enjoying a Indian Summer day! Notice the arms. Saxton really couldn’t be a better brother to him he is so courteous to him !

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Saxton watches Purrkins more closely then he used to and allows Purrkins to hop in front of him and lead the way , he always stays back a little for Purrkins to go first. We do make sure to give Saxton just as much love and attention as we have before and give them both equal attention and love. Saxton just doesn’t have his own blog and I am obviously not a blogger 😉 We just wanted to share Purrkins experience hoping his Tripawd journey might help another kitty or kitty parent some day!

We will update again in or around our 5 or 6 month hopefully more time will appear when the snow does.👀

Until then we hope everyones fur and non fur families are doing well 😘😽

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Purrkins 2 Months Ampuversary

September 21st, 2016 · 2 Comments · Post Amputation

Todays is Purrkins 2 month ampuversary. He is doing great!

He had his 3rd Acupressure treatment the end of last month .

Dr Matt said he is doing so well he didn’t need to see him  back for a month! 🎉

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Purrkins playing in his new ripple rug.  They both love it!

Purrkins tired out after playing .

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I thought i would also post  this video on how gets along with his hop.  I took this a couple weeks ago.

Not much to report Purrkins is just being his sweet self with one less limb. He gets around great, plays the same, hunts the chipmunks at the screen door. All with more gusto then he had before!

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One Month Post Amp.

August 24th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Post Amputation

Today is our one month ampuversary. Hard to imagine its been a month already ! We couldn’t be more happier to post Purrkins is doing fantastic!

There isn’t anything he can’t do on his 3 legs . He is acting like a kitten again! That shows us how much that leg was bothering him.

Purrkins had his 2nd Acupuncture treatment last Wednesday, he actually jumped up on Dr Matt’s cushion ready for his treatment ! Dr. Matt used the laser again and Purrkin’s stayed still and enjoyed the treatment!  He Never ceases to amaze me! Did I mention our Dr. Matt is an hour away? Purrkins enjoys the ride:)

He came home and played with his favorite toy (a homemade candy cane). He carries it around the house meowing! That was the first time since before the surgery we got to hear that happy sound! He definitly feels a great difference with the acupuncture! Both times he has come home and played and has more energy !

He is back to being my shadow just a little louder shadow. He has a cute hopping sound. He is surprisingly very fast on 3!

His fur is growing back pretty fast , the poor guy had his belly shaved from the ultrasound , then the surgery site and his back  leg.

We go back again for another Accupuncture treatment next Wednesday.

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Purrkins texted his grandpa- Purrkins text was ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////Then shut the computer off lol.

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The boys are back to being sweet brothers !

They are begging to go outside .

They only get to go out with us, on a harness or in their tent. Will work on taking some videos and getting them posted 😉

 

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