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2 Weeks today! Purrkins is back

August 11th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Post Amputation

It has been two weeks today since Purrkins arm was amputated. Unreal it has been two weeks already.

Yesterday after his acupuncture treatment Purrkins played with his yeowww fish! He rolled and rolled he figured out how to hold the toy with his one arm.


Purrkins went back today to MSU to get his stitches removed.

He quivered the entire time.  I felt terrible for him.


The surgeon is pleased with how everything looked and said Purrkins is FREE – no more t-shirts or onesies!

He is allowed to go back to regular activity!

I attached his Pathology report below.



Regular activity became RUN and JUMP all over the house lol

He was ready Mom was not. He does so well I shouldn’t have been so worried.

He amazes us again! He wanted to go down to the basement Mark, and I thought we would be ready in case he needed us. Well, he RAN down before we could do anything! 👀

Mark and I were both in shock did you see that?! He investigated the entire house every room in fact! I thought he must be exhausted by now. No, he rested for a few minutes, and he was back up again.

What an amazing day! Purrkins is AMAZING. We are both in awe. His Grandma and Grandpa were able to watch all thru videos and pictures. They were also amazed.

Saxton just watched Purrkins go everywhere, they smelled each other, and that was ok for a short time. Saxton then gave him a big hiss  😒 Hopefully a little time we can get them back to being brothers.

Purrkins is back to himself today! We can certainly say we did what was best for Purrkins!

He is back to his happy, active self!  We also know his leg was bothering him more then he was showing us! He had slowed down and was sleeping more than usual before the surgery.

We will work on some more videos and get them uploaded of him getting around!

1/2 day of being a free man again and on 3 legs has been a joy to see!

We are so thankful we had a choice and were able to save Purrkins life!

I know cancer has no rules. But this is the greatest news we could get!  Clean margins, cancer left with the leg!  We are running with that!

We are going to live and celebrate a long cancer-free life! 🙏


Purrkins all time favorite hang out! He can watch the birds and chipmunks!

Thank you, everyone, for being here with us thru this terrifying time!  Yeah, Purrkins! 🎉🎉🎊🎈

Love to all XOXO



Acupuncture appointment

August 9th, 2016 · No Comments · Post Amputation

Purrkins went for his acupuncture appointment today. He was not happy with the needle acupuncture he squirmed all around. I took a bag full of bonito flakes thinking that would help. Nope, not today.

Dr. Matt said this isn’t helping him and decided to try the laser acupuncture.

Purrkins didn’t mind that in fact, he started to purr.

In the photos, he still has some needles in. Most he squirmed right off. There were Lots of bonito flakes everywhere. 😉

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Dr. Matt would like him to have 2-4 sessions. We go again next week and will keep you posted on how this goes and what improvement we see.

*Purrkins pain medication and gabapentin will be done tomorrow. Hoping this will help him be off the meds without any pain.

He came home and ate supper and is now sleeping soundly.

Thank you, Dr. Matt!



Purrkins meds & duration ended up being

  • 14 days Gabapentin 100 mg capsule – one capsule by mouth every 8 hours
  • 12 days Buprenorphine 0.3 mg every 8-12 hours

Spaced the Gabapentin and Buprenorphine 1 hour apart per our instructions.

I opened the Gabapentin capsule into a little bowl (pestle)
I added a small amount of sardine water or tuna water, mixed the Gabapentin, used a syringe and sucked the mixture back up into the syringe to syringe to Purrkins.



Getting stronger by the hour!

August 7th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Post Amputation



Purrkins is back in his window seat and is thrilled. We are so happy he is doing great! Each day is better than before, and each day he wants to do more.

We just set up his window seat and the stairs on Saturday. We thought it was time for him to start doing more things. We stripped this room down to next to nothing for Purrkins to come home.

We took the bed off the box springs and just put the mattress on the floor. No way for him to get under the bed. We needed to have access to him for his meds. Also under the bed was not a safe place to be, if he would bump his incision.

We took out all the tables too. The room had the mattress, litter box, sleeping bag cushion for me and all cushioned floor exercise mats down for Purrkins learning process. We did not want him to hurt himself if he had some mishaps learning.

We will continue to bring more things back into the room this week. Our Purrkins is getting stronger every day and making this Tripawd living look easy!


Purrkins going down the steps

August 7th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Post Amputation


Purrkins going up his steps to his window seat

August 7th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Post Amputation


Purrkins doing his rehab

August 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Post Amputation


Supplements and Diet

August 5th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Supplements

Purrkins Daily Supplements
Standard Process Immune Support – 1 AM AND 1 PM
Nutramax Dasuquin for Cats Sprinkle Capsules – 1 AM AND 1 PM
Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics 1/2 scoop AM
Dr. Mercola Curcumin 1 scoop AM
Vitality Science -Blessed Relief 1 capsule AM AND 1 PM
Canna Companion 1 capsule AM and 1 PM

We use a mortar and pestle
Open Capsules put in Pestle,
Pellets & tablets Crush In Pestle
Mix All together & Mix with Organic Turkey and Gravy Baby Food. Serve;)
Purrkins Diet- Primal Raw Freeze Dried Hydrated -Turkey, Pork, Venison, Beef & Salmon


Day 7 Road trip for Pain meds

August 4th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Post Amputation

Purrkins had a better night last night. He helped me write his blog as you can see😉


We both got to sleep on the bed last night. What a treat!

He tucked in under the covers!


We went to get his pain medication this morning. Purrkins has always been a great rider in the car never makes a peep!

He just isn’t the Atypical kitty! I thought after this surgery he would protest. He amazed me once again.

I told him we were going to MSU for his meds and that no one was touching him today.  I have always told him what the plan is even for this surgery.  You never know he might understand, If nothing else he is a good listener!

He rode along just like usual enjoyed the scenery. We went in, got his meds and left. Not even a  quiver which always happens at the vets.


This is the greatest of carriers by the way! The top, bottom, and door come all come off! NO fighting to get them inside or out of the carrier.  They are secured with a seat belt. MSU even let him stay in it, in the cage until his surgery!  We got it on AmazonSmile K&H mod.  Saxton sleeps in his and uses it as his thunderstorm safe place!

He is back to being comfortable again today!  What a relief that was awful to see him in pain!

That was one of the many fears  I had going into this surgery!

Our Holistic Vet mentioned acupuncture would be great for Purrkins after this surgery. Purrkins has an appointment on Monday.  I will keep you posted on what benefits we see!

We had trouble finding the best height for Purrkins to eat comfortably since the amputation.

His Grandma and Grandpa sent him a prize he got it today its perfect!


Thank you, Grandma, and Grandpa your the best! We sure miss you!

Saxton loves the boxes and of course Grandma and Grandpas smell!




Purrkins Day 6 – Cancer Survivor

August 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Post Amputation

I have several things to share today! We were doing great on the pain meds (Buprenorphine) every 10.5 -11 hours.

We were coming to the end of the pain meds, and I took Purrkins to every 12 hours yesterday. Purrkins was in pain! He meowed, I went to him, he growled and hissed at me and would not let me near him! ALL HUGE SIGNS of PAIN!

I only know this because Purrkins was in pain from a vaccine once and he acted the same way! We ended up on a short course of Prednisolone for the vaccine reaction!

Then again this morning he did the same thing. I put him back to 10 hours and called MSU. I had to leave a message for Dr. Rubin. I waited all day for him to call in a panic (we only have one dose left.) I couldn’t stand to think Purrkins was going to have to go without the pain meds.

Mark got home and recalled MSU and Dr. Rubin was in surgery all day, but he would get back to us.

Dr. Rubin called back at 4:48 and agreed we need more pain medication, and I can pick it up tomorrow a.m.

Unfortunately, Purrkins will have to go on a road trip with me to get his medicine.😬 I can’t leave him so he will go with me.

The best news we could have ever got we got today! Dr. Rubin got the pathology report back on his leg.

Soft tissue sarcoma low grade and we now have CLEAN MARGINS!  🎉🎊 Our prayers have been answered.

Also, I got Purrkins some 0-3 months t-shirts, the onesies were moving around too much on him, the t-shirt seems to be a better fit and staying put. I will let you know if that changes.



TMI disregard the next paragraph if you don’t want to know about Purrkins BMS 💩

Purrkins finally went #2 today 7 days with no BM. I gave him 1/16th tsp Miralax on the 6th day and 1/8 tsp on the 7th day. We got BM day 8💩 Purrkins stands on his back two legs to go #2, and he still does the same stance, the only difference now, he holds himself up on the edge of the box with one leg, not two. He started covering his BM before I could get up to take care of it. I did end up helping so he didn’t tire out so much.

We want to thank everyone!

The Tripawds family, Our family all of the prayers that have been said and have been answered.

We couldn’t have done this without all of your support! We could not be more grateful. We love you all!

We look forward to growing old with Purrkins and Saxton!


Day 5

August 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Post Amputation


Last night  Purrkins got out of his closet bed and into my makeshift floor bed!

He got under the covers and curled up with me. We both got to get some sleep! So happy to feel him tuck in with me again!

His incision looks great it is not oozed or bruised. I saw a lot of pictures before his surgery they looked scary.

This isn’t scary at all! Beautiful job Dr. Rubin!


He is insisting he gets out of this room. I took a couple of pictures you can see how excited he is.


And then mom says no. Not so happy


Tonight will be his last night of the Buprenorphine. He will still be on the Gabapentin for a bit.

I know he is feeling good he was up more today. I ran the vacuum, and he RAN 🎉🎊out of the closet and up to the bed! I could not believe what I just saw! It looked like Purrkins on all 4! It was a fantastic moment!  We celebrate each thing he does!

I watched him before the surgery and wondered “how will he do that on three? I’m so happy to say he is showing us how!

His brother Saxton came into the room more today and stayed after checking on Purrkins. I am thinking we are making progress each day!