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Hoppy Howloween & Lessons Learned

October 31st, 2018 · 18 Comments · Post Amputation

Hoppy Howloween

Dr. Purrkins on call

Bat kitty Saxton

There is a story to follow with these photos! Dumb arse me decided to have a photo shoot for the calendar this year.

I grabbed yarn to catch Purrkins attention, and of course, it worked cats love yarn & yes I know the dangers of yarn, and I am right there with him &  within SECONDS Purrkins severed the yarn!

I nabbed that yarn

CHOMP (see that is yarn, not a tooth)

I tried to get the yarn out of Purrkins mouth, but he SWALLOWED IT!

I gave Purrkins some egg lecithin (good for hairballs) and some coconut oil also good for hairballs praying the yarn would pass without a hitch. LITERALLY, I was terrified it would get hung up inside somewhere. I had the visual of surgery my nightmare!

I called the Vet right away, and they told me to try not to worry if Purrkins is acting fine and not throwing up or puking. HA easier said than done because I grabbed the yarn to play with Purrkins. 🙄😞

The office said it should pass in 3 days or 3 bowel movements! I was on poop dissection duty. After 3 poops still no yarn? Called the Vet again and the Vet gave the same advice as long as Purrkins is acting normal, pooping, not throwing up and eating normally don’t worry it shall pass if anything changes obviously we head to Emergency. Over a month of dissecting poop, no yarn EVER showed up?!?!?! It was 100 % wool yarn so I thought that might have been a plus. Where did the yarn go? It was not in the poop trust me GAH!

Here are some things I learned from what could have been a disaster

#1. Don’t play with yarn! DUH

#2. A linear object such as yarn, string, tinsel, or grass is hanging out of your cat’s rear end – CUT IT NEVER PULL IT. I had no idea? I have pulled grass from Saxton’s rear end before. We can cause damage by pulling it out!

#3. Do not try to pull a linear object out of their mouth it can be stuck on the tongue and or throat and cause damage. (again I did not know this)

It was instinct for me to open Purrkins mouth and try to get it out.

Purrkins had loads of fun AND was over the photo shoot both!

It appears we are in the clear now!? Wanted to share some of the great photos from our photo shoot.

Kitty Boinks and a lazy Purrkins

NOT yarn that can be severed. One of Purrkins special cat toys! (Purrkins – see my core strength:)

It’s a birdie, and I got him, chomp

Loved this shot but you can’t tell Purrkins is a tripawd;)

Hunting the chipmunks outside ignoring Mom

Is this over yet Mom?

Exhausting all these pictures

So sweet and innocent;)

The picture we decide upon for the calendar this year

Saxton still needs to have his very own photo shoot & we will get that done in November! He was snoozing thru these shots. Purrkins will not play when Saxton is around that is one thing that has changed since the amp we have to play separately.

Other than the yarn deal we don’t have much to report. Purrkins went for his 2-month acupuncture/chiro treatment, and that seems to be a better fit for him he was slightly off this time rather than being all out of whack.

Purrkins has had a hand full of phantom limb episodes again each time these have happened were after he was playing and racing around like a crazy kitty on 3.  I wrapped him in his farabloc blanket, and the episodes do settle right down! Phew!

Classic upside down Mr. Purrkins;)
Hope everyone has a safe fun Howloween !

Love & Purrs to you all!

❤️❤️❤️

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2 Year Recheck UNREMARKABLE

September 13th, 2018 · 14 Comments · Post Amputation

We strive for UNREMARKABLE on this journey!

Unremarkable

We went for our recheck bloodwork, x-ray, and urinalysis.

Mr. Purrkins is unremarkable ALL CLEAR. To refresh Oncology felt we could do our next six month follow up with our regular vet and we did! Purrkins did NOT get sedated for his x-rays when there is a will there is a way. We got our way;) Our Vet had no problem with our request he did Purrkins x-rays on his leg initially and commented then how great Purrkins did if only all animals would be like him;)  He knows Purrkins. 

The tech said she didn’t even need to be in the room “lay this way” he laid that way the purrfect patient! She rolled her eyes at sedating Purrkins Dr. Matt does the same an uncalled for risk with Purrkins. I am not saying all cats will do the same I don’t know. It should be based on each animal. Purrkins is unique in many ways, and WE KNEW he would be fine and just lay he is unlike any kitty I have met.  If you believe your animal should not be sedated, please speak up and see if someone will listen and work with you. We have at MSU, and they will not budge. Purrkins will not be sedated again for an x-ray!

The vet took us back to show us the x-rays I expected to see Purrkins lungs not most of Purrkins! We were in awe!  The traditional vet said the chest x-rays at MSU are chest x-rays our vet at a private practice ” we try to fit the most cat we can get in one.”

Since we got the all clear, we can appreciate the x-rays and all of Purrkins. WE DO know how fortunate we are! 

We have never seen any of Purrkins x-rays at MSU.  

Here are the x-rays it was helpful for our minds to see what was and what is now as far as the amputation goes. It was explained to us, but until you see it visually, it was a WOW.

I thought you guys might be interested in seeing them.

This picture shows you Purrkins no arm/no scapula which you can’t really see the scapula in this shot, but you will see that next. It looks as if Purrkins has always been this way or born that way neat. 

This picture shows you how large the scapula is and was. I had no idea until seeing these. We never had a choice anyway but helpful to see now!

My arrows, not theirs;)

lungs & organs my arrows are showing you the remaining scapula

lungs and organs and a ton of poop

This picture shows you TMI full of poop lol see the poop there? This is only funny because Purrkins never has an issue with pooping unlike his brother so we must have interrupted his schedule.  As you can see, I point to all the things we were not looking at! Of Course, this was after he pointed out the lungs were clear! The vet did say IF we were to see metastasis of the lungs it would have a fluffy white appearance on the x-rays.

The vet went thru the entire x-ray each organ etc. it was an incredibly informative visit, he is excellent to take so much time with us! He said all looks great and sends off to a radiologist to confirm. We got the official news UNREMARKABLE.

NOTE 2. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF PULMONARY METASTATIC DISEASE! 

The heart murmur is NOT heard since Purrkins had his dental and two teeth removed. It is pawsible it won’t be heard again.

Since we got so much of Purrkins in the X-ray, we won’t go back for eight months, and we will see MSU Oncology for that recheck. Our vet said in his experience this tumor and grade when the leg goes you don’t see it again! MSU is watching for any cancer that can sometimes come back in different forms. It may never too! 🙏

We will continue seeing Dr. Matt for our tune-ups. This appointment was so much easier on Purrkins than MSU.  Purrkins was more worried about getting the alcohol off of him from the blood draw than anything else. We were there maybe an hour, and that was most of the time with Purrkins in my arms!  We DID NOT have issues when we came home like we do when we go to MSU. Saxton had no problem with Purrkins smell and vice versa. Pleasant all around.

We saw Dr. Matt for our tune-ups and Purrkins was way off again. Mark and I could both see we were overdue to see Dr. Matt by Purrkins hop and I have a hard time describing what we see when he is on three. If you know your animals, hop you will know when it looks different. Dr. Matt suspects he jumped and landed wrong.  We have eight pairs of steps in this house, and we still have landed wrong. UGH, constant worry to keep Purrkins leg and body safe. 

This area has never been off before diagram below for anyone interested. The atlas is always out whack this is the first time in 2 years the lumbar 1 was off.

Purrkins let out a growl when Dr. Matt manipulated him and found what was painful there was no mistaking what the issue was. Dr. Matt followed with acupuncture Purrkins bounced back in a few days. We are so grateful to have Dr.Matt

Things get out of whack missing a leg we know Purrkins would not do as well without Dr. Matt. We go back in 2 months to see how things look instead of 3 months. 

Purrkins favorite window seat had a malfunction we emailed customer service, and they sent replacement parts out right away he was not happy for a week. He sulked just like that! Pathetic

Mom where is my window seat?;(

My place is back!

Phew that was a bad dream

The big scoop is out on the NEW Trikitty book Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats The Tripawds Feline Amputation Recovery and Care Handbook we were honored to be a part of such a huge project.

It is terrible when we have to join and lose a limb regardless of the cause but rest assured life goes on with three legs!  The handbook hops you thru everything you need to know and more. I am pawsitive this book will help many new trikitties and their humans. Thanks to Jim and Rene, Spirit Jerry, WyattRay and all trikitty members for making this happen to allow us kitties to join! Fang and his Mom who started the first kitty blog Fang lives on thru all of us he will never be forgotten.

We would all be lost without Tripawds all the resources, the information the support and love!

We are furever grateful! 

Reading the Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats

Saxton is over all this talk of Purrkins;)

Until our next update think about howloween, we are;)

Love and Purrs to you all!

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Purrkins TWO YEAR Ampuversary

July 30th, 2018 · 33 Comments · Post Amputation

We celebrated Purrkins

TWO YEAR AMPUVERSARY!

Cancer Survivor Two years & hopping on!

I can still go back to that day very easily I am sure all tripawd parents can relate it is a day we will never forget most of this journey are days we will always remember! When we dropped Purrkins off at MSU knowing we would be picking him up minus a limb and having the faith to do it, terrifying as you all know. Did we think we would be celebrating two years on three legs? Honestly, I stay HOPEFUL until the rug is pulled out from under me.  If we don’t believe and have HOPE what IS the point of life? We hope and pray and do the best we can do, and no matter how much time we get it is a gift. Two years has been such a treasured gift I am emotional & teared up typing it. We plan on hopping on many, many, many more years, and my hope & prayer is Purrkins lives a normal trikitty life. God forbid this piece of 💩would ever come back we will NEVER regret our choice. Never. This cancer journey is a curse that comes with some blessings when we slow down and enjoy. We could not be more thankful EVERY day is a gift and each day after today will be. None of us are immortal!  We all need to live this way with everyone in our lives. We never know what each day brings every day we get up and breathe is a gift.

I made a video to celebrate Purrkins 2 years on three a glimpse into that two years. Did I think Purrkins would do this well on 3?  NOPE, he has surpassed anything we could have hoped for & then some!  If you are new to this journey no matter what brings you here dreaded disease, injury, deformity you have to have hold on to what you believe is best for your furmily & hop on!

When life is a bitter pill to swallow

You gotta hold on to what you believe

Believe that the sun will shine tomorrow

Make the dreaded decision and plow forward. Leap and have faith, hope & believe! Enjoy every day, no one knows how many calendar days we have tripawds, quads, bipawds, unipawds or humans. Make each day count! We won’t have regrets that way.

If you are new here, I  included our first eight months video. It will give you a better picture of Purrkins journey.

We could not be more proud of Purrkins he is our tripawd hero!

We had a pawty for Purrkins a turkey fish cake (PetCakes) they make one for CATS I was so excited but skeptical as well because it was a microwave cake. Save your money! I should have listened to my instincts;) oh well how do you know unless you try right. I did have a backup plan just in case the PetCakes did not work, yep instincts we made MegaWheels Rockin Rollin Liver Cake minus the garlic the boys thank Auntie Clare & Meg they ROVE it! They were both licking the bowl. We froze some Whiskas cat milk for the occasion in cat ice cube trays too;)

Liver cakes they loved the petcakes I tossed!

Megastars liver cake YUM! Thanks, Clare and Meg😘

Whiskas cat cubes (sorta icecream)

Mom and her hats! I would not look at the camera but I wore it cause I was a king for the day. 2 years really;)

We had never seen a three-legged animal until a year before Purrkins was diagnosed with cancer.  We had deer show up she was likely hit by a car. We were not sure she would make it.  We put food & water out for her every day to help her. One day she showed up with her fawn. Here she was pregnant the entire time. .

She did good on three, and the leg never took her.  She was like clockwork the day she didn’t show up I looked all over the property for her no Momma deer. Then her fawn showed up alone we knew she was gone. Hunting season – someone took an easy shot. NOT on our property, we don’t allow hunting.  Momma deer was a preview of life on three legs. Come to find out a year later.

This year we had a Mom Raccoon come up on the deck on three legs. I was sick what could have happened? She has babies if she dies the babies will die. Most rehabilitators don’t take raccoons & if they did, she would likely have been put down.  Her best shot was here with her babies and possibly she might recover? If not I figured she would have chosen to stay here either way. I gave her the best chance I could. Food and water every day she would not have to go hunting for food hoping she could rest that leg some. I documented it to watch her progress. She was also like clock-work came every day 2 X a day for a meal I gave her human foods, cat foods, and bird seed. Guess what 17 days she is back on four legs with her cubs in tow. The moral of the story is ALL animals get around on however many legs they have. They keep going and hop on!

She did great, and just like our tripawds when they run on three, you would have never known anything was wrong with her  Amazing to see all species hop on.

We have not had anymore phantom limb episodes since the last update we go back to Dr.Matt for our acupuncture tune-up and chiro in a couple of weeks.

Purrkins on his farabloc

Oh Mom please not the camera again I’m busy here

Back to. my catnap >^..^<

We go for a recheck in Aug bloodwork and chest x-ray no sedation we are doing this one with our regular Vet and it will be sent to MSU.  Will see you again for our next update. We are going to keep hopping on!

Lots of love and gratitude to you all! We are furever grateful and here is to many more ampuversary pawties!!

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Happy Hoppy Eighth Birthday

July 1st, 2018 · 12 Comments · Post Amputation

We celebrated the boys eighth birthday on June 30th. We are still in the Mature category be clear;) 

Happy Birthday to me

New treat puzzle, not plastic cause I get chin acne from plastic

See how I hold the yeowww banana

I’m laying on it. It’s mine

Hats again Mom?

I got this thing figured out

Enough of this hat I am backing out of it.

We had planned on having both the boys dental’s done in May had blood work done, and Saxton ’s comes back as a no go. We would retest in another month to see if things changed his blood work was great six months ago? Purrkins blood work came back good. We had his dental done. The Vet was accommodating with us and gets cats! We talked about all this before the dental on cage time what meds they would send us home with how they would sedate him etc. He made special arrangements for Purrkins to NOT come in early in the morning and wait in a cage for his turn. The office called us right before they were ready for Purrkins for us to bring him in. LOVED THAT they also let us pick up Purrkins as soon as the procedure was over. For any cat & cat owner HUGE! Less stress on all pawties! 

Two teeth had lesions and needed to be removed. Purrkins came home with three days of Buprenorphine so anyone who thinks three days of meds is ok on amputation IT’S NOT & it is cruel plus Amoxicillin for five days.

We were not prepared for two teeth coming out and Purrkins coming home seeing pink elephants! Purrkins did great on Buprenorphine and Gabapentin in recovery well lesson learned with no Gaba means a drunk ABLED  Purrkins with the Zoomies! Gaba made him sleepy just Buprenorphine does not! NOTED

Purrkins was to remain calm no jumping or stairs, and Purrkins did not get that memo. We got the recovery room ready and pulled the mattress off the frame and into the spare room we went for three days. Uneventful in the room. Purrkins did great.

Pink elephants?

Groovy

Phew I’m tired of those pink elephants

We were able to start brushing teeth again after 14 days. I do brush their teeth yes, I don’t do the most excellent job, but I get it done I was not sure it was enough, and it still paid off, everything was mild tartar, etc.  We added a dental chew in Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Cats they love them and come running when they hear the bag. The boys  have a preferred taste to the CET Poultry Toothpaste  that is the only one that is like a treat to them, and we use this tiny little brush CET Toothbrush for Cats 

Some info on dental health in cats if you have a cat, please read. Everything You Need to Know About Your Cat’s Dental Health

Below is a screenshot, not the entire article click the link above, please.

Saxton has since got blood work redone and YAAAAY it has improved, and now he can have his dental done. We will continue blood work every six months to make sure things stay stable. We Mark and I  decided we will not do Saxton’s dental until the next 6-month blood work Saxton needs a vet break, and we all need a break in all aspects. Nothing is urgent dental wise, and we are doing these to prevent problems with their health in the future well that is our hope! I have no idea what we were thinking about doing them both at one time anyway?!?!? 

My parents came to stay with us we had a wonderful time, time went entirely too fast!

Yep, that’s our Grandpa, and we love him!

Grandma said no to the photo of them both and I had to delete it which I understand! I get that from my Mom!

UPDATE ON FARABLOC blanket-

Purrkins uses his farabloc every day, and we continue to go to acupuncture and chiropractic we went May 30th. I move the blanket to his two favorite layabout places, and we have not had one episode until June 23rd. Purrkins was in his cat tree, and I forgot to move his blanket! The cat tree has been the commonplace Purrkins has had his phantom limb episodes? Might be all of the EMF’s are circulating in that area? 

He bolted out of his tree and down the tree to attack, bite, lick & scratch his no arm! Mark said he is having an episode again. I saw he did not have his blanket I forget to move it one time and crap! I grabbed the blanket and wrapped him in it. The episode stopped immediately~! No poop it was over just like that!

Farabloc WORKS anyone has a doubt try it because it has been a huge relief for Purrkins and this was the first episode we have had since it came in Dec. Worth the cost? YES! Was it just because I did not move the blanket for him? That is what I suspect. Time will tell. I can tell you I will never forget to move that blanket again! 🙁

We have ordered a faraday cage for the smart meter, and the wifi router will see what changes and if we have another break thru episode in between tune-ups? We have talked about seeing a pain specialist who is 1 1/2 away. Dr. Matt is an hour plus away so not a big difference, and Purrkins does not mind car rides he never makes a peep and enjoys the ride? Maybe the pain specialist will have some answers? Will keep you posted on what happens and what we decide to do from here.

Purrkins, two-year ampuversary, is the 27th, and

Super Stewie’s one-year ampuversary is the 10th!

We have more celebrating to do!!

More Pawties?

Saxton trying to help write Purrkins blog or not;)

Until then hope everyone furry and human alike are doing well and enjoying their summer!  

Love & Purrs to all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No evidence of metastasis as of 2/2/18🎉🎊👏🏻

February 4th, 2018 · 27 Comments · Post Amputation

CANCER FREE ZIP, ZERO, NONE one year & 8 months! 2018!

We had our dreaded oncology check-up, restaging appointment they insist on calling it and as the title says we could not have asked for better news!! We had the exam, ultrasound, x-rays, blood work, urinalysis done!

  • Soft tissue sarcomas (2) near left carpus
    Completely excised via left forelimb amputation on 7/26/16
  • No evidence of metastasis as of 2/2/18
  • Grade II/VI right parasternal systolic heart murmur ausculted on 2/2/18
  • Persistent elevated ALT (mild) as of 2/2/18
  • Liver cyst – Not seen as of 7/7/17
  • Splenic myelolipoma on the US – Not seen as of 2/2/18
  • Mineralized foci in each kidney on the US – Not seen as of 2/2/18

All unremarkable! One slight elevation in the ALT one number off actually, nothing to be concerned with at this time and a heart murmur was noted today. The heart murmur is new it is not a concern at this time. Will follow up with Dr. Matt and our Traditional Vet. I can’t help but wonder if it’s not from nerves and being sedated?  Wishful thinking? Maybe?  Will see……Not a concern at this time is all we need at this time;). We will have Dr. Matt take a listen at our next appt in 2 weeks for acupuncture/chiro that is the best place to have it rechecked as Purrkins loves Dr. Matt and it is not like a Vet appt for him.

I do not like this place Mom

What will they do to me this time?

The Oncologist that we saw today was the original oncologist we saw for Purrkins Soft Tissue Sarcoma. We liked him then & he wanted us to do the radiation route, but he gave us all of our options. I did not think we would see him again since we took the leg and today was our day.  He could not be more pleased with Purrkins pawgress and all the test results UNREMARKABLE! I find the news even better when the Onco’s are grinning ear to ear.  I am sure we are not the typical news for them and hope we can always be uncommon!!

We had some little findings in our last ultrasound in the spleen likely a myelolipoma (noted can be associated with mast cell) which scared us, and we wanted to see if it changed.  Did it change? YES, IT LEFT?  Got me and I don’t care it is gone!

We are good for six months they would like to see Purrkins for blood work and exam and then go to yearly major rechecks FINALLY PHEW. Of course, we will continue seeing Dr. Matt for acupuncture and chiro, immune support, etc.

Dr. Vilar (onco) says no tumor is coming back! HAHA NOPE, we threw it away, but they would still like to keep an eye on him. “Gold standard for oncology is every six months MAJOR recheck ” we are doing great because they are letting us go to one year on the major recheck!!  Whoo Hooo!!

The students loved Purrkins he got all kinds of love and kisses, the one girl that came to get Purrkins knew Purrkins OH IT’S PURRKINS ❣I hope all that somehow that makes it easier on him? I have to wonder if someone reads his blog because they did not go clipper crazy on him like they did last time?!

Before

After

Our last Onco appt at MSU they were working on a FELINE specific waiting area we saw the signs last time Purr-don our dust!

They have completed the Feline Only entrance at MSU!! Look at it!  It is beautiful and what a difference for Purrkins and us! We did not hear one dog bark, sorry pups nothing against the doggies I love all critters; I think this is a win-win for both species!  The dogs are not getting excited at seeing the kitties, and Purrkins wasn’t more afraid hearing or seeing the pups. It was a very different atmosphere! I hope everyone follows in their footsteps!

It is beautiful and quiet and purrfect for cats they have high and low tables in there so you can put your kitty where he/she would prefer and a fish tank for enjoyment ;). We were the only ones there when we took Purrkins and the only ones there when we went back to get him?

Purrkins biggest complaint was he had to STARVE for his appointment, and brother Saxton also had to starve but not nearly as long. He came home and ate like he hasn’t eaten in weeks, he had the zoomies!  They sedated Purrkins for this exam we have discussed this over and over Purrkins does not need to be sedated!  They will not budge on this!  We discussed this again prior to them taking him back, and she made a note for less sedation. They used two different drugs this time and then reversed one of those drugs – now three drugs.

We thought all was fine Purrkins just had the zoomies, and his pupils were huge and overly sensitive to any noise.  The zoomies and being wired has happened in the past, with his biopsy surgery. An hour or so after he was home he had some reaction with his breathing, he wanted to cough and couldn’t, multiple swallows, trying to catch his breath, it is hard to describe it looked like he was going to have an asthma attack. I was ready to do mouth-to-mouth and take him back to MSU!  It did end up resolving & working itself out. What seemed like furever was only minutes!  Scared the poop out of us & I was up most of the night ensuring Purrkins was still breathing!  I have noted the different meds that were used – DO NOT USE again on his yearly exam and in his charts everywhere!

Purrkins still had the Zoomies Saturday morning, and finally late afternoon the zoomies expired!

Zoomies have expired finally

That is our big news and very happy to report we are still hopping on and we have left that piece of 💩disease behind.  It is our past, and Purrkins does not mind that his arm is in the past Ask him? His arm or Me? Purrkins says ME pretty easy decision!

Plus I use my Mom’s arm whenever a shoulder is needed!

Saxton 💭 Is it always about him?  No, it’s really not!  Saxton needs his own blog the poor guy he has lots to say!  You can see Sexy Saxton has lost weight too!!

Thanks for all the good juju prayers and thoughts we got exactly what we asked for and could not be more grateful!

P.S. Purrkins is still using his farabloc every day, and we have seen a huge difference! He has not had any phantom limb episodes, and the twitching has decreased! I look forward to telling Dr. Matt about that as well, he was not familiar with the farabloc blanket but knew we were going to give it a try.

Enough pictures mom I’m trying to sleep here!

Until our next update…….
Much love to you all!
Hugs, Purrs & Scratches

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Purrkins Phantom Limb 18 months post amp!

December 21st, 2017 · 23 Comments · Post Amputation

Purrkins just started having phantom limb pain or what I call phantom limb episodes. Purrkins has always had a twitch in his no arm. I asked our Holistic Vet about it when we first started to see the twitch after his amp, what we are seeing is the pectoantebrachialis muscle twitching.

In short – The brain is still sending signals to the arm that is not there causing the twitching. With Purrkins it has never appeared to be painful, looks involuntary it looks like a jerking sensation. I took a short video so you can see what goes on. Just watch his amputated side.

Dr. Matt says it doesn’t seem to bother him the twitch isn’t concerning could go on his lifetime.  This last two months we started having more twitching and then episodes of phantom limb pain.  Purrkins was sleeping in his bed and out of the blue he woke startled and aggressively went after where his arm used to be. Licking fastidiously and scratching it. I felt terrible for him! It lasted about 2 minutes. I didn’t time it, I was trying to help him get thru it!  I have a homeopathic remedy we used after his amputation after his Gaba ran out called Boiron Hypericum Perforatum 30C, a (Homeopathic Medicine for Nerve Pain) During the episode I gave him two pellets tried to massage the area, he did not want my help at all he wanted to attend to it himself.  The other times it came on out of the blue, but he was awake with the same lightning bolt action and attacking & licking his no arm area.

We took Purrkins for his acupuncture and chiropractic he was out of whack in the in the three usual places atlas, thoracic 7 that number varies last time it was thoracic 10 and his pelvis needed to be adjusted these seem to be the consistent ones that Purrkins needs to be adjusted.

(red arrows showing you where)

Dr. Matt was surprised Purrkins was having phantom limb episodes this far out, but he said it could come about at any time. We do believe acupuncture will help it has always done wonders for Purrkins we will just have to get the how often dialed in better we were at every three months as a tune-up.  We discussed EMF’s Electro Magnetic Fields like a smart meter, wifi routers, laptop, cell phones, microwaves, etc. Post’s Jerry has done on the Farabloc go into further detail & a PODCAST: All About Electro Magnetic Frequencies and Tripawd Amputees  

We discussed this because the electric company installed a new smart meter on the house and this does correlate with when Purrkins started having these episodes. Purrkins will be a year and a half post amp next week, and the phantom limb episodes just started happening!  Very interesting discussion & a little geeky for some but I find all this very interesting! Dr. Matt does suspect the smart meter is the reason for this late onset and we discussed how dogs have high anxiety and behavioral problems the list went on! He suspects for the same reason too much EMF’S.  We can purchase a cage for the new smart reader to block any harmful emissions; we figured we could not block them all & bought a farabloc blanket for Purrkins instead.

When the blanket arrived we know more got it out of the envelope, and Purrkins was on it literally, and he stayed on it, on and off the entire night!

Right out of the envelope;)

The off was to eat and go potty then back on the blanket! I even moved the blanket around actually out of my own curiosity to see if he would follow it! I put it in the doorway where neither cats would typically lay, it’s too busy to lay there. Guess what? Yep, he followed it!

The blanket folded in half on this photo

Funny Saxton also gravitates to it?

I think I need one too Dad;)

Now if anyone has cats, they know cats are finicky about materials well at least ours are. They always pick the softest, cushiony materials this is anything but that. It is fabric and I was not sure Purrkins would be interested in it, but we did the research & wanted to try it if it can help him in any way money well spent! I move the blanket around to Purrkins regular sleep spots as you can see for yourself Purrkins loves it! Amputated arm always on the blanket!

Also folded in half in his window seat.

Mom why all the pictures again? SIGH Single layer full size we got the 20 X 20

Could not be more content sleeping so peacefully! Love this picture!

I have not seen him be this relaxed in months!  I have seen less twitching and will give the full review when we have more time to see what happens.  I am very interested in the technology and will watch and document how this goes & let you all know. What we can see in 4 days we are impressed!

Next week we will celebrate our One year & 6 months cancer free Ampuversary we will have to schedule that dreaded recheck once again.🤢   January or February we are shooting for ! Will let you know and ask for some prayers & pawsitive tripawd power before our appointment!

For now, I will leave you with our famous upside-down closing photo of Mr. Purrkins loving his new Farabloc blanket!

We want to wish you all a very Meowy Christmas and or a Hoppy Howlidays and a Hoppy Mew Year FULL of treasured memories, love & laughter!

Love to everyone one of you and your fur & human family here & on the other side whom we always carry in our hearts❣

 

 

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Hopping on 16 months

November 6th, 2017 · 14 Comments · Post Amputation

Purrkins In his hunt mode

We have unsuccessfully gained an entire 1 lb back!😩
Both Saxton & Purrkins both 1 lb each so two on how you look at it! I see two! I am sick, to say the least, we slacked on the weighing them for one month, this is the result!😲

This was an experiment gone wrong on what calories it would take to maintain where we were. Not intentionally missing the weigh-in life just got in the way. The plan was to experiment with calories, adding some actually, weigh them each week to know which way we were going or if we were holding steady.  We did not weigh them, and here we are One month =+1 lb If only it worked the reverse way🤢

We are back on track back with alerts on the calendar to weigh every three days then back to every week weigh ins! Maintaining this weight I have not figured out YET so when we get there I will happily share what it takes and if there is allowed any extra calories or what not?  We will get it back off and figure out the rest! UGH! We share our success and our failures because like it or not we always have both! Hard lesson learned!😞

Purrkins has always had an obsession with q-tips since he was a kitty, he actually would steal them out of a glass container.  It was a little battle we had trying to keep him out of the Q-tips! I changed the container to one that had a small drawer, he opened the drawer and got the Q-tips, into a cupboard they went, he found them. Childproof locks went on, and he tried for the longest time and could not get past the locks. My concern was his safety of course.

This is one of those cases when they become a tripawd like so many other things, everything changes & our views change:)  Purrkins is allowed to play with the Q-tip now with Mom that makes it more fun right? SUPERVISED ONLY!  I got one out, and he saw it and went bonkers;).  We took a short video for you for fun!  Watch how much fun a q-tip is & how fast he goes!

You might need to rewind it did you see him jump over his water bowl? He is a nut!  We play in the hallway because that is Purrkins runway it’s the longest strip we have without furniture in the way!

Purrkins says enough of the computer Mom & I listen;)

This is the picture we chose for this year’s calendar

Our Howloween pictures;)

Purrkins as a lion

Saxton as a Panda

Until our next post…

Much love to all

Hugs & Purrs & Scratches

 

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Purrkins is in CATSTER MAGAZINE

September 14th, 2017 · 14 Comments · Post Amputation

Purrkins is a Star HE IS IN THE CATSTER MAGAZINE !! OMC
Miss FETA and PURRKINS ARE STARS!

 

How to Care for a Three-Legged Cat

No words that can truly explain how Proud & grateful we are !! Thank you Tripawds if it weren’t for the site for Jerry for You both we wouldn’t be saving lives Purrkins is a shining example of what a Tripawd kitty can do not what he cannot do!! What a QUALITY OF LIFE IT IS!!

I showed Purrkins & he is posing for the next CATSTER issue to arrive with PURRKINS & FETA IN IT! Will see on the print edition?

The article addresses the kitchen cupboards.

We tried blocking access and do when we are not home & at night!

When we are home, his steps come out!

With Purrkins if there is a will, there is a way and with three legs that does not change!  Yes, we would love that aspect to change but what we do is just provide a safer route, even if it means a not human-friendly route!

Would I have done this before NO LOL but yes as we all know this journey changes us!!  Saxton doesn’t climb up the cupboards & never has & still doesn’t with the steps? I think it is a per cat on what kitty does and what you have to do or should do to provide a safer way up and down!!

Purrkins isn’t counter surfing he is going to his favorite lookout spot to layabout;)! A royal pain to move in our little kitchen to open drawers the fridge the oven to use the micro you have to slide the steps out of the way !! This makes Purrkins happy, so Purrkins wins! We will be working on a human & Purrkins friendly route this winter!!

We Celebrated  Purrkins 1 year Ampuversary July 27th !!

We are way late posting I had this in my drafts but never got to post it! Life took a significant turn!  We did celebrate his big day!! We have been MIA for family health issues & more dreaded Cancer!

I know it is strange for some people to celebrate the day we have taken off a limb!! However, that is not exactly what we celebrated! We celebrated a year of Purrkins!!  A year our little man learned his new life on 3 or actually it is a year of Purrkins showing us what a Tripawd Kitty CAN do!! Not what he cannot do;)

I never thought I could love this little guy any more than I already did!! But I absolutely do!! I love him even more!! We got thru this past year together stronger and wiser!

Purrkins is still Purrkins with one less limb so what? Purrkins doesn’t mind he happily hops on like nothing ever happened!

We have lost 1 more lb a total loss of 3.55 lbs! YAAAAY unreal we have got the weight off!! WHOO HOO!
I do worry about the too skinny since we had cancer but we will do what the professionals think is best.

Doesn’t he look great! We think so;)

We will forever monitor his food intake & weigh him on a regular basis; there is no other way to ensure he stay’s at a healthy weight! The loss of weight has been amazing to see it has made a HUGE difference in how he is getting around !! To be clear Purrkins got around great anyway before the weight loss, but we knew going into the amp we had to get the weight off! We did notice before his weight loss his one remaining leg would quiver, too much weight on that front leg! He is so much more active it’s wonderful to see!!

I wish he did act like he had three limbs for our sanity purposes!

Purrkins is paying us back by racing around the house, jumping up on everything ZOOM ZOOM & ZOOM ZOOM which is great to see but also worrisome!! I have literally caught him 3 times from slipping off of the kitchen table! He needs suction cups on his feet! Or I have to carpet my kitchen table next?

He races around & does not let a missing leg slow him down, in fact, he is more active & more confident. I am just so thankful to have been right there and my instincts kicked in like they did and Grabbed him!!!! I know I am more reactive because of losing a cat to a fall!

Purrkins tummy hair is almost all grown back in already

Wouldn’t be great to be a cat for a day!?!?

Not a worry in the world!

We saw Dr. Matt for our tune-ups & not surprising Purrkins needed Chiro adjustment being Monkey on 3 does come with consequences. I suspected he was off he looked uncomfortable to me again & we actually had an incident that has not happened before Purrkins pooped outside of his litter box (normal poop noted)!! He peed in the box and pooped right outside of the box 2 X !! I knew something wasn’t right!!

His pelvis was out way out of whack further than it has ever been & his atlas. He had his acupuncture done, and Purrkins is back to being the same monkey & back to pooping in the box!

We went for our CBC recheck to the traditional Vet & to check his teeth! He scraped the tartar off his teeth and bought us six months before we need to do the cleaning !!

The Vet wanted to wait on his CBC for a couple of weeks to a month! Since we did our Dr. Matt appt on Friday and went to see him on Saturday, he said we would likely get a false reading from the stress!! He is right; we didn’t think of that we were trying to get to these appointments with the time we had! We can return in a couple of weeks to a month and run in for a blood draw and head right back home !! This vet is just 10 minutes away!

Here is to many many many more years of hopping on!!!

Much love & appreciation !!

XOXOXO

 

 

 

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CANCER FREE & Hopping on!

July 13th, 2017 · 13 Comments · Post Amputation

PURRKINS IS CANCER FREE!

We wanted to update Purrkins blog for anyone who does not do the forums and for family and friends.  If you saw the forum news disregard our blog update;)

Purrkins had his 1-year restaging check-up at MSU
We are in the clear!! YAAAY Purrkins is STILL CANCER FREE !!

We are hopping into our 1-year ampuversay!
YAAAAAAY no cancer showing up ZIP! YAAAAAAY🎉🎉🎉🎊🎊🎆

X-rays & ultrasound unremarkable, bloodwork was good, but we have one ALT off, it’s only off by three numbers, but it has doubled since his last recheck, Oncologist wants to recheck it in one month to see if it changes one way or another.  I emailed our Dr. Matt his reply

 “The ALT  is one of the leakest of liver enzymes and can fluctuate.  I absolutely would not be alarmed by this and would say let’s just recheck it in a few months and monitor a trend.”

So that’s the plan:) Dr. Matt is the best & don’t be alarmed;) You think he knows us?;)

Purrkins has mild tartar on his teeth so we will need to get those cleaned! We can tie in the CBC with his teeth cleaning!

MSU Oncology would like to check Purrkins every six months for blood work and x-rays, we will now go to a yearly ultrasound! YAAAY & YAAAY & YAAAY!

We are SOOOOO RELIEVED & SOOOOOO THANKFUL!

We stopped at Starbucks for a Purrpuccino to celebrate on our way home! We did bring one home for Saxton too:)

Purrkins has the naked belly again!

Clipper crazy ugh yeah!

The appointment at MSU takes a toll on this household! Both the boys and both the humans! I do not know if there is a be more dog or cat in these scenario’s because that does not apply to these appointments?!?  It is stressful for all!

We have the stalking behavior and hissing and swatting when only one goes to the Vet! One kitty, in this case, Purrkins comes home smelling not like Purrkins! See Saxton stalking him? UGH, Cats & their senses!! That does not smell like my brother?!?!

We usually avoid that entire mess by taking them both! Our mistake we left Saxton at home!

We are so happy to be spacing these appointments out further and further!

I do have to say we treat Purrkins & Saxton as we would human children!  There is NO way we feel we can not recheck him!?! He had cancer (low-grade sts) we took it off!  If something else goes wrong or shows up, we will catch it and hopefully be able to help him! If he were a human child, we would do the same thing, and none of us would like it,  this is the same scenario in our book!

Purrkins sleeping this was him the entire day after the appointment! What I’m not showing you is we looked about the same way;) It takes its toll!

This journey is not easy by any means! It comes with a lot of worries and believe it or not it comes with a lot of great life lessons! Slow down and enjoy do not take anyone for granted! Life is too short for all of us! Be grateful for every single day! We sure are!

Purrkins is hopping into his one year ampuversary the 27th!? One year already ?!?!?

A lot lighter too:) See the difference?

We will keep this PAWTY going!! Even upside down;)

THANK YOU ALL for the pawsitive thoughts and prayers! For cheering us on & going with us!  Tripawds & the members! Well, it just does not get any better, the support, understanding & love!  

It means the world to us!

Love, Gratitude & Hugs to ALL

 

 

 

 

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Hoppy Birthday

July 5th, 2017 · 10 Comments · Post Amputation

Purrkins & Saxton celebrated their 7th birthday on June 30th!
We had a little pawty for them with gifts, hats and special food;) The pawty hats did not go over very well;)  We did get a shot of Purrkins in his before he tried eating the string! 🙄 Cats 😉

They got their favorite Yeoww catnip toys and a huge fish they had fun digging in the bags and tissue paper. If you have cats and they are reactive to catnip these are the best catnip toys! Yeooow, the boys, smell them in the box when they arrive!

Purrkins would eat Tuna every day if his mom were not so fussy about what he ingests.

Special occasions Mom bends the rules this was one of those occasions!
They both had Tuna & Salmon for supper! They had little unlit cat candles too LOL.

We have been working on a new disc for core strength with Purrkins. I showed pictures in a previous post, it came with instructions for dogs, and we are just following those;)

Cats can do these too! Here is the proof;)

We go for our 1-year restaging appointment on Friday to MSU oncology! UGH

We are asking the Tripawd Nation & family for pawsitive energy and prayers for the 7th at 8:30 am.

Back to the reality of this all on Friday! A day I absolutely dread!
I will bury all of my fear and anxiety for Purrkins sake!

When we get the all clear again, we will go back to breathing & hopping on!

As you can see Purrkins isn’t worried about a thing!

We will be updating again soon to celebrate our 1-year ampuversary which is on the 27th of this month!

Until our next update ……
Hugs & Purrs

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