This little kitty is River he was found in a junkyard dragging a severely injured leg. The injury was too old to be repaired and the leg needed to be amputated. Judi was his human angel and fostered River. They first posted on the blog on July 28, 2018. I feel in love with River if we could have added another kitty he would be the boy’s brother. Pictures and captions shared thru Rivers recovery from Judi.
Me- Last I had heard from Judi little River was going up for adoption.
I checked in with Judi to see if River found his furever home and guess what River is in his furever home with JUDI the foster Mom. YES! 😁😁😁😁❤️❤️❤️I was so happy to hear it!
Judi “My darling boy River was officially adopted by me after he was returned to the shelter. as soon as he was returned, he came “HOME.”
Me-Of course, this was meant to be! River says yes Mom I love you!
River has a furmily of three other kitties he loves.
Judi – “River is doing amazing! I guess because he was so young when he had the amputation that he really doesn’t know anything different.
He runs, he climbs, he jumps … he’s quite the adventurous boy!
ME- Kitties adapt to three legs quickly River was happy to get rid of that bum leg and get on doing all kitty things on three and now all young cat things:) Scratches & Smooches to River & the furmily thanks for keeping us updated and sharing Sweet River with us.
Extra prayers for Judi she has been going thru surgeries and medical issues and River is now being her caregiver and healer!
I have mentioned this before the soul purpose for starting this blog was to share Purrkins journey and hopefully help others under the same terrifying circumstances. For whatever the cause of the amputation. It brings tears to my eyes to know Purrkins and his life on three legs have helped other kitties and their humans!All of our stories help another when they are frantically searching for answers and HOPE! I know we read every blog and watched endless video’s to see yes this is doable. We could see Purrkins would still have a quality of life & be able to do all kitty things on three. I KNOW we would not have felt as confident in our decision if we had not found Tripawds and had support!
I HATE that any of us have to be here and HATE we have to meet under these circumstances but so thankful we are here hopping on. We have met so many lovely people all here for the same reason the love for their furry one (Furmily)!
Many people find Purrkins blog and post in desperation for help or have general questions. Some post once and we do not hear back, some post several times, some end up using the forums & as we have learned a lot read and never post.
We are going to do a few posts highlighting a few kitties we had the pleasure of getting to know & see their sweet selves. I wanted them to have a day in the spotlight to share their story because ALL of our Tripawds deserve to be seen and shared. Our heroes on three legs!
Without further ado, this is Mr. Joshua diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in his left rear leg at age 10 surgery was 4/27/18 his human slave is Giovanni/Gio:) They live in the United Kingdom.
Special guest post where Gio shares Mr. Johsua’s story, recovery & what has changed for them after the surgery hoping to help others.
Guest post – Written by Giovanni
“So, after watching my cat “Mr Joshua” limp a little on his back left leg, I automatically assumed that he had pulled a muscle and it would get better. A few days passed and it didn’t improve, then a week and so I decided to take him to the vets. There he was given some pain killers (anti inflammatory medication) and we went home.
Another week passed and Mr Joshua seemed to be getting worse, so off we went to the vets again. This time, after an xray, they mentioned that he has bone cancer on his back left leg. Obviously, I was in shock. He was taken for a second opinion at a specialist animal hospital and this time a CT scan which is much more thorough than an xray (and a lot more expensive also I may add) and they confirmed my fears, the poor boy does have bone cancer.
The pain poor Mr Joshua was going through was horrible to watch, so specialist hospital prescribed a drug that is much stronger than morphine. This drug did the trick and he was his old self, though maybe a little spaced out. It was so nice to see him not in pain, purring and enjoying life. This made me so happy to see him being his old happy self, though there was a darker side to this as the longer he was on the morphine, the more the cancer spreads and if the bone formed hairline cracks, the pain would have been unbearable for him.
Unfortunately, all this drug was doing was buying a little more time before the vets would have to perform an operation and completely amputate his back leg.
In the end, I had no choice but to schedule surgery for Mr Joshua to have the leg amputated.
26/04/2018 – Night before surgery.
The mental anguish I was going through was terrible as I knew I had to take him in in the morning. One begins to question themselves, even to the point of if they are a good person for putting their loved pet through such a horrible procedure. You know it is to save their life but at that moment, that doesn’t help or stop the turmoil.
I found that that day, I went pretty quiet. You see your little baby looking at you all happy and playing and you begin to second guess yourself even more. I felt slightly spaced as I felt myself getting stressed, up tight, couldn’t eat, all because of what I was about to put Mr Joshua through the next day.
27/04/2018 – Day of the Operation.
I got up, got ready and put Mr Joshua in his cat carrier. I was practically shaking at what I was about to do. The constant thoughts saying “You can stop this at any moment”, and “Just call it off, buy him some more time, you can do this later, in a few weeks or so”.
I knew that I was doing the right thing to save my little boy, but that thought still didn’t make it any easier and I still felt like a horrible person.
I took him to the vets and after a chat with them, I handed over my little baby and left. I must admit that I felt so many mixed emotions all at once during the day. I was felt completely spaced out, like nothing was real. I also knew that I could just go straight back to the vets and stop this procedure if I wanted and stop them amputating my little babies leg. I also knew that I must not do this and the internal struggle was horrible.
All day I struggled at what I was putting Mr Joshua through. This poor cat who had come to trust me, love me and loved being by my side and now I was putting him through this surgery (amputation) and he would have no idea as to why the person he had come to trust, did this to him.
Oh yes, not only did my mind feel spaced, I had headaches all day at the stress of this and very little was going in when people were talking to me. One tries to pretend like everything is ok as let’s face it, everyone has their own issues to deal with and many a lot worse than mine, but that did not make it any easier. I tried to have a little rest during the day and found the only way that it ever so slightly helped was to have the radio on in the background as trust me, you do not want to be left with your own thoughts at a time like this as they can take you to a dark place, even when I keep telling myself that I am doing it to help Mr Joshua.
27/04/2018 – Day ½(I know, that sounds strange). Picking up Mr Joshua from the vets.
Some people may think that picking up your cat after such surgery is tough, and it is a little tough, but the hard part was when I got him home and saw my poor boy. I admit that I fell apart a few times (it wouldn’t be normal not to). I had been busy during the day setting up a dog cage with litter tray, food and water, his sleeping basket and other bits in there (it’s a pretty big dog cage), but putting him in there and seeing him struggle, that was tough. I know he is on pain medication and opioids, so he probably still doesn’t know exactly what has happened, but that does not make it any easier for me to deal with.
Ok, I admit that so far this is sounding a little negative, but believe it or not, the point of this diary is for me to share my feelings and what I am going through so that others going through a similar thing can see that they are not alone.
This is as far as I have got so far. Putting him in his temporary cage and seeing him rest up, oh, and writing this.
28/04/2018 – Day 1
Ok, I will admit that this was a tough day. Jo and I were both in the front room (where his cage is) at 3.30am as he was thrashing about in there and seemed in discomfort. We both took it in turns to comfort Mr. Joshua and ended up trying to get a few moments rest whilst in there. We couldn’t leave him in the cage as it was just horrible to watch, so we let him wonder about the front room.
You can see the realization set in as your pet realizes what has happened and they can no longer get about as they once did. I will be honest here and admit that this was a painful heart-wrenching thing to watch.
We stayed with him and then had to get him back into the cat carrier as he had a check-up appointment at 10.15am. You can imagine how difficult it is to get a cat that has just been through this, into a pet carrier, as 1, you don’t want to risk touching the area that is sore, and 2, he is 100% against going into this as the last time he went in, it cost him a limb. Truth is, in his position, we would all be exactly the same so I don’t blame him one bit for putting up resistance.
10.45am – Our appointment was for 10.15am but there was just no way he was getting into that carrier and it took us the best part of 30 minutes to get him in, mainly because we were trying not to stress him out too much and had to be very careful with him. I called the vet in advance and they were understanding.
The vet’s due appointment went well, but I did explain that Mr. Joshua does not use litter trays and has never used one in all the years I have had him, and trying to get him to use one has been impossible. He does have to use it though as there is no way I am letting him go into the garden to poop, mainly because he doesn’t go in our garden anyway and he will be trying to get out and go elsewhere. This is a tough thing so bear with it and keep persisting. I have been told that it is a good idea to get 2 litter trays with different sorts of litter in each so as to give him a choice. My current choice is a non-clumping, non-dust paper pellets cat litter. My reason for choosing this is because I did not want to risk the gritty cat litter from cutting into his wound and making things more uncomfortable for him.
This evening, he did actually try to use the poop tray but no success, I imagine he may be a little bunged up do to the operation, the stress of it all and also the meds he is on. At least he did try.
MAKE SURE that you get your cat to drink water or some form of liquid as it aide’s recovery and keeps them hydrated. Mr Joshua does not want to drink any water since returning so we have managed to give him some lactose-free cream and also some chicken slices that we dipped in water so as to get some more water into him. Strangely, I found it better to use the cheaper chicken slices as they have more of a water content anyway. The more expensive ones have less water content, though obviously, more protein but my main goal for now is to get him to eat and drink, which is easier said than done when your pet has been through such a trauma.
Even though I have a decent sized cage to keep him in, I have decided to let him wonder the house and start building his strength up. Your vet may say otherwise and it is too soon, but in my case, the alternative was that he was so highly stressed in the cage, pulling at the bars, trying to push his head through and just tipping everything over as he tried to get out, I made the decision to let him out as (in my situation anyway) this was not aiding in his recovery one bit, quite the opposite in fact.
By the end of the day, Mr. Joshua had actually gone upstairs a few times and though I had set up some boxes as steps, wrapped the boxes up in towels so that they were soft, he still jumped up onto the bed. I admit that I was shocked/scared/impressed, and probably a little terrified that he had hurt himself. Going up and downstairs a few times and jumping on the bed had completely tired him out. He ended up sleeping on the double bed with Jo and I was confined to the single bed in the spare room!! Of course, I was more than happy to give them both lots of room, and as I am bigger than Jo, I could have accidentally done Mr. Joshua more harm if I rolled or pushed him whilst I sleep.
That said, my sleep was by no means perfect as I have another cat called Mindy and she had decided to come into the spare room and kept jumping onto the bed and kneading into my chest with her front paws. I swear she used to be a pizza chef in a previous life!
04/05/2018 – Day 7
Wow, an entire week has passed by and I haven’t really had time to update this over the last few days, but it is pretty straightforward so I will keep it brief and simple.
The hardest parts are getting enough sleep as it can sometimes be like having a baby constantly wake you up during the night.
The problem is that I suffer from sleep apnoea so I don’t get proper sleep as it is and with the extra wake ups Mr. Joshua puts on me, my sleep pattern is completely ruined. This is my personal thing and hopefully others don’t have to contend with this also.
Everything seems to be healing as planned. The vet told me to keep Mr. Joshua confined and not have him wondering the house… SOME CHANCE OF THAT!
Saturday evening, he was already making his way upstairs and even jumped on the bed. I had tried to make him a step but he was not having any of it. Of course, it completely wore him out as he just collapsed and rested on the bed. Actually, this happened for the first day or so, each time he used the stairs, got to the top and then jumped on the bed, he was exhausted. BUT, the fact is that HE WAS going up the stairs and jumping on the bed which is a positive step forward.
One thing I would suggest to anyone going through this is to change your cats buster collar. The ones the vet gives are those hard’ish (is that even a word) plastic ones that your cat may struggle with when he/she puts her head down to rest. I did some research and found some blue material ones that have plastic within them but are a lot more forgiving when your cat wants to rest. I spoke to the vet about these and they had some in stock. Since changing Mr. Joshua’s buster collar, I can see a much more positive response from him as it is a lot more comfortable. Granted, he is resting more but that isn’t a bad thing as during rest, they heal quicker also, plus resting is easier with the new collar.
I must admit that it is quite stressful for a pet owner to see their cat go through this, and I have actually become tearful on quite a few occasions because of it. You may begin to doubt yourself and question if you did the right thing or not and this gets upsetting. I found that by giving him plenty of love and affection, plus spending as much time as I could with him, there were moments when he was purring again and his old self was coming out on occasion.
Also, if you have some free time, take their collar off and let them have some freedom without it. I am not talking about letting them wonder about the house, just let them sit on the bed or keep them in one room, feed them, pet them and try to play a little (not too rough, mind you) and let them see that things around them anyway, are as normal as possible. Something to bear in mind is that when you do eventually put the buster collar back on them, make sure that they don’t see it as a punishment, speak to your cat nicely and even give him/her a few treats after you have put it back on, and pet them a little.
NOTE: –Taking the collar off can cause you (not the cat) to get pretty anxious because you have to watch them 100% of the time as your cat WILL go for their stitches. This is perfectly understandable as all they want to do is give that area a good scratch, we would do exactly the same in their position. Only keep the buster collar off for as long as YOU can manage otherwise the anxiety will wear you out. Personally, if you can, I would suggest doing this as it gives your kitty a little more normality and I imagine, it helps with the healing process, definitely from a mental perspective 😊
Each Day: – I noticed each day that Mr. Joshua was getting stronger and more vocal as he wants to go outside but obviously I cannot let him. It is great that he is getting stronger and back to his old self, but with this comes the headaches of constant angry meowing as he begs me to go outside. This can become quite a difficult thing to deal with for a pet owner so please be prepared for this and DO NOT get angry. I will admit that due to my sleeping condition and Mr. Joshua doing this, there was the odd moment where I was annoyed as it was happening even as I was eating and it was relentless. I had to walk away and get myself back together mentally.
IMPORTANT:– You do need your own “ME TIME” also otherwise you will be good to nobody, not your cat and especially not to yourself. If you can grab a few moments, even if it means nipping out and getting a coffee somewhere every now and then, then just do it as it will help you recharge also.
VERY IMPORTANT: – I found that with the stress of the operation, the medication and also the fact that Mr. Joshua is mainly an outdoor cat, he has not once used the litter trays provided for him. They have different litter in them so that he can choose which he prefers but he as only ever used it to pee. If you notice this happening and your cat hasn’t been to the toilet for a day or two, you MUST speak to your vet immediately as your pet may be constipated. I called the vets and they suggested a Lactulose Solution to help him go. Bear in mind that your cat needs to be drinking plenty of water to use a lactulose solution.
I took Mr. Joshua to the vets and they tried the enema to make him go but hardly anything happened. They mentioned that he seemed pretty blocked up.
The next day, I took him back to the vets as he still had not used the litter tray. This time I told them that I was leaving him with them and until he had been as I did not want to take him back home, only to come back again the next day. They agreed, so I nipped off for a coffee and within an hour, they called to say that he had been and (to put it politely) he had got rid of a lot and they were very happy, and so was Mr. Joshua 😊, so I picked him back up and took him home.
That was Tuesday – It is now Friday and I must admit that I have not seen him go potty, other than pee. He is drinking plenty of water but (today anyway) seems to have slowed down on his eating again. We are off to the vets again in the morning for another check-up and also, I will get him checked to see if he is still bunged up and if so, they will need to sort this out again.
It could be the medication or the fact that he never uses a litter tray as he has always gone outside.
All the above is very important as you really need to monitor your pets’ toilet habits, because if they are not going, then you need to be on the case and get them to the vets right away.
Re-iterate: –I mentioned above about having your “Me Time”, this is so important, especially if you are looking after your pet on your own. You need your breather time, however you choose to take it. Go into the garden with a hot drink and just chill for 30 minutes or hit a coffee house and chill out there. I can’t stress enough how important this it. Of course, if there are a few of you looking after your cat, then this may not be as important as you can take it in turns and run shifts on having a break.
A Week To The Day:
A week has gone passed and what I can say at this point is;
Expect to get tearful at times at seeing your loved pet going through this, but keep reminding yourself of the reasons he/she has had this procedure. It may not stop you getting tearful but it will help ease the pain. (It did with me)
Things get easier and more positive very quickly, especially after the first few days.
If your pet looks uncomfortable in their plastic buster collar, then consider a softer material one, like “KVP EZ Soft Pet Cloth Recovery Collar”, you can find them on Amazon (or any other site) or your vets may have them.
Consider purchasing the Feliway calming spray. This actually helped Mr Joshua stay calmer, and truth be told, I didn’t think anything would as he is such a headstrong stubborn cat, but it worked 😊
Try to give them supervised “no collar” time as it helps them feel like things are a little more normal, and when you do put it back on, pet them and give them a treat or two. Don’t make them feel like it is a punishment, as trust me on this, they will go for their stitches as it must itch them like crazy and it is not their fault.
Make sure that YOU are also refreshed and grab your breaks when you can as you being 100% is good for both of you.
Monitor their toilet habits and MAKE SURE that they are using the little tray. If not, get your cat to your vets and let them sort it out. Don’t leave this for a long time as it can be dangerous
Note: – Bear in mind that after you take your cats collar off, it may take them some time before they eat as they will still be a little worked up at having it on for so long. If this is the case, just spend some time loving your cat, talk softly, pet them, play with them GENTLY and let them see that everything is ok, then try to feed them. You may even end up feeding them by hand quite a lot.
Gio – Shares the things that have changed for them after the surgery :
I have learnt from all this is just how overprotective we become afterwards and how our pets end up running the house.
He gets tired more quickly and needs to rest a little more
He has come back with the odd little bruise/cut as I imagine that he may have fallen when on a fence, he is relearning his limitations.. This one is a tough one for any pet owner to witness, though they have to go through this so that they understand. The more times he has been out, the less it has happened.
I will not let him out at night, though on the odd occasion that I have (he is a feisty little pest at times when he wants to go to the toilet), and even though there is a litter tray in the house, I give him about 25 minutes and then go out to look for him.
They no longer wander off as far and have a smaller more local area.. On the plus side, easier to track down.
We as the owners, worry more about him going out, though I know he loves to go out and I can’t take that away from him.
The thing I noticed is that he sometimes almost slipped into a low state as he sat there and tried to feel sorry for himself. I said “tried” as I made sure to fuss him, play with him, wind him up a little so as to take his mind off things and this seemed to work. Even when I wind him up (tease him) he is still purring so I know it is working as he plays with me…
When I go out, I make sure that the radio is on with classical music playing in the background. Not sure if that helps but both cats seem ok with it.. What can I say, Mr Joshua likes high-brow music 😉
One important thing to bear in mind is that he can no longer use his back leg to scratch his neck and by his ear, so when I notice him trying (even though there is no leg), I always spend a little time scratching him under his collar, by his ear and gently against his ear, trying to mimic what he used to do, and he loves that very much.
Mr.Joshua asking for his biscuits!
(Purrkins Mom) How cute is that! OMC! Mr.Joshua you have your humans trained purrfectly:) LOVE IT😻😁
We can all relate to all of Gio’s emotions, thoughts, and concerns. You can clearly read how much Mr. Joshua is adored and cared for.
I believe we have more Osteosarcoma cases out there that we never hear about and not shared. I think it is important for us all to share our stories to give hope to someone else in the same shoes. Mr. Joshua is the same happy kitty minus a limb. He still goes outside even though it scares Gio.
We love seeing Mr. Joshu’s purrsonlity and knowing how well he is doing almost a year later! They will celebrate Mr.Joshua’s one year ampuversary 4/27/19!
Happy Ampuversary Mr.Joshua! Keep kicking C ’s arse!
Thank you Gio & Mr. Joshua for sharing all of this with us! It will indeed help someone else in the future!
Scratches to Mr. Joshua, please!
Next up will be River a tiny kitty who had an injury to his front right leg.
If you have an Osteosarcoma success story yourself, please take a minute to comment below. It would be very much appreciated. We all need hope on this journey.
We made this fun video attached below Tripawd Purrkins- Footloose to show you how Purrkins plays on three legs;) For people who are not aware or new here Purrkins does go for acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments every two months now or sooner if needed and has since his amputation. The duration depends on how Purrkins is doing. We wholeheartedly believe without our Dr. Matt chiro, acupuncture, immune support, supplements, and core strength, etc. Purrkins WOULD NOT thrive as he does. It is not cheap nor easy to do, but we make it happen.
We can without a doubt tell when he gets out of whack, and it’s no wonder. He still goes as if he has four legs when he plays and what choice do we have. We do our best to curtail his play but as you will see he is a crazy man on three on his own. This is Purrkins. We could never take away his play time with cats it’s not always easy to get them moving but get a wand toy, butterfly toy, kitty bonks or his favorite organic Q-tip’s ZOOM/ZOOM!
We do take all safety measures in the house he has traction (rugs) thru the house, and you will see in the video he hops to each rug! He does not jump off of the furniture he uses all of his steps. We don’t do long stretches of playtime. Purrkins gives it his all and takes a break. This video below is of MANY play sessions!
We still do our core strength exercises.
the meerkat pose (up/up’s) – stand for treats
I work out for treats. please
Mom says Up/Up’s and I stand
I massage Purrkins after each play session. He is still using his farabloc and knows when and where to find it! Every bit helps on top of seeing our Dr. Matt for acupuncture and chiro. Purrkins is on two legs a lot of the time as you can see in the video while using his core muscles most of the time.
We slowed some clips down to see Purrkins in action because he is so fast & AMAZING!
I hope this brings anyone watching a smile! He lights our world up every day!
Tripawd Purrkins – Footloose Video
Thanks, fur watching
NEVER leave a q-tip unattended with your cat! It’s not a safe toy! Purrkins loves the q-tips because they fly like prey and are easy for him to toss with one front leg! I never leave his side we play and throw the q-tip’s away afterward:)
Purrkins has been on three legs for two years and seven months. He is more active on three than his brother is on 4;) Tripawds do have more fun! We don’t endorse crazy this can take a toll & has. We do our best to balance things.
Much slower paced FUN! Such a ham! He has no problem grabbing his toys with one arm:)
Huge thanks to a particular viewer for the prize!😘
Purrkins inspires us every day we are furever grateful we took that dang leg! He thrives on three! Disabled? Ha, NO WAY! DIFFERENTLY ABLED!
Until our next update, we will be hopping & zooming along, visiting three vets Traditional, Onco checkup (MSU) & Dr. Matt. We will be enjoying “living in the now” behind the scenes & celebrating our 3-year Ampuversary July 27th!
Prayers and lots of hope we keep on hopping on and never see the likes of you know what AGAIN!
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 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.
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 !
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;)
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
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!
Until our next update think about howloween, we are;)
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 those 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;)
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.
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!!
We celebrated the boys eighth birthday on June 30th. We are still in the Mature category be clear;)
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 ABLEDPurrkins 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.
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 boyshave a preferred taste to the CET Poultry Toothpastethat is the only one that is like a treat to them, and we use this tiny little brush CET Toothbrush for Cats
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 Idecided 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!
Grandma said no to the photo of them both and I had to delete it which I understand! I get that from my Mom!
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!!
Until then hope everyone furry and human alike are doing well and enjoying their summer!
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.
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?!
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!
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!
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.
Until our next update…….
Much love to you all!
Hugs, Purrs & Scratches
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!
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!
Funny Saxton also gravitates to it?
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!
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❣
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!