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!
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.
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!?!?
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!!!
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!
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!
DIY Baby Onesie/T-shirts Cone of Shame Alternative
( For Future Tri-kitties this is what we did)
How to make a baby onesie for recovery for a front leg amputation kitty. Please ask your surgeon before the surgery if this is allowed and get the ok from them! We did, and we got approval.
The first challenge was what size do I buy?
We looked at weight charts for baby onesies, and I got 03-06 months based on the size chart for Purrkins. These worked, but they were way too big, they shifted all over. Don’t go by the weight chart this was not accurate for cats;)
I ended up getting a smaller size 0-3 months onesies and t-shirts. These fit better and shifted less.
I checked the incision 2 x a day & changed the onesie or t-shirt daily.
I would say 0-3 months size for the average kitty. Under 10 lbs I would look at the newborn size! (Like human clothes size differs depending on the manufacturer)
The onesie’s I cut the bottom off, I cut both arms off, the limb that was amputated was sewn shut. The one arm I cut to allow no restriction to Purrkins.
The t-shirts I cut some off the bottom and both arms off and sewed the amputated limb shut. They both did the job & kept Purrkins from getting to the incision.
Fair warning these stretch like crazy! Sewing and cutting and writing may not be purrfect. I promise your kitty doesn’t care & will be happy they are not in a cone!
Amazon has them for cheap or your local Walmart or Goodwill. If you shop Goodwill make sure to wash them first;) If you shop Amazon start your search on Tripawds you will be supporting Tripawds to keep us online;)
You will need
Baby onesie or baby t-shirt
Needle & thread
Optional sewing straight pins
I outlined what I did below – I hope this is self-explanatory
I turned them inside out, and hand sewed the amputated arm shut.
The non amputated arm is optional if you cut it.
I found Purrkins did better with cutting both arms off!
Nothing is perfect as you can see😉
See why I cut the one arm out? Purrkins has no restriction in the DIY onesie
Now I have an excuse to Post how cute Purrkins looked again;)
Hope this helps you and your recovering tri-kitty!
Any questions? Post a comment & I will get back to you!
We have hopped into our 8th almost into our 9 months technically.
Purrkins has lost 1.56 lbs. 🎉👏🏻👏🏻So far we are looking at having him lose 1 1/2 lb more.
Purrkins is at 180 calories a day.
Saxton is down 1/2 lb. They have different metabolisms obviously poor Saxton had to be reduced in calories once again. Saxton is at 172 calories. 😾
Purrkins & Saxton both went to see Dr. Matt for their Tune up’s acupuncture and if needed chiropractic. It has been three months since their last treatment.
Saxton goes for his IBS/Constipation issues a bad gut! I am a huge believer in Acupuncture and Chiropractic after seeing the results on both of our guys! It is miraculous to see the change in them after each session!
We let Purrkins out of his carrier, and he is at home in Dr. Matt’s office, This is very rare for our kitties to be so relaxed and show their purrsonality.
I think we kitty owners usually are the only ones who really know and get to see who our kitties are. Purrkins is showing Dr. Matt precisely who he is!
Purrkins rubs up against Dr. Matt, he stood up on his back two and checked on his brother who was getting his treatment, he roams around the office, He was weaving in out of chairs up and over the stretcher of the chairs.
Dr. Matt smiles, “look he is doing an obstacle course look at him go” “Really great to see”!
It just warms my heart, we are always in awe of Purrkins but when Dr. Matt is smiling away in awe of him!😍
I think Purrkins is teaching Dr. Matt a few things:)
I continue to say this; it is worth repeating!
” We never could have imagined Purrkins to do this well on 3 legs!” We would have been happy with Purrkins just hopping on. He has surpassed anything we could have imagined!
He is an inspiration! We could not be more proud of this guy!
In the last 2 weeks, I could see Purrkins hop looked off. It is hard for me to explain what I mean, but I knew it was different.
His head was going lower to the ground as he hopped and his shoulder looked higher. His gait was off. He looked uncomfortable to me.
Purrkins was still playing and acting normally. In fact, the boy does not skip a beat. He goes like he has four legs! Precisely why things would get misaligned.
Dr. Matt checked Purrkins, and he was out of alignment in 4 areas.
Atlas- 1st vertebra of the neck, carries the head)
These are all typical of being a Tripawd.
Purrkins loves his sessions with Dr. Matt he lays and lets Dr. Matt do whatever to him.
As Dr. Matt adjusted him we could see Purrkins wince each time, then a release in his little eyes, he never complains. My heart skips a beat with each wince, but I do follow his lead!
We will follow up in 2 months now instead of 3.
Here is Mr. Purrkins playing with kitty boinks, I made a slow motion too. How neat is that to see?
We made the video below to share our journey. Hopefully, this will help future Tri-kitties and their humans!
Purrkins Amputation Journey
Until our next update, we are happily hopping on into our 9 month 😸
Purrkins has been a tripawd for 7 months. Wow, where does the time go???
We started our diets in November for both Purrkins and brother Saxton.
We calculated the calories and write everything they eat down. Including treats!
I have a notebook out and just keep everything tallied.
We had to keep making adjustments to get these guys to lose weight. We actually gained ounces when we first started!🤢 Every week we weigh them, then tweaked the calories, we are now at 185 calories Purrkins has lost 1/2 lb!😃
Ok, you won’t be excited about 1/2 lb but let me say how excited we are!👏🏻👏🏻🎉 If you have cats, you will be excited about 1/2 lb each week we are losing ounces! We are excited about ounces lost! Slow weight loss is best for cats!
So, for now, we are staying at the 185 calories if each week we continue to lose we will just stay here until we are at a good weight. We can evaluate each week.
Unfortunately, it took Purrkins losing his arm to get serious and figure this weight loss out! We have tried everything in the past – different foods, different proteins, high fiber, we have gone by the suggested feeding amount from the vets, from the labels. The calorie counting is the only thing that has worked for us to date.
We are still on the same food we have just cut the calories back very gradual.
This is the website we followed the directions on for calories and reduction. Very INFORMATIVE site.
Saxton is not losing like Purrkins; we had to cut his calories back again now to 180. 😾 Hopefully, this will be his key number.