Supplements and Diet

Purrkins Daily Supplements

  • Standard Process Immune Support crushed– AM & PM.
  • Standard Process Musculoskeletal Support AM and PM
  • Caneva Pet-powder (elk antler powder) AM
  • Bluebird Botanicals Companion CBD for cats and dogs. 4 drops A.M & P.M
  • Dr. Mercola Whole Food Digestive Probiotic 1/2 scoop AM
  • Dr. Mercola Digestive Enzymes 1/2 scoop AM
  • Dr. Mercola Krill Oil AM
  • Dr. Mercola Ubiquinol AM
  • Milk Thistle 0.5 ML AM & PM
  • Boiron Hypericum Perforatum 30c


  •   Darwins raw lightly warmed 


Day 7 Road trip for Pain meds

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


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

He tucked in under the covers!


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



Purrkins Day 6 – Cancer Survivor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

We want to thank everyone!

Tripawds family, Our family all of the prayers that were put out there were ANSWERED in the way we asked.

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

We look forward to growing old with Purrkins and Saxton!

Day 5


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

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

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

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


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


And then mom says no. Not so happy


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

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

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

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




Day 4

We are doing great here we modified Purrkins litter box last night.

Heres the before and after we just cut out the entry more and it did the trick!

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Purrkins didn’t need his mom to help him go pee today he got in and out on his own no problem yeah!

He is getting his hop like walk down, and I’m impressed!  Again Yeah Purrkins!

I am massaging and doing acupressure on him. I started that on them when they were kitties. They love it I am self-taught with a Tallgrass  Acupressure book and chart. I’m no expert just do the best I can, and they approve!

Purrkins hasn’t had a problem with appetite. He happily gulps his food down. He hasn’t been interested in his water until this morning. He drank this afternoon also.

Purrkins wants out of this room already. He protested at the door scratching away like he has both his front paws!

Sorry, buddy we are stuck in here for a bit.

I set up our old phone with the presence app.(Its a free iPhone app) It’s a motion-activated camera app we use it for the litter box usually. Saxton has IBD and constipation we have to keep a close eye on things. We get alerts when the camera detects motion and then it videos.

Yes, I get poop and pee alerts and videos sent to my phone lol. That’s a good thing for us!

We should have done that years ago. If you don’t know whats coming out of your kitties, it’s good to know! It will save you a trip to the ER!  It can be insurance and life-saving! We keep a daily journal of who has done what.

Since Mark went back to work I set the camera up and on when Purrkins is sleeping soundly,  I can leave the room with no worries, I will get an alert when he moves, and I can be right back in.

We have one issue today he wants to scratch at his neck where it is shaved right above the incision. The onesie entirely covers the incision, but I worry he is still going to catch his incision with his claws.

I put a moist washcloth on it, and he still wants to itch the area. I put the soft cone on him today after he would listen to my no scratching. That seemed to make him understand the no itch again. I can’t see whats itchy other then its shaved there.

Pretty quiet day today he is most active in the early morning, he is up on and off thru the day.

Sleeping more than usual and that’s good! I want him to heal.


Day 3 Home




We are doing great here! Day 3 Purrkins is impressive!

He is up and going this morning, up onto the bed, tried a set of his new soft foam stairs up no problem. Down well that’s entirely different he is not sure what to do so I decided to guide him. That helped. Then he stood on his back two legs proudly and scratched the door marking his territory. I have to say before this surgery, I watched him on four and said to myself now how will he do this do that?  Well, he is showing me how and I’m helping show him how. lol

I am guiding and trying to teach him what to do and how to do everything. Stabilize him on his three legs. Let him stand, feel secure and then proceed. Assisting Purrkins (guiding him) is working for us. We also used an old tank top and used it like a sling they use for dogs which works he doesn’t mind it, and it also helps him figure things out without having to face plant.

All kitties are different, and everyone seems to do things a little different.

Purrkins was getting so frustrated flopping and not making progress. I felt it was best not to let him keep flopping and let’s get him going slowly with less frustration!

He used the litter box, I put him in the box and held him steady as not to tip over and he peed.  He gets tired; he lays his head on the edge of the box. I helped him out. He had pee all over his fur he looked disgusted his pride is out the window! I wiped him off, and he was back to himself.

He ate great almost the entire small can of chicken and herring for breakfast.  He also ate his bonitos flakes inhaled them!

He had a busy morning and is now resting.

We could not be prouder of Purrkins he has just amazed us, and I know he will continue to do so!

I will try to get video of the walk/ hop when able. The picture was all I could do since I’m still leary and being a protective mom staying right behind him!

He seems very comfortable with Gabapentin every 8 hours and Buprenorphine at every 10 to 11 hours. Arnica montana 30c two pellets three times a day.

Incision looks great! I forgot to take pictures when I changed his onesie. Will add one later.

We covered our floor with foam exercise mats in the recovery. You can get them at Amazon or Walmart.  We got some that looked like wood and used some others we already had to cover the hard floor for Purrkins to come home.

Thank you Tripawds family for being there for this surgery and now! The amputation was one of the hardest decisions we had to make!

The pathology report will be back on Purrkins leg in  3- 5  days! 🙏  We are very hopeful and praying cancer left with his leg!

Day 2 Home

Purrkins in his clean onesie. He needs them! He tried licking right away yesterday!  We have to watch his back claws from scratching! He has one of us watching him 24-7. We took a short shift in sleeping.

After Care Instructionsnote (The hospital iced the incision for three days while Purrkins was in ICU)

The incision should be kept dry & free of debris until it is fully healed. You may put a t-shirt on him to prevent exposure and discourage licking. Please, Monitor Purrkins incision daily for any sign of infection which includes redness, increased temperature or any white or yellow discharge. If any of these signs are seen, please have him rechecked.

Wound Care Instructions – 

Please apply a warm compress to Purrkins incision 2-3 times a day for the next 3-5 days or until seroma resolves.

Heat a moistened clean washcloth in the microwave. Place in a sealed ziplock bag & apply to Purrkins incision for 10 minutes at a time. 

Purrkins loves his warm compress

Purrkins resting comfortably we rigged a bed in the closet for him!

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Incision looks great!