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Cat Amputation – Our cat's transition to having three legs instead of four

Seven Months Later…

June 13th, 2013 · 7 Comments · Fang's Story

Fang outside at 7 months post-amputation

Fang outside at 7 months post-amputation

Hey everybody! It’s been more than 7 months since Fang’s amputation and really, there’s just nothing new to report. Which is great, of course! 😉 He’s still doing wonderfully – He runs, plays, catches rodents, and chases Mamma-Kitty around the fields. Because it’s summer, He pretty much doesn’t spend a second more than he has to inside. Instead, he just disappears for the day, like he always has. And the normalcy continues…

Which reminds me, I have to go on business trips sometimes, and during those times the kitties have to pretty much look after themselves – which they’re good at (and also why I don’t have dogs, which seem significantly more dependent 😛 ). Well, if you’ve read through Fang’s previous blogs, you’ll know that he does not use the litter box – he goes outside. Andddd when I’m not home, that becomes a problem as, due to a recent life-change, when I leave on a trip there isn’t anyone here to let the kitties in and out of the house for me.

So, I found what I have decided is the (new) coolest house-product ever – the window cat door! Hurray! It fits into the window without messing it up (you can remove it and take it with you later) and you don’t have to cut a hole in your door. It’s really genius.  You can check one out here if you like.

A window fitting cat-door

What — a cat foor for windows?! Sign me up!

But of course I was worried that Fang, having only 1 front leg, would have a hard time getting in and out of a cat-door in a window… After all, there’s a long drop down from that window to the ground outside, and he has to push the door open and steady himself on the edge of the sill for the jump, allll with just one leg, and a cat door pressing down on his back. And, I was partially right – he used it once, successfully, and decided it just wasn’t worth it. The other cats loved it though, and I was determined to get Fang to love it too! After all, it was really mostly for him anyway – the other kitties can just use the litter box.

The fix was actually incredibly simple. I just put a shelf below the window outside. It was a snap, took all of four screws, and when I bother to paint it and hang some potted plants on the hooks at the end of the brackets, it will look like it was meant to be there! And, Fang LOVES it. He took to it immediately and now goes in and out all day (and night) long at his leisure. And I am a happy mommy because I don’t have to worry when I’m on trips.

Fang hanging out on his window shelf outside

Fang hanging out on his window shelf outside

So, that’s the second thing that I’ve had to modify for Fang (the first was to get a cat scratcher that he can scratch without hitting himself in the face with it 😛 ). Frankly, for losing a front leg, I’d say these are quick, simple things to do and actually we’re doing really well! And, realistically, he would have been perfectly fine without the modifications – I’m just one of those mommies :D. Because, let me tell you, this kitty can do everything he ever could with four legs, no problem.

And man, is he pleased with himself (like every other cat on Earth). 🙂

Kitties always nap in the strangest ways...

Kitties always nap in the strangest ways…

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7 Comments so far ↓

  • fourminipups

    Fang is looking great. Love that window door!

  • benny55

    GREAT JOB FANG!! Seven months and you are looking fine! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the photos!

    You look perfectly content hanging out on the “edge”. Glad your momma figured out how to make the kitty door more “user friendly”! Looks like you have it made going in and out whenever you want!!

    CO GRATULATIONS FANG!! Well done!,

    Eating ice cream and cake celebrating seven months!!

    Sally and Happy Hannah

  • Michelle

    Yay Fang. I didn’t realize that you & Sassy shared the same ampuversary. Congrats. You are looking great.

    Michelle & Sassy

  • jerry

    So much great news here today in the community! Fang you are one amazing inspawrational kitty, hoppy ampuversary! And to share Sassy’s ampuversary too? Well talk about the best luck ever 🙂

    Thank you for sharing the update, I know there are kitty folks out there who look for this kind of info to help them along in their own Tripawd journey, so we appreciate it!

  • kittymom

    So great to find this blog!! My kitty had her front leg amputated to day and it is so encouraging to see a fabulous survivor like Fang (although something tells me he might not like being called fabulous). Rock on, Fang!

  • cldavis

    Awww, thanks for the congratulations everybody! We are so happy to have had the Tripawds community to help us through this process! We couldn’t have done it without you guys!

    😀

  • doggiemomma9

    Looking pawsome Fang! That is one cool kitty door, too. Keep kickin’ it!

    Butchey Hudson and his family

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