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

Fang’s 3rd Ampuversary

November 4th, 2015 · 11 Comments · Fang's Story

Yesterday marked Fangโ€™s three year Ampuversary!

Since Fang shares his Ampuversary with my birthday, we did our typical joint celebration this year. We had lots of cuddles and delicious treats (the both of us, of course ๐Ÿ˜› ), and Fang basked in all the attention as usual.

As with each Ampuversary, we contributed to Tripawds in Fangโ€™s honor as our way of giving thanks for the support, information, kindness and friendship that the community has always offered us. Yesterday reminded me (as many days do) that I am forever thankful that we had such an astounding network of people to lean on during our amputation journey. I hope that Fang and I can continue to give even a fraction of that same sense of comfort and assurance back to other three-legged and soon-to-be three-legged families as well.

On to another wonderful year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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11 Comments so far ↓

  • Michelle

    Hoppy 3rd Ampuversary Fang. You are doing so well. Keep kicking butt buddy

    xoxoxox
    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  • benny55

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! HAPPY AMPUVERSARY TO FANG!!!!

    And you DO contribute in sooo many ways to all of us here! Fang really did show all the kitties on this journey walking on three legs ain’t no big thang for kitty cats!! And you’ve shown compassion and offered invaluable support to others here!!

    These pictures are soooo sweet! Fang is looking so handsome and so content.

    Hugs and love to you both…and a little dish of ice cream for all!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

  • rica55

    Oh Fang and Mommy. How to even thank you for going through this almost exactly one month before Jill did and pioneering tripawd kitty blogging. If not for you I swear I would have gone in SANE. Once I found your blog everything clicked into place for me and I knew it would be OK. Thank you does NOT express my feelings enough. We owe you a debt of gratitude beyond words.

    Happy three year ampuversary buddy. Keep on hoppin on. We’re right behind you!!

    Xoxo always,
    Erica and Jill

    • cldavis

      Erica & Jilly — you guys did so much for the community, and went through so much beyond what Fang and I had to go through. Kicking cancer’s sorry butt and teaching other tri-kitties that cancer is *not* the end is such a tremendous thing. I point people to your blog constantly. We owe you a debt of gratitude as our amputation buddies; it really helped going through it at the same time and being able to reaffirm that everything one was going through the other did too. Thanks for the congratz! Love you guys! <3

  • Inkpot

    Hi

    I just wanted to say thanks for this blog. I’ve just found out my cat needs his right front leg amputated and, while I’m relieved I don’t have to put him down, I’m very sad and worried for him. Reading through your posts has been soothing.

    Your little guy even looks like mine (though mine is significantly fuller figured) and seeing him all happy and adventuresome is calming some of the worry.

    Thank you heaps for sharing.

  • Morag Fraser

    Love Fang’s fangs! How is Fng getting on?

    • cldavis

      He’s doing well, but he is definitely getting older and slowing down. That’s the sad thing about pets; they’re like children to you but you know they wont live as long as you do. He’s still very happy; he just spends a lot more sleeping and cuddling us than hunting, etc. I’ll be taking some more photos of him soon. Work has had me very busy as of late!

  • Heather Head

    Hello! I just found you and am so happy to have done so!

    My beloved Inara (also a black kitty!) had her left front leg amputated this past Friday, and I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on to make sure I’m doing right by her.

    One thing that really intrigues me is your decision to let Fang continue to be an outdoor/indoor cat. The vet who recommended amputation to us said the one big change will be that she cannot go outside anymore. I cried so hard over that!

    Like Fang, Inara was a street kitty. She lived independently for six years (we think?) and raised several litters on the street, and when she adopted us, there was really only one rule: She would be sweet and loving and perfect to us, and we would not limit her freedom.

    We live on an acre against a lake, and she avoids the street out front. I’m wondering whether outdoors might be achievable for her eventually.

    On the other side, she is not as extreme in her determination to be outdoors as it appears Fang is. She might adapt to indoors-only just fine.

    At any rate, I am glad to have found you. I also decided to blog our journey at http://tripaw.wordpress.com.

    Thank you so much for providing such an encouraging and uplifting story for us junior tripaw parents. <3

    • cldavis

      Hi there! Lovely to hear from you. I am sorry that Inara has found herself in this position, but I think that you will be surprised at how well she jumps right back up. If she was a street kitty and an outdoor kitty, I am imagining her as being rather athletic. I truly believe you will find that she is exactly as athletic as she once was not too long after surgery – especially for a cat that was already athletic.

      So, maybe I’m against the grain here, but I think that indoor-only life for some cats is so limiting to their happiness that it could be considered almost sort-of cruel. Some don’t care, but some really do. I would never limit Fang that way – I just know that it’s what he needs. The thing is, vets ALWAYS want to tell you that you should keep your cat indoors. They just like to say that. I put absolutely 0 faith into that statement, and completely realize that it’s just something they really like to push on people. Inara will know if things are difficult on her – if they are too difficult, she’ll just lie down or stay closer to home. They are living, breathing, thinking creatures. She might decide she wants to stay inside more often, but in my own personal philosophy I would not limit her that way. I’d let her feel it out. Obviously, everyone can do what they want with their own furbabies, but I’d at least give it a shot. That is, of course, after you’ve made sure she doesn’t have an opportunity to pull her stitches out! For healing time, I would definitely keep her inside or supervised. I hope that helps! And thank you for blogging your journey for others!

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