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Hello world of tripawds. My name is Louise and this is my beautiful cat Becca.

She is a tabby that has recently had her right hind leg amputated after being hit by a car. It has been 9 days since her surgery and its not getting any easier for myself and my husband. In fact this is the reason I am writing this post. To feel like we are not alone in the things we are experiencing. To give you some background information Becca has been on medication since the operation. For the pain she is taking Tramadol three times a day. She is also taking gaberfentin twice a day to help with what the vets thinks might be ghost pains. When suffering these pains she growls and gets very frustrated. We try to keep her calm but sometimes feel we are irritating her by doing so.

We’ve had good days and bad days. All be it Becca is a tabby and is used to having much more freedom that what she currently has, which I think is starting to frustrate her. The vet has recommended she become a house cat considering we live in such an urban area. She is struggling with this idea often staring out the window. She is using her litter tray very well for number 1 however when it comes to number 2 she feels the need to to go outside, sitting by the front door a little anxiously. She goes in her litter tray eventually but this is after she has stressed herself out a little. She is yet to have her stitches out and is still wearing a cone. Meaning she can’t clean herself properly. Another thing which seems to be frustrating her. A couple of days ago we were taking her cone off to allow her a little time to clean (all whist watching her like a hawk) however every time she ended up going after her stitches. The process seemed more stress than it was worth for all three of us so it has remained firmly on now for a couple of days. Hopefully when we next go to the vets she will be allowed her stitches out and being cone free might cheer her up a little. Once her stitches are out we may try her with a harness and take her in the garden for some fresh air.

She has been very blue at points, not really moving but not going to sleep. At points very lively wishing to play and doing her cute routine. But we are thank full that she continues to have an appetite so hopefully this is a sign she’s not in a depression. So as I said, were very up and down at the moment. If anyone has any advice they can give me or simply wants to follow Beccas story I will try to post updates every few days.

Thank you for reading and I will leave you with a few pictures of this very pretty tabby.

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Comments (8)

  1. tinsch wrote::

    Hi Louise and hello beautiful Becca!
    I can’t really contribute because I only have dog experience, but I’m sure the “catpeople” like purrkins or kazann will see this, too 🙂
    The picture of the curled up Bella is too cute and makes you want to scoop her up to cuddle! All the best for the rest of the recovery and to a smooth transition to being indoors!
    tina & Manni

    Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:23 pm #
  2. louiseann wrote::

    Hi Tina and hi to Manni

    Thanks so much for your response. I know exactly what you mean she’s so adorable. I love her so much. I feel I am doing everything I can to help Becca yet sometimes I can’t help but feel a little sad when I see her suffering and hear her making noises she would never have made before. But this is a journey and its why Ive decided to share it. So nice to know that people are out there just willing to listen. Thanks for your good wishes. I really do appreciate them.


    Monday, April 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm #
  3. purrkins wrote::

    Hello Louise and Becca,
    Welcome ,
    Im sorry your guys had to join us but glad you found us!

    Our cat Purrkins is a front leg amputee from a soft tissue sarcoma. He is 9 months post amputation and doing fantastic.

    From what you have described Bella is doing great with the transition on 3 and now being inside.

    I think what you seeing as depression is the normal side effects of the medications. The crying out might be the Tramadol too. Purrkins meds were Gabapentin and Buprenorphrine.
    Did they add the Gaba later? If so give it a few days and I believe that will help her!

    Bella is eating, moving and using the litter are HUGE! I know its not easy to see Bella not be herself but believe us when we tell you things will improve! When her stitches come out, off pain meds and she is cone free life will start returning to normal.

    Some things to help Bella adjust to inside, can you set up a window seat where she can enjoy the outdoors from inside. A set of steps to help her get up and down.
    Is it possible to provide a bird feeder on or near a window? Bella will enjoy watching the birds, how about some interactive food puzzles? A feather wand or any wand toy.
    Having Bella indoors now which I 100% agree with you Vet;) Will be a safer way of life for Bella. She will need your help with some stimulation with interactive toys or any the ideas I provided.

    You can most certainly can take Bella outside on a harness when her stitches are out. You can carry her out now, that might be enough to make her feel better. If you have screens in your windows you can open the windows for some fresh air for Bella.

    Have you used pheromone diffusers Feliway before? This would be a great opportunity to start it will help her adjust to being indoors .

    What type of litter are you using for Bella? She might prefer a different type. There are litters more geared to the outdoors one that comes to mind is called a touch of the outdoors;) I have even heard of people putting a little soil in the litter box to help outdoor kitties transition inside.
    They also make a litter additive Dr.Elsey’s Cat Attract Feline Behavioral Modification Litter Additive you could try with the litter you are currently using that might help help her want to poop in the box without getting frustrated first!
    We use a litter made out of grass Smart Cat litter.

    Bella is adorable Tabby kitty If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. You can ask on the forums too.
    Holly & Purrkins

    Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:43 pm #
  4. purrkins wrote::

    I’m sorry I got Bella in my mind for some reason? later in the conversation. Sorry to Becca!

    Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8:16 pm #
  5. kazann wrote::

    Hi Louise, my cat Mona had her front leg amputated 3 years ago. She was on different medication than Becca. I’m not sure if ghost pains are the same as phantom limb pains. Vets seem to prescribe gabapentin for phantom limb pain. Here’s a forum posting that seems similar to your situation: It’s worth talking to your vet about her discomfort.
    As for the litter situation – Mona was terrible using the litter properly when recovering from her amputation. These days she still prefers to go outside, except when there’s snow or rain. I have another cat and they share two litter boxes. Somehow they’ve agreed that one box is for pee and one is for poo. I’m not sure how they figured this out. Mona goes outside when she wants but is far from a road and stays in my patio/garden area or on the step. I understand the vet would have a concern about Becca getting hurt again. Could you walk Becca on a lease or build an enclosed area for her? Things will get easier when Becca’s stitches come out and she’s allowed to be more active. I’m sure Becca will discover her limitations (which will be few) and she’ll amaze you.
    Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 3:54 am #
  6. louiseann wrote::

    Hi Purrkins and Kazann. Thank you for your comments and all the useful advice.

    Yes the tramadol was given to us first for the pain and then the gaba afterwards for phantom limb pain. We took her to the vets yesterday to have a checkup and a tic removed. Stiches come out on Saturday (YAY!!!) We have bought her a cat tower yet she’s unable to use it because of the cone. She has a window to sit in and Im happy t report she spent most of yesterday there in the sun. I will post pics on the next post when I get chance to update. No Ive not heard of feliway before but will definitely look into it.

    Kazann aren’t cats wonderful creatures. They work in such mysterious ways and are so clever.
    Thank you to both of you for all you help and recommendations.


    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:11 pm #
  7. Jet wrote::

    Hi Louise, thanks for sharing your story. I’m curious if you have any updates on Becca. Hope she is doing well.

    Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 3:56 am #
  8. louiseann wrote::

    Hi. She’s doing really well. Im so proud of her. I will need to do another post soon. She still gets annoyed occasionally. She loves to be outside and we can’t take her out as much as she would like. And after the op she became very attatched as one of us stayed with her every day and night for two weeks. So now she wakes us up every night and we are currently planning her feeds to try to get her out of that habit. But its great and Im so happy. Thank you for asking

    Monday, July 10, 2017 at 3:19 pm #
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