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March 26th 2012 2:55 pm
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I have been trying to find a home for a kitty I have seen in a shelter. The place does not keep them long. I'm not asking for anyone to adopt but if interested I will sure fill you in.

This cat is an adult (2to3 yrs)female. Looks like it has Snowshoe background. Very vocal like Snowshoe's are noted for. She has beautiful blue eyes and colors in the face of a Snowshoe. Her front leg that has been broken or deformed at birth. From what I have observed, I don't think she was born that way. She does OK when she walks but seems like she has not mastered the technique for turning and laying down. I would think if she was born that why, there would be very little problem with her movements at her age.

She is very healthy looking, nice fur, no scars, no fight marks. I believe she was abandoned or thrown out because she may have issues the people did not want to contend with anymore. She was classified as a stray. I don't think for long. No one has put out a missing report on her.

The pound said they took her to a vet. The vet told them it looks OK but, may want to remove in the future. The paw works and she moves it when she is making bread. Appears normal until she stands and can't place in in a downward position. She acts as if there is nothing wrong with it. The leg is not bendable at the elbow. This fact makes me think that she injured it and without treatment and it healed that way. She seems to have good hygiene habits as her fur is beautiful and clean all over.

I am so much against amputation when a limb looks good it have good nerve reaction and efficient blood supply.

My questions:

Why would a vet say this will have to be removed?? There is no discomfort, no tumors, or no apparent cause for amputation.

Do you know anyone with a cat unable to use a front leg and is there things that should be done as a special needs besides litter box, and stairs for climbing.

Snowshoes are said to not be left alone, Why?? What do they do?? Crew? Spray? Howl?

Since she is use to a cage should she be placed in a cage when you leave.

What about Vacations and boarding?? If upset if left alone.

Well as you can read from this I am concerned for her welfare and if all comes to pass and she's not adopted I guess I'm the final one. Since I have never dealt with a 3 legged, Snowshoe I am asking for you guys to give me some pointers.


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Purred by: Ingen (Catster Member)

March 26th 2012 at 7:02 pm

Jen don' knows nuffin 'bout Snowshoe kitties but we's hoping this byootifur gurlie finds a home.
Purred by: Calie Dreamette #17 (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 3:07 pm

Oh she sounds so sweet and I do not understand that vet's suggestion either for some reason it sounds like they think it will be a problem for her as time goes by.
Do yo know Art Blakley? I can get you the Url for his page maybe his mom or dad might have some advice he is doing well as a three legged kitty.
Purred by: Annie Spokescat Calico Juncti (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 3:15 pm

Calie that would be fantastic all help will be more then welcomed. I think I have to do something Thursday about the girl.
Purred by: Calie Dreamette #17 (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 3:27 pm
I cannot post a comment for some reason error 4 comes up, hope you get this one if not I will pawmail you
Purred by: Calie Dreamette #17 (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 3:29 pm

ok good it went I kept getting and error if you read his diary from several months back you will read about removal of his leg and I think there are still some pics up from when he first came back home. I hope his mom can help with some advice.
you are such a pawsome human, I wish we could do more to help.
Purred by: Annie Spokescat Calico Juncti (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 3:40 pm

Calie, what do you mean?? You are a very big help. I'm so glad there are kitties like you out there to help me with my questions. I thought if I turned to Catster I would get fast results. Faster then anywhere else. I have done reading on the net. All I could find on both subjects and still have a lot to learn. Thanks a bunch for your leads. If you think of anything else or know someone else who may be able to give me leads pass them on. Thanks. Nudges.
Purred by: Ingen (Catster Member)

March 27th 2012 at 10:44 pm

Sweets is 'nuther kitty 'at haved a leg amputated. Maybe her mommy can he'ps you.
Purred by: Stacy T

April 3rd 2012 at 9:29 am

On my very first vet visit (post adoption) with my family's vet, he said that cats with a fused tibiotarsal joint (like in my right hind leg) very often live out their lives without any further problems. He went on to explain that sometimes, arthritis sets in or other degenerative bone disease and can erode the joint. He warned our family that amputation was a future possibility but not a 'given.'

With or without my right rear leg, (an during recovery) I never needed any thing different in regards to my litter box. During post-operative recovery (the 10 days in the dog crate) I did use a "kitten" gradually slanted sided litter box though.
That may be different when a front leg is amputated (My friend Art Blakey would know more about that)

I do need high jumps broken down into climbable steps. For example the jump from the floor to the kitchen counter to get into and sit in the kitchen window was just too high for me after my amputation. My family got a bi-level cat furniture thingy to make that 2 small jumps instead of one large jump. Other areas they simply added a long rectangle soft sided full 'case-logic' cd carrier as a step for me.
You'll let your family know "where and when" you may need help and they'll adapt with you.

I don't know anything about "snowshoes" or their traits specifically ~ we have none here.

I don't think "crate training" works the same with we cats, as it does with dogs. Although... if you view your crate/cage as your "safe and private" place, I don't see any problem with letting you keep it. (But as far as putting you in it and locking you up while your family is away, I'd think that's not necessary.)
I did do my post amputation recovery in a dog crate, but that was so that I could recover on one level surface in peace and Nuk and Gabby could not exert their curiosity or animosity on me. 10 days after my surgery I was cleared for "free run of the house" by my vet and that was the end of the dog crate.

As far as vacations and/or boarding... Is it possible to have a trusted family member or friend "cat-sit"
That way you could stay at home, in your familiar surroundings and still have someone around to pay attention to you.
Purred by: Meshia of Calico Junction Sanc (Catster Member)

April 4th 2012 at 2:41 pm

Hi, Me Meshia I have been given a new home I am just thrilled. I have been having climbing issues. I like to be up high. I'm going for it, no matter what falls. I seem to fare quit well but, everything else does not. What fun it is. I don't even get yelled at here. I guess the Siamese is coming out in me. Thanks all for being so helpful to Girl Human. I now have some Tri Cat friends due to your kindness. Well must see what other mountains I have to go climb. Busy now, thanks again.

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