|Purred: Sun Jun 15, '08 2:57am PST |
|Hello all. I have a few questions regarding the amputation of my foster cats' back leg.
If you read her profile, she was found with a bloody stump for a leg and also very pregnant. She is now at my house and the kittens are at the shelter, waiting to be adopted. I told the director of the shelter I would hold onto Millie until she dries up, gets fixed, gets her leg amputated and heals up.
So far, she hasn't dried up all the way, so I'm waiting for that. But now, I'm biting my nails in nervousness. I've never had a cat of my own or even a foster to get such an extensive surgery. The biggest surgery one of my cats got was a spay. That and another had some skin tags removed. So, I'm a tad nervous about the whole ordeal.
So, my questions are:
1) What can I expect when they are finished with the amputation? (It's the whole back thigh. The phalanges, metatarsals and the tarsals are gone.) I'm assuming antibiotics and pain medicine, but is there anything else I should do when she comes home?
2) It's an very well known animal hospital, not just a vet.. If that helps any. How long might they keep her after the surgery?
3) How will she be able to move around after the surgery? I have her confined to a cage, because of the kittens that she had and also, I don't want her coming into much contact with my other guys.
4) She also HAS to have a high lipped litter box, otherwise she backs up so far and misses the box entirely. Will that pose much of a problem?
5) Just how on earth, when she heals up, will she get around? I know I've read stories about it, but will it be a hassle for her? Right now, she TRIES to use her bum leg to walk around, and gets around pretty well, but you can tell it just has to be uncomfortable.
I think that about sums it all up.. I'm just nervous. I haven't talked to anyone else about this really. If you've seen any of my other dilemmas on here, you'll find that I have a tendency to OVER WORRY and I make everyone else around me go crazy with all my "what if"'s and constant "Oh my god, what's going to happen if this happens?" and numerous e-mails to the director of the shelter. And frankly, I don't want to do that this time around.
So, hopefully you guys have some knowledge that you can pass on to me, whether it be from your own cat getting the same procedure or a vet or vet tech that can give me some insight, or even a website that could be useful! Anything would be great.
As I said before, it'll be a bit yet until this procedure is done, so I would love as much information as I can get for it before it all goes down. So I'm prepared.
Thanks a lot and I look forward to hearing from you all!