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5 days until surgery :(

March 2nd, 2014

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Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU! For all your support! I want to quickly say PLEASE feel free to add any advice in the form of comments or other wise EVEN if you think I may already know it! I would rather re-read helpful advice than never hear or even think of it!

Niko is doing alright, her paw bleeds every once in a while which is a little scary but she seriously doesn’t seem to notice! She’s eating normally, acting like she always does, does NOT seem to be in any pain. I want to compare it to when people have an annoying sore leg, like it hurts and you can’t walk on it because that doesn’t feel good but it’s more like an annoying hurt than a truly painful hurt? I really hope that made more sense than it seems. Any who she’s doing good. She does poop on the rug in the dining room every once in a while but she always seems to alert us as soon as she does it. As if she’s saying I’m sorry I don’t want you to be mad at me but it was just to hard to go to the liter box this time! We never scold her for this.

Back to her leg, I have a hope that the transition won’t be that hard because for the past two weeks she seems to have stopped using it and as adapted to life without it’s use. She does of course limp when she walks but I’ve noticed she’s developed a little hop when she’s walking. I did mention this to the vet and they said since she is acting normal and (after I looked at her foot and described it to them) it seems like it’s nothing that needs to be seriously addressed ( as in the amputation date needing to be moved up). Oddly enough when I got home from work I found her at the top of her current tree looking very pleased with herself!

I’m trying to designing a new cat tree for her that will have the same height she has on her first one (it’s maybe 4 feet off the ground?)  but without the crazy vertical leaps that her current one has. Of course she won’t be able to use it for a long time but I know it’ll make her feel great once I deem she can once again leap buildings in a single bound!

Well that’s really all to touch on for today! I’ll try and take some newer pictures of Niko and her micy mice but for now here she is in all her catty cuteness!

Niko on my friends Army backpack, claiming it as her own!

Niko on my friends Army backpack, claiming it as her own!

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4 Responses to “5 days until surgery :(”

  1. benny55 on March 2, 2014 5:11 am

    Thanks for posting thehoto! Niko is absolutely beautiful…stunningly so!

    The fact thay she’s not using her leg that much is a good indication that she’ll do very well on three legs!

    Yeah, she’ll be leaping over tall buildings before you know it! I love how you’re customizing her tree house. She’ll have to take it easy st first though.

    If you have hardwood floors, you’ll want to get scatter rugs for traction.

    Oh yeah, stock up n lots of chocolate foryourself! It’ll help greatly that first week!

    I keep scrolling back up tolook at Niko’s picture! She’s just soooooo

    Hangin there, o,ay? We’re here withyouZ, Remeber, Nikko’s ot worried about a thing!

    Hugs to all!

    Sally and Happy Hannah

  2. Angela on March 2, 2014 9:44 pm

    How cute is she?! 🙂 Her not using her leg as much is probably a pretty good indicator that she will adapt well after surgery.. Our Cody wasn’t really using his at all, just to balance sometimes and it still worried me that he wouldn’t catch on. BUT he was doing so well that he came home the day after surgery and thankfully hasn’t had any falls in his first week home 🙂 Good luck and stay strong! It really is harder on us then them

    Cody and Family

  3. jerry on March 2, 2014 9:46 pm

    Oh thank you for the photo, we just loving seeing Niko’s pretty face!

    You’re right: once a cat or dog is lame on the affected leg for a long period of time, it makes the transition easier.

    I know you are going to be amazed when you see how well she does. Don’t tell anyone I said this, but cats actually recover a LOT better and faster than dogs! Sssssh, that’s our secret OK?

  4. rica55 on March 3, 2014 5:47 pm

    Oh how pretty is she!!!
    Well..I have to agree with Jerry on this one, cats do recover a LOT faster. I’ve been around now for 14 months since Jill’s amputation and I can tell you Jill’s recovery was pretty easy goings compared to the doggys. Cats cant get the same pain meds the dogs do, but some are given a fentanyl patch. Jill wasnt. She was in the hospital for three nights (my choice, vet wanted to keep her 2, but I was puppy sitting and I didnt want her attacked by a little puppy while she was recovering). So she was put on a fentanyl drip for 2 nights and then came home with buprenex. It was VERY EASY to adminster. Just a quick squirt in the mouth.
    Many kitty owners comment that their kitties just want to be left alone for a while after surgery, so dont be surprised if Niko hides for a while or just wants to be left alone.
    My best tip really is to go back to the very beginning of Jill’s blog and Fangs blog. I’ll post the links. We both posted tons of videos and pictures. Its best to prepare yourself so you know what to expect. Follow Niko’s lead. She’ll tell you if she just wants to be left alone or if she wants to be coddled.
    I know the days before surgery are so scary. I had 2 weeks to prepare and I was a wreck, but reading Fang’s blog and seeing his pictures and videos helped me a LOT.
    Let me know if you have any specific questions at all!!
    Erica & Jill
    Jill’s blog:
    Fang’s blog:

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