While amputation is never ideal, it is often the only way to save the life of your cat. Remember, life after amputation doesn’t stop and your cat will soon learn to re-adjust.
Helping your cat adjust
Whether the result of an accident or disease, limb amputation is often the only option for some cats.
While it does involve serious surgery and extensive healing, remember amputation can help to remove your cat’s source of pain and suffering.
In fact, amputation doesn’t have to be the end of the world for cats. Instead, consider it as the beginning of a new life, a positive option that can humanely extend your cat’s life.
Of course, it may not be easy for your cat to learn how to move around as she once did. However, with time, your pet can compensate for the changes in weight distribution and learn to walk and even run again.
Helping your cat adapt
- Confine your cat to the house immediately after the operation.
- Ensure there is easy access to food and water.
- Keep a close eye on your cat's weight. Weight gain places more strain on the other legs and makes it harder to cope.
- Keep your cat away from potential conflicts with other animals as initially, she will not be able to escape danger as quickly.
- Your pet may take some time to re-learn how to balance with three limbs. Remember that your cat's remaining legs take time to build up strength, so limit access to high surfaces and don't encourage your cat to jump!
- If you have steps that cannot be avoided, for example access to your garden, consider providing a ramp.
- If you have other pets, they may be upset by the change in their companion. Reintroduce your patient slowly.
- Allow plenty of time for rehabilitation and adjustment.
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