Prosthetics for Patches (kitten)
Patches is 3 months old and has a long road ahead of her. I was quoted X-rays to be around $300 and that's all I know at this point prior to the appointment.
I knew adopting her there would be added expenses however I was blown away by the initial consultation of $165. as all of you who have pets know you'll do anything and everything for your fur babies. and she is no exception!!
I know you are wondering and I just want to say that she DOES run, walk, and play just like a normal cat. She knows no different about her back feet missing , with the exception of when she wants to scratch up by her head she's unable to do that. I have taught her how to shake which is absolutely adorable. I will keep you posted on progress once we get to the appointment on Thursday.
I moved my mattress and box spring and had it leaning up against the wall. I went to do an errand and came home and she was on top of it, so I took her down and told her "no", then we all went to bed.
Sometime the next morning she snuck out of the bedroom and I think climbed up there and jumped down because her one nubs was bleeding and she came into the bedroom and she was crying, and favoring it. Not that she would put a lot of pressure on her nubs in general, however, she won't put any pressure on it.
I gave her some pain medication left over from her brothers procedure and she's starting to get a little comfortable.
But boy I feel terrible and sorry for her!!! Hopefully she'll take a nap and feel better. I'm keeping a good eye on her!
There are pictures on her Facebook page... from her little makeshift hospital bed, her sister visiting her, and patches taking a nap however she would keep nudging to be close to her sister. She literally fell asleep with her paw on her sister's head
But the update is on the Prosthetics. I'd seen a video online about a gentleman (Derrick Campana, CO
Director of Orthotics at Animal Ortho Care in Virginia).
that is doing amazing thing with animals and prosthetics. I emailed him this weekend and this was his response:
Thank you for the information. Unfortunately, it looks like the amputation levels are too high to make safe, functional prosthetic devices. For cats, i need at least 1 inch below the level of the hock/tarsus. I wish that were not the case. Sorry and good luck.
Thank you Mr. Derrick Campana for your prompt response and wonderful insight. Keep on doing the wonderful work that you are!!