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Three Legs OR Three and a Half???

post #1 of 10
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My daughter is adopting a kitten next week. It will be about 12 weeks old. They have been fostered (not sure why) for the past weeks.
He has only about 1 1/2" of his front leg. Sometimes he walks (or tries) on it and sometimes he doesn't. He was born this way.
Question is:
Would it be better for him to have it completely removed (at the shoulder) so that it doesn't get raw if he walks on it? Or will it develope a callus like end so that it will not bleed or hurt?
I have seen 3-legged dogs that get along just fine with 3 legs but never a cat.
Anyone ever deal with something like this?
post #2 of 10
The vet I used to use had a 3 legged cat...they tried to let him keep the extra part but in end they took it off when he got neutered(6 mon) it was brought in as a stray at 2 months old and was born that way(i just fell in love with the cat And since they kept it as the office cat and it was same age as my then kitten...lol) vet said it started opening up and he tried to use it so to spare him the pain and all later on they did it sooner rather then later.

I think yahoogroups.com has a support list for amputee animals(might be wrong but thought i saw one fear years ago) also have vet look at it to see what he thinks about if it will bother him growing up/adult
post #3 of 10
I had a three legged turtle when I was younger ... he did everything
post #4 of 10
There are a few people on the site with 3 legged kitties that are doing just fine. I would recommend asking your vet, and then seeing if it might be best to get the extra bit taken off at the same time as the spay/neuter. Kitties don't even seem affected by the missing limb....they compensate very well.
post #5 of 10
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I will have her ask a vet. The 2 kittens are being fostered right now and are due to be returned to the Humane Society on Monday. They are already aware that my daughter wants to adopt it. They will be doing the nuetering then he will be ok to go home with her.
I don't suppose that they would do it at the Humane Society....
My concern is that he WILL try to use it and then make it open and sore...
Thanks for the help!
post #6 of 10
IMO, take the leg. There is no pad & that is what will keep the bone from coming through. The shelter here has had several cats missing the bottomg 1/4 or 1/2 of their leg & had them to three different vets who all reccomended that the entire leg be removed.
post #7 of 10
Hi, First off THANK YOU HEAPS for willing to adopt a kitten in this condition.

My mate Pete (AKA Danger_mouse) had a similar situation to yours,
Back when we were children he had a cat named Teddy, she gave birth to some kittens and one of them had a cut in its back leg (right one I think) we assume it was the umbilical cord that caused the cut, anyway a few days later the paw dropped off like at the ankle. After he was about 3 months old, Pete's mum took the kitten to the vet and had the leg completely removed at the hip. He grew up to be a fine cat and you wouldn't think that he only had 3 legs because he could certainly run. IMO your adopted kitten will be much better off having that leg completely removed.

I will send Pete an E-mail, and get him to post here for you because, he will be able to give you detailed info.
post #8 of 10
I have had a three legged cat, and it is amazing how well they adapt - and she was 11 when she lost her leg, the day she came off cage rest, she demanded to go out (wasn't allowed, obviously), wandered upstairs, tried to get on the bed - 2 days later, she had mastered stairs and bed, so was allowed out. Hers was a back leg, I do believe they find it tricker with a front leg, but I have seen pics of front leg amputees that have been fine and adapted.
post #9 of 10
I've seen a few 3-legged cats shown in the HHP classes. But all of these have had total amputation (or were born without a leg). IMO it might be better to amputate as the cat would have more problems with balance having a 1/2 leg then removing the entire leg.

Talk to the vet when it should be done - might be better to be done now instead of later.
post #10 of 10
I used to watch the SPCA series on Animal Planet and they always said that it was better for some animals to amputate because then it's not in their way to walk and it 'helps their balance'. No clue on how the balance part works but animals can adapt so well in situations like that, that it's better for them.
But, there was this new fake leg that they attached to a German Shepard's leg by the inside of the bone. None the less, I don't think that could work for cats since they're so small.
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