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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
How do most adult cats cope with the amputation of a hind leg?
I know dogs do fine but i'v only ever seen 1 3 legged cat in my life
Thanks
post #2 of 14
Abbey a guy at work had a cat of 19 years of age who had it's rear leg amputated, at he managed fine

Also MA used to have a cat who had 3 legs as well
post #3 of 14
animals cope much better than we do, because they don't have the hang-ups that we do, such as how will I look, will I be able to still run , or walk. We have done several amputations on cats and dogs with no problems.
post #4 of 14
I have a kitten..the one in my sig actually who has a deformed leg and she will be getting it amputated. She gets around just fine with her three legs. as you can see..shes pretty happy
post #5 of 14
I've met two three legged cats.

The one, Tripod (dumb, I know. lol) was awesome. He had gone through alot. and just last august he was attacked by a adog. He is front declawed and only one back foot, and he did ALOT of damage to that dog... He got around well, like he had been that way since he was born. But He was hit by a train and had to have his leg taken off.



There he is.
post #6 of 14
I've seen a few 3 legged cats that get around just fine! My mom's one friend had a diabetic cat who had a leg amputated because of the disease and he was the happiest cat ever! They will cope just fine! I think it takes us humans more time to get used to it than it takes them! No worries!
post #7 of 14
They get along fine- You will be amazed
post #8 of 14
The neighbor behind us had a three legger for a while. That old cat could run about as fast as the normal four-legged version.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Bikeman
That old cat could run about as fast as the normal four-legged version.
Yeah, Tripod was faster than other cats x3
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I was just wondering as the cat at work who has been collapsing from spinal clots may need his back leg amputated.. he is dragging it behind and as a result has a nasty ulcer/sore on the top of his paw. We tried putting a sock on it but it just agitated him...
Thanks anyways, I feel more confident about it now
post #11 of 14
Last yr I had a stray that was shot and had one of his hind legs amputated. I bought him home a day or two after surgery and he jumped over the 40 inch baricade I had set up for him. He lived in my garage and after his stitched came out I did let he outside with supervision and I was very surprised how fast he was. My vet had advised me that they adapt quite well and he did!!
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leto86
I've met two three legged cats.

The one, Tripod (dumb, I know. lol) was awesome. He had gone through alot. and just last august he was attacked by a adog. He is front declawed and only one back foot, and he did ALOT of damage to that dog... He got around well, like he had been that way since he was born. But He was hit by a train and had to have his leg taken off.



There he is.
We just had a litter with a feral cat... One black and white one only had 3 legs, he did fine. We named him "tripod" too!!!
post #13 of 14
I keep seeing that word on here...what does it mean..."FERAL" cat??? (Is that a stray?)
post #14 of 14
Feral cats are wild/unowned. And sometimes they can be QUITE mean. I know a vet tech that said the meanest animal in the world is a mad feral cat. People with tons of patience and kindness can usually get through to them, eventually. I've even done it a couple times.

3 legged cats, yeah, they don't seem to notice. There were 2 or 3 at the rescue, and they got along just fine. One got in the house (the rescue was the garage) and I had to catch her. Wow, that was hard! She got along REALLY fast! When I get another cat (won't be for a while!) I'll probably end up with one that's missing a leg or eye or something! I tend to go for the underdog (or undercat, as the case may be!).

Amber
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