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post #481 of 715
Ewwwww as gross as that first picture is, it's great to see how fast he's healing! That will also be good for anyone else who's kitty needs an amputation to see to get an idea on what to expect.

I vote JJ as TCS cat of the year!!
post #482 of 715
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JJ is doing great!!!! His wound looks so much better. I am starting to think it was getting irritated because of the staples and now it can heal since they are out. He is asleep or I would catch a pic of it.

I will do it later. Today I am doing absolutely nothing around the house but resting. Still have my gown on...

But here is JJ today. I have two new kittens from my job and he is napping with one of them....

Need I say, he keeps the dogs away from them both.. He is a very very possessive male cat. He is ruler of the rooster in my cat world. He will be the top male. Or top cat period. I had always thought females ruled the cat prides. It would be a close match between Cleo, Socks and JJ, but at the moment JJ is king ...... and he knows it.

You guys are too much. Yall are so sweet!! I did not know there was cat of the year!! Go JJ go go JJ go
post #483 of 715
JJ... a tough yet gentle giant.
I am relieved that your beautiful boy is doing better.
post #484 of 715
Thread Starter 
And yes, it would probably help someone else. I know this has been a long thread but there is major info in it regarding amputation, financial aid, support group, before and after care and tons of advice on others who have had cats with amputated limbs.

This thread made the whole process much much easier. I knew what to ask and what to expect......

And I thank everyone........

Jenn [and JJ ]
post #485 of 715
I think that this whole thread will come up, if sometime in the future, a member does a search about amputation.
post #486 of 715
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Thank you Xo......... and I like that. A sweet and gentle giant. cool.......

He loves kittens. He really loves kittens. He protects them. He will not let the dogs walk past the two new babies.. He stands in the door and growls at them to head them off another direction.. hehe.

The dogs have learned to walk around JJ on eggshells and to not get in his general vacinity. The other morning I was bringing the dogs back in and JJ stood in the door and they went back to their yard. They would not walk past him. I had to carry JJ to another part of the house to get the dogs to cross the door threshold and then they were leary looking around to see if it was safe . JJ is not bluffing. He has them trained which is good. It is better for a big dog to be scared of a cat than the other way around! It suits me fine. All he has to do is look at them fiercely and twitch his tail and they go to the laundry room. They know his signals. I am serious. He has them trained. hehehe Since they know his signals now, he doesn't have to growl as much at them and he doesn't charge them anymore as long as they give an immediate response to him and his signals. Emma only had to get scratched on the ear once and now she does exactly what JJ wants her to do. JJ rules the roost and is the protector of all the cats in the household......

I tell JJ "no", but he is unsure what they means at this point. He has never heard it because I have pampered him since he showed up in trouble. But I want him to accept the dogs in the household. I have created a monster cat and he is so proud to have a house and his own territory. I remember last winter trying to bring him inside when snow was outside and it was 0 degrees and he howled at the door wanting back outside. He hated it inside. Now he loves it.

The only thing that worries me about it is if he ever really "seriously" attacked them, they might not run. But they do run now. But I never leave the big dogs in the house when we are gone. I put them outside. When I am home they are always in. I don't like them too cold or too hot. Since we live in a cold winter climate and since Molly loves the snow and it's hard to get her in out of the snow, we are thinking of next summer building them an insulated dog house and putting it under the back deck and venting our heat/air system to their doghouse. That way they have climate control that is the same as inside the house for winter and for summer while we work. It never was an issue before because I stayed home when I was so sick. Our unit is going to be under the house so it would be easy to do. Husband and I were talking about this last night. We are getting a free brand new unit from our new neighbor where we are moving. They live down a hill a football field away. He is in the air business and they don't have water...........and we do. It is cheaper for them to dig a ditch to our well than to have their own well blasted through rock like we did. So they are digging ditches for a septic system with a back hoe and we are going to let them hook on to our well.............for a new CH/A unit plus duct work. We called our well man and it said our well is plenty big enough to handle 2 households. These people are weekenders too. They are only there sat and sun. It is their retreat. They live in the city. So we feel like we are getting a really good deal here.

It will be interesting to see JJ when we move and how he adjusts to having an enclosure. He will have new territory to claim but they all will actually. The dogs are going to love their new yard. It is 10x the size of their yard now.

But I think JJ will settle down since he has them trained now.. He just wants to be dominate and its a good thing my dog aren't dominate. Good thing I don't have a pitbull type dog... Mine are laid back babies whose main job is sleeping and snacking.
post #487 of 715
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I hope it comes up XO....... I had never experienced an animal with an amputation. Mine or anyones else that I knew. JJ is the first animal amputee I have seen in person. It was shocking at first. I knew what to expect because people sent me photos of their cats but to see it in person is totally different. Expecially when you are the caregiver of that cat. It took my breath when I first saw him... He cried when I first held him afterwards. It was probably from pain but I cried too. It was heartwrenching...

Here's some pics from today. The swelling is going down and the hole is filling in with a scab now. Where the staples were, he has tiny little scabs all over the place. He doesn't mess with it. But occassionally he moves his stump around trying to use it like like for scratching and stuff but as far as movement, he is not hindered in any way what so ever. He jumps high and plays with the cats. He dashes to and fro and in general seems just like a regular cat with no handicap. In fact I don't see him as handicapped because he does not act like he even misses his leg. He is not the same as before. He is better because his leg is not bothering him any longer...

He is my beautiful baby boy who I lub.........

Jenn and JJ
post #488 of 715
He is my beautiful baby boy who I lub.........

Jenn and JJ
That is so funny that you said that.
Whenever one of our cats come up for attention my mate says they came for some "lubbin".
post #489 of 715
JJ looks so much better.

When JJ went in for his surgery, I thought about how I would react if Sadie or Dexter had to have an amputation...
I would probably end up in the hospital too.
You are very courageous Jenn.

When you move and the kitties are in their enclosure, will they separated from your doggies so JJ can't irritate them?
post #490 of 715
JJ looks great! Good job Jenn.

I love hearing about his antics - he's such a character.
post #491 of 715
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Yes, XO, the cats yard and the dog yard are completely seperate... The only time they will interact is when the cats come indoors through their kitty door. and Xo, if something happened to one of your kitty's...you would handle it and come through with flying colors. Not a doubt in my mind...

and Tru...........I thought everyone said lubbing.......... Mine are lubbydubby's.........hehe

And here's JJ at 5:21am playing.... He's a little corker..... He is getting with it. There are going to be miserable when I move their boxes so we can finish packing....

post #492 of 715
Originally Posted by jcribbs
And here's JJ at 5:21am playing.... He's a little corker..... He is getting with it. There are going to be miserable when I move their boxes so we can finish packing....
They really are!
post #493 of 715
I love the picture of JJ peeking out of the box.
You gotta love that boy.
post #494 of 715
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I'm going to have to make sure I keep a few boxes laying around. Mama loves them too and since JJ got his stitches out, he hides in them and then jumps out to surprise the kittens when he is in a playful mood.

Something else about JJ........ Most adult cats outgrow that playfulness usually found in kitten play. JJ is just getting to do that and so he is romping just like a 3 month old kitten. I think it might be because he has never been in a situation where he could play and not have to worry about competition of any kind. It's always been about survival with him. So it is pretty awesome to watch him frolic around. When he tries to dash around a floor fan, he skids since he is on three legs. I am serious. He skids and keeps his balance. That's how fast he is and he is is having a blast playing with 5 kittens... He is a big ole kitten at heart right now. The other adults have no interest in playing with the babies. Only JJ. It just does a body good to watch this.
post #495 of 715
JJ is your big boy nanny.
post #496 of 715
Originally Posted by xocats
JJ is your big boy nanny.
He's such a sweetie, isn't he?

I love you JJ!
post #497 of 715
Thread Starter 
He said he loves you too satai!!

And ya Xo..........he's a nanny kitty,,,,,,

He is getting fat again too. I am glad...
post #498 of 715
What a special kitty JJ is and he is lucky to have you as you are to have him. Kiss his sweet little head for me.
post #499 of 715
Originally Posted by jcribbs
He said he loves you too satai!!
I am sitting here smiling like crazy Jenn.
post #500 of 715
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He does love you .........!! I talk about you and about xocats to him... I tell him you guys are his special friends so keep on smiling. I really think he understand things....

And that little corker.........last night I called emma in the living room to lay on the floor so I could pet her. I didn't realize he was guarding the entrance. When she entered...he attacked. Emma hit the floor and lay down in submission and he put his paw on top of her head with his claws out and glared at her. He did not scratch her but he warned her to get out and she flew out of the room when JJ released her from the floor. I moved JJ and brought Emma on in. He looked very very irritated that I was petting her.. Isn't that funny?
post #501 of 715
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and JJ is gaining weight on a daily basis. He is a pig kitty....that thinks he is a lion.....
post #502 of 715
Originally Posted by jcribbs
He does love you .........!! I talk about you and about xocats to him... I tell him you guys are his special friends so keep on smiling. I really think he understand things....
I am sitting here, all smiles again! Thank you Jenn - you and JJ are just wonderful.
post #503 of 715
Originally Posted by jcribbs
and JJ is gaining weight on a daily basis. He is a pig kitty....that thinks he is a lion.....
He is a lion - a lion trapped in a kitty's body!
post #504 of 715
JJ has an amazing spirit.

From the day JJ came to you with his broken hip...
your photos & descriptions of his unique personality & his challenging climb toward health,
have caused people from all over to fall in love with your special boy.
post #505 of 715
Thread Starter 
JJ has a wonderful spirit! He has always [as far as I know] been a cat who never had a home and no one to love him and getting both of those things has changed his personality majorly. What I can see happening right now is he is the growing protection of me and hubby. Never had a cat like that.

He has started guarding the bedroom doorway at night to keep the "bad dogs" out of the room. Hey lays in the doorway to guard us.. I have NEVER heard of anything like that before.

I honestly think if a dog or a person attacked me, he would jump in the middle of it to help me. I am serious.

But going from being a stray to guarding people that he loves has astounded me. And he really is actually guarding. He is a little sweetheart... and it makes me feel good too that he has so many people loving him and rooting him on because he has never had that before....

I can't take a picture of him today because I took my camera to work yesterday so I could go see my grandbaby at lunch and I forgot my darn camera. Shoot.......!

But I'll post some new pics tomorrow... He is getting pretty chunky. Tommorrow when I am off, I am thinking of taking him outside for a bit and letting him hop around in the yard. His wound is closed and the vet says it is ok but I'm not turning him loose outside. But I will take him out and sit with him for a bit so he can check things out...

This morning he has things on his mind. He is walking around twitching his tail..

I read a true account once of a blind cat who jumped on a burgler when he broke into his house while his owner was asleep. I think that would be JJ. He is the three legged wonder kitty.

He already outweighs every cat I have and most are a little overweight anyway but JJ is just now his right size. He is not fat but his bones are finally covered by a little flesh. When he went to the vet the last time, the scales were broken so I am not sure what he weighs but his is probably in the neighborhood of 15-18 lbs. And still lean.. Not lean like skinny but still slender. He is a solid chuck. But not overweight.

Remember me telling all that when I first saw him last year when we moved to Missouri, he weighed approx 25 lbs. He was very large at that time and a very good hunter. I think if he weighed 20 lbs, that would be a good weight for him. He would be solid but not fat. I think that is where he will probably stabalize when he quits catching up... This is the first time since he showed up with the broken leg that he is started gaining his weight back. He was skin and bones when he showed up. You could feel every rib and his hip bones jutted out. He is healthy now. When he first went to the vet on his initial appointment he weighed 10 lbs and the vet described him as being a very lean cat.. I guess that was nice way to say "skinny"..... When he had surgery he weighed 12 lbs... Since the surgery he is filling out again and looks great..

This was the top of his head when he first showed up...... I'll never forget it. This was about an hr after I brought him in the house. He is a different kitty now.. Unrecognizable as the same cat. A total transformation.
post #506 of 715
This is good news! Well done both of you! Give some extra kisses to JJ for me Jenn, and thank you for keeping us updated on your lion.
post #507 of 715
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I'll tell him.........

He says HI!!!

post #508 of 715
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Off to get ready for work...........

post #509 of 715
What a beautiful story JJ has. I'm so happy he has found this forever home with you and your family.
post #510 of 715
JJ looks so skinny in the above picture.
just look at him now.
I'll be looking forward to more pictures.
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