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Freya's tale

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Filed under: Uncategorized — mschelleau at 1:24 am on Thursday, December 27, 2012

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Tonight I was reviewing some of the earlier sites I bookmarked in that feverish time of research we all go through when we are desperately trying to find the website that will tell us it is all a dream.

There is a great site called Archie Cat and the message board there is fantastic with posts going back over four years and with lots and lots of kitty tripawd stories. I ended up scrolling through them in an effort to find some advice about when I should let Freya attempt the stairs I have (steep and narrow and leading to the bedrooms and main bathroom) and found it full of helpful observations and stories that are uplifting as well as realistic, and of course some of which are sad.

One thing this site does is talk about phantom limb pain and although Freya has not had anything like this, and my vet said he doubted such was likely, I thought I’d link to the site for those who may need or want to look into this.

Oh! The stairs? There were some posts which referenced cats going up and down stairs just days after the operation! I think I’ll still give it a day or two, maybe on Day 10 I’ll see if Freya can get up and down them. On a selfish note, my bedroom is up there, and the sooner Freya can get up and down the stairs, and up and down from the bed, the sooner I’ll be back in my bed. Of course this will be good for Freya too as that is normally (six nights out of seven) where she sleeps, and would be an excellent sign of her being nearly where she was before the amputation. Another test will be getting to her favourite viewing spot upstairs, on the window sill about the toilet – which should be very achievable in terms of traction and jump height.

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December 27, 2012 @ 9:36 am   Reply

Thanks for the info about Archie Cat. We do talk about phantom pain a lot at Tripawds but we don’t have any cat-specific examples of how it can occur so we appreciate the info. What is the exact URL to the phantom pain discussion?

She’ll be tackling those stairs in no-time, just wait! Good for you for restricting her activity in the meantime, that is so helpful for a good recovery.

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