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Freya's tale

Our journey starts with a single step on three legs

All is well in the land of the three legged three years and three months on

Filed under: cat,three legged — mschelleau at 12:47 am on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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Well, not a lot to report (which is fantastic) but thought I would do a quick update.

It is now 3 years and 3 months (nearly, but the alliteration was too much not to go for in the title) post amputation for Freya and she will be 12 years old next month. Wow time flies all around. She was so little when I rescued her and we were in a different state even. And here we are now, several moves later in the lovely Blue Mountains and the chill of autumn just peaking in after a rather prolonged summer spurt at the end of February into March.

I thought I would very briefly discuss ear scratching. Freya still tilts her head down to meet her missing leg and the stump moves madly but futilely. After three years she still does it and I have to assume that most kitties do. If I am near I go over and give a scratch where I think she wants it – and she quickly lets you know if you’ve hit the spot or not! It doesn’t seem to cause her discomfort in any way and if I can’t get to her in time she just shakes her head and usually rolls onto the floor and rubs around a bit – I guess to rub at the itch. In all other ways she seems to not notice the leg is gone, but she still tries to phantom scratch I suppose you could call it. Just an observation and not a concern. You can also trigger her stump with a scratch in the right spot!

She continues to love her cat tree and loves to loll around on her favourite level in the sun. Her calendar pose (she’s a model!) was on the cat tree and it was so appropriate. She is curled up on the couch asleep right now after a rather long grooming session, so all is definitely right in our world.

In all ways she continues to be my loving sweetie kitty and that missing limb is something that is no bother.

Take care

Freya’s mum




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March 16, 2016 @ 3:00 am   Reply

Way to go Freya!!! THREE PAWS UP!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Such a delightful update on a delightful kitty!!

I’m glad you trained your human to do some scratching for ya’ You are a very smart kitty!

Thanks for the great update. Made my day!

Lots of love!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too


July 12, 2016 @ 2:06 am   Reply

Thank you for your blog it does help me with this awful decision , like you stated I believe its us humans that have the difficulty. Im terrified . We were not told what the grade of soft tissue sarcoma . I will be asking that. Our Purrkins (cat) has the sarcoma on the left front carpus. (wrist to us humans and second above.) I saw his when he showed me ,his was fur covered and small at least that. The second came later after we needle aspirated was inconclusive . Vet said wait and see, went for biopsy immediately after seeing second come. No one has mentioned aggressive all his test came back good no spread in lungs had chest X-rays ultrasound bloodwork. New to this site I hope comment is how i can reach out to you. Our options surgery to remove what they can will not be able to rid it all plus 16-20 daily radiation sedated daily or amputation. He just turned 6 years young . We are thinking the amputation?


August 8, 2018 @ 9:56 am   Reply

Michelle and Freya! What a pleasure to see pictures of gorgeous Freya and to read her courageous story. I followed the link you put on my blog about Samba, the black cat who just had her amputation today. Wow, I followed all the drama of Freya’s confinement, her re-discovery of the stairs and her happiness to play with toys again, her tragic injury and protracted recovery, and finally her newfound happiness and adjustment to life. The scratching bit was interesting, and would seem disturbing to me as a mama also, but glad to know she finds other ways to scratch. I just want to say well done to both of you for putting your all into making these past 4 or so years the best they could be. You are amazing! Freya, if you ever do publish a kitty model calendar, I would buy a copy! : )

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