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Please help! Should I get my kitten's leg amputated ?

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Makayla.exe, Jul 12, 2019.


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Should I get it amputate

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  2. No

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  1. Makayla.exe

    Makayla.exe PetForums Newbie

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    I have a 3 month old kitten. He was born with his hinged leg sticking up. I think I may have made it worse. He got his first shot today and I was told to keep a close eye. So I could just be over analyzing. I need to know if I should amputate it. Im worried I may hurt him again or he may hurt himself.
     

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  2. Calvine

    Calvine PetForums VIP

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    If the vet told you today to ''keep an eye on it'' then do that for the time being. Assuming that you will take him for a second vaccination in a few weeks, the vet will no doubt advise.
     
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  3. saartje

    saartje Hallo

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    I would for now do what the vet recommended and keep and eye on it. Don't rush into any decisions and report back to the vet at the second vaccination/appointment, if in the mean time it does get any worse contact the vet and get your kitten seen as soon as possible. I would not try to diagnose or do anything yourself as this is the vets job.

    Take a deep breath and wait and take the vet's advice.
     
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  4. Cully

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    I really hope I'm wrong but I get the impression you are thinking of amputating the leg yourself!!!!
    Do what the vet says but don't attempt to do anything with the leg yourself. Amputation is a specialised procedure and should only be done by a qualified vet. Apart from causing your poor kitten the worst kind of agony, you will probably kill him. PLEASE don't attempt this yourself!
    If you're not happy with his condition call your vet for help.
    I'm really hoping I've misread your post.
     
  5. buffie

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    Glad I'm not the only one who thought that , hopefully it is just "lost in translation".
    Have you been given any idea what/why your kittens leg is like this?
     
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    The title of the poll is ''shall I get it amputated'' which sounds OK.

    But reading this ^^^^^^ I can well see how people think OP may be planning a DIY job. I am, however, wondering why OP thinks they ''might have made it worse''? What did they do that might have ''made it worse''? Did they try to bend it back into shape?
     
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  7. Cully

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    Maybe the vet has said to see if it will right itself and gave the amputation as a final option if there is no improvement. And maybe the OP has indeed tried to twist it back into a normal position to avoid surgery,and now fears she may have made it worse, so she's just asking what we would do in her shoes.
    The problem is we don't know the vet's thoughts, or kittens short history.
    I hope OP comes back to us. I hate loose ends and would like to see the outcome of this one.
    Poor little more.:(
     
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    Oh blimey! I hope she hasn’t tried manipulating it! I’d like to know what she did to make it worse tho. This sounds horrendous. :Nailbiting
     
  9. Makayla.exe

    Makayla.exe PetForums Newbie

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    I would never amputate the leg myself. Thank you for the concern and advice. I would never wanna hurt my little guy, vets are specifically trained and have anesthesiologists. Im just a worried cat mom.
     
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  10. Makayla.exe

    Makayla.exe PetForums Newbie

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    He was under my blankets, I sat by him and either put pressure on it or he was trying to get out from under the blanket to cuddle and bent it more.
     
  11. Soozi

    Soozi PetForums VIP

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    I think you need to take him to the Vet as soon as possible and ask also what this condition is! Also is surgery possible to put it right. Did you adopt him with this hinged leg? Are you in Uk?
     
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  12. Makayla.exe

    Makayla.exe PetForums Newbie

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    Im in the USA and he was born with it his mother is very small and he didnt have enough room in the womb.
     
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    Makayla.exe PetForums Newbie

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    I have not tried to correct it. I have gentle squeezed his toes but im too afraid of hurting him to try fix it myself.
     
  14. saartje

    saartje Hallo

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    Hi Makayla.exe, If you think you may have accidently sat on him under the blankets and he maybe in pain or further injured I personally would take him to the vets to be checked over. Has the vet tested to see if your kitten has feeling in the leg in question? I am sorry to read he was born like this.
     
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    Apparently the kitten was at the vets yesterday for vax.
     
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  16. Makayla.exe

    Makayla.exe PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you guys

    The amount of replies is astounding. You guys are very helpful. Sylvester (the kitten) seems happy this morning. He is jumping and climbing despite his leg. To answer some questions;

    I am not planning on amputating the leg myself
    I am extremely worried about hurting Sylvester simply by petting near the leg let alone trying to do the surgery myself.

    I have not moved the leg
    As stated im very worried about hurting him, all ive done his gently squeezed his toes to make sure he could still feel his paw.

    How did the leg get worse?
    Sylvester had gotten his first shot yesterday (the day I posted the thread) and the vet mentioned amputation may be an option in his future as an adult if the leg didnt grow with him or other problems arouse. I was told to keep an eye on him for symptoms related to the vaccine not the leg. Im a paranoid person so I was very worried. He was sleepy as the doctor predicted and curled up under my blankets. I came into the room unaware of where he was under the blankets. I lowered down and put a little weight on his leg by accident and he mewed. I flung myself away from him (only a slight exaggeration) and he hurried out from under the blanket. Thats when I saw his leg was raised more.

    How did his leg even end up malformed?
    Sylvester was born with 3 siblings. His mother is very small and he didnt have room to move much. The research my mom and I did suggested that kittens without room can have tendon malformations. That is what we assume happened. It is also possible that the leg is due to birth trama.

    Why I posted
    Im worried about him being in pain, I just want to make his life happiest. Im more worried he will snap it as ive noticed his higned tendons are stretched and any kind of pressure in the downward sense causing him discomfort. I just wanna do whats best for him.
     
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    Hi, @Makayla.exe , that is so sad he was born this way. What happened to his mother?
    I think it's really lovely of you to take on this poor little boy. I hope something can be done to give him the good quality of life he deserves.
    Has your vet had any detailed discussion with you about the leg and any possible treatment?
    It sounds as though he is in some pain and I would get him seen by the vet again to discuss what needs to be done and what all the options are.
    If he is thinking about amputation and you trust your vets opinion, then be guided by him. You could always ask for a second opinion if you're at all concerned.
    Amputation sounds terrible, especially in such a youngster, but please don't worry. Lots of cats ( and dogs) manage perfectly well on just 3 legs. You just need to look on YouTube for video clips. These amputees are amazing.
    Please keep in touch with us about (does he have a name?).
    Edit. Sorry, I posted after the last one.
     
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  18. Makayla.exe

    Makayla.exe PetForums Newbie

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    Good news

    I have set up an appointment with a vet to get a consultation. The vet that did his vacation has recommended amputation on his records so I think that is the Avenue I will take. Monday he will be visiting the vet.

    Ill keep everyone updated.
     

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  19. saartje

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    I think you are amazing for taking on this poor guy and it is good to read he is not letting his leg stop him from enjoying himself. If you look online there are cats that have had amputations and do just fine. I hope his mom is ok as well? Did she survive the births do you know?
     
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  20. Makayla.exe

    Makayla.exe PetForums Newbie

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    Oh his mother is doing wonderfully. Put of the 4 kittens one did pass early on but the rest are doing well including Sylvester. His mother is fine. Sylvester is a wonderful boy. He is so spunky and energetic. Thats why I love him, he is broken but still loves life. He is my ESA and is perfect for me.
     
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