My little one, Gaia, is going to be having her left front leg amputated soon. This is a decision both her vet and I have made after months of trying to get it to heal. She has lived in a cage for most of her six months and enough is enough. This is not a debate on whether or not she should keep the leg.
I\'ve seen several three-legged kitties here, but most are missing a back leg. I\'m seeking advice on a front one being gone. Do I need to worry about her jumping from any heights with only the one leg to land on? What about right after the surgery... she\'ll have a collar, but what about her scratching with the hind leg? Should I ask about having that one wrapped with soft bandages or will they do that any way?
I know she\'ll adjust fine as she cannot use the leg as is anyway so she\'s never known what it is to walk on all fours. I know she may take tumbles, but I\'m sure she\'ll be running just fine too... it\'s the jumping that worries me. The next one up from her, Lilly, has already taught my others to get up on things they\'d never attempted before so I worry she\'ll teach Gaia too. My fears are that with only one leg to land on, she could injure it easily.
The first two or three days after she comes home (will overnight at the office) she\'ll have someone with her almost constantly. I know the vet will give me advice on what to watch for, but are there any with experience who can tell me what a vet may not? Or give advice/suggestions I should know?
I\'m on all new territory with this. First baby I\'ve gotten... first major injury I\'ve had to deal with... first major surgery...