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robertos wrote:Hi everyone!!
This is my very first post. I was VERY happy to have found such awesome community. All the answers n threads i read are FULL of great feedback n comments. So i thought i might be just as lucky to get some replies
One of my cats (i have 5) had an injury to his front leg/paw. Althought the injury is only internal, outside everything is totally fine, he cannot move (i believe) his paw -but the whole limb does move though.
I just visited the vet and he told me he has a nerve injury that cannot heal and the only solution would be an amputation.
1) He did NOT scan/ex-rayed the paw, so how does he know the nerve is totally detached? Guess, i believe... Well, the evidence is there that the nerve is damaged, but nerves heal!!(he is a very good doctor normally, but happens to everyone to oversee something or to give a "too-quick" solution.
2) I have read many of you mentioned that nerves will normally regenerate (slowly, fine). How "bad" was the injury of your healed cats?Tristalyn was hit by a car, and vets I trusted (worked for, even) wanted to amputate. I said NO! Her paw was completely limp.
3) The cat is totally fine, only one of its paw is...limp. Do you know of any tutors/solutions/bendage/anything that could be worn or applied to the cat's paw? in the same fashion you would bendage him after a broken bone issue, for instance.Do you know about splints? By the time I was ready to order a splint for Tristalyn she was improving; this was about 15 years ago, and splints were a lot harder to find. I've had my paws on the splints here at HP, and I like them.
I believe that nerves can heal with proper time and I am confident that a solution that will avoid amputation can AT LEAST be tried prior such no-going-back decision.
The cat does wander off normally in the big garden, yet since his injury i think he has calmed down a lot -if you are thinking bandages can become an issue.
I TOTALLY LOVE MY ANIMALS&PETS so I am ready to do the extra mile if needed, in terms of nursing him, if i can avoid an amputation (he is only 3 years old).
I wish to thank you in advance for you kind reply.
Please throw me whichever "crazy" idea you might have and feedback/experience with the same issue, I'd be very honored however.
All the best
We have an outdoor house, too. It's a "chicken tractor," and I build "gerbil tubes" out of shelving wire and "zippy strips" (plastic cable ties) so Meez can get out in the grass without running amok. He's insufferable when he can't!robertos wrote:TY ALL FOR THE AWESOME REPLIES!
1st of all thanks Critters, a splint (didnt know that was the name i should have looked for) is probably what I will do ASAP the only issue would be to "assess" the size of them.
Any recollections for cats size? Not offhand. I don't know that I can find the splints and try one on Meez. He'd let me, if I can find them. We have a hurricane coming, so it'll probably be next week before I'm online again.
I also see from the link (TY!!) that there are additional "things" in addition to The splint. Any useful reccomendation maybe? That's what I've actually had my paws on. There are several critters around the board at the moment with nerve damage, and somebody was going to try the bootie splint. I asked the poster to be sure to post an update, since I don't recall anybody using that style.
2nd Thank you for sharing you experience all. I am VERY much reassured now that i know a vet did say the same thing to someone else (amputation) and people refused that. DId he/she healed fine? Should i expect a 6-month period more or less? Tristalyn took months, although I don't remember how many. Yes, she healed just fine!
3rd I really didnt think a good solution would have been to "cage him" someone. I never never use such things, but now that i need to look after him in order to avoid issues maybe that would be quite an idea. I am sorry for him he will have to look at the other cats playing n all....still i will try to work out a good solution. TY.
critters wrote:Not offhand. I don't know that I can find the splints and try one on Meez. He'd let me, if I can find them. We have a hurricane coming, so it'll probably be next week before I'm online again.
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