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3 Week Ampuversary

Posted by: | August 7, 2014 | 8 Comments |

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Today marks the three week point since Smore’s amputation. It seems hard to believe that it has been that long. She has progressed so much. When I walk in the room, she meows in greeting and keeps meowing until I sit down. Then, she crawls in my lap and purrs away as she rubs up against me.

Smore hiding behind her tail

Smore showing her superior hiding skills

She plays like any other kitten, or so I assume. I’ve never had a kitten before; I’m a dog person and have been my entire life. We’ve always had dogs, but I’ve only had one cat. He too was a stray that I found here when I was on vacation. He thought he was a dog though I think.

She stalks her toys, and you can really see her inner wildcat. Sometimes her face makes me think of a lynx because of the little tuffs at the top.

I haven’t discovered anything she can’t do. Sometimes she loses her balance while she plays, but even four legged critters do that.

As I think about that day 3 weeks ago, I remember how we were trying to come up with a name. She was almost named Lucky because she seemed to be such a lucky cat. When we took her to the teaching hospital for an orthopedic vet, they randomly decided to make her birthday St. Patrick’s Day. I took that and the fact that they thought she still had nerve function in her leg as a sign that it would get fixed.

When I found out that wasn’t true, I thought her luck had finally run out; however, I was wrong. Her quick recovery was no doubt due to her circumstances. The vets both agreed that the accident was at least a week old or more when I found her. The second vet I think believed it had been longer due to all the calcification inside the wound. It had started to heal itself.

Smore occassionally put her weight on the limb. She had discovered a way to cover her business in the litter box. She knew how to jump up and climb with only three working legs. She was a three legged cat before I took her in; she just had dead weight holding her back. Because of that, she was able to recover so much quicker I think. There wasn’t an adjustment phase. It was just another day when I brought her home, except with pink birds flying above her head due to her medicine.

I’ve noticed a definite increase in her playfullness since the surgery. I dont know if that’s because we now have several toys to choose from or if it’s because she feels better. It’s just really hard to believe that it’s 3 weeks already. She’s only been officially part of the family for 3 weeks too, but it feels like she’s been around forever. She makes me smile; she makes me feel loved, and she teaches me that despite terrible circumstances beyond our control, we can still strive to live a happy life. I’m grateful for that. I’m the lucky one because she chose our house. Despite a run in with my large husky, she decided to come back and lie on our welcome mat as if it was a message for her (even though it too had a dog on it).

For whatever reason, she showed up here, and I’d like to think she’s made my life better because of it.


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8 Comments

  1. By: kazann on August 7, 2014 at 11:06 pm      Reply

    Hi Smore, my rehab vet told me it takes a bit of time to built up the strength so you don’t lose your balance while playing. I hope you are becoming friends with the Husky, give him a swat for me will ya?

    Mona

    • By: tinav323 on August 8, 2014 at 11:07 am      Reply

      I can understand that. She doesn’t do it very often. I think it happens most when she’s really excited. How is Mona doing with balancing?

  2. By: Melinda P on August 8, 2014 at 1:31 am      Reply

    Yay Smore! You’re doing so great 🙂 Such an amazing kitty! And I just love the story of how she came to live with you…crazy the way things happen sometimes! <3

    • By: tinav323 on August 8, 2014 at 11:07 am      Reply

      Thanks! Life does happen in mysterious ways, but sometimes I do wonder if she picked the right family and if she’s happy here.

  3. By: Michelle on August 8, 2014 at 11:04 am      Reply

    Hoppy 3 week Ampuversary Smore. You will learn how to balance as time goes on it takes a little bit for you to learn how to use muscles that you never had to use before.

    Keep hopping on.

    hugs
    Michelle & Angel Sassy

    • By: tinav323 on August 8, 2014 at 11:10 am      Reply

      She’s done so much better with balancing than I thought she would, which I think is because of her injury. I noticed she stumbles the most when she’s really excited about the game she’s playing. I can see she’s already getting better, especially with scratching her ear with her back leg and balancing during it. It’s impressive.

  4. By: benny55 on August 8, 2014 at 11:56 am      Reply

    SMORE!!! You are one BEAUTIFUL cat AND a very lucky one indeed!! I think you had this forever home picked out fro yourself fr o m the day y o u were born! Good choice!!

    I loved reading this post today and learning more about you.. A whole lot of personality and courage galore, that’s for sure! A lot of wisdom for a young “dogcat”!

    Enjoy your THREE WEEK AMPUVERSARY PAWTY and demand ice cream and cake…you deserve it!

    Hugs!

    Sally and Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

    • By: tinav323 on August 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm      Reply

      Lol she’s a dogcat? My last cat was like that and my current dog is a catdog. Go figure!

      I hope it was a good choice on her part, but sometimes I doubt it. In fact, that was the topic for today.

      She didn’t get cake and ice cream, but I could’ve given her some delicious wet food. Perhaps I will today. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting.

      Hugs back
      Tina, Smore, and Pebbles

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