As a professional pet sitter I had a few three-legged cats to care for. One kitty was injured and his owner took him to Vet Office for an amputation. Another three legged cat, Enrique, was adopted from Santa Fe Animal Shelter. I want to assure you, that they act and behave as a normal cats. They do not feel that they are handicapped and need more special care. They learned to use their mouth when they play. They ran fast using only three legs available and could be a great ESCAPE Artists!

How to Care for a Three-Legged Cat     

  • If your veterinarian says your cat cannot have a good life on three legs, get a second opinion.
  • It’s important to keep your three-legged cat indoors only. Predators, cars and more are dangers for all cats who go outside — and tripods will have an even harder time escaping from those hazards. 
  • Limit movement and supervise or crate your tripod for the first month after surgery to protect her from additional injuries.
  • Block off high areas in your home where your cat likes to jump. Make perches more accessible by adding steps or moving furniture.
  • Provide a litter box that’s low to the ground.
  • Use newspaper-based litter for the first two weeks after surgery.

Please, do not let your sad emotions or cost of a surgery to put you down when considering an amputee surgery for your cat. There is an amazing organization called Tripawds .   They can help you with information about post surgery care and financial support via Amputation Surgery Assistance Program that pays up to $500 toward an amputation to eligible applicants. If you consider to adopt a three legged cat – check with Felines & Friends New Mexico and Santa Fe Animal Shelter. They may have that special one available for an adoption. In Santa Fe you can check with Doctor Sue at Bounce Back Integrative Veterinary Rehabilitation  505 983 6912 for after surgery rehabilitation.

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How to Care for a Three-Legged Cat

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