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Hello,
My 2 yr old male cat was missing for 16 days. I had given up hope because my husband had searched the entire country side for him. He has been hit by a car and had drug himself back home to us, even climed two flights of steps leading to our screened in porch that we leave open for him and his brother.  He has also lost most of his front paw. He is at the vet now, day 2. After the X-rays, vet says there is nothing he can do for him because the tissue has already started to fuse itself back together. Can you tell me if you have ever had anything similar to compare to for comparison as to what I am to expect?

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JH's Mom

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Kathy,

It is my understanding that in situations like JH's the vet will treat for pain, monitor for proper healing, possibly administer antibiotics if necessary and see what the function of the cat's limb is after he is fully healed. In the event that JH's paw doesn't heal well or isn't functional there is a chance that he may have to have the leg amputated at some point down the line - if this happens he will do just fine getting around. From this point forward it might be best to consider making JH and his brother indoor kitties and perhaps allow them access to a screened in enclosure (commonly called a catio) if you would still like them to be able to go outside as this will prevent future incidents where the cats could be hit by cars or hurt by people, dogs or other predators. In any case I think that given JH's current condition whether he ultimately loses his damaged leg or not he should probably become an indoor only kitty or a catio kitty because he may be more likely to be vulnerable to predators or being hit by a car, especially if his mobility is affected.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me again at any time - I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can.

Kind regards,

Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

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I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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