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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-10-2013, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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To adopt, or not to adopt?

Hubby and I are considering adopting a kitten who has just lost one of her rear legs. She's 8 weeks old right now, and had the surgery today. She will go back to the shelter in a day or two, and then we'll get to meet her.

The potential problem? The litterbox. We HAVE to have a top-entry box because of Fergie insisting on peeing standing up. I'm not worried about the immediate time frame, since we could keep the kitten in her own room for a while, but soon enough all the girls would be together so we have to have litterboxes that will work for all. I know that cats who lose a rear leg are still able to jump, just not as high, so I'm thinking this should work? The box is about 14 inches high.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-10-2013, 07:35 PM
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No problem with the litter box! Kitties with 3 legs triumph and overcome just about any obstacle you can imagine. They even excel at things you would think impossible. She (or he) will have no problem, and IF he does you can just get a different box with high sides.

I use high sided boxes with puppy pads in the front because mine are edge pee-ers. They will sometimes step in then let ér rip - right over the side. The puppy pads catch all that!

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What she said hehe 8-P
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You can always put steps next to the litterbox, so she can climb easier.
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In my experience doing volunteer work with cats, kitties with limb differences quickly learn to do just about anything that any other cat can do. They are remarkably adaptable little creatures. Three-legged cats can climb and jump (and run and play) too. I don't think there would be any problem with the scenario you describe.


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Yay, good to know! We'll see how it goes when we meet her - hubby thinks we're just meeting her to spend time with her and comfort her if she needs it, but I think I might be in love already

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Yay, good to know! We'll see how it goes when we meet her - hubby thinks we're just meeting her to spend time with her and comfort her if she needs it, but I think I might be in love already
Ha! How shrewd you are! I hope all goes well - let us know! And, of course, pics are a must! Which leg is missing?

Hubby used to tag along with me to Petsmart until the time I said "lets just look at the kitties" and saw 15 year old Winnie there. I burst out crying and cried all the way home. He said "what's one more? - go ahead and get her" (he's a wonderful man!). He NEVER comes with me anymore, though, and I avoid the kitty cages now. For some reason the kittens and the young adults don't necessarily move me, but put a senior that old in front of me and I just melt.
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My vet's office has a three-legged kitty. Sometime brought him in after one of his back legs was crushed by a car. The vet amputated and the little guy became the office pet. He adapted rather quickly and is often found lounging on the counter out one of the waiting chairs.
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It's a rear leg that's gone - the right I believe. We're going to meet her tonight, and I'm crossing my fingers! She went home from the vet the day after her surgery and has been doing well, using the litterbox and eating with no problem. The lady who runs the shelter asked me about making a prosthetic leg for her, but I think she'd be better off with just the three, right? It was one thing to make a wheelchair for a kitty with two broken back legs, but another thing entirely to make a prosthetic for a kitty who will learn to adapt to having three legs.

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You might like this story. I have a ROKU so can stream the Smithsonian channel. They had a great story about a cat that had ground breaking surgery after his rear feet were shorn off. This article is a news story covering it. I would not worry about a prosthetic leg for kitty - she'll do fine!!

Oscar the Cat Gets Two Prosthetic Legs - ABC News
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