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He's doing well. We just have to be careful and not let him in the kitchen, where he might jump off a counter onto the hard floor. Of course, first thing, he jumped on the table.

He's only having a little difficulty getting up from lying down. Has to remember that he only has the one arm to lift himself with. But he's running and jumping without any trouble. He's also walking a little better than he did before, not limping like he did, but still a little herky-jerky.

It was hard to see him when I got him today; the Frankenstein-scar is pretty scary.



 

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aww, he's so cute!! don't worry, soon he'll be walking better than ever!! at least his scar is perfect for halloween! :D
 

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I saw your other topic, (maybe it was mentioned somewhere else in the forum and I missed it), but what happened to him? He's still very young, right?
 

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I think its amazing that Willow understands how Xander feels. Everybody needs a big snuggle-buddy after coming home from the hospital. He is looking really well too, despite the scar!
 

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Hi, Padunk, we don't really know what happened to him. We found him as a tiny starving flea-infested kitten, dragging his leg, in the ditch below our house. He was yowling so loud I heard him inside with the windows shut and the TV on.

His paw was paralyzed and the rest of that leg became more and more atrophied over time. We suspect either a birth defect or injury. The pessimist in me wonders if it happened b/c someone swung him out of their car and into our ditch---but whatever happened, he's ours now and we love him so much...
 

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I'd like to put a little shirt on him to cover that scar. But maybe that's not a good idea... I hate to see it, though; it's upsetting. But he doesn't seem too upset...
 

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Xander will be always precious regardless of the scar. I can see how it is hurting you to look at it. He is a brave kitty and as it has been said - he looks so good!
The picture with Xander and Willow is very touching; I love it
 

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Just think, he may not be here at all if it weren't for you.

You've done a truly wonderful thing for the little guy and I'm sure he's very grateful. :D
 

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Glad he is doing so well...I'm sure he will be fine.
I know it looks kinda gruesome right now (and understandably upsetting to you) but once his fur grows back in, it will look much better!
 

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He looks like he is doing great, the incision looks very good. I see lots of human incisions at work. Your vet did a nice job. :)
It looks there are still some staples present on the incision. Once those are removed and his fur grows back, it will be hard to even see the scar.
Beautiful cat! He is so lucky to have you to care for him! :D
 

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Lori's right! :D He'll look fine when his fur grows in. Kristi, you have a good heart and you did what the doctors told you was best for Xander. He will become more and more adept at walking on his three good legs. His scar is like a badge that says, "Look how much my family loves me!"
He's special! ::))
 

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I love him, he is adorable! I can understand why you find the scar upsetting, but wasn't it upsetting to see his lame little arm too? He'll be SO much happier now that he can run around and jump without having to worry about his defective arm. He will get used to it so fast! How could anyone abandon such a cute kitten. Thank you for doing your part to make the Universe a better place.
 

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Thank you everyone for your support! Tanyuh, your words make a lot of sense. It's hard for me to look over at him sometimes and feel like I haven't maimed him, but I do think in my head that it's for the best--it's just painful to see.

I'll go post a cute pic in Meet My Kitty now and get my mind of sad things!!
 

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just think, that poor little guy would've died in the ditch if it weren't for you. he will give you many years of joy in return for your compassion. many people would reject a kitten with a defective arm but you were brave enough and felt so much love for him that you got him an operation that will make his quality of life the best it can be. i'm sure you will always look at him and be kind of sad that he doesn't have an arm but just think that you *could* not be looking at him at all.
 

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oh - poor thing. He's fortunate for you to have found him.

From the look of his face in the picture, it hasn't upset him a lot. As in he has bright eyes and perky ears. Just happy to be around someone who cares. :)
 
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