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rochie
March 4th, 2009, 08:52 PM
Hi all,
Im new to this site so im hoping someone can help me. My cat Gibby who is a17month old blue russian had his leg amputated 2 months ago. After 7 weeks of pins, plaster and lots of pain we came to this sad decision. Since the amputation he has been quite good running around and playing, though in the last week he has been acting strange by putting his good arm in the air before walking, backing up against the wall and crying. The worst part is he had an attack that lasted for about 3 minutes of him screaming, hissing and rolling on the ground in pain. After this he was okay but just wanted to sleep. My question is in a very long way could this be phantom pain or is something else wrong!. I did ring the vet straight after his attack and they said to see how he goes and if it happens again we could take xrays. My poor little man has gone through so much and i dont want him to have another trip to the vet unless its serious. My thoughts may be its neurological and may have something wrong upstairs or he may have develope neuromas. If anyone has experienced anything like this please let me know. Im a mess and need help.
Thanks Rochie:)

growler~GateKeeper
March 4th, 2009, 09:22 PM
Does Gibby react at all (ie in pain) if you touch the amputation site?

Is there a board certifed animal neurologist that your vet could recommend you to if xrays show nothing?


I've never had an animal that needed amputation but there are some members whose dogs who have had a limb removed I'll send this thread their way perhaps they have better questions/suggestions than I.

:goodvibes: for Gibby

rochie
March 5th, 2009, 12:28 AM
He just meows when i touch it not that it sounds like it is hurting just that he doesnt want it touched. I think what it will come down too is xrays and then a specialist. Thankyou so much for your response

Luvmypitgirls
March 5th, 2009, 10:57 AM
Rochie,

I have a Pit that underwent an amputation.
I was wondering did they amputate the limb and shoulder or just the limb?
My Abby had her shoulder removed as well.
For about two months or so the amputation site was very tender, and if she bumped it even with the lightest force it would cause a lot of pain.
I would strongly suggest taking your cat to the vet and have them x-ray the site, and if they can't find anything, ask to be referred to an animal neurologist, to look at your kitty.
It took Abby about three months to fully recoup, however even today if she is playing and the site gets bumped hard she experiences some pain.
I don't know if this is helpful or not, and I hope that your vet can help you and that your kitty will be ok.:2huggers:

Btw Rochie, if they only amputated the limb and not the shoulder, she could be developing arthritis in the shoulder, just something to check out too. I really wish I could be more help, it's not a pleasant experience to have a furry baby undergo such a procedure and my heart goes out to you.

Growler, thanks for the link. I try to look at all the posts but somedays it's just impossible.:2huggers:

bendyfoot
March 6th, 2009, 03:42 PM
Hi there, sorry you guys are having this trouble. Welcome to the "tripod" club. Our pets can experience phantom pain in amputated limbs, just like people. If this is what your kitty is dealing with (you'd need to consult with your vet for this one, and I would definitely be going in for an exam, since that kind of reaction/behaviour definitely indicates SOMETHING is going on...) there are medications that can be used to "block" the zaps that are going down that leg. If memory serves me right, Neurontin or gabapentin is the name of the med. Hope that helps.

Chris21711
March 6th, 2009, 03:49 PM
Hi there, sorry you guys are having this trouble. Welcome to the "tripod" club. Our pets can experience phantom pain in amputated limbs, just like people. If this is what your kitty is dealing with (you'd need to consult with your vet for this one, and I would definitely be going in for an exam, since that kind of reaction/behaviour definitely indicates SOMETHING is going on...) there are medications that can be used to "block" the zaps that are going down that leg. If memory serves me right, Neurontin or gabapentin is the name of the med. Hope that helps.

Bendy - I thought of you when I read this thread originally and was hoping you would log onto it :)

rochie
March 6th, 2009, 07:14 PM
Thankyou everyone who has replied to me. Gibby is doing ok now its weird somedays his good and somedays he not. I think i will wait and see how he goes and if needed ill take him to the vet for some xrays. Just to let you know he lost the hole leg up to his shoulder, though i can feel some short bones at the top of his shoulder, maybe thats where the pains come from when he hits it or lies on it. If the pains persist i think i will look into the medications thankyou for letting me know the names of them. Anyway i hope all works out for my little man. Thank heaps:thumbs up