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On Saturday, January 20th, Chococat jumped or lost his footing from the second floor and landed at the bottom of the staircase. He ran up the stairs where I caught him after I rushed over there from hearing him meowing in pain. I picked him up and when I did I noticed his left rear ankle was flopping around so we rushed to the emergency vet. Due to cost, at the ER, we had him examined, his leg splinted and pain meds injected. We called my mother’s vet and they were able to get us an appointment to be seen the next day on Sunday. So on Sunday, we dove 2 hours to the vet. They examined him, gave him another pain med injection, and x-rays. The x-rays showed 2 fractures, one clean through the tibia and another through the fibula just above the ankle. They could not reset the bones and cast it due to location, so the only options were to correct it surgically or amputate. There was a very slim chance of the surgery with screws and plates holding since there was barely any room to adhere screws to under the fracture, but the option was still given. So, due to cost and the stress it would cause to put the cat through two surgeries if the first one failed, we decided to amputate his leg. The vet agreed we were doing the right thing, but it was still a hard decision to make. On Monday, January 22nd Chococat’s leg was amputated. He spent the night at the vet for observation and he was able to come home on Tuesday, January 23rd.

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3 Responses to “The Story”

  1.   Tina
    January 24th, 2018 | 4:15 pm       Reply

    Ouch! That sounds painful poor kitty. Sounds like you made the right decision for sure. It can be overwhelming I find when it all happens so quickly but we did these amputations to her our lovely pets. I’m hoping for a quick recovery!

  2.   chococat
    January 24th, 2018 | 6:23 pm       Reply

    Thanks 🙂

  3.   Purrkins
    January 24th, 2018 | 10:20 pm       Reply

    Hello and Welcome
    We are sorry to hear about Chococat accident!

    Inside injuries in cats are something a lot of people are not aware! I thank you for sharing his story. Cats do not always land on their feet that is not true. There are factors to a fall that go into play, we learned that lesson as well. We lost one of our cats from a fall off our kitchen table to the hard wood floor. He was 16 at the time and we had to say goodbye to him that day, he was not a candidate for amputation.

    I am happy you were able to take the leg and save his life. That is exactly what you did. Know that recovery isn’t always easy make sure you have pain meds managed that makes all the difference for you both.

    Our cat Purrkins is a one year and 7 months post op and gets around great on 3 he lost his left front leg to cancer.

    Chococat will heal up and hop on and lead a normal life. If you have questions ask we will keep a eye out for you.

    He is a beauty. Heal well Chococat rest is best !

    Holly & Purrkins❤️

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