This made me think of Alan and his mom. After he had the thrombosis (that later needed an amputation because one of his legs mumified), the vet recommended to massage his legs to help bloodflow, and regrow vessels. One day I see him sleeping (on the bed, heh), and his mom walked up to him, and started kneading that exact area where he needed to be massaged. She never did it before (plus Alan was too thin to be actually good ‘kneading material’), so it was kind of amazing how she knew what had to be done in order to save his legs. Oh, and we had to keep him warm, too, so we would put a watter bottle underneath him and blankets on top, while she would lie on top of him. Animal knowledge…
Btw, the leg that was affected the most at the initial moment is the one that he can now move and jump with. The mummified one helped him as a crutch to heal the other one.
Alan (Alambrecito) is an 11 year old cat who suffered a saddle thrombo on August 18th. After three months of resting so his heart and good leg get better, on november 18th he had amputation surgery for his left rear leg, which had started to mummify while still attached to the body (and a draining lymph node). The surgery couldn’t have been done right away without risk to his life, so we had to keep him free of infections during that time.
After the surgery I was worried the remaining leg wouldn’t be strong enough to move around, since it was his weak leg after the thrombo. I was so wrong: as you can see on the video, he walks, runs, jumps without any problem. One morning I woke up and found him sitting on a table. He’s smart enough to make up stairs to get to very tall places (he likes sleeping next to the tv), and jumps to med-height places without problem (bed, chair). He’s in good spirits (even proclaimed himself king of other cats -he chases them around and they’re scared of him) and has a huge appetite (he really wants to eat all the time). He’s the cutest.
(All chances the video won’t work! Mute your speakers, dogs barking)
Thanks all for the nice words while I was freaking out about my kitty’s surgery. He woke up from the anesthesia just fine, and has been resting ever since. We still gotta wait and see what happens, but the nerve-wracking moment passed, now it’s a matter of patience.