Kitty Bungalow’s Newest Special Needs Student Needs YOU

You guys!

I have heard tell of a brand new baby kitty who is just like me! You see, this little fellow, at only a few days of age, had to have his rear leg removed due to a birth defect. Since his plight is close to my heart, I wanted to introduce you to his story and tell you about his special request.

Eugene.

Eugene.

Meet Eugene. Kitty Bungalow, a Los Angeles kitten rescue, took him in when he was only one day old. His mother was but a kitten herself. (I think more people need to address teen pregnancy in cats. Perhaps MTV would be interested in a show, hmmm?) While in utero, Eugene’s leg got wrapped up in his siblings’ umbilical cords, leaving it shriveled and without blood flow. His brother’s leg was the same, but they managed to save it just in time. Sadly, Eugene lost his leg but now, like me, he can give a proper stumper to anyone who ticks him off.

Eugene with his teen mom. So young. So many kittens.

Eugene with his teen mom. So young. So many kittens.

Eugene is now safe, happy, and will be up for adoption shortly. In the mean time, it’s the very beginning of kitten season, and Eugene has a special request. You see, Kitty Bungalow does all this amazing stuff for kittens on donations. Recently, their Headmistress went to the Global Pet Expo to help fund their project and she got herself tangled up in a rather sordid business: online liking.

There aren't any cats in this photo. I know. This is a first for me.

There aren’t any cats in this photo. I know. I’ve made it small to minimize its damage to my reputation.

Now embroiled in a battle for the top spot, they have enlisted dear Eugene to pander to your hearts to ask you to vote. Here is his plea:

Surgery cost dollars. Please vote.

Well, we’ll need to give him some more time to develop eloquence and a flair for prose. However, if you want to help Eugene gather $500 worth of usable supplies for the rescue, please click here and press “Like” on the original photo. Share with your friends and help this amazing place continue to thrive!

Eugene giving you a STUMPS UP!

Eugene giving you a STUMPS UP!

And, if you’d like to adopt Eugene when he’s ready, contact Kitty Bungalow ASAP! Three-legged cats are fabulous, if I do say so myself.

Love,

Crepes. (and Eugene.)

A Short Video of Eugene

 

Tripawds: A Community For Those With Three Paws or Fewer

You guys!

Today, I want to introduce you to a wonderful community that you may not have heard of. It’s called Tripawds, and it gives people who are living with amputee pets a place to chat, share their stories, and receive support. We have with us Rene, one of the founders of Tripawds, and she’ll be answering my questions.

Tripawds Three Legged Dog Heroes

Hey…is something missing? NOPE! (Photo courtesy of Tripawds.com)

C: Welcome, Rene!  Tell us a little bit about TriPawds. What, exactly, is it for someone
who’s never seen it?

Rene: Tripawds is a support community for humans whose cats and dogs are facing amputation. It’s also a great place to research what life is like on three legs if you’re thinking of adopting a three-legged friend!

C: And how long have you been around?

R: Since 2006, we’ve been providing trustworthy and helpful information about life on three legs. Members come here to participate in discussions about pet health, comfort and mobility. We talk about things like:

– Coping with a cancer diagnosis in dogs & cats.
– The ups & downs of amputation recovery & ongoing care.
– Rehabilitation therapy tips for keeping pets healthy & strong.
– Diet, nutrition & supplements for dogs & cats in all health stages.
– Providing an exceptional quality of life for all animal companions.
– Helping people cope with the loss of beloved pets.

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This is Jerry. He’s the inspiration behind Tripawds.

C: I know that many of your members start blogs about their three-legged pets. Do you have to have a blog to be a part of the community?

R: Oh gosh not at all. You can jump right into our Discussion Forums (http://tripawds.com/forums/), hang out in our live chat room or just hang out and read about others’ experience.

C: What percentage of your membership is made up of cats?
R: Well it’s funny you ask, because cats have recently started having a bigger role in the Tripawds Nation!

C: As it should be. Continue.

R: Right now only about 25 percent of our active members are felines but that number is growing all the time. I think more people are realizing that cats can have great lives on three legs, which is pawesome!

C: I can’t imagine why they would think otherwise. I, for instance, fly around the house like a rocket ship.

R: One thing we’ve learned is that Tripawd kitties bounce back so much faster than dogs do after surgery! And they have a much easier time on three legs too. But ssssh! Don’t tell our canine friends I said that!

C: I will shout it from the rooftops. What do you think brought about this rise of cats?

R: Tripawds began as a dog-centric community, but just about a year ago, one brave kitty (see Fang’s story at http://cldavis.tripawds.com) jumped in, shared his story and that was that! Suddenly over the last year we’ve had many more cats join us, and it’s been so enlightening and FUN!

C: Are you doing anything special for the cat constituency?

R: We are undergoing an exciting site makeover later this year and the overall look will be very cross-species in response to our new feline family!

My stump.

My stump. Dainty, no?

C: Do you have any other pets besides cats and dogs that are involved? Notice how I put cats first.

R: No, but we’ve discussed Tripawd rabbits, a goat, hamster and even a turtle! Tripawd awareness is growing, more and more humans are seeing that it’s not always a death sentence if an animal loses a limb. And with prosthesis technology growing by leaps and bounds, even more animals will get to have longer lives now! Hopefully more species who are in this tough predicament will get the opportunity to have a good life on three legs.

C: What do you hope for members to accomplish when they join your website?

R: Most people join us during the research phase of learning more about amputation as a possibility for a better quality of life. We want everyone who joins to feel supported, respected and valued no matter what they decide to do. Members are always welcome to stick around if they don’t proceed with amputation, especially if they’re coping with cancer.

Amputation isn’t right for every animal, but you never know if it’s a pawsibility unless you do the research. Our goal is to give people the accurate, helpful information they need to make the best choice for their pet, whether that’s to proceed with amputation, limb-sparing surgery, prostheses or palliative (pain-management) end-of-life care. If they do proceed with surgery, we want them to have the tools to give their animal the best quality of life possible for their unique situation.

C: For those who aren’t already lucky enough to have one, tell us what the best thing is about living with a tripawd?

R: The inspawration! Seeing how resilient animals are when facing such a tough situation is all that we silly humans need to stop our own pity party when we feel down about some life challenge. The way Tripawds bounce back and face life head on is a lesson that you always take with you.

C: Do you have any further words for our readers?

R: The next time you or someone you know feels sorry for an animal on three legs, please don’t! Remember, they are so much stronger than we give them credit for. Animals don’t care they’re missing a leg, they just want to make the most of every single day and live life to the fullest. It’s a great way for us to live our own lives.

C: Thank you, Rene!

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There it is! Some information about a community for cats like me. In fact, I might pop on there and see if I can check out a few of the mancat photos and compare stump sizes. If you’re interested, Tripawds has a Cafepress page where you can get some three-legged kitty t shirts to help support the community.

And, in case you missed it, MomFOD did an interview with Tripawds about what it’s like to live with ME. Have a listen.

Love,

Crepes.

Caring For Three-Legged Pets: Muscular Imbalances

You Guys!
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Yesterday, as some of you may have figured out, I pulled an April Fool’s day prank and told you my leg grew back! That’s not entirely true (although I think I fooled a few of you!) I still do, indeed, have three legs. This has required me, as you might have guessed, to learn to maneuver my way through life in a slightly different way than other animals. That’s fine and dandy, but as I’ve been growing, MomFOD has noticed a few things about me that she’s concerned about in the long term. For instance, when I sit, my stump comes down to the ground, leaving my right hip over-rotated and over-extended, which is probably causing some muscular imbalances. My left leg, which I use for jumping, is very well developed and strong. MomFOD knows from personal experience that, in humans, overuse of one side of the body can lead to some troubles and require therapy to correct.
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So is this something to worry about in pets? MomFOD called in expert Dr. Chitra Natarajan of Pet’s First Veterinary in Chicago, IL to get a few answers to our questions.
Note how when I sit, my stump comes just as low as my foot. What's that doing to my hips?

Note how when I sit, my stump comes just as low as my foot. What’s that doing to my hips?

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MomFOD: Many cats and dogs, for whatever reason, have only three legs. It seems like this would not only provide mobility challenges, but also long-term muscular challenges due to balance issues and over-compensation. Do you feel that dogs and cats with this issue can develop muscular imbalances over time?
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Dr. C: It depends on how they adapt to being three-legged and how old they were when it happened, whether they are overweight or not, and whether it is the front or back leg.  In my opinion, over time, any three-legged dog or cat, whether it is the front or back leg, will develop some imbalance either due to overcompensation or due to age changes.
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MomFOD: Are there specific issues that might develop in dogs versus cats because of a difference in the way each species walks?
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Dr. C: Cats are more nimble and adapt easier than dogs.
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MomFOD: What types of treatment would you recommend for three-legged pets?
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Dr. C: Joint protectants earlier than normal pets, massage therapy, acupuncture if needed, chiropractic care, healthy diet and weight management.
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MomFOD: What kinds of symptoms should people look for that might signal that a pet is having mobility or muscular issues that require treatment?
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Dr. C: If they are unable to move around as well as they did before or [they appear] to lose balance all of a sudden.
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MomFOD: Do you recommend  regular maintenance visits or is it alright to bring your pet in only when they exhibit symptoms of discomfort?
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Dr. C: Regular maintenance visits are needed whether you have a three-legged or normal pet.  It will help us catch issues earlier before they become a problem.
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MomFOD: Is there anything that people can do at home to provide comfort to their pets, such as at-home massage or other therapies?
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Dr. C: Massage therapy, weight management, chiropractic care and lots of LOVE.
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So you see, having a pet with three legs doesn’t really require too much more maintenance than a pet with four legs. The most important things are diet and weight management, proper joint support, and supplemental therapy, if it becomes necessary. I would also like to add that, in the case of cats, pets missing their front leg require extra precautions because they can jump high but don’t have the landing cushion of both front legs whereas, like in my case, I can’t jump as high, but my landing wheels are perfectly in order.
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Watch me jump!

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Don’t let a pet’s disability stop you from adopting! Three-legs is hardly a disability! Now, on to getting MomFOD to start that at-home massage routine…
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Love,
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Crepes.
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About Dr. Chitra Natarajandrc

Dr. Chitra Natarajan, or Dr. C as she is known to her clients and patients in the Chicago area, has been in practice for almost 16 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College in New York and both her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In 2000, after looking into alternative approaches to further help her patients, Dr. C became certified in veterinary acupuncture by the Chi Institute in Florida. Since then, Dr. C has taken multiple courses in different alternative medicine modalities such as western herbs, Chinese herbs and homotoxicology. Dr. C lives with two orange tabby cats, Fiona and Fanny, who decided to adopt her in 1995 while she was a senior in veterinary school. In her free time, she loves playing tennis, improving her proficiency in Italian and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

 

 

***Disclosure: Dr. C is our personal veterinarian, however no compensation of any sort was exchanged by either party to run this story. ***