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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

She is a 23 year old rescue from UK - so she is the Queen of upstairs - and for now, she's not been asked her opinion . She was not so keen on sharing with Slinky or Gatsby, the dogs- and since their demise has loved having us all to herself. This little house on the Prairie is big enough to make both happy.
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Old 23.10.2016, 15:22
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Well he is doing briliantly - he must have been in so much pain, that the amputation seems like a doddle to him ... Desperate to go out, but so relaxed and happy- it's incredible. When I think how he was when we first saw him, and when we re-discovered him in July...

Now the vet says he is not a Siamese cross- but a pure (sacred) Birman colour point - never ever had a posh cat before...
Very pleased to hear how well he's doing.

Given his obvious 'pedigree' it's very odd that he hasn't been reported missing by someone and he wasn't chipped. I suppose since he wasn't castrated he could have wandered a long way from home and become disorientated after his injury and gone even further in the wrong direction.
He's very lucky to have found you.
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Old 23.10.2016, 15:37
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

How´s Hoppy today? Already running around and enjoying life again?
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

Thanks - he may well have come from across the border.

He went out this morning and didn't come back despite the pouring rain so have been calling and calling and worried sick. Finally came begging at the door and eating his little heart out. Pheew.

I wrote on the local FB groups and asked all to talk to friends and neighbours on both sides of border - but no response.
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

Does France have a database like Switzerland where you could post his details?
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Old 23.10.2016, 21:32
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Does France have a database like Switzerland where you could post his details?

Sorry no- I am keeping him after all that
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

Read through the whole story with tears and Hoppy (Minou) is such a cutie! Indeed vet in France is muuuuch cheaper (comparing to mine in Switzerland...)
I wish all the best to Odile, The Happy Hoppy and all kind hearts shown up here :P
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Old 25.10.2016, 23:31
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

Hmmmm I mind change my mind after all - been driving us nuts today- in, out, in, out, in .... He has been pulling a this stiches this afternoon, so we had to put his collar on and keeping him inside- and he has been really grumpy.


But thanks - of course we will keep him- soon the stitches will be ready for out, fur will grow back and itching will be over - and he will be fine. Love him to bits of course.
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Old 25.10.2016, 23:54
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Does France have a database like Switzerland where you could post his details?
While no longer relevant to this discussion... but just in case anyone ever needs this info, a quick google of 'chats trouvé, chats perdu' brings up several French sites to list lost and found cats, including:

http://www.alerte-animaux-perdus.fr/...ouve,2-4-1.php
https://www.chat-perdu.org/fr-fr/trouves/fr

There are similar sites for 'chiens perdu/trouvé'.

The few I looked at did not seem inclusive, and several are commercial ventures.

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And, just as an FYI for anyone who has found an animal with an international chip, this site searches several databases in various countries:

http://www.petmaxx.com

It is by no means inclusive. There are countries that do not belong and so are not listed, and in many countries there is no one official database. There could be several databases operating in any given country, some might be on Petmaxx, some not.

At least it's a good place to start looking.

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One may rail against Swiss bureaucracy, but AMICUS/ANIS, the Datenbank, and the Tiermeldzentrale are examples when it sure comes in handy.


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But enough of this... and on to more important things, namely Hoppy.

Odile by collar do you mean the lampshade? If so, here's hoping it doesn't have to stay on too long. Please give Mr Hoppy a big cuddle from all of us.
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Hmmmm I mind change my mind after all - been driving us nuts today- in, out, in, out, in .... He has been pulling a this stiches this afternoon, so we had to put his collar on and keeping him inside- and he has been really grumpy.
No wonder, the poor little guy. First he invents a fun game that you apparently both like playing, then out comes the cone of shame, then you stop playing the game he invented!
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

I know, I know - yes, the dreaded lampshade to stop him pulling the stitches ...

won't be long - they will be coming out on Friday hopefully. It is very rural here, and he could have come from only 2 small villages - and all informed in both.
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

Cats can be very annoying sometimes and I regret adopting my petite bête from time to time...
A Siamese-like stray cat is not very commonly spotted, maybe someone abandoned him before? He just got over-excited to be re-adopted I guess

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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

He's lovely Odile! I'm so glad you've taken him in.
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

We took the collar off this morning- and as it is pouring with rain outside- he has taken to sitting on the window sill in the utility next to the kitchen where I spend a lot of my time working (or being on EF, not that anyone of you would have noticed... ) - stitches out on Friday evening.
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We took the collar off this morning- and as it is pouring with rain outside- he has taken to sitting on the window sill in the utility next to the kitchen where I spend a lot of my time working (or being on EF, not that anyone of you would have noticed... ) - stitches out on Friday evening.
Did he have a facial expression like Charles Bronson in the Great Escape? Listen for digging noises in the night.
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

He is doing so well - stitches will be taken out on Wednesday. You'd never ever know that he was absolutely terrified of us only such a short time ago - stretched out on settee on his back with his head on my lap and keeps giving me high 5s with his front paw! Such an amazing little cutie.
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

I love reading this thread. Odile, you have my deepest respect.
All the best to you and to the little cutie who keeps showing us all that life is so worth living. What a great cat he is. He deserves only the best after all he went through. I am so happy he found you.
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

grrr spoke too soon. On Sunday he decided a couple of the stitches were itching just a little too much - so decided to pull at them a bit too hard. So, Betadine and cone of shame again- he is going a bit cryzy with frustration at being kept inside with said cone - but he will have have to put up with it, and us with him! until stitches come out tomorrow afternoon! Let's hope vet says he can be trusted!

Absolutely trusting now, on his back with 3 paws stretched out when cuddled- and has even learnt to play with the fake mouse- and decided that it was allowed to bite and fight me off with back paws (reminds you of anyone BM?) ...
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

Odile, this may be a stupid suggestion as I know almost nothing about cats...

... but when Haifisch had his amputation he wore a bodysuit following the op, until the stitches were out. These are made with 'egress' for male critters, so no problems when the animal needs to urinate. (Harder with a female, as you have to take the bodysuit off.)

The idea is that the bodysuit covers the incision wound, close to the body but not clinging. Made of breathable material. The animal can't get at the wound, so the bodysuit spares the critter the dreaded Lampshade.

As it's a front amputation a DIY possibility would be a baby's t-shirt - but you would want to stitch up the sleeve opening over the amutation site otherwise Hoppy could get at the wound.

But dogs are much more maleable than cats, that I know. Would your guy (or any cat) accept a bodysuit?


Also, if he is pulling at the stitches do you think that might be because he could be in pain? If so, a discussion with the vet might be in order.

Haifisch had morphine patches in the first week after amputation - easiest way to deliver pain meds in the situation.
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Absolutely trusting now, on his back with 3 paws stretched out when cuddled- and has even learnt to play with the fake mouse- and decided that it was allowed to bite and fight me off with back paws (reminds you of anyone BM?) ...
He hasn't changed.
If he lies on his back imploring you to stroke his tummy you do so at your own risk. You have to pull your hand away very quickly if you don't want him to grab it. He looks so cute when he does it that it's sometimes hard to resist.
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