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Old 19.10.2016, 12:42
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A happy hoppy ending?

Early this Summer we noticed a young Siamese cross cat lurking around with a front leg hanging off. We were really upset, but he disapperared and we thought he had died. Then just before we went off to Italy - he re-appeared- the leg had fallen off and it looked awfuls and so sore. I fed him and watered him and made him a nice den in the garden shed- but he was very wild and scared and I couldn't get anywhere near him. Thank goodness my lovely neighbour agreed to look after him whilst we were away. I went to the vet and asked him what to do- and his reply was 'let nature take its course- cats can survive major injuries if they have shelter, food and water' so we did.

Lately he has been coming to the kitchen door to 'beg' first thing in morning and early evening- and I've been talking to him a lot- and recently he's got closer and closer. 3 days ago, I cooked him some fish, and, with head bent down and hand out stretched, sitting on kitchen doorstep - I put fish in my hand and waited. He made a lot of calling noises- but finally took the plunge and I felt him taking the food from my hand. The next I was able to cuddle his head- and that evening - after his sachet of cat food, I did the same with fish in my hand- and he ended up on my lap and purring for the first time.

Very moving- I cried to be honest. Stump is still very red but seems to be granualting and tissue growing well around it. I hoped he would be inside before really cold weather and snow comes- but neighbour and myself spent a few hours at the week-end making a much warmer and waterproof den to put at the back of shed. He spent 2 nights there and the next 3 he spent the night in the kitchen and finally lost his fear of us.

Had a long chat with our vet, and we agreed it was best to amputate, and he said cats are amazing on 3 legs. So off he went yesterday- and all went well- but quite a shock when we picked him up, as the vets decided to amputate at shoulder level - we told the vets that if they found anything nasty, gangrene, etc, to put him to sleep - but they assure us all was well. Spent the night on the settee with him to ensure he doesn't lick himself - and this morning he ate like a lion, took him painkillers and hopped around the place as though he's done that all his life. So H. renamed him 'Hoppy' - I am sure our grandchildren will love that. So wish him luck- stitches out in 12 days and by then he will be a real acrobat I'm sure. He is last year's kitten - so a long life ahead of him...

what a cutie and a fighter little Hoppy is.
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Beautiful story.
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Will try and post photos when fur has grown again - it looks quite a mess now. Great vet but not the neatest stitching I have to say.
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Old 19.10.2016, 13:11
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

Oh I want to see him!!!! Put a pic! I'm not squeamish but many are, maybe just the face?
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Old 19.10.2016, 13:17
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He is on my FB before the amputation NIL. Typical Siamese, but with a white patch at the side of his chin, blue eyes (terrible picture of me, but hey ho )
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It is a really heartwarming story and I hope Hoppy will have a great life with you and adapt well to live with 3 legs.
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Old 19.10.2016, 13:26
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As many of you know- my computer skills are nil (sorry NIL) ... and I do not have a modern phone. So will ask H. help me post photos he took this morning.
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

Glad to hear he's learning to trust you Odile and good on you for taking him in and getting him to the vet. Yes, they usually amputate at shoulder height rather than have a leg dangling useless. Looks and is neater and probably better for the pet not to try and use the leg. He will be hopping around in no time.
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Awww that's lovely. Very pleased to hear that he's learned to trust you and come inside before winter and that the op went well.

We were 'adopted' by a three legged cat many years ago and he did incredibly well on three legs. It's amazing how they adapt to it. I'm not sure why he chose us as our two cats weren't very welcoming and one of the neighbours was desperate to give him a home but choose us he did. My mum was a sucker for waifs and strays so we had a variety of them over the years.
The vet said he was young and the bone end was splintered so he had probably lost it in an accident at some time but nobody had any idea where he came from. My brother named him Tripod and we had him for about 15 years. He managed to win over Van Gogh ( one ear - another of my brother's 'creative' names) and Percy over time and all three of them lived happily together.

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He is adorable!!!! It certainly doesn't look bad at all!!! Best wishes for a speedy recovery! You are very lucky he chooses you!
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

The vet thinks he was caught in a leg hold trap
Must find out what the law is in Switzerland re those. A really sick and totally indiscriminate way to deal with foxes. No animal deserves that.

Pudding upstairs is 23 and not for sharing I think ... but we can hope 'Hoppy and Pudding' would be great.
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

You have my greatest respect Odile and have revived my faith in human kindness, well apart from the barsteward who left the trap. Hopefully you will be able to lengthen the name to Happy Hoppy and then you would have a Happy Hoppy Pudding
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Old 19.10.2016, 14:23
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Re: A happy hoppy ending?

To be honest, when we started feeding him and giving him shelter- he was in such a bad way that our intention was to get him used to feed at the same place so he could be trapped in live cage and put out of his misery.

But he is such a fighter and he stole our heart- and as the vet felt so confident he would be totally fine on 3 legs- we trusted his advice. I would never ever put an animal through such trauma unless the outcome could be to live a happy 'normal' life doing what cats do, climb trees and catch mice- and yes, I know- he might even catch a few birds as we feed 1000s on the patio.
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Thank you for saving this beautiful cat Odile.
He reminds me of our beloved cat Jasper who died some years ago. He was a stray who just turned up one day and never left, until he developed a tumour and we had to have him put to sleep years later. We never worked out his breed, he was like a Siamese but chunkier. We thought he may have been an American Snowshoes.We still miss him.
Wishing Hoppy a long and wonderful life.
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Old 19.10.2016, 14:56
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According to this, leg hold traps can be used for foxes, but not other animals. How do the leg hold traps know?
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Indeed- totally indiscriminate and so cruel- even for 'vermin' and so called rogue foxes. If you have a problem with a rogue fox, shoot it, and shoot it well.

As we live so close to the French border- poor old (young) Hoppy could well have been caught on either side of border.

Problem is, the law is one thing, and common rural practice another- here, there or anywhere. I volunteered in the UK for a wildlife trust and animal hospital- and the use of illegal self-locking snares was still very common, despite being illegal. The injuries and suffering were indescribable
(self locking snares tighten and lock further and further, as the animal tries to pull away- finally amputating the leg- with the animal often dying slowly of scepticemia and starvation.
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It's disgraceful but still happens unfortunately.

When we lived in Belgium I found a neighbours cat in our garden with a rat trap hanging from it's paw. It was horrible. The vet managed to save the leg fortunately but the cat walked with a limp forever afterwards as the ankle was fused.
Another neighbour had put them out to stop the rats from getting at his chickens but he was nice enough to stop doing it after that and paid the vet bills for the cat.
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Bless you Odile - if only there were more people like you in this world!


I look forward to updates of Happy (and I am sure he is happy now he is with you) Hoppy, and photographs too of course!
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H nearly had a heart attack when paying the bill - but hey ho. Thank goodness our great local vet is ... in France - I promised to repay him when we are in UK (but hopefully he will ahve forgotten by then )...He was spade (sp?) at the same time as there was no bad infection present- I thought it was very reasonable (210E).
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