Little… Say NO to Drugs! or… Should you?

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32 Days Post Surgery…

Hey all! We took a week or two hiatus to get back into the swing of things, October is pretty crazy in Denton, Texas. ALL THE FESTIVALS. So let’s do a quick recap of Little’s recovery.

Strength training…

Little is gaining strength EVERY DAY. Running from window to window in our bedroom, watching the birds she used to hunt. Her jumps onto the couch and her little table are so much better! She has been very interested in “playing” with Benny who is still a little unsure of what happened to her. By the way — she NEVER wanted to play with him before.

personality upgrade…

For a cat who NEVER claimed to be a lap cat, she sure is warming up to the idea of being snuggly. She spent 30 minutes laying on my lap while we talked and I scratched her ears. I was on the verge of tears. And not only does she think my lap might be cool, she BEGS for attention. Little was never one to beg for anything but food. Don’t get me wrong, we gave her attention but only because WE wanted to pet her.

Now let’s discuss the drugs…

Little spends a lot of time in my office/closet with me in front of her window. She’s had an end table on this side of the house for five years so we placed a rubbermaid tub in front of the table as steps so she can get up and down while recovering.

I started to notice when she would step down onto the tub off of the table, her hip would rotate out and spasm. She would repeatedly try to get her balance but it would start what could only be explained as an “I Love Lucy” style comedy bit. She would wobble around and around until finally giving up and flailing herself down on the ground. Think Lucille Ball trying out for any of Ricky’s dance numbers.

After reading multiple posts on the tripawds site about spasms, massage and Gabapentin, I called the doc. We’ve had her on it for a few days but not being SUPER consistent. An all natural/hippie at heart, I would rather try something without meds first in hopes that she doesn’t have to spend most of her days sleeping and drowsy. The good news is, it HELPED big time. I’ve only seen her have one I Love Lucy episode since the meds started! But I also think the additional massaging and rubs have made a difference. So we’re being half-way natural hippie around here.

A huge thank you…

I want to close this post by saying thank you. Little received the grant from the Tripawds Foundation a few weeks ago and the gratitude we have for this amazing community is enormous. My family is so thankful that we found all of you and that we were able to apply. It has made Little’s journey so much easier and a lot less stressful for us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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