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Three Legs Are Better Than Four for Texas Farm Cat

By Aly Semigran    March 02, 2016 at 11:14AM / (1) comments

Typically, when you think of a cat having to undergo an amputation, you don't think of it as a positive thing. But in the case of Renco the cat, it has allowed this animal a new, healthier chance at living a pain-free life. 

 

When Renco was brought into the Vet Ranch in Texas from a farm where he was living, the kitty was suffering from a terrible, displaced fracture in his femur. As Dr. David Galewsky explains to petMD, "It was very painful and was affecting his quality of life." 

 

Dr. Galewsky realized that it would take Renco a long time, if ever, to heal from this chronic and debilitating injury. With that, he decided an amputation would be the best possible chance for Renco to have a better quality of life. Dr. Galewsky notes, "We only resort to amputations when we think that medically it is the best option. In Renco's case it was." 

 

The hour-long procedure, which also included neutering him, was a success and Renco showed signs of improvement immediately.

 

"He was moving more, purring more, obviously happier," Dr. Galewski says. "Now three or so weeks post-op, he is like every other cat in Texas."

 

You can watch the surgery here, but fair warning: Some viewers may find the footage graphic.

 

Renco, like plenty of other cats, now has three legs instead of four, but it doesn't take healthy animals very long to adjust to their new lives. In fact, Dr. Galewsky says that most cats are up and walking the very next day after an amputation. 

 

"In my experience it is the owners who take longer to adjust," Dr. Galewsky notes. "People don't realize that for an animal, this surgery relieves excruciating pain or a chronic, crippling lameness. The animals don't look in a mirror or compare themselves to other cats and think they look disfigured." 

 

And lucky for Renco, he has a new family that loves him no matter what he looks like. Dr. Galewsky says the tripod was adopted "very quickly" after the surgery and is now living his happy new life as a "wonderful family pet." 

 

 

Image courtesy of Vet Ranch 

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  • 3 legs
    06/03/2016 02:28pm

    I have adopted two 3 legged cats. One is missing a back leg. I don't know what happened to her. The other is missing most of a front leg. He was caught in one of those awful traps before I adopted him. I wish those horrible things would be banned. Regardless, I love my 3 leggers just as much as all the others.


 
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