Friday, May 12, 2017

Connor Update



It has been four weeks since Connor had the FHO surgery, and he is doing well. He is still in a “controlled” environment: he is in the crate all night (I’m still sleeping in the den with him) and when we can’t monitor him closely. He jumps up on the bench to watch the birds and squirrels and up on armchairs and sofas to snooze. His appetite is good. He wants to run and play with his sisters, which usually involves a chase, but we try to keep that to a minimum. 

But Larry and I were concerned with his walk because we didn’t know how much of a limp was normal. So I made a very amateur video of him walking and emailed it to the surgeon. He responded that the way Connor was walking four weeks after surgery was how he would expect. 

He said that “cats are never normal after this procedure. They don't have a hip joint after all. He will always walk with a bit of a limp and not have quite the range of motion as before. He will have steady improvement over the next 6 months or so as the muscles get stronger to help support the leg. For me, the success of the surgery is more determined by the animals pain/activity level - he seems pretty darn happy in the video! That tells me that the lameness is more "functional" and less painful. 
Overall, he looks like he's right on track for this point post-op.”

So if Connor is feeling good and is happy, then we’re happy.

If you’d like to see the video, you can check it out on YouTube.


17 comments:

  1. Good stuff about him doing well. He seems very happy and well adjusted in the video. A happy weekend to all of you!

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  2. I am truly SO happy to read this! Thank goodness and Connor, smoochies all OVER from me...your Tuxie admirer!

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  3. Awww, sweet Connor does look very happy and we bet that limp won't get in the way of anything he sets his heart on. You have taken such wonderful care of him and seeing him makes us very happy!

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  4. Connor ohhh my goodness I think you are doing very well that is quite a handsome swagger you have. I bet the ladies will love it. I'm thrilled at your progress.
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  5. I'm glad that Connor is doing well. That makes me happy, too! :-)

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  6. Yay! So glad he is coming along nicely. You are such an incredibly Kitty Mom to sleep in with him to keep him company, I know I would do the same (((hugs))) catchatwithcarenandcody

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  7. So glad to hear he is recovering well!

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  8. That sounds like good news! Good thinking mailing the vid to his vet!!!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

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  9. We're glad to hear Connor continues to do well. :)

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  10. OMC...what a trooper. He is doing great. Way to go, Connor. Keep up the good work and progress. Sending POTP. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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  11. I am glad Connor is doing better. I watched his video and he seems to move around well, just a little limp. As long as he is not in pain then a little limp is fine.

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  12. It's wonderful to know the vet is happy with his progress.

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  13. dood! we sneeked over heer witha cell ewe lar!!! we think yur doin grate N we gived yur moove a yoo toob pawz up!!
    de blessings oh R pal frank two ewe buddy for continmewed improve mint. yur walkin aye oh kay, save
    de runnin stuff for later all ritee. wavez two everee one♥️♥️

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  14. This is good news and your vet makes sense. He'll stop if it hurts. Pretty soon you'll be able to relax and get more back to normal, but I see exactly where you are coming from!

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  15. We're so happy Connor is doing well! Yippee!

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  16. I think that it's fab that you sent that video to the vet for advice! Makes good sense, and gratifying to know that Connor is doing well.

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