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Does amputation place excessive strain on the other limb?

There is no doubt that once a patient has undergone amputation, the leg on the other side of the body has to do the work of two. Your cat will need to adjust the way it stands and moves and this results in a degree of redistribution of weight-bearing. Muscle or tendon injuries are exceptionally rare in amputees. Obese cats do have an increased risk of suffering other complicating medical complaints such as diabetes mellitus. Weight loss is a critical part of the post-operative management of obese feline amputees.

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Introduction: Caring for the amputee cat

Will my cat miss having four legs?

How long will my cat take to recover from surgery?

What will my cat look like after surgery?

Will my cat be in pain?

Phantom leg pain

What wound management should I expect to have to do?

Should I make any modifications to the house?

How long does it take before they can exercise normally?

Does amputation place excessive strain on the other limb?

Why wouldn't people choose amputation if a limb is useless and very painful?