Finnegan Paw Update

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Finnegan's cast signed!

Today Finnegan had a second follow-up x-ray at the vet. His first one after having the cast on for five weeks revealed healing was slow and he needed another six weeks. We completed that time and his latest x-rays revealed his toe is still not healing. Finnegan is likely facing having his toe removed now. The vet is going to first consult with the veterinary school at the university.

We've been assured Finnegan's mobility won't be compromised with the loss of his toe, but it is still a rough decision to have to make for him.

Note in today's picture his cast was signed by the vet that worked on him. Finnegan is truly loved by all the staff at the vet. He is their best patient letting them do whatever poking and prodding is necessary.

Comments

Anthony A. wht happened?

At the very least you should take extra care to keep the wound very clean. Someone else may have suggestions for grooming antiseptics. But I think warm salinated water would be a step in the right direction, a spoonful of salt for a couple cups of water should do the trick. Cleaning the wound out a couple of times a day. I volunteer at a feral cat clinic and have seen this a couple of times, the vet says they grow back and has us clean it with Novalsan solution. Maybe consider wrapping it while it heals if your kitty will put up with it.

Brave kitty! I believe you are going to make it through!

A pet is an animal kept for companionship and enjoyment or a household animal, as opposed to wild animals or to livestock.

I also think that I can speak for the visitors to Kitty-Cam when I say we all love you too, FINNEGAN! I've been thinking about Finnegan and hoping for the best. I am going to visit the vet soon!

Stephanie,

We've been assured Finnegan's mobility won't be compromised with the loss of his toe, but it is still a rough decision to have to make for him. Its a very good blog.

I really like your content the way you put up the things…I’ve read the topic with great interest.
It's great when someone sees your stuff and gives response!!!
I’ll be a frequent visitor and expecting some more posts in the future

well, i'm not sure about DNA, crystallography & lipsuction but i WAS wondering about Finnegan's TOE! it's about a year later and he seems to be doing fine judging by the cam-pix, which is excellent! i like the close-upness of cam2 by the way; now you can see whiskers AND toes, LOL!!! cheers.

Awww.... you are too nice to me! I hadn't considered asking for donations since this is something I feel we should take care of and because I haven't been diligent about updates on the site!

But as an update, Finnegan continues to do well and we haven't discussed the surgery much. Probably need to analyze his situation a bit more. He remains a cat that doesn't want to complain about anything. Such a trooper!

Glad to hear that Finnegan still seems to feel ok, that's great that he's not bothered by his paw!
Just wanted to say ditto to Cleo's Mom's comment about setting up donations for the Finnstinator (had to continue the joke). And on a side note, looks like Isabel's website just updated today with some good news :)

aw. I hope it heals for him. But if not, maybe you can set up donations through PayPal! I donated for Isabel, and I'd be more than happy to send a little for the Finnster!!

We ended up removing his cast and are still in limbo about how to proceed. Surgery is expensive and just like prior to going through all this, Finnegan isn't complaining about his paw. We will continue to watch it though!

uh oh, is that Finnegan on cam2 sporting a new red collar? And sans cast?? I can't tell if it's Stormy, but it looks too big to be Stormy! ?

We still haven't decided what to do about Finnegan's toe. Most likely it will be an amputation, but there is an option to have surgery to stabilize the toe with a metal plate. Cost is a consideration, but we want the best option for him.
Knowing that Ninja is doing fine missing a toe is encouraging (keep us informed). Many animals get by just fine missing legs, he may not even miss a toe.
We're going to visit the vet soon and talk over the options and get something scheduled.

I missed the story of Finnegans's toe trouble. We had some toe trouble here as well. Ninja had her front left middle toe amputated on July 9th, 2008. It took her about 9 days to stop hopping and starting putting it down. She is doing very well now, hardly misses it at all!!

There are other issues with regard to this toe that we are unsure of, but for the moment - all is well.

Take heart, it hurts us to see our furrkids in discomfort, but the end result may be worth it.

All the best. Please contact me if you would like to find out about our experience

Brenda & Ninja

I've been thinking about Finnegan and hoping for the best. The poor guy has gone through so much already that I hope he doesn't need surgery, but even if he does, it sounds like you have a caring vet.

I think I can speak for all the visitors to Kitty-Cam when I say WE ALL LOVE YOU TOO, FINNEGAN! I bet when he's all healed from surgery, he won't even miss his toe! Kitties are very resilient and it's obvious how much he's loved, he'll be better in no time & probably be so relieved to be rid of that darned cast! Thanks for the update ~ :-D

If you can't read the "cast" (actually just a wrapped splint), it says "We ♥ Finnegan".