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Updates on Luanne, a Tripawd Kitty

Just a chill cat who lost a foreleg at fifteen

The Lu Suit: How to turn a onesie into a tripawd friendly cat shirt

Baby onesies are a great option for making sure your foreleg tripawd is covered while they get their hop back after surgery, but if you’ve ever put a onesie on a cat you’ve probably noticed that they can Houdini their way out of them pretty easily, especially when they only have one shoulder blade.

Most onesies are designed with with shoulder flaps both for babies enormous heads and to make it easier to take the garment off if the bottom part is otherwise engaged (one parenting website refers to the situation as a “blowout” which is about as evocative as I prefer to know).

When repurposing a onesie for a cat you can actually use those flaps to make a fitted neckline so your kitty can’t wiggle out. This can be done with some hem tape, an iron, and a little practice – no sewing required!

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Four months post-op

I can’t believe it’s been that long, really. Time has flown by. She’s doing so much better, with a few ups and downs along the way.

Things have settled down somewhat. I am hesitant to say things are all good because you never know where this journey will take you, but for right now we haven’t been to the animal hospital for over a month, and Lu seems to be happy and healthy and able to go about her life.

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