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Amputations are very painful and they have educated you correctly in that every pet is different. Some cats are stoic about pain and some make it quite well known that they are uncomfortable. Consider this a blessing that he made his pain obvious as you might have otherwise taken him home, found him to be painful and wound up in the ER over the holiday. It also sounds like they are offering him the best care with light sedation and injectable pain medication. Chances are that they did give him the correct amount and he is still in obvious pain. It's hard to predict how much pain medication a pet will need and, unlike humans, they cannot tell us as they're waking up that pain is present. Once they realize it and are vocal, we often are behind the curve by more than a half hour, sometimes more.
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