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Broken Back Right Knee Cap

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Tortie, Jun 24, 2009.


  1. Tortie

    Tortie PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    After some thoughts and advice on our little moggy.

    She is an exploratory little thing, and managed to trap herself in the handle of a bag and in the ensuing panic before my wife could free her she damaged her back right leg. She then was lame, and would not put pressure on the leg, so off to the vets she went. Vet x-rayed her and the poor little mite has broken her knee cap - the 2 pieces are about 5 mm apart. :(

    Vet is advising against pinning the joint since they are so small and brittle. Sutures are an option to hold the bits stable while they heal, but she will be on cage rest until she's fixed now.

    Our problem is that she is the adventurous, exploratory, climbing cat and she will/is hating being on cage rest.

    Any other experiences or thoughts/advice v welcome.

    Thanks
     
  2. colliemerles

    colliemerles PetForums VIP

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    hello ,i am sorry to hear that, poor little thing, how long did the vet think it would take to mend, bless her, you will have to try to keep her caged, so she rests even if she dislikes it, :)
     
  3. Leah100

    Leah100 PetForums Senior

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    Poor girl :( make the cage as comfy as poss, try draping a blanket over the top if she's very stressed, she'll feel more hidden and secure. You could try adding some drops of valerian compound to her bed, it can be very soothing for cats.
    You can get a feliway diffuser for the room she is in from your vet, which might help calm her too.
     
  4. Elmstar

    Elmstar PetForums VIP

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    Poor little thing, you'll need to be cruel to be kind :(

    I hope she heals up quick.
     
  5. Tortie

    Tortie PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the words of support. She's coping, bless her, but desperate for strokes and cuddles. Vet will review in 2 weeks, but research suggests it'll be months till she can venture out again.
     
  6. Tortie

    Tortie PetForums Newbie

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    Well, she went back to the vet for a 2 week check, and vet really pleased with progress. She's staying calm and relaxed in the cage, and was more flexible than vet expected. Continuous cage rest for foreseeable future but looks promising!
     
  7. Elise.x

    Elise.x PetForums Junior

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    We also have an adventerous kitten who likes to jump higher and further than he is able :rolleyes:
    He sprained his leg just under a week ago, after only one week of having him, hes healed now but is under strict instructions off the vet for 2 weeks cage rest just to be sure.
    It is very hard and he cries constantly to be let out but its best that they get the rest to heal, only just over a week to go now.
    Kittens are far more troublesome than kids :D
    I hope she gets better soon, all the best.x
     
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