Hi Has anyone had any experience of a cat with a fractured hip? Our beautiful big 2.5 yr old cat, we think, fell off the first floor bannister and landed downstairs either hurting himself on the bottom stair or lower bannister. He has had X-rays and the vet diagnosed ruptured cruciate ligament, and prior to surgery had another examination, and as he didnt howl when they manouvered it, decised to re xray again and diagnosed the fracture. The vet has advised cage rest for 6 weeks. Then he will be xrayed again and if no improvement the the options are removal of the end of the bone or hip replacement. Although its only been a week he's coping well with the cage rest, he doesn't really want to move much and we have a smaller cage we move him to in the lounge when we are sitting in there. He finds it painful to move, he kind of me-howls. He also has loxicom painkiller/anti inflam which he takes well from the syringe. His limp has not got any better over the past week. Has anyone had a cat with a fractured hip that can offer any advice. Do fractures heal? Has anyone had the operation to remove the knobbly bit on the end (stifle?) or had the hip replacement. Will he be pain free when recovered from either of those options. And lastly, the vet suggested getting a second opinion from Fitzpatrick referrals, has anyone any feedback on them? We do have pet insurance, but main our concern is that he does not suffer, and has good quality of life. Thanks in advance.