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Hello everyone,

My cat, husband and I are in a difficult situation, and I hope someone can answer my questions..

My cat injured her knee on Tuesday night, and after having xrays done, the vet informed me that she has torn two ligaments in her left knee.. He said that in smaller cats, healing would be an option, yet apparently, my cat isn't a 'small' cat (5lbs?) and said that surgery would be the best option for her. The problem is that my husband and I haven't had her insured yet.. we were thinking about it.. but she isn't an outdoor cat, so I suppose we assumed that she wouldn't be at risk as much.... very stupid now. So, at Alver's, surgery will be about £1,000 and I haven't even asked about post surgery recovery yet..

We're wanting to get a second opinion, and possibly get in contact with the PDSA? Any suggestions, maybe? Another problem is that my husband is currently away with the Navy and won't be home for a week and a half, and I really want him here with Goma and me.. especially since I have University to deal with..

I've been doing some reading around, and I've seen on some pages that people suggest allowing the cat to heal for about four to six weeks and seeing if her condition improves, but that also conflicts with advice on getting the surgery done- especially if surgery isn't done within a few days or a week, arthritis changes will begin and cannot be reversed by surgery.. Is any of this true? Does anyone have any experience with this situation? any advice?

I greatly appreciate any help!!
 

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Have been exactly where you are ...... :( Mia fell off a table when she was 6 weeks old (too young to be insured & have no idea how she managed to get up there in the first place as she was tiny!).

(Just getting the shivers as can still remember the horrible noise she made when she hurt herself :().

She damaged the knee in her left back leg - x-rayed by vet & no obvious bone damage & they thought it was ligament damage so they suggested cage rest for 6 weeks to see if it would heal.

Now ..... 6 weeks of cage rest for (any animal is hard) but for a 6 weeks old kitten was an absolute nightmare (and may explain some of her behaviour traits as it was obviously during the very important socialisation stage)

Thankfully it did seem to heal but around 4-5 months later she did it again.:( So back to cage rest again, and thankfully it healed again.

I have been told she may get arthritis in it when she gets older and I am very careful with her - she is mainly a house cat (her choice) but does like to potter around outside for 1/2 an hour or so morning & evening.

I'd never let her stay out all day (as Archie does if he wants to) as I have to *try* to stop her jumping from heights etc - she does seem to be one of these cats who are prone to getting stuck in a matter of minutes (garage roofs, trees, tangled in the clematis on the fence etc) when Archie has more common sense :laugh:

I've made a few wee adjustments in the garden for her to try to stop her going up height where I can - cut a cat flap hole in the garden fence so she can get through to the field at the back without having to climb up / jump down a 6ft fence, put a ladder thing up to the garage roof (she's sitting on the platform mid way in the pic below) etc.

Touch wood, it's OK - she does limp slightly if she's been out too long / doing something she shouldn't but thankfully she does seem more than happy being in most of the time.

Sorry for the ramble, hope some of that helps & fingers crossed Goma recovers soon.

ETA is she really 5lbs and not 5kg? - that's tiny if so!
 

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Six weeks old, really?! That must have been a really, really horrific experience! Especially to do it a second time! I can imagine the ordeal must be worse for a kitten, seeing as how they are just babies.. :(

(Goma is almost two years old, and it must have been 5kg! haha, sorry about that mistake.)

I don't think I could do a cage for Goma.. she's so social and is always on the sofa or in bed with me (except for when she's active). She's been mostly okay, so far... Neither the sofa nor bed are high, so hopefully her jumping is okay.. and she's mostly been laying down, but has short-lasting periods in the morning and evening when she really wants to play.. but she takes breaks when walking and will lay down on her side for awhile.. And, I haven't heard her cry out or make any kind of noise in pain...

This is really distressing. I almost want to wait and see if she heals okay... but at the same time, I really don't want her to have to deal with arthritis...

I should say that Goma is normally a very active and playful cat, so this isn't very easy for her.. and with our hardwood floors- maybe? That this kind of incident was only inevitable..?
 

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Hi Margot,

I am sorry to hear about your poor cat's injury. You mention you are thinking of getting a 2nd opinion before agreeing to surgery, and I think this would be a good idea. I would go to a different practice, not just a different vet in the same practice btw.

If the vet giving the 2nd opinion thinks your cat's injury may heal with cage rest, how do you think she would cope with being confined to a cage for 4 to 6 weeks? How old is she? It can be very stressful for the most laid back of cats, as well as being difficult for the owner to cope with. On the other hand if there is a good chance of the leg healing without surgery (i.e. with cage rest instead) then I am all in favour of that.

Edit: Sorry cross-posted. I see she is 2 yrs old and you don't think she would cope with cage rest.
 

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Thank you for replying and offering advice, Chillminx and Lilyass.

Goma is very needy, so I really don't think a cage would be best. Could the stress of being in a cage make her healing process go wrong? or could it cause other health problems? :/ Though, I think she seems to be doing okay for now, she has been keeping off of her paws more than I thought she would have..


Oh, when I do go to get another opinion, should I be open and honest with them? Let them know that she had been seen by her normal vets, and that I am just wanting a second opinion before I make a decision? or should I not say anything and just see what they say?
 

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What you could do instead of the cage rest is to keep her in one room with no furniture in, just her bed, litter tray and food, perhaps some cushions on the floor for you to sit on. Basically nothing that she could jump on and off, including a window sill (you could maybe block this off by putting a mesh frame right over the window alcove). It would need to be a fairly small room, so she cannot run around and cause more damage to her leg.

I don't know how practical such an arrangement would be in your household of course -- not everyone has enough room to do this. The advantage if you could do it, would be you could keep her company a lot in the room to reassure her.
 

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I'd def go with the 2nd opinion.

Although it was horrific having to keep her in the cage at that age, at least she wasn't a fully active adult IYKWIM - I would hate to think how she would cope with it now :eek:

If you do go down the rest option though, it does have to be no jumping, running and very little moving around for it to be successful so you'd have to find a way to stop her jumping on the furniture etc.

I am also lucky in that I have a very small spare room and so kept her in there (where it was quiet away from the others so they couldn't stress her out) and I could spend time with her and let her out the cage a little while each day after a few weeks. Once the initial cage rest was over, I did keep her in there a bit longer just to make sure it was OK.

I do think this may be partly to do with why she hates all other cats as she didn't socialise with them when she was young - she came to me at 3.5 weeks (and was only 330g - long story :() so had been hand reared from then so was very clingy with me anyway.

Do you know how she actually did it? (did she slip on the hardwood floor?). If so, it may be worth considering carpet or a large rug, especially while she's healing.

Re size - I would've thought 5kg was around average for a middle sized cat - both mine are slightly under that and, as you might be able to tell from the pics below, Mia is a bit podgy (due to lack of exercise probably) and Archie is a skinny rake (and could actually do with putting on a kg) however he's always been like that.
 

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I wish I had a room where I could easily rest her in, but I don't.. My flat is really small, and the only room with a legitimate door is the bathroom (the bedroom is divided from the main by sliding doors). :(

Fortunately, I do have a cage for a large dog (long story behind that), so, I might just try that and see how it goes... at least until I can get a second opinion.. but it will be really hard to give her all the kisses and cuddles she deserves when she's in the cage. D:

I really have no idea how she injured herself. I went out for a little over two hours and she managed to do it during that time. It could have been the hardwood floors, but I think it may also have to do with the kitchen counters- as she was in the kitchen when I came home; she was laying on her side, and started purring when I came in... I am definitely considering rugs now just in case..

Lilylass, I'm really sorry if the cage period might have made Mia unsociable.. Though, I think I read in these forums a while ago that being taken from their mother at a really young age might play a role in behavior issues? I'm not really sure..
Your companions are beautiful, by the way. :)
 

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A fall from a kitchen counter could've done it if she landed badly - poor wee lamb, fingers crossed she's on the mend soon and please let us know what the 2nd opinion says

Lilylass, I'm really sorry if the cage period might have made Mia unsociable.. Though, I think I read in these forums a while ago that being taken from their mother at a really young age might play a role in behavior issues? I'm not really sure..
Your companions are beautiful, by the way. :)
I think a combination of not having long enough with her mum/siblings and then the isolation of the cage rest did it ..... thankfully she is a happy wee soul - most of the time ..... she does have the renowned tortie temper!:yikes: She's very people and dog orientated (she was really attached to Ben and was devastated when I lost him - she's starting to work her charms on Maisie now ;)) - it's just cats she doesn't like unfortunately (as I'd love another!).

Thanks - they are my world as you might be able to tell!:eek:
 
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