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Author Topic: cruciate ligament rupture in my cat  (Read 3647 times)
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wrennez
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« on: January 03, 2008, 10:27:50 AM »

Hi, I just found your board, what a great place, great stuff about nutrition which I love to read about. I have a question about my cat, she is 8 years old and a longhaired tabby/tort. She jumped off a cat tree and ruptured her cruciate ligament in her back leg. Vet gave her cosamine for cats and she was on that for 6 weeks, but she does not seem to have improved. She loved to go with walks with me, but rarely wants to anymore and is not very active. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on another supplement or treatment options for her, makes me very sad seeing her like this. Vet said it would be a long healing process, but that cats generally do well with this type of injury, although she may always have a limp. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Offy
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2008, 10:44:24 AM »

My Aussie had that injury and it required surgery to correct (I had the Vet School Tuscaloosa Alabama to do it).

I'm clueless due to the nature of the injury how a pill can handle this, unless cats are that different from a dog?

Did the vet put a brace or ace wrap or something on it for awhile to support it and help it heal somewhat?

I know what my dog went through so I did a search for cats remembering his pain...and it reads the same as what the specialist said for dogs.

As always, Your mileage may vary.. as well as the extent of those type injuries...

http://www.healthyfoodforpets.com/cruciateligamentruptureincats.html
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catmom5
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2008, 12:14:12 PM »

I've always heard that surgery was indicated for this kind of injury in dogs and cats. I'd get a second opinion if it was one of my cats. Doesn't sound as if she's getting better . . .
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wrennez
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2008, 12:57:26 PM »

Thank you for your replies. My vet said specifically that yes this injury was taken care of by surgery in dogs, but usually cats did quite well without surgery. No she did not wrap it or anything. She just gave her 3 days worth of pain meds. I am sick to my stomach about this now. I feel like it is too late, but will seek a second opinion. Vet said the cosamine would help repair the ligament which it does say it does that on the box. Any other thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2008, 01:06:10 PM »

I'm not familiar with this condition but I'm sending warm thoughts and prayers for your cat's recovery. I feel there's got to be a solution to this problem and you will find it.
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Offy
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2008, 01:58:17 PM »

Wrennez,

I'm sorry your cat isn't feeling better. We all do the best we can with what we're given. Not being active could be part of the healing process. Since you're seeing your furkid still not active and isn't showing improvement, maybe a phone call to ask your vet what to do, or if that's normal/to be expected for your cat's situation.... or a phone call to discuss the cruciate ligament injuries in felines with a local vet school or another vet might be the best you can do for now.
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Nabiya
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2008, 03:30:05 PM »

Wrennez,  I would suggest you seek out an orthopedic surgeon rather than just another vet if you can find one locally.  I had a cat with a similar injury and the vet also said it would heal on it's own, which is what we ended up doing.  The only problem is the leg became weaker and arthritis set in at a young age.  I don't know if surgery would have made a difference or not.  However, when she was first injured, we did have her leg in a full cast to help the healing process as much as possible.  If this ever happened again I would seek out a specialist next time.  Hope this helps!
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MarySmith
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2008, 04:01:53 PM »

wrennez. Welcome to Itchmo!

I'm so sorry to learn that your kitty got injured and thank you for sharing.

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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2008, 05:52:30 PM »

Wrennez- Welcome & good luck with this. I doubt it is too late to correct any problems.Definitely time for a phone call to the vet. If nothing else it will reassure you about how it should be healing.
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