January 18th 2013 10:45 pm
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Soooo guess which lucky cat broke their hip?!? YUP! That would be me. First off let me start by saying sorry it has been so long since I last updated. Have been busy & when we are on Dora usually gets more of the diary time. I hope everyone had great holidays, ours were great and we were really looking forward to the New Year (2012 has been a bit of a difficult one) and then on the first morning of 2013...I started limping on my back left leg. Great start, huh? The peeps thought I probably strained or twisted it from playing rough with Tommy, after about a day I was putting more weight on it & I let them touch it. After a couple of days of it still kind of bothering me they talked to the doc & put me on some pain meds for a short time. They helped a lot! It was still bothering me but most days I was outting a fair amount of weight on it. But every other day it would really hurt & when I would get up from laying down I would howl in pain. After 2 weeks of this, and several straight days of just pain, the peeps took me in to see the vet yesterday.
They had to leave me there because I am a "special kitty" and in order to get x-rays I have to be knocked out or I risk hurting myself more and possibly clawing off someones finger. When they came back later to get me the xrays didn't really show anything and my knee, what they thought was the culprit, was totally normal. The vet sent them off to their radiologist that they consult with & she came back and said that she thinks I might have a fracture but they would have to position my legs in a certain way for them to see it. So this morning they dropped me off for the whole thing once again! This time they finally got some answers. They put my legs in a "frog position" and it showed a break in my hip! It is a small one but boy is it causing lots of trouble. The doc says the only option from here is surgery. He said we could go the expensive (several thousand $$) route at the med vet where wires and such would be put in or we could go with what he thinks would work best here which is a surgery at this clinic (by one of the other vets who is more experienced doing it) where they remove the broken piece & restore a few things. The peeps don't remember all the details but will be talking to the doc more about it on Monday. He did say that this surgery would need me to have several weeks of cage rest but after that I should get full mobility back & no more pain!
The Doctor says that this is something that was probably going to happen sometime or another, you could kind of say that side of my hip was a bit of a ticking time bomb. But jumping off high things and such didn't help it. He said that this kind of thing is common in large, male young cats and the only other case he has dealt with was a male maine coon that was my age & only a bit bigger. The biggest bummer is that there is a very likely chance the same thing will happen with the other side of hip. If it does it will more thank likely be a few years and I would just have the surgery again on that one. Atleast this time the peeps can be on alert from it and even stash away some money in case I would need that other surgery. For now I am still in good spirits! Happy to be home after being at the vets all day, and I am enjoying these pain meds they sent with me. I act like I am in a lot of pain but at the same time I want to move around and play, snuggle and get up on some of my favorite higher up spots. The doc doesn't work this weekend so we have to wait till Monday for more info on the surgery (how much and how soon we can get me in) but the peeps are already preparing for the recovery. They are planning on setting me up in a large dog crate, it will be interesting to say the least on how I deal with it.
Just thought I would keep you all updated. Hope everyone is doing well!!
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Sending you lotsa purrs!
Wow, Charlie, that is no fun! We're sending lots of purrs and hoping your surgery and recovery is successful!
Purring fur your swift recovery!
That is a awfur way to get started in 2013...but we are purring that soon you will be all fine and spritely and pain free!
Pawyers fur a good outcome.
Bummer, what a way to start the new year. Many purrs you feel better soon, that surgery doen't sound like much fun at all.
Hey buddy, partied a little too hard huh? MOL!
Mom says her dog Danny (many moons ago) had a fractured hip and pelvis after getting clipped by a car on the road. He was 4 at the time. Boy was he in awful pain. The doc did the same thing. He went in a reconstructed everything and sent him home. We made a 4x8 space for him and let him rest and heal. He was a German Shepard mix so he also had bad hip genes. Long story short...the doc fixed him up and he had another great 6 years before his hip dysplasia caught up with him.
We purr that everything will go as well for you as for Danny. That you will have no pain and that maybe you'll lay off the high jumps some. MOL! Being that you are my Clemy's little brother...I promise I've got your back. If you need to chat sometime I'll be here for you. Lay back and enjoy the rest and extra attention.
Thank you everyone for your positive thoughts and your great support. I am doing well, still in a lot of pain but I am on some pretty strong meds and even though I hate taking them they are sure helping! I really wish my hip wasn't messed up, I hate not being able to get up on my favorite high spots and I keep trying but the peeps always stop me. Instead they have made sure I have a lot of comfy spots on the ground but it's not the same. Monday is when we will hear from my doc and the one that will be doing my surgery about more info on it including when I will probably have it and how much it will cost.
Thanks again everyone! I will keep you updated.
wow dude that is crummy! At least they can do something for you though...Please let us know when you are having your surgery so we can send ya some extra purrs.
Thanks Tigger! I am feeling a lot better this weekend, those pain meds are really working! The doc was suposed to call tonight but he never did so the peeps are going to give him a ring tomorrow to see when they can get me in.