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Cruciate rehab - how not to do it


swamprose says:

maybe altitude helps with the healing.

13th Jun 2008, 14:08

hildegard says:

He'd get a sort of super-oxygenating benefit once he'd come down to sea level I guess. On the other hand, leaping to & jumping from, height are specifically contra-indicated.

Am cross with him about this because we went to the vet yesterday & things have not gone well.

He's been on strict rest for months but there's no improvement in stability & now the patella is hypermobile too. Back in another two weeks (this has been going on since the first week of Feb). Surgery seems ever more likely - vet went into some detail yesterday. Best done when he's young & otherwise fit & before the rest of the joint gets too much uneven wear...

Stupid mutt.

13th Jun 2008, 14:28

swamprose says:

I wish I could video, because the best cat around here is Blackie, who was run over by a car, and walks like she's on drugs or someone has just fed her poison. She is constantly being picked up by passerbys who ring our doorbells and ask whose cat it is, or to tell us they are taking her immediately to the vet.

she is also completely nuts, does the worst things, and is worth a fortune in vet bills. she's the best.

13th Jun 2008, 14:44

OJ says:

:sigh: Oh Oscar.

So tell me, how does the vet suggest that you communicate the rehab protocols to Oscar?

Speaking from experience, I'm having trouble communicating "we're not getting onto the roof to rescue you" to our ginger mutt so that details about ligaments must be a big ask.

13th Jun 2008, 14:55

Helen says:

Strait jacket? Oh dear. Poor cat. He just wants to be.

13th Jun 2008, 15:00

hildegard says:

Changed some of his toys, been keeping him indoors & out of the office; other high points around the house are inaccessible, but he snuck in & did this when my back was turned.

Hope & trust Melly manages his descents better than Oscar. Apparently vets can go a whole career & never see a cat who's done this because "feline" is a word commonly associated with grace, agility & a general air of landing on one's feet. To snap his cruciate, Oscar must have had a considerable malfunction in the nimbleness department. Feel very sorry for him now when I see him lose traction on a corner or clearly fluff a descent from a chair because his leg just gives up under him.

H - I'm pretty sure he'd much rather be without surgery though. Knew I should have got a dog - dogs are simple - in extremis, a dog can have valium.

13th Jun 2008, 15:28

OJ says:

Aw, I'm sure he'd really rather not have surgery too. I sympathise, I know how difficult it is to explain the concept of self-preservation to an enthusiastic boy cat.

13th Jun 2008, 15:38

Jane Doe says:

how about a builder's skip chute for him to slide down?

Poor chap. Poor you!

13th Jun 2008, 16:42

Dhamaka says:

poor sweetie..
can't cats have valium or an equivalent then?

13th Jun 2008, 17:34

MaggieD says:

Oh dear poor Oscar ..... is there a tablet he could take that induces temporary vertigo (would keep him firmly on the ground for the required amount of time) ....

Do like the pic, always good to have a glimpse at other peoples bookshelves ...

13th Jun 2008, 18:24

hildegard says:

An unrepresentative sample, I'm afraid - several of those books are there by obligation, not choice.

Dunno about induced vertigo but cats do best on minimal meds. They seem to have more adverse drug reactions than other species, & individual animals may be even more likely to experience adverse reaction or drug interactions to those drugs that are licensed for cats.

Valium is broken down by the human liver but cats' livers don't function the same way & it carries a greater risk than in dogs or humans. Another liver-metabolised example would be paracetamol which is invariably toxic to cats.

He's had plenty of cat-safe anti-inflammatory lately, that will have to suffice.

13th Jun 2008, 19:33

MaggieD says:

Ah, and there was me thinking that you read the metaphysical poets as light reading ;)

13th Jun 2008, 19:47

hildegard says:

Heh - the Donne is entirely by choice & much my favourite there. It's the likes of Plath & bloody, lugubrious Ted "Nature Boy" Hughes I can't stick. :)

13th Jun 2008, 19:54

MaggieD says:

Hahaha ..... you and JD have much in common ..... I must photograph our bookshelves ....

13th Jun 2008, 19:59

JokerXL says:

Cats are daft

13th Jun 2008, 22:03

Spiderbaby says:

Poor naughty Oscar. Hope he recovers enough before the next daft thing.

16th Jun 2008, 23:14

silar31 says:

I don't suppose you're lucky enough to have him be one of those cats who goes all mellow from catnip? Poor kittle :( I hope if he needs to have the surgical fix it goes well!

16th Jun 2008, 23:34

hildegard says:

Spiderbaby - the next daft thing already awaits resizing & posting.

As to mellowing him out, no; I of course have one of those cats who's made psychotic by catnip - high speed circuits of the house, sudden starts, hunting invisible prey, hunting me... Poor chap, can't even do the cat equivalent of drowning his sorrows.

17th Jun 2008, 01:24

silar31 says:

:(. Have I told you of my friends who farm catnip and their cats?

17th Jun 2008, 03:46

hildegard says:

Yeah - don't think Oscar's as bad as the one they had to keep indoors & away from the produce. :)

17th Jun 2008, 10:31

Spiderbaby says:

Oh dear. Poor Oscar. :(

17th Jun 2008, 17:11