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  • Amputation in an 18 year old cat on Friday 13th …

Tilly is 18 years old, and as sweet and gentle a cat as you’ll ever find. She likes nothing more that going out to the end of the drive to see the school kids passing by each morning and evening.

On Friday 13th she was minding her own business at the end of her drive when she was grabbed by a passing dog that was on a long loose lead. The dog shook her, shattering her humerus (a bone in the upper forelimb). She managed to get free and scampered under the car for safety. The owner of the dog was allegedly making a sharp exit, when they were intercepted by a vigilant neighbour. Once the owner knew what was occurring, Tilly got treated promptly at her own vets and Tilly was sent to us for assessment and possible fracture fixation.

We love fixing fractures and we hate amputating legs …but …


….This was an old cat with a horrendous fracture. There were several fragments, and splits and fissures extending to the top of the bone.  This fracture promised to be extremely tricky to fix. Failure of fixation was very possible and Tilly would need to be cage confined for several weeks. She doesn’t do much except potter up and down the drive, so we advised that we felt that amputation was very much the best option for this cat. Amputation is quick, predictable in outcome and involves little in the way of aftercare.

She recovered very well from the surgery and went home the next day, eating like a horse.

We hope she’ll soon be back on the school run …

15th November 2015