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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2006, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cat recovering from fall - broken leg

My 5 year old Ragdoll Cat is about to have surgery on one of his hind legs after falling from my apartment balcony. He has a bad fracture that will need pins etc. The vet has advised me that he will need o be caged for 6 to 12 weeks after the operation so the bones can mend. Does this sound right? To me it seemed excessive, but I just want to do what is right for my cat.

Any advice is welcome

Tony
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2006, 07:26 PM
 
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Definitely have a more in-depth discussion with your vet as to what exactly he or she means by "caged". Obviously your cat will need to be confined until the bone mends to the point he can be fully mobile again, but does your vet mean "caged in something small so he can't move around much" or something that limits him less, like a baby's playpen? Some clearer instructions will have you feeling a lot less doubt!

Take the few weeks he is confined and make the balcony cat-proof too. A play area up off the ground and away from the typical cat dangers like cars, other animals and cat-hating people gives him a great place to enjoy being outside if he is protected from falling again.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2006, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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yes, he did say it would be more like a childs play pen.

So this sounds ok?

I have already taken steps to cat-proof my balcony and consider myself very lucky that i still have a cat at all!
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2006, 09:55 PM
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My neighbour had the same thing happen (all too common ) to her cat last year and it was at least six weeks cage rest as well. So, yes, that sounds right.
I have a balcony that I enclosed with a fine 1/2" deer netting. It was much less expensive than regular screening and doesn't obstruct the view as much.
Hope he's better soon and doesn't try flying again!

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2006, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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thank you!

yes, he is my baby and i will nurse him through it! I want to get an enclosure big enough for me to sleep in there with him!
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2006, 10:31 PM
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When Holly was almost 15 she broke her leg and needed pins as well. Her ver wanted her confined to a small space like the bathroom for about ten days. After that she was free to move about with the exception of running or jumping. She healed up just fine and a month earlier than expected even though she was elderly. I'm sure vets like people doctors have varying opinions.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2006, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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i guess the point is, how do you stop a cat from running and jumping? I am sure I will weaken and let Max out of his cage to sit on my lap etc....but that would be supervised. Being a Ragdoll, he is not at all an active cat at the best of times......
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