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My cat is back from the vet after her 3 storey jump/fall. The end result is a bruised bladder which is causing blood in her urine, and her pelvis got detached from what, to me, looks like the spine...
Like, if you look at a cat from above, the pelvis (on an xray) is sort of attached to the spine (a fixed joint I think it's called?) and on her right hand side, that came detached.
So, the vet has recommended up to ONE MONTH of her being in a cage. She can be out when I am at home, and keeping an eye on her, but during the night and when I'm at work, she has to be caged.

Does this seem normal? I feel like it's a really long time....
I have her out now, since I'm at home, and all she's doing is resting anyways, so do you think being in the cage all the time is that important? Like, could I leave her out overnight?
I just feel bad keeping her in the cage...she yowls the whole time.... :cry:
 

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Well, she really doesn't like cages...I put her in there, and she kicks up such a fuss and goes so crazy I can't see how it would be any better for her...
She is digging at everything, yowling, trying to push her way out....
I really don't know what to do.....
 

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Hana, my cat broke his pelvis about 8 years back but not in the same place. He was run over by my mom's car in the garage because he was sleeping under the wheel. The vet insisted on cage rest for him as well. Unfortunately, he was able to squeeze through the 2 inch holes 8O . So then we chicken-wired around the cage/kennel. So he went through the top 8O .

I know cage rest sounds dull and harsh but my cat's pelvis never fixed properly (you can sometimes hear it clicking when he moves). He refused to stay in the cage for the amount of time needed, however. I would give her the full cage rest to ensure that everything heals up properly.
 

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Hana: Yes REST is important, be it cage rest or what have you.

Try to make it as comfortable as possible for him, I know it's a pain for both you and him.
At the same time, if he is flipping out in his cage, he might not heal as fast, or properly, so most certainly address this issue with you vet. Perhaps he has some other alternative, or temp medications to calm him.

I would not recommend letting him out over night, while he is out, you should keep him fully supervized. You could set the healing back, or make the problem worse if he is allowed to be jetting around the house and jumping up and down on specially high things etc.

When I dislocated my knee very badly I was told to get a lot of bed rest, don't move much etc for 2 months!
 

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I would recommend a second opinion from an orthopedic specialist. The way the pelvis is constructed, it never breaks in just one place; there is always a second problem somewhere. Probably ought to get that checked.

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Dr. Jean
 

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drjean said:
I would recommend a second opinion from an orthopedic specialist. The way the pelvis is constructed, it never breaks in just one place; there is always a second problem somewhere. Probably ought to get that checked.

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
Do you know what I mean about where it broke? It's not exactly broken, but sort of....separated. Hard to explain unless you see it on the xray I think.
 

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I know what you mean, but because the pelvis is a big square box, it isn't generally possible for it to be dislocated on one side only, unless it's a very weird situation!

If there's no specialist near you, the radiologists up at Colorado State will review x-rays for a small fee; 970-221-4535. Just in case there *is* something else there that is hard to see.

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 
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