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The vet just called to give us an update. Yesterday evening Sparta was up and walking around some which is really good. During the night she pulled out 2 of her staples and the vet had to re-staple her. There is also a lot of swelling this morning, which is to be expected. She is going to keep her on a low dose of morphine and something to help the swelling. This is going to be her groggy leave me alone day after surgery. She is hoping keeping her slightly sedated will keep her from ripping her staples.

She did say the moment she put her fuzzy pink heart pillow in the cage, sparta sighed and crawled over to it and laid on top of it. The vet laughed and said she was very much the Diva in the hospital wing laying on her pink fuzzy pillow lolol

The vet said she could take pics and email them to me so show Savannah but I declined. She also said we could visit tomorrow but again I declined. I am not sure how to really handle it but I think waiting for Savannah to see her a bit better and at home would be better for her. To me seeing your kitten laying in a hospital with tubes inserted and looking less then happy might be too stressful for her? I don't know :?
 

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I had a kitten with a broken hind leg long ago. The break was just below the joint so needed pins. I don't know if the surgery Sparta had was available then but she had pins. She made a full recovery and was able to jump and climb just like any other kitten.
 

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The specialist explained to us that the FHO was the best option for her due to the location of the break. She had the best chance of full recovery this way. Pins would leave dead tissue in a bad location and would limit mobility for her. I am not going to pretend I understand any of this but he is an orthopedic surgeon and I am putting my trust in him.
 

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Wishing Sparta will make a full recovery soon... Does she have a cone on? This way she won't be able to pull out the pins?

I agree this is not a good time for Savannah to meet Sparta. Just say something like Sparta need quiet time to rest and let them meet when Sparta gain some energy and start missing her family :)
 

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I think you're right. Surgery has come a long way in oh...20 years or so. I wasn't criticizing in the least, just offering hope that she will make a full recovery. She is lucky to have you.
 

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Oh no pins were an option and what we thought they were going to do at first. Once this specialist looked at the Xrays and saw the exact location of the break he thought the FHO would do better. It all depends where the break is. With her, the break is very close to her ball joint. Because of this the vet wants to keep possibilities of dead scar tissue down so she will gain full mobility of her leg. There is a good chance she would lose a lot of movement if they put in pins due to the location of the break.

The vet said the cone was an option but she is trying to hold off on using it. She doesn't want to stress her out anymore then she has to. She has her lightly sedated today. She thinks this will be best for her for the pain, swelling and also to keep her relaxed and not freaking out over her environment and the staples. She said if by this evening Sparta is still trying to pull the staples out they will put a cone on her. The less stressed she is, the more she will rest and get feeling better faster. With this type of surgery the sooner she is up and running the better as her mobility during healing is vital. In other breaks and surgeries you usually need to keep them confined and moving as little as possible but this type is just the opposite.
 

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I felt sorry for you and Sparta to hear of her broken leg....what a crazy freak accident. It sounds as if you had a very good surgeon, so I hope she makes a fast and complete recovery....I think she has a very good chance.
 

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Your Vet is Da Bomb
 

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Just so I don't confuse anyone, Sparta had 2 vets working on her and helping her. My vet, I have known for a long time and is wonderful. She is so kind and sweet and really cares about her patients. I adore her!

When she saw the Xrays she was not giving me the blown up ego some vets have, she admitted up front that this type of surgery and the full recovery we both wanted Sparta to have might be out of her league.
She then contacted this Orthopedic specalist to see if he could perform the surgery. His office is an hour away from our home. While speaking to him, he said he didn't have any surgeries scheduled for that day and that my vet's office is near his parents' house. He drove down, performed the surgery and spent the day with family after. It could not have worked out more perfect.

My regular vet is handling all the post op care in her hospital. Sparta is under the care of the specialist via phone updates.
 

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he said he didn't have any surgeries scheduled for that day and that my vet's office is near his parents' house. He drove down, performed the surgery and spent the day with family after.
good excuse to visit the family huh?


I am glad Sparta is in good hands and has a loving family rooting for her. Accidents happen. We are all rooting for the kitten :love2
 

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Sounds like Sparta had the best of care and definitely has the best family to look after her.

I'll keep you all in my thoughts and hope for a speedy recovery.
 

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After I finished posting, Savannah came to me and said she really needed to see her. That the last time she saw sparta, she was squished under the gate screaming bloody murder. She said it couldn't be any worse then that. Due to the fact she was involved in this accident and feels a lot of guilt, I retracted my opinion and we drove over to spend a few minutes with Sparta.
I figured it wasn't one of my better parenting decisions but I could see Savannah needed to be sure that Sparta was going to live.

Our vet is only about 2 miles away. We were ushered in to their cat ICU room. Sparta was laying on her pillow and blanket. The moment she saw us, she started kneeding her pillow. She was purr city. She didn't get up but was rubbing against Savannah's hand over and over. We couldn't pick her up out of the cage of course but it was obvious to anyone in the the hospital who sparta's mama was. She even meowed when they closed the door when we left.
Her back leg and area is completely shaved. she has about 15 tiny staples that go from her hip to almost her knee. They did not have her on an IV at the time but she had one during surgery so her paw was shaved as well.
She looked extremely pitiful, I won't lie. At the same time it was our Sparta girl in all her Diva glory. She already has her nurse wrapped around her pinkie. The nurse was saying she never had such a sweet and loving kitten before to care for. usually when kittens come out of surgery they are really scared and not wanting to be handled. Not sparta lol

Savannah did really well. I guess it was the right choice after all. She feels better not having the last image of Sparta being at the accident. The vet saved the bone for her. Demented child that I have, she thought it was pretty cool :? She told the vet she couldn't wait to gross her brother's out with it :?

So it seems both girls, human and cat, are on the mend. :p
 

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The vet saved the bone for her. Demented child that I have, she thought it was pretty cool :? She told the vet she couldn't wait to gross her brother's out with it.

BAHAHHAA THAT'S TOTALLY ME!! Tell Savannah that it will all get better and Sparta won't hold a grudge against her for it. Obviously Sparta was THRILLED to see her mommy, and love defeats all odds. :) Sparta will be back home and laying on her blanket bed again in no time. <3
 

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Lol. Good for Savannah! I think you've raised a tougher kid than you give her credit for. She seems quite sensible and well adjusted.
 

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For anyone who has kids, 99% of the time the vet hospital is not the place for kids to be. I just wanted to add that in there. It can be very scary and traumatizing. Due to the nature of the accident and Savannah's role in things as well as her last image in her mind was that of her kitten in a great deal of pain I gave in.

I wasn't thrilled with my choice and am still not sure but Savannah does seem to feel better so I guess I did the right thing? Parenting is a pain :?


I just didn't want everyone thinking that taking their 10 year old to the vet to see a post surgery cat was the greatest thing in the world. :wink
 

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Well, sometimes even though people "say" that your cat is okay, you still have to see them in person....even if they look awful (ie on drugs, IV's, etc).

And I think it's comforting to see the cat because then you know the cat feels better emotionally after seeing you.
 

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Well, sometimes even though people "say" that your cat is okay, you still have to see them in person....even if they look awful (ie on drugs, IV's, etc).

And I think it's comforting to see the cat because then you know the cat feels better emotionally after seeing you.
Yes, for an adult. I still believe the vet hospital ICU is no place for a child. this particular case however ~ well... she had a lot of guilt and was involved in the accident.
 

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I think you did the right thing.

Not knowing causes anxiety and as scary as it could have been, just as you said, she was involved in the accident and I believe she needed to see her. I think it is worse to have a kid at home asking questions and imagining kid stuff in their heads than just showing her. I wouldn't go too far and show her something...extremely traumatizing, but it is just poor Sparta -alive and well Sparta- after surgery.

Congrats to you and your daughter and I'm very happy everything went ok... keep us posted, mucho ánimo! :wink

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