Cats » Cruciate damage. 2nd opinion needed


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Vaccination History:always up to date
Fed On:whiskas, felix, sainsbury's own, royal canin renal, waitrose own
Kept:at home

Cruciate damage. 2nd opinion needed

3 weeks ago, Tigger started limping badly on her back right leg.

The vet has diagnosed cruciate damage and says that it can be repaired or the leg can be amputated. The vet says Tigger is in pain.

Having read more on the subject, many people say it can be left and with cage rest will be ok-ish, the cat will always limp. The reason I am wondering about this course of action is that she has diagnosed chronic renal failure (not too severe yet) and she's old (although in good condition for her age) I don't really want to put her through the trauma of an operation if doing so will only extend the use of the knee way beyond the number of years she has left.

I understand that arthritis in an untreated joint is likely to be worse, but is not eliminated by the surgery. With her probably only having a couple of years left is that really an issue?

so the question is, in your experience, how well do cats with this condition untreated fare? Is it 5-10 years before they have problems or more like 6-12 months?

Tigger doesn't seem in pain to me. She moves around well (and when she doesn't really need to), doesn't cry, doesn't mind the leg being manipulated. See video of her getting around - The faster she moves the less pronounced the limp. She doesn't look like a cat in pain to me

I'm not worried about the expense of the surgery, I just want to do what's best for Tigger.

thank you!


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Martina Stuart

regret I am unable to view the video please check reference.
Suggest second opinion as I am unable to equate the free movement and lack of response on manipulation with a painful spinal injury. Old Cats are rarely athletic animals why does the crucial need repairing?
Please try reposting the video



I've made the video public. Perhaps you couldn't see it before as it was private.




PS she hasn't injured her spine, just the cruciate(s) in her knee


Martina Stuart

Firstly i apologise for introducing the word spinal. I confess I did not intend to and suspect that it was a spell check insertion. I intended to type knee!
I have ow viewed the video and agree that there does not appear to be any demonstration of significant pain. There is however a mild lameness which appears to be associated with weight bearing in the posterior phase of the stride.
I suggest that it is reasonable to contain the cat in a level space ( the tiled floor with a low walk on bed is ideal!) any step up onto furniture stairs etc should be prevented and that provided there is no deterioration or painful swelling of the stifle developing it then the situation should be reassessed on a daily then weekly basis.
please do keep us informed and be aware that not having examined the cat my advice is given in general terms only.


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