/ Any Vets online? Cat's got a sore leg....
It's toes/claws and the pad were tilted upwards.
There's a vet down the road who's a mate of a mate and she came round, sprayed some iodine on it then stuck some elastoplast sticky bandage on it. She said remove the bandage, spray some more stuff on and if it doesn't get infected it should be fine.
Now, a day later I'm worried about the upward pointing claws, when you touch them there's no movement in them and it doesn't cause any pain. I had a hunch there was something wrong at the time but it's wierd - how does a stupid bloke like me question a vet? I've googled this and the symptoms look like a digital flexor tendon rupture. I thought that there might be tendon damage anyway.
The other thing is the bandage - she stuck the effin thing directly onto the fur? Is this normal? It's the really strong sticky stuff and we're thinking we might even have to take her to a vet just to have the bandage removed. We've been snipping the fur around the edge of the bandage with Mrs. Ents hairdressing scissors and it's taking all day. Cat seems to know we're helping and is being very cool about it.
Anyone care to comment? Looks like a trip to another vet.
After sales care seems somewhat lacking! Take Mog back for a re tread and respray and a proper bandage.
Bottle of wine ;-)
Aye looks like it - still haven't removed the bandage.
.... pustule. they charge the rates they do to cover their exceptionally high costs. drugs and materials cost alot more than people think and diagnostic equipment runs into the tens of thousands for the most basic set up.
Thanks for the personal emails everyone.
Cheaper and less traumatic all round.
Let me guess, that was TJ's ex? Shit, an animal deserves better than that - especially a super affectionate little thing like yours. Another vet, I think, and lots of tlc.
Ahhh, Mr E, similar to the high costs involved in producing climbing dvds one would imagine? Eh Cap'n arhh!
Thanks for the replies and personal emails - much appreciated. Here's an update.
Why oh effin why didn't I follow my instincts on Monday!!
We went to the vet this morning. Apparently I was bang on with my own diagnosis - lacerated flexor tendon which the first vet completely missed. The cat will need an op but apparently it might be too late to re attach the tendon but he's going to try and at least sew up the wound.
On the + side he's quoted us only 110€ + the cost of antibiotics which is better than we expected.
F**k! Vet just phoned. Can't stitch tendon back together so just going to sew her up. Cat will have limp for ever now!
If it's any consolation, cat will probably less bothered about it than you will. They are very resilient creatures. I presume though you will be having words with your "friend"?
So when the vet had a look at the wound he decided to have a bash at suturing the tendon back together. So now we have a cat with a massive pot on her leg tapping around the house.
She's in a bit of pain but at least long term things are looking better for the mog.
Glad she's heading in the right direction. In my (distant) memory of having a kitten with a cast on a back leg, it didn't seem to slow her down... you'd hear a clump-clump-clump as she chased her sister up the inside of the curtains.
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