10 Month old cat with a broken knee cap

by Kristen
(Massachusetts)

Tonight I brought my kitty, Roxy, to the vet after several days of her not putting pressure on her right hind leg. I had been in touch with the vet since the day it happened and finally they were worried enough to have her come in.

They took XRays of both hind legs and found that her right one had a break in her knee cap. She is an indoor cat, but we have a black lab and another cat, so she very well may have been roughing around with them.

However, the vet also noticed that Roxy still had some of her baby teeth, as well as gingivitis, so she wants me to see an orthopedic surgeon as there may be a bone issue.

Roxy's vet said she had never seen this before and had to go online and research it to give me a few answers. I was hoping to get some insight from you...maybe you've heard of something like this before?

I'm a nervous wreck and hate to see my little loves in pain. I plan on seeing the ortho tomorrow, if they can squeeze me in but after trying to research online and not stumble upon anything, I figured emailing you was worth a shot. Thank you for your time and if you have any advice or thoughts I'd appreciate it!
-Kristen


Hi, Kristen,

I'm sorry about your little kitty. It worries us terribly when anything is wrong with them.

In my experience, the knee cap most likely has nothing to do with the teeth and a good orthopedic surgeon will easily be able to fix your kitten's knee.

The teeth are probably a separate issue and may be of no great importance or need to be removed which perhaps could be done while she is having her knee fixed. I have seen many cases of retained baby teeth with no other abnormalities and no dire consequences.

The genetic diseases that your vet is referring to which would point to a generalized bone problem are exceedingly rare. Nothing is impossible, of course, but it's really not likely.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a disease of kittens affecting bone growth, but there would be other serious signs and your vet would have seen other abnormalities on the Xrays.

The best thing you can do is stay calm and loving so Roxy doesn't pick up on your anxiety and try to get some rest and see the orthopedic specialist as soon as possible.

I would love to hear back from you as to the outcome.

Best Regards,
Dr. Neely

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