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Dislocated sternum [cat]

Went for a second vet visit with one of our cats today (first was friday evening).
Today the vet took an x-ray which showed a dislocated sternum.

It all started thursday evening when the little one (he goes outside) came back seeming off, no eating, lethargic etc
So off we went to the vet on friday. He couldnt find anything, but gave an infusion with Vit B.
Fast forward - the cat seemed getting better each day but was crying when picked up. So I called the vet again who decided to take an xray, which showed an dislocated sternum (no broken ribs).
Now he has no other symptoms such as difficulty breathing, no internal bleeding, fever etc and moves about normaly plus has a picky but healthy apetit.

The vet will check with a collegue on how to proceed.
Has anybody faced the same injury & what was done?

I do hope that he wasnt kicked by somebody
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Old 13.04.2021, 17:13
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Re: Dislocated sternum [cat]

Poor kitty, reading your post my thought was also that could come from a kick. Cats are steady on their feet, people can be cruel. I do hope not. I hope he recovers well.
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Re: Dislocated sternum [cat]

No personal experience with this, but nonethless wanted to wish your kitty as swift and easy a recovery as possible. Poor little thing.

All the best to you both.
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Old 13.04.2021, 17:23
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Re: Dislocated sternum [cat]

My cat runs into walls. She also slides along the floor into the stairwell - but never when we have the camera ready. Never underestimate feline stupidity. (It's nicer than thinking of human cruelty).
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Re: Dislocated sternum [cat]

Poor kitty- hope s/he gets better soon. I heard severe sternum damage can be done by cats trying to get out of windows when on oblique opening. I saw recently that you can buy fittings to stop this happening.

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Re: Dislocated sternum [cat]

Poor cat

We had a cat who was always getting injured. First she dislocated her tail - that resulted in amputation ...... but then and more relevant she dislocated her hip. At first the vet missed it and when we took her back it was too late/difficult to re-set it. Cat lived fine with dislocated hip for the rest of her days - so if it's not causing a problem, and the vet says to leave it then I would.
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Poor kitty- hope s/he gets better soon. I heard severe sternum damage can be done by cats trying to get out of windows when on oblique opening. I saw recently that you can buy fittings to stop this happening.
Those windows are very dangerous for cats. A cat I was cat sitting for died when trying to get out through one of those.

Cat’s can also damage their sternum if they climb trees. They can land heavily on their chest with their legs either side of a branch and cause damage.

I do hope the cat gets better soon Sigh.

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Poor kitty, reading your post my thought was also that could come from a kick. Cats are steady on their feet, people can be cruel. I do hope not. I hope he recovers well.
I recommend that those people never get spotted doing this. They would become projects for me.

@OP: what an ordeal to go through, I am glad it sounds like your kitty is on the mend. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could talk and tell us what is wrong. In the meantime, we just have to do our best to keep them safe and happy.
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Re: Dislocated sternum [cat]

As an aside, while we're on the topic of funny windows:

Transom windows, like those imbedded in doors or found in lofts, or horizontally tilting windows above doors are called Vasistas in French. These are also the dangerous to cats type of windows of which we are speaking.

This comes from WWII when Germans invaded France and were perplexed by these types of windows and asked 'Was ist das?'

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Re: Dislocated sternum [cat]

You know sigh, you forgot to do one thing - share the pics
I hope furry ball is fine?
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Re: Dislocated sternum [cat]

Furry ball is just fine!

Your right, I will dig out some photos

Thank you
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Re: Dislocated sternum [cat]

How is your kitty doing?
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