Fractured Bones In Kittens

When Toby (now named Rooney) was found and taken to Mount Pleasant (Mandai), he suffered from a fractured hind leg. His whiskers looked like they had been burnt with a lighter. Still, he trusts humans and is such a joy to be with. Dr Loh Hui Qian fostered Toby for a period of time before he left for The Cat Museum, Muses & Mansion of Singapore where he met his forever family. In this article, Dr Loh shares about young animals’ higher propensity of healing.

1 Aug 2016: All is well now, Toby. You are safe in Dr Kitty Huang’s hands!

Immature animals heal much faster than adults as the fracture sites have a relatively greater blood supply and more pre-existing osteoblasts (cells with bone-forming potential). Older animals or those with concurrent systemic disease (e.g. renal insufficiency or Cushing’s disease) may take longer to heal than young healthy patients.

week 1

Toby is a 4-month-old stray kitten found with a limp on the right hind leg. Upon presentation, Toby was toe-touching on the right hind leg but he was still very active. Radiography revealed a displaced, simple, complete transverse fracture of the mid femur. There were no radiographic signs of osteomyelitis noted.

At that point in time, first intention healing via surgical correction with either a bone plate or intra-medullary pin was recommended to the stray feeders who found Toby. However cost was a concern for  them and they needed time to consider.

Toby was then placed on strict cage rest. During this time, he was very comfortable with his fractured leg & not reliant on pain relief.

week 3

A repeat radiograph was taken and a big bony callus had developed between the two fracture ends. The option of breaking the callus to realign the femur and inserting a bone plate or intramedullary pin was explored. However this approach seemed too invasive for a kitten and because the stray feeders still bore financial constraints, a decision was made to let the bone callus stabilise the fracture and allow secondary healing.

week 5

A third radiograph was taken and an exuberant amount of firm bony callus had been formed. The callus was drawing the two fracture ends to an even closer proximity. The soft tissue swelling had also completely resolved and Toby was using his right hind leg as per normal with no signs of pain or discomfort.

Toby Superpower! Put together by Ai Lin of Mount Pleasant (Mandai).

Toby’s speedy recovery from a complete femur fracture further affirms that young animals have a higher propensity of healing. Cats are also usually able to compensate for an impaired function very well. Toby is now prancing around happily, just like any other kittens.

Living it up at Dr Loh’s house while she was fostering him.

Hanging out with Rao Rao before moving to The Cat Museum, Muses & Mansion of Singapore where he met his forever family!

“One HAPPY FAMILY!!! Look at cutie Rooney’s face!” Photo & caption from The Cat Museum, Muses & Mansion of Singapore. Thank you Serene, John, Sarah & JK for giving little footballer his very own home!

“You made this house just for me?!!! Love you!” Photo & caption from The Cat Museum, Muses & Mansion of Singapore

Discovering hidden talents? Haha! Photo from Instagram @rooney.thecat

Rooney’s family celebrated his 1st birthday on 1 April 2017 with his favourite can of cake! Photo from Instagram @rooney.thecat

Happy Birthday Rooney! We are so glad you have a wonderful family of your own. Live well & be healthy & happy! Photo from Instagram @rooney.thecat

Dr Loh Hui Qian with Faye Faye our Mandai resident cat who has since crossed the rainbow bridge.

Crumpet The Kitten – Perineal Hernia

When Jamie and Ashton found Lil’ Crumpet all alone on the streets, she was dragging a weak hind leg, possibly from an accident. Over time, Crumpet regained mobility and played like a normal kitten. But then, she began to have difficulty defecating.

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Rectal examination and X-rays revealed that Crumpet’s problem was caused by Perineal Hernia.

WHAT CAUSES PERINEAL HERNIA?

A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue pushes through the surrounding muscles or connective tissue.

The pelvic diaphragm is a set of muscles that surround the anus. When the diaphragm weakens or fails, pelvic and/or abdominal organs (e.g., intestines or bladder) displace into the region around the anus called the perineum. Organ entrapment can become a serious condition that requires emergency surgery.

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When defecation became difficulty, Crumpet began to lose her appetite. She was also straining to urinate.

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“Crumpet is a very strong girl. A survivor. Her big brother Specter loves her!” ~ Ashton

ON 13 MARCH, CRUMPET CAME IN FOR SURGERY.

Dr Dennis Choi, assisted by Dr Sunah Choi, Mount Pleasant Veterinary Centre (Gelenggang,) performed Cystopexy and Colopexy to prevent the organs from displacing again. 

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Cystopexy – suturing the urinary bladder to the abdominal wall.

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Colopexy – suturing the colon to the abdominal wall.

Crumpet was of age so spaying was done at the same time.

Crumpet was of age so spaying was done at the same time.

When Crumpet was first rescued, she was just 400g. Now she is a healthy 1.9kg and eats anything and everything!

When Crumpet was first rescued, she was just 400g. Now she is a healthy 1.9kg and eats anything and everything!

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“Crumpet is doing so well it’s amazing! Dr Choi mentioned she might need a second surgery to repair the pelvic diaphragm. But Crumpet is eating well and has no problems peeing and pooing on her own. They are stealing my salad here!” ~ Ashton

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“Watching Crumpet slowly learn to use her leg, to what she can do now, it has simply been a wonderful experience.” ~ Ashton


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