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I can tell that my friend doesn't really get a good vibe from the vet she's being going to, so ... to my vet, who is fantastic, and then we'll all be more confident about getting answers we're comfortable with. Siobhan

In addition to what you have said ...it is always a good idea to get a second opinion on something as serious as this.
MaryL
Hi all! A friend of mine has a cat with a broken front leg. Cookies has been in a cast ... and damage her foot. All my friends and I think this is cruel and very bad for the cat overall.

It would more than likely be for a max of 6 weeks. Do you want the cat's leg to heal or do you want it to be crippled?
I'm thinking we could just pull her leg up to her side and maybe wrap a bandage around her to keep the leg there.

So you're a vet now? How do you plan to get the leg into that position without putting strain on the cat's joints (given that the cast will more than likely have to remain on)?
Any advice? Thanks in advance for your help!

We had our cat in a cage for 4 weeks with a broken pelvis around 10 and a half years ago - it was traumatic a the time for all of us, but he made a full recovery in that 4 weeks and has been fine ever since.

As an aside - tell your friend to get insurance - it's not that expensive and their would no longer be an issue about getting the best possible care for her pet (in this case, surgery, if that is what the vet recommends).
Best Regards
John McCabe
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As an aside - tell your friend to get insurance - it's not that expensive and their would no longer ... possible care for her pet (in this case, surgery, if that is what the vet recommends). Best Regards John McCabe

The problem with this advice is that insurance will not cover pre-existing conditions. It might help for future problems, but not for this one (and not for any future problem that is in any associated with this break).

MaryL
As an aside - tell your friend to get insurance ... this case, surgery, if that is what the vet recommends).

The problem with this advice is that insurance will not cover pre-existing conditions.

I never said it would help with this particular condition but if your friend is happy to look after a pet, he/she must be prepared to ensure that the pet gets treatment when it needs it. If that means paying monthly instalments for a number of years then so be it, but if your friend is going to skimp on the right treatment because "he/she can't afford it" then they shouldn't be keeping pets.
It might help for future problems, but not for this one (and not for any future problem that is in any associated with this break).

As long as the cat's leg is treated properly now there probably won't be any future problems associated with the break, but if your friend messes around too much now it could cause long lasting problems that he/she will never be able to pay for!
What is going to happen, for example, if your friend found a way of avoiding caging the cat but it lead to the leg being amputated in the future? Now I know how much that costs, and it is a lot of money! Would you rather see the cat put to sleep just because it is the cheaper option? Insurance means you don't have to make that choice.
Best Regards
John McCabe
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The problem with this advice is that insurance will not coverpre-existing conditions.

I never said it would help with this particular condition but if your friend is happy to look after a ... treatment when it needs it. If that means paying monthly instalments for a number of years then so be it,

Sorry ... I ministerpreted your message.
The rest of your message was probably intented for the OP, not me (that is, it's not my friend who has the problem ... but it is very easy to get these long threads mixed).
MaryL
The rest of your message was probably intented for the OP, not me (that is, it's not my friend who has the problem ... but it is very easy to get these long threads mixed).

Of course, you are quite right - sorry about that.
Best Regards
John McCabe
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