HurtKittyfilter: My cat has (as far as the vet can tell) injured a ligament in her knee. What can I do to help her?
I can't figure out how she did it, but the night before last she stepped off of her usual perch on the lower part of our coffee table, howled with pain and her hind legs gave out. We took her to the emergency vet (who immediately decided she needed very expensive surgery on both knees), and to my regular vet yesterday morning, who did x-rays and can see a clear problem with her left hind knee, but there's nothing wrong with the bone, so she thinks it must be a ligament. Ouch.
The emergency vet gave us painkillers and glucosamine capsules, which I've been giving as recommended, but other than that, there's not much we can do to help the immediate problem. My vet is hopeful that, because little Pinot
is only about a year old, she'll be able to heal without surgery.
First: If anyone has similar experience, I'd love to hear about it. It's heartbreaking to see her limping around, then just collapse. It would help to hear some success stories, or at least some more concrete timeline for getting better (I understand it will take months for her to get back to 100% mobility).
Second: We have done everything we can think of to ease her getting from one place to another, as we can't keep her completely immobile:
- Put down a big rug on the laminate floor in the living room
- Put a runner beside the litterbox, with a book under it so that it's two small steps to get into it, rather than one jump
- Put the litterbox and water dish as close to both of her favourite hiding spots as possible
- Try and keep her still at breakfast and dinner so we can bring her food to her
Is there anything we haven't thought of? She kind of hates me right now, because every time I touch her, I either shoot medicine down her throat or take her to be poked and prodded by the Big Scary Vet, so carrying her everywhere isn't much of an option at the moment.
Oh, I'm also concerned that she can't really squat in the litterbox... is there any way to help her with this? I understand that there may be some accidents, and that's okay of course, I just don't want her holding it in and getting a bladder infection or something.
Sorry for the length, and thanks in advance for your help!