But in mid-November, Skillet was brought in because he was suddenly limping on his LEFT hind leg! We sedated him and took x-rays and saw the EXACT same thing! There was absolutely no possible trauma to account for his fracture. Dr. Scarlett wrote up the case on VIN (Veterinary Information Network) and posted the x-rays and got a reply from a veterinarian in Saskatchewan. He had written a journal article back in 2004 entitled “Atraumatic proximal femoral physeal fractures in cats.” Apparently this is a spontaneous fracture seen at the growth plate in some young adult cats. It isn’t known what causes this, although since both Molly and Skillet had this fracture, there is likely some genetic predisposition. It is most commonly seen in young (~2 yrs or younger), neutered male cats, generally overweight. The growth plate (physes) tend to remain open much longer in early neutered males, making them more likely to have the “slipped” femoral head. It is apparently similar to a condition that can occur in obese children (particularly boys) at puberty.
His skin is yellow because of the iodine applied prior to the surgery. The stitches will stay in about 2 weeks and he should start using that leg fairly quickly.
There is about a 33% chance that Skillet and/or Molly will have the same thing happen on the other leg. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that it won’t!