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The Bellinghman
Date: 2012-11-06 11:41
Subject: Feline misadventure
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We really don't know how he did it, but Crystalpaws Neko Totoro — or Toro to us — broke himself last night.

He came trotting in through the cat flap at about his dinner time, and went upstairs.

C went up to bring him down to be fed, and put him in front of his bowl, in which he seemed somewhat uninterested.

He ate a bit, and then came out into the hallway and sat down, with one rear leg pointing in the wrong direction.

We think he'd have had difficulty getting in through the cat flap if his leg had already been like that, so somehow, in the course of five minutes, he managed to either dislocate or break something, and he didn't even yelp.

My current hypothesis is that he managed to pop his left hip while coming in through the cat flap, but we're waiting on the X-ray.

(As far as breed is concerned, Abyssinians are energetic and athletic, and certainly not known for hip dysplasia)

ETA: no, it's a fracture of the femur at the growing point. The leg may have finished growing, but it apparently takes time to finish toughening up and meanwhile his musculature is already full strength. So he appears to have managed to snap it under his own strength.
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Sarcasticia Nitpickerson
User: tisiphone
Date: 2012-11-06 11:49 (UTC)
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Eeep, poor kitteh! Hopefully he has a fast recovery from his inexplicable misalignment.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2012-11-06 14:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
He's young, and though it will require some pins in to repair the break, he should recover quite quickly. If we can stop him jumping around everywhere in the meantime.
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Sarcasticia Nitpickerson
User: tisiphone
Date: 2012-11-06 15:17 (UTC)
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Ah.

Yes, good luck with that.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2012-11-06 16:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You know, there's an invitation outstanding for over a year for you and N to come see them ...
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kit
User: mizkit
Date: 2012-11-06 13:40 (UTC)
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Oh dear. Poor dumb cat.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2012-11-06 14:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Who're you calling dumb? He's a very bright kitty. Why, sometimes he even works out why the house is dark when we've gone to bed.

*snork*

He's going to be a little restricted for a bit after the op.
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Linz: cats
User: k425
Date: 2012-11-06 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:cats
Poor kitty! He may need cage rest after the pinning - we had this with Bandit and discovered two things. When we let him out in the evening for exercise and love he a) worked out how to exit the cat-flap when it was on in-only and b) wanted to PLAY - and the other two didn't understand "be gentle".
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2012-11-06 14:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I suspect so too. We did have a six month old Abyssinian several years back now who managed to break a back leg by catching it under a chair arm and then wriggling furiously trying to escape. Keeping her still enough was quite a challenge, though she did recover fully.
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attimes_bracing
User: attimes_bracing
Date: 2012-11-06 17:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Awww poor little Toro. Hope he heals soon.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2012-11-07 00:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Us too.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2012-11-06 17:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, poor Toro. I hope he heals fast.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2012-11-07 00:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So do we. He was going into the cattery on Friday morning anyway, which would have reduced the amount of running around. Not quite sure what's happening now, we'll need to consult with the vet.
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desperance: luke
User: desperance
Date: 2012-11-06 18:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:luke
Oh noes! Poor Toro! (Only a brute would mutter "idiot!" under his breath at this point. Breaking his own leg, forsooth...)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2012-11-07 00:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, you have met him, so you know he's not an idiot, he only plays one on TV.
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Sion: scary kittens
User: sion_a
Date: 2012-11-07 10:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:scary kittens
Poor silly kitty! Wishing him a speedy recovery.
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Jonathan Lewis-Jones: WAL-E
User: j_lj
Date: 2012-11-07 10:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:WAL-E
Poor kitty, wishes sent for a speedy recovery.
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--gbt
User: gailsedotes
Date: 2012-11-07 13:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
will he be caged? and if so - cat cam? poor kitty. special hugs
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2012-11-08 09:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, cage. And no, no kitty cam.
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Muninn and Huginn
User: muninnhuginn
Date: 2012-11-07 14:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ouch! Best wishes for speedy adolescent feline healing.
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