Recovery from cruciate ligament repair - please help!

by Jaycey
(Kent, UK)

My 11 year old male cat has just been diagnosed with a tear in his cruciate ligament. He is miserable and I have agreed to surgery next week as I cannot stand to see him in pain. I know he will do OK with the surgery but I am worried sick about the recovery. The vet says he must be "restrained" for at least 4 weeks. They suggest caging him to keep him from jumping or climbing our stairs. Although he is an indoor cat, I can't phathom keeping him in a cage for that long. He is already depressed from not being able to move about. I am sure sitting in a cage for weeks will only compound the problem.

What is your suggestion for promoting good cat recovery from this surgery? Any suggestions on how to cope with the suggested restrictions?

Thanks in advance, Jaycey

Answer by Kate
Hi Jaycey
Unfortunately i am unable to advise on this question. i have never luckily been in the position where i had to restrict the movement of my cats. And i can imagine it being difficult.

my suggestion is to ask the question to one of the pet sites which deal with disability, there are a few online i think and they will be better placed to know what to do.

I do wish you and your cat all the best and I hope the operation goes well.

best wishes Kate

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