Ari broke his leg. :(

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Registered: 01-26-2005
Ari broke his leg. :(
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Tue, 11-26-2013 - 10:11pm

Well, the car that hit him broke his leg.  I feel terrible.  He lives to go outside and roll around, eat grass, nap in the sun, etc.  I always supervise him out there to make sure that he doesn't run off.  Unfortunately, while keeping an eye on him in the yard this morning I watched him jump the fence, run after a squirrel, and get hit by a car.  He hobbled out of it, and was hissing ( which he never does.)  He ran around the yard for a minute, and then hid in the bushes.  I just grabbed him, threw him in the car, and took him straight to our vet.  He was strangly calm in the car.  Fortunately they were able to squeeze us in, and did confirm his leg was broken.  They have to keep him at the vet for a couple of days and are doing surgery Friday.  

I'm so relieved that he's not hurt anymore then the leg.  It could have been so much worse.  I'm really sad that he has to stay at the vet.  I dropped him off for a few hours, then came back later this afternoon with his favorite blanket.  I'm going to go visit him tomorrow morning too so he doesn't think we're abandoning him.  

The vet said that after he comes home, he'll have to be confined for 4-6 weeks.  We have an extra bedroom that will work.  It will be depressing for him to not be able to run around and play, but at least he'll be at home.  The extra bedroom is usually where Mia hangs out, so I'm not sure how she's going to handle this.  

Anyone have any experience with having to keep a super active kitty activity free for an exteneded period of time after surgery or an injury?  Any suggestions to make it stress free for him (and Mia!)

Thanks so much.  

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Wed, 11-27-2013 - 3:31pm

Oh nooo!  I'm so sorry this happened to Ari.  How scary for you to have watched him get hit.    What a blessing that he didn't get hurt worse.

It's going to be tough to keep him down.  I have never had any luck keeping active cats quiet for very long. Confining them to a large carrier is about all that I can think of.  Maybe block anything he can jump up and down from too if at all possible.

Good luck and I hope that Ari won't be too hard to keep confined until his little leg heals up.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 11-30-2013 - 2:46pm

Poor Ari! How is he doing? Does he have a cast on his leg? 

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Registered: 01-26-2005
Sat, 11-30-2013 - 6:58pm

Thanks for the replies.  

Ari came home today.  He had to stay at the vet for four nights, and had his surgery yesterday morning.  They had to put a whole bunch of pins, wires, and screws in his bone to put it back together.  He does not have a cast, because the bone was broken close to his groin, and it just wouldn't fit on a kitty body.  He does have one of those goofy cone collars though, which he is not thrilled with.  

We brought him home and let him out of the carrier in the small bedroom that we're going to keep him confined in until he's healed.  I put the cushions from the couch and pillows all over the floor, and even made a little ramp to the arm of the couch where he could go sit and look out the window.  First thing he does when he gets in the room is JUMPS to the back of the couch!   I really hope that he did that jump on three legs, but it was hard to tell.  After we saw this, we had to remove the couch from the room completely, and just set a bunch of blankets and pillows on the floor.  Since then he's been sitting quietly and contently on a pile of blankets.  I put his food and water right next to his bed.  I came to check on him, and held the food dish right up to his face.  While I was holding it there, he chowed down!  I guess he just didn't want to move at all.  The litterbox is just two feet from his bed.  Hopefully he'll be okay to get up and use it when he needs to.  

Mia doesn't seem too bothered by the fact that she's no longer allowed in that bedroom.  The dog though is really upset that her best buddy is finally home and she can't see him.  She's standing at the door of his room and whining.  We can't take the risk though to let her in, because she'll probably playfully tackle him in excitement.  

Thanks again for the replies, and I'll keep updated on his progress. :)

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 11-30-2013 - 10:20pm

Good that he is home now and resting comfortably. For how long is he supposed to wear the cone?

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Registered: 01-26-2005
Sun, 12-01-2013 - 9:26am

Ari has to wear the cone for two weeks until the stitches come out.  

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Mon, 12-02-2013 - 3:48pm

That's good that Ari is finally home. It sounds like you got his room all in order and he's content in there.  That was quite a break and surgery to put his leg back together.

The poor dog wanting to see her little buddy. 

Yes please keep us posted on how Ari is doing.

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 8:57am

Sorry I am behind in this whole thing but I am glad it wasn't any worse. Ari may have to learn to wear a harness and a long leash line. Normally they will tell you to confine them to a big crate, but if there is nothing in his room to jump on and he is staying quiet, he should be fine. How scary and I am glad it wasn't worse. Sounds like Mia is fine with it - the dog may have to get supervised visits on a leash. :)

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Fri, 12-20-2013 - 9:46am

I was thinking the same thing, normally confined would mean to a crate.  I hope it's all working out for Ari...poor baby.  he was probably quiet in the car because of shock.  You must have been so worried. I hope he heals well. Gabby

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