September 2008 Issue

Broken Bones: A Threat to Indoor and Outdoor Cats

Fortunately, most feline fractures can be repaired by an expert veterinary surgeon.

Despite their typically strong, agile, and resilient bodies, cats are subject to a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders diseases and injuries affecting the complex structure of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments that give shape to their bodies and enable them to move about. Fortunately, most of these disorders such as congenital malformations, inflammatory diseases, and tumorous growths are relatively rare in cats. Less rare by comparison are bone fractures that result from traumatic events, such as when a cat is hit by a car, for example, or falls from a tree. A fracture can occur when any physical force applies sudden and excessive pressure on a bone until it snaps at its weakest point.

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