Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cat with two broken hips!!

"RENO"  Our Cat
Left broken hip laying down to eat!

Finally out of jail!  He hated the dog crate confinement after surgery

Reno's neighbor friends visiting!  They must be thinking
"what the Hell happened to you"

How can this be possible two hips breaking with no known accident????
 I am writing this for two reasons, to share and possibly help someone else, please contact me if I can help you in anyway?  Reno has been with me throughout my Shabby Redo projects and all my quilting.  As cat lovers you know, the wonderful companions they are,  he has been in so much pain, I can't wait for him to jump and get into everything again, even my paint!

It all started with his left hip breaking. the surgical  procedure is FHO,  they remove the ball of the hip and muscle is the only thing connecting their leg to their hip.  The hip breaks at the femur which attaches to the ball of their hip.  Cats femur is too small to have a pin put in so the FHO surgery is very successful on cats. Let me back up some, our healthy 12lb cat last September broke his left hip as the picture shows, no known reason to us?  He made it through the long healing stages of surgery.  Used his left leg normally and we thought  we were a happy family again, except for the high cost of his surgery, hold your seat, by the time he was through $3,000.00 dollars!  He recovered and was doing fine, well so we thought!  January his right hip broke, same location, needs the same operation AGAIN!!!  Now this time I researched, talk to Vets and Specialist, they reassured us he would do fine after another surgery.  I know you can image the stress, emotion, and yes the expense involved.  We had him admitted for surgery, but due to a long story of 4 days of him vomiting and diarrhea, two hospital stays, many tears, and sleepless nights his surgery was cancelled. Today he is able to eat on his own but down to 9lb 4oz from this new illness and previous surgery.  Trust me this cat has had plenty of blood test and we were assured he will be fine!  They will do a bone biopsy on the next surgery, this might give us an answer to his hips breaking?  He is re-scheduled for the second surgery and we are praying he will be the happy, lovable, fun mischievous cat as before!  He has been through a lot and we have learned a lot along the way, so if I can be of help, let me know.  It has been a journey that I do not wish on any cat or owner!  I am anxious to get back working on my furniture and the blog.  Thank you, and I will post on his recovery after his surgery:)
Reno in happier days!


April said...

awww, What a cute lou lou!!! So glad he is recovering well!! Give hims lots of lubbins from us!!! xoxoxoxo I love the picture of the neighbor cats looking in!
AND your backyard looks really good! Love you

Mary said...

My cat broke one hip and had the same surgery as your kitty. Now tonight he is crying. It looks like his other hip is bothering him. Like your kitty, nothing happened. They just break. Guess I'll find our tomorrow :-(

Shabby Marilyn said...

Mary, so sorry to hear your kitty is having possibly the same problem, if your kitty is young and a male, it could be, don't hesitate to email me if I can be of any help, our experience was difficult and took a lot of research to get to thr bottom of it. Wishing you and kitty the best!!

Anonymous said...

Hey! this happened to my cat last night!!!! my vet says that it occasionally but rarely occurs spontaneously in young adult male cats, especially ones that were neutered very young, as humane society sometimes does. my cat was not neutered early. his surgery is tomorrow. i hope his other hip does not break later. i am freaked out

Larry Matthews said...

I think ours (young spayed female) was hit by a car, and she is still (unhappily) in the crate. Details at the bottom of the website at

Mo L said...

I am so sorry to hear what you had to go through! My cat, Mo, broke his hip suddenly about 3 months ago. The vet said he is at risk for breaking the other as it may be genetically linked :(

Hoping his other hip can hold off! I don't want him to have to go through this all again!

Mo's story is at if you are interested in his journey! He is doing soo well with his one leg now!