Albert fell in April and hurt a part of his chest bone, sternum. It was a dramatic jump (that turned to a fall) from a cupboard to the edge of a chair. The first veterinary we went to basically ignored a bone poking out of Albert’s chest and us saying that he is in pain, so we went to another veterinary where he was x-rayed, got pain medication and diagnosed with a dislocated part of sternum. Several days later I called our vet Buba (the first two were in the emergency animal hospitals, since, of course, Albert chose to try to be extra acrobatic on Easter!) and he said that we should wait and see if the bone will go back after some time or not.
Well, the bone did not go back, so we went to our veterinary with Albert for his yearly vaccine and evaluation a few days ago. It was not good. A little piece of the bone was of course still poking out of Albert’s chest and he was not too comfortable with being carried (he was never a fan of that, but it got worse). I do not think he was in constant pain, but he was aware of his bone, and may have had pain occasionally. Cats are good in hiding pain, although I hope that Albert, being a a drama-loving cat who usually shows what he feels, would have communicated to me if he was in a lot of pain after the initial swelling went down.
That protruding piece of the bone was a bit risky to stay as it is, since if Albert ran into things or fell in a wrong way, he risked a further, potentially serious injury. And his behavior was obviously influenced by it. Buba recommended an operation and we agreed. So we came there the next morning with our little white furry baby who was not happy to be without food the whole night and driven in the car instead of cuddling in the bed.
The operation went well and we picked Albert the same afternoon. Well, it turns out that he actually did not have a dislocation, but a bone fracture back in April! The bone healed as bent and broken as it was, so the part that was fractured could not be removed in its whole original length, since now it was a part of the big breast bone structure. But the tip that was bent and protruding could be cut off and that is what Buba did.
I got that tip home with me. Some people might be sensitive if I they see it (my dad was; he already was so sorry for and empathizing with poor Albert, and then when he saw the picture of the bone tip, he suffered physically), so I posted the pic here so that it is not visible in the text.
Albert got anti-inflammatory painkiller for cats (Metacam) and antibiotics (Vetrimoxin). He was in some pain the first day, and a bit yesterday, but now he is feeling better. It seems that he is healing fine. He was playing with the kittens today and running around. In a week we are going back to Buba to remove the stitches. I cannot say enough how good he is, our veterinary Buba. It is the same as for human doctors, empathy and skills have to go together, it is not enough just to be skilled. Luckily, he is both.
Thank you everyone who sent greetings and held fingers crossed for our little Albert! Soon he will be as well as he was before his Easter adventure! Warm hugs from us and our cat family!