(Closed) Luxating Patella in Cats

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Hi there, I’m sorry your poor kitty isn’t well. My friend’s cat had congenital luxating patellae in both legs as well. He had surgery before he was two and is now doing wonderfully. Based on her experience, surgery was the only “cure” and definitely restored his mobility and quality of life. He’s now very happy and healthy.  Maybe you could call around to different vets to get other price quotes? Any vetrinary schools near you that might offer a discount? Good luck and I hope your little guy gets better soon!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Rachel631:  I didn’t even know cats got LP! My dog had surgery for it right before I adopted him. (We got to know each other with him still on crate rest with only two functioning legs, since he only had three legs BEFORE the LP surgery.)

If there’s a serious mobility problem or the cat is clearly in pain, you should probably consider surgery. If they can get around and don’t seem too uncomfortable, you can probably wait.

But LP usually just gets worse from what I understand, so if you can afford the surgery now, you might want to just do it.

Is the patella out of place all the time, or is it usually in place and just gets knocked out occasionally? Can you shift it into place with your hand and have it stay or does it just fall out again?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Rachel631:  I’m sorry about your kitty! 🙁 I never heard about a cat having luxating patellas. My dog had surgery earlier this year for his luxating patella. It was something he was born with and gradually got worse over the years (he’s 6 years old). It can be put off, but if it doesn’t pop back into place they can be in a lot of pain-which I hate to see. This is why we couldn’t wait any longer. It is expensive. The surgery here for a dog, at a reputable animal hospital cost us around $3,000. Hope this helps, even though I’m in the US and my info is regarding a dog!

Oh! And BTW, now that he is completely healed, you’d never know he had any patella problems.  He runs around all the time 🙂

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