Seven weeks ago our baby fell three stories. Roosevelt has had his cast off of his front left leg for about two weeks now, and had the ball joint removed from his back right leg for six weeks! He's running around, climbing the furniture, swatting, and generally being a normal kitty with just a little wobble in his step. I be he doesn't even know he's missing part of the bone in his back leg!
The only thing that I'm worried about is his new 'habit' of raising his front right leg when he stands. After his accident (when his left leg was in a cast) he always held his right arm too him (elbow flexed inward) and his paw limp when he laid down. When he walked with the cast on, it seemed like his leg was bent strangely at the joint. Its hard to describe, but the joint above his paw seemed to go out, rather than straight like all cats when they walk. It didn't seem to hurt him besides general soreness (he did fall three stories!) After the cast came off this bend improved, and now he straightens this leg almost completely down. However, he seems to walk softly on this leg, mainly because it is not extending straight down like the other one. Now he's taken to raising the leg just slightly when standing. He doesn't lift the paw completely off the ground, and he doesn't pull it up to his chest..the tip of his paw is just barely off the ground - like that leg is shorter is what it looks like. I've also noticed that when playing or climbing he doesn't seem to be able to extend the claws in that paw very well. When he grabs onto something with both paws, that paw's claws never extend, and when they do the tugging force behind it is much weaker than the other paw (which has been in a cast for 5 weeks!).
He runs around, plays, and the leg doesn't seem to hurt him. He doesn't cry when we touch it, although he pulls it back quickly when we touch around the elbow - I can't tell if this is because he just doesn't want us messing with his legs, since he's not crying or mewing.
I've been pretty lucky in that I've never had a pet seriously injured before. Unfortunately now, I don't really know how to approach Roosevelt's quirks post-surgery. The xrays showed no broken bones in this leg... could it just be growth plate damage and this leg actually is shorter now? A sprain that's still hanging around 6 weeks later? Or just a little kitty quirk? Any tips or ideas would really be appreciated!