Does anyone have a kitty with a luxating patella? Opie was just diagnosed at his annual physical...

Jodi PersingJodi Persing Wilmington, DEMember Posts: 1
The vet really didn't say much about it, only that it can lead to arthritis later in life. He doesn't seem to be in pain and he's never been injured. So, I guess I just want to see if anyone else has a kitty with the same issue so I know what too expect, and how to keep him comfortable and the playful little 4 year old he is!

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  • Nuk AnukNuk Anuk Member Posts: 846
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    Opie, I have a Grade 4 Medial Patellar Luxation. I was rescued and adopted like that. I can run and jump better than Taag! ~ Grade 1 luxations usually do not cause lameness and can be found on physical exam because the patella is fairly easy to push out of the groove it normally runs in. ~ Grade 2 luxations are slightly more severe and involve carrying one hind leg in a motion often described as "skipping". ~ Grade 3 luxations cause prolonged carrying of the affected leg or obvious lameness and the patella is usually luxated. ~ Grade 4 luxations usually involve visible deformity of the leg and severe lameness and the patella is permanently luxated. Grades 3 and 4, as well as some grade 2 cases, require surgery to correct, if the animal has trouble walking (Sucoplasty - deepening the 'groove' that the patella sits in) You can try use of pet ramps, stairs, or steps. These can help you travel (esp. up or down) without adding any pain or damage to your patella.
  • Myndi DavisMyndi Davis LehiMember Posts: 215
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    Luxating patellas can be caused when the groove that the knee cap sits in is too shallow, or the ligament covering the knee cap slides off. When the knee cap slides, or the ligament slides, your cat will just wiggle/adjust its leg to put it back in place. If your cat doesn't act painful, I wouldn't worry about it. Like your vet says, he may have arthritis later in life due to some joint wear. So you can get ramps so that Opie doesn't have to jump to get on the couch or bed. They can do surgery to correct this condition-but they are generally done by specialists and are extremely expensive. Most animals do extremely well after surgical repair, but there is a small percentage that forms scar tissue to the point that there is no overall improvement. The orthopedic surgeon can discuss Opie's expected recovery with you and whether or not it will benefit him. Good luck!
  • Karon AtenKaron Aten BelvidereMember Posts: 2
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    My Leo, who is a Maine Coon has been diagnosed with the same thing, slipping knee caps. Leo might have to have surgery to make the groove deeper so his knee cap stays in place. Both of his hind legs are affected. Has your vet talked about surgery with you about Opie? Leo take cosequin 2 caplets daily, this has helped a lot.
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