a reply to: tinner07
I don't know how else to put this, so I'll just be blunt. You need to listen to your vet, who is specially trained in the anatomy and physiology of
your cat. Anyone who tells you herbal treatment and vitamins can substitute for a licensed vet when you're talking about a compound
fracture...shattered, jagged bone fragments grinding against nerve and muscle tissue, like a broken dish inside a paper sack...is a complete moron.
Even a simple fracture won't heal properly unless it's set and immobilized. A compound fracture is shattered, so it can neither be set or
immobilized. It needs reconstruction of the bone, nervous and connective tissue...or a clean, simple amputation.
She's eager to cut it off because with every passing day that it's going without treatment, the damaged tissue is dying and will very quickly begin to
decompose, releasing bacteria that causes life threatening blood infections like gangrene. She wants to cut it off before that's no longer an option
Your cat is suffering. Believe it. Cats are stoic and hide their pain...they will actually purr to comfort themselves when they're in severe
discomfort, and that often results in their humans not understanding just how bad they're hurting...or not realizing they're hurting at all. Compounds
are excruciating. The slightest fine muscle movement can cause unbelievable levels of pain, because all that broken whatnot in there is grinding
against raw nerves. Forced, prolonged compression of a fracture like that can also cause blood clots to form. All of these things are life
threatening, and animals die from them every single day. People do too, actually, because they wait too long to get proper treatment.
Amputation is actually probably the best thing for your cat. The relief is immediate with far less pain intervention, the risk of sepsis is extremely
low with the removal of the dying tissue, and recovery is much easier. Lots of cats and dogs out there do just fine without one leg...this is a very
common type of injury. In short, your cat won't really care that he's missing a limb...they adapt very quickly.
Not sure what causes your aversion to him being a tripod, but if it'll solve the problem and put an end to his suffering, it would be in his very best
interest for you to get over it. You can try to raise funds for the surgical procedure, but that might take time, which he's going to run out of
pretty soon. Even if there were a homeopathic remedy to repair shattered bone and decomposing tissue, it would still take months to work at all,
because that's how herbal medicine works...it's a process.
Your guy needs a quick resolution so he can feel better and go back to being a cat, and you need an option that is within your means to afford. I know
you don't like it, but honestly right now it's probably the best choice for your cat. Look at some of the videos out there of dogs and cats with
amputations...they're completely undaunted by the lack of the limb. They're just happy as hell to be running around again. Paws crossed for a quick
and positive resolution for both of you.