There are a few types of fractures: closed, compound, and greenstick.3 Closed fractures are those where the skin is unbroken, while compound fractures result in bones protruding from the body. Greenstick fractures are small cracks in an intact bone. Compound fractures can be more prone to infection, since the bone is exposed to debris.3
Depending on the type of fracture, you may need to see a veterinary surgeon or orthopedic specialist. Although both can be more expensive than a primary care veterinarian, they can give your cat the specialized treatment they need.
Most of the time, a cat with a broken leg will need anesthesia, pain medication, and intravenous fluids as they’re treated. If the fracture is mild and the bone isn’t separated, your veterinarian may recommend crate rest with a splint or cast.
However, surgery is the primary course of treatment for cats with broken legs. The severity of the fracture or break will determine what type of surgery is needed. Your cat may need plates, pins, wires, screws, or other surgical implants to hold the broken bone in place.2
After your cat’s surgery, they’ll need to avoid putting weight on their leg. This can vary from full crate rest to not letting them run around the house. You can limit your cat’s opportunities to reinjure themself or delay the healing process by keeping them in a small space with a litter box, food, and water within easy reach. Of course, keep a close watch on them as well.
Follow-up appointments are important and will usually include repeat X-rays to check the progress. If your cat’s leg has a splint or cast, the vet will likely replace it at these appointments.2
Broken bones can take 6 – 8 weeks to fully heal, so your little feline can be back on their feet and curious as ever in a couple of months.2
Cat broken leg surgery costs can be expensive. Still, it’s important to provide proper care for your injured pet, so they can recover with as little pain as possible. Cat insurance can help you protect your wallet if your cat needs surgery. MetLife Pet coverage may include examinations, diagnostic tests, and surgery for your cat.
Take a look at Eli’s story from San Diego. Eli the cat’s broken leg treatment cost his owners just under $2,500. MetLife Pet reimbursed his pet parents $2,000, covering 80% of the vet bill. After his surgery and recovery process, Eli is back to happily bounding around his home.1
You could have coverage like this with a cat insurance policy from MetLife Pet. Get a quote today for peace of mind tomorrow.