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Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.
Hi, Marta. I would love to be able to assist you with your girl. I have fed a raw diet to my purebred cats for over 10 years now and have had great luck with it. I think this discussion might be easier on the phone because of the detail, so I am offering a call to you. If you'd prefer to continue online, just let me know.
In the time that I have been feeding raw the biggest concern for a cat's health has always been a deficiency in taurine, which leads to ocular and cardiac issues (and Siberians are predisposed to heart issues anyhow, so this is something to avoid taking lightly). I have not witnessed any major concern with spinal issues secondary to a complete raw diet (as cats have lived on this type of diet for thousands of years). I cannot think of a single reason a vet would be pushing x-rays and comparing a cat's spine to a book. That being said, this could be something he felt was a congenital issue, especially if he mentioned her knees.As far as getting a refund, this would likely require a report to the veterinary board in your state who would take a look at the medical records, x-rays and vet's recommendation. Their finding would determine whether or not they felt your vet was in the wrong. Often small claims court is required to get a refund, sometimes following a board's ruling (which can be strong evidence if they agree with your side of the situation).
Enough poking and pressure on the spine could certainly be reason for a cat to twitch. If you are unsure, a second opinion by asking for the x-rays to be sent to a specialist might be in order. If there's something wrong with the bones in the spine itself it's likely to show up on x-ray (I only say this because of his reference to the spinal column in a book, which still stumps me).