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My cat has a shoulder injury, and Im not sure how it happened,

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My cat has a shoulder injury, and I''m not sure how it happened, but he appears to have dislocated his shoulder. He is limping and won''t walk on the right front paw at all. He doesn''t appear to be in any pain, but the shoulder blades aren''t even, the injured one is much lower and the limb just dangles. Can this be easily fixed?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.

He may have a broken upper arm (humerus) or a dislocation.

Depending on the extent of the injury it might be possible to surgically repair either condition.

Alternatively if the problem cannot be repaired or is too costly for you to repair the leg can be amputated. Cats do not have collar bones so the leg just sits on muscle tissue and is held in place by that and ligaments.

You can see a diagram of the cat bone anatomy here

Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Because a cast cannot be put on the area to control movement of bone surgical repair is the method of choice, to pin or plate broken bones, or to put the joint back in place and then hold it with a strip of tissue or material so it can heal.

An x-ray may tell you a lot about what is going on.

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Hope this helps you!