CASE STUDY: Fracture Healing in a Cat

Meet Tango.  I mostly work with horses — and Tango is clearly not a horse.  But the approach used to support Tango’s recovery from a fracture that refused to heal works in horses as well as in cats, dogs, and people (most recently it was used with a horse on stall rest for 7 months for a fracture that would not heal; he was back in his paddock in two weeks).

Tango appeared at a kind-hearted neighbor’s home about 18 months ago as a starving unfixed feral.  She caught him, had him vetted and neutered, and he then lived outside with another feral under her care.

Recently Tango disappeared for several days and when he reappeared in his shelter he could not move.  He stank of infection and had been badly mauled; his body was bitten and battered.  A trip to the emergency vet revealed that in addition to his wounds his most serious injury was a badly fractured paw.  He was medicated and splinted and sent home to live in a crate until his foot healed in about six weeks.

For a domestic cat this set of experiences would be stressful — but for feral Tango the handling, the confinement, and the splint were almost beyond his endurance.  He ate very little.  He laid in the litter box — a behavior of cats under enormous stress. 

Tango before his injury.
In a splint after mauling with a resulting badly broken paw.
Stressed and exhausted from vet visits, the splinting, and confinement.
Tango’s paw four weeks post-injury; note the displaced fracture that shows no signs of healing.

Eventually he pulled the splint off and it was clear that his foot remained extremely painful.  Another set of x-rays four weeks after the injury had occurred looked exactly like the first set.  No healing had taken place — the fracture looked fresh.  Tango’s return to his free feral life was impossible if his foot could not heal.  Confinement was pulling him apart emotionally and the stress prevented his bones from knitting.

In this type of situation the key is to unlock the body’s ability to do what it knows how to do — but is blocked from doing.  Those tools are homeopathic remedies.  The remedies work with the body to leverage inherent healing capacity, to wake the body up to its own resilience.

Handling him to put something in his mouth was out of the question.  But he did reliably drink from his water bowl at night. 

Two remedies were placed in his water bowl.  One was chosen to counteract bone bruising and psychological trauma. The second remedy stimulates bone-knitting.

The visuals tell the story.  The day before the remedies were begun Tango struggled to walk on his painful foot.  Twenty-four hours after the remedies were begun, the camera films him standing on his “injured” foot as he grooms with his other paw — apparently no longer in pain.  X-rays a few days later revealed complete healing of the fracture and straightening and re-alignment of all of the traumatized bones in his foot.

Tango struggling to put his weight on his broken paw.
Tango weight-bearing on his “broken” paw while he grooms with his healthy paw.
A few days after starting the remedies, x-rays reveal that the paw is healed.
Full range of motion in the healed paw.

Tango can reclaim his life as a free feral on his own terms — with a guardian who provides shelter, food, water and emergency services when needed.  Lucky boy.  She makes his life possible.

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