Saturday, July 6, 2013

Displaced Sternum...

Not long ago, my husband and I each noticed a lump on our cat Moses' chest.  It appeared suddenly (within a week or two) and was large.  Of course we were concerned and contacted the vet.  We are very fortunate to have a mobile vet that comes out to our house to tend to our animals (they do not travel well), but unfortunately she was out of town.  After some scrambling, I was able to get her in to see a very good vet about 40 minutes from our house.  During the exam, the vet said the growth felt like bone and wanted to do x-rays.  It turns out she was right.  Somehow Moses has managed to displace her sternum.  She consulted with another vet, because they've never seen this before.  (This tends to be a recurring theme in my household.)  It's not broken or fractured, just moved out of place.  At the base of her ribs, her sternum now sticks straight out from her body just like a knob.

It doesn't hurt her at all and there's nothing they can actually do to put it back in place.  They think it probably happened during a fall.  She's a really, really bad jumper, so that wouldn't surprise me.  She misses her landing more than half the time she jumps (and always has).  Although it doesn't bother her, it feels really creepy to pick her up now because the bone juts out.  We've now put a stool out to her favorite jumping spot in the hopes she won't fall again (or at least as much).

Also while we were at the vet we discovered Moses has an ear infection.  Go figure!  I have to put refrigerated ear drops in that ear twice a day and clean it out several times a week.  She also gets her Prozac medication in her other ear every day.  Between the car ride, trip to the vet, long waiting time and my obsessively messing with her ears, this is how Moses feels towards me right now...

I really can't say that I blame her.  As much as I hate having to hunt her down and do it, I think I would hate having something cold squirted in my ears all the time.  And the directions for cleaning her ear tell me to squirt a bunch of solution in it and let it dissolve some of the gunk in there before cleaning it out.  Excuse me, but what animal on earth is going to let you pour a bunch of stuff in their ear and then sit there and wait?  None that I know of.  As soon as something wet gets in there, they all start shaking their head.  Cat, dog, it doesn't seem to matter.

Hopefully the infection will be cleared up soon and we can start getting back to normal (and she'll finally forgive me)!

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. 
Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)


  1. Good luck! I can imagine it's tough giving him his meds.

  2. Oh my gosh I can just imagine the acrobatics it takes to get ear wash in a cat! :-o Good luck! Poor Moses, hope he is a fast healer.

  3. Poor Moses!It is no fun having your ears messed with! We hope you are feeling bette soon.

    Angel, Kirby and Nan

  4. My babies are just like yours it seems. Gracie Lu is deathly allergic to bee stings, and I have to keep an epi-pen handy at all times. She got stung on the fourth, and thank goodness I had it. I still rushed her to the vet er just to make sure she was OK. The things we do for our furry babies!

  5. I was so happy to have read you comments on your kitty. I have been searching as to what is wrong with my cat and could not find a thing. He also has a bone protruding out on his chest, the only thing I could find was a concave chest so thankyou for your post