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Default How important is it for a cat to have a straight toe? Our active cat has broken a bac

The biggest question here is exactly what bone is broken and is it a weight- bearing bone or not. A toe would be very hard to pin so I suspect it is a bone above his toe (claw). I suspect your veterinarian is not concerned about the cosmetic reasons for the straight toe but more so how your cat will be affected in the long run. An unhealed fracture has the potential to rebreak, alter the weight-bearing properties of its nearby joints and cause arthritis or other problems down the road. Needless to say, if these complications happen, it means more discomfort for your cat. I would talk to your veterinarian about your concerns and your cat’s dislike of the cast and see if there is a compromise. If not, if a little more time in the cast means a better quality of life for your cat down the road then that's what's important. I always like to put it in perspective as well....if your cat lives to be 16, then an extra couple weeks in the cast is nothing over his entire lifespan. Good luck with this and let us know if you have more questions.

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