My cat is 13 years old, and very active. He was limping on his hind leg so I took him to the vets. In order to be examined he had to be sedated. The vet said he tore his ACL and needs surgery. Is this the appropriate solution to this problem? My cat is a strickly indoors cat and does not like to go outside and is not very sociable (he doesn't like anyone touching him). I don't want to put him through any undue stress if it isn't necessary. He is very active (runs through the house and plays as if he were still young). I would like a second opinion, but he needs to be sedated to be examined (he bites) and I don't want to do that to him again. Do you have an experience with this type of injury in a cat (I hear it is not very common in cats)?
Thanks, I appreciate any advice or comments you can give me about this.
Surgery would be the best thing for the joint b/c it will stabilize the joint. Some cats do ok without surgery but may risk severe osteoarthritis in the future. vetcare