Pet of the Month: Do cats always land on their feet? | Ark Vets

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Pet of the Month: Do cats always land on their feet? | Ark Vets

Do cats always land on their feet?

Sometimes it can be quite difficult to pinpoint the exact cause behind our pets’ ailments, but this was certainly not the case with Harvey. It was quickly determined that Harvey’s laboured breathing and various fractures in his jaw and paws were the result of a two-storey fall off the balcony of his home. His very anxious pet parents brought him to Ark Vets straight away, where Dr Joe and his nursing team assessed Harvey’s condition and began immediate treatment for shock and general trauma.

Once his condition stabilised, Joe and the Ark Vets nursing team took and analysed his radiographs to get a better idea of the injuries in his fingers (metacarpals) – check them out below! He was also fitted with a feeding tube, as he was struggling to feed himself due to a fracture in the roof of his mouth (hard palate). Harvey ended up having surgery to align his metacarpal bones and ensure they healed correctly.

X-ray from our pet patient Harvey-Fox-Right-Paw

With all this prodding and poking, no one would blame Harvey if he showed any signs of discomfort or stress – but on the contrary, Harvey never failed to shower us with smooches and cuddles. Throughout his various revisits of bandage changes and reassessments of his fractures, we were always greeted with purrs and kisses. We find it hard to believe that, according to his owners, Harvey’s brother Jeff is all the more affectionate! A special thank you to Harvey’s owners for providing us with these beautiful photos of Harvey and Jeff at home.

Harvey is continuing to improve, and is now bandage free and on his way to a full recovery. Here are some pics of the Ark Vets staff with this intrepid explorer – here’s hoping he’s now happy to retire from his exciting adventures. While it seems that cats do indeed land on their feet, they may need a surgery or two to get back on them.

Often, like in Harvey’s case, pets’ accidents are not well timed and require immediate attention at unusual hours.The Ark is now open 7 days a week to help accommodate this. We are open 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm on Saturday, and 10am to 1pm on Sunday. We are fully equipped to deal with all kinds of emergency visits, and are always happy to help you and your pets out, regardless of the time of day. As we are located in Lindfield, we are also closer than the existing after hours vets, meaning we can provide treatment much faster. We are also happy to help with any general concerns you may have about your pet, every day of the week. Contact Us