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June 17, 2008 - Brian Ferry
I've been abusing the joints in my legs for years now. Many of my friends have had trouble with anterior cruciate ligaments. Some more than once. It's not a pretty sight. The damage finally made its way to my family. But, it wasn't me and it wasn't my volleyball playing For about a day, my elder cat was hobbling around the house, looking pathetic. She was doing very little with her left rear leg. I checked her paw and So, I took her to the vet. She was good there. That's not always the case. In fact, it's pretty infrequent. The doc checked her leg. Then he checked her other rear leg. He told me she very likely tore her ACL. I was amazed. I didn't think cats did that kind of thing. (Now that I think of it, I suppose it makes perfect sense, they have approximately the same anatomy as we do. I probably didn't think about any kind of cat injury not caused by another animal.) I've seen people with ACL problems. They have surgery and huge robotic braces. I'm thinking about the bill I'll have to pay to get my cat back. Turns out, cats just get better. After a few months, she'll be good as new. Until then, we'll share some medication. I take glucosamine (not as often as I should). Now Bella can have some too.
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