Mayhew vets give one-year-old kitten new lease of life with innovative hip surgery

Tiny Kiko (above) arrived at Mayhew earlier this year with a badly injured right hind leg. He couldn’t put any weight on it, and was clearly in considerable pain.

Mayhew Vets suspected that Kiko, a stray, had been suffering for quite some time, as he also showed significant muscle wastage around both hind legs and hips, due to not being able to use his limbs properly.

· Mayhew immediately booked Kiko in for a series of X-rays, and settled him into their clinic on cage rest to await the results. Mayhew vets also administered an anti-inflammatory drug and a pain relief patch to help manage symptoms.

· The X-ray soon revealed severe damage to the ball and socket joint in Kiko’s right hip, which, if left untreated, would have caused lifelong pain and impeded his movement.

· Although the joint could not be mended, Mayhew vets were able to remove it entirely – an innovative surgical process that can offer animals a new lease of life, with no long term impediment to health or movement.

Kiko’s surgery was smooth and successful, and he was soon recovering in the warmth and comfort of Mayhew’s cat ward.

Happily, his period of post-operative recovery went entirely to plan, and Kiko was soon back on his feet – albeit rather gingerly. He will always present with mild, unpainful lameness as a result of his injury, but should otherwise be able to build up a normal amount of strength in his hind legs and hips.

Whilst Kiko has been with Mayhew, cattery staff have been encouraging him to walk up and down stairs, stand on his hind legs, and demonstrate a full freedom of movement in order to rebuild his muscles; and they’ve also been keen to socialise with him to try and help combat his nerves.

Because Kiko spent a considerable amount of time before he came to Mayhew injured and in pain, he most likely would have retreated from any human attention, and was therefore incredibly shy and skittish with staff members.

Mayhew decided to send Kiko out on foster care until he was ready to find a new family of his own, so he could get used to living in a home environment and hopefully become less tense and timid. Fortunately, Kiko settled into his foster home easily, and has since come on leaps and bounds – both physically and emotionally!

Molly, Kiko’s foster carer, said “Kiko is a real sweetheart. He has truly thrived during his time with us, and it’s been amazing to see him grow in confidence as well as recover from his ordeal. The way he plays now, you’d never even notice that he doesn’t have all his bones! He is such a character and is often getting up to mischief – but he is also very sweet and gentle, and such an angel. We know that he will make his future family very happy.”

Kiko is now fully recovered and ready to find his happily ever after home. He’s very energetic, and will therefore need a place with owners who are happy to play and socialise extensively with him, and who will continue to help him build muscle strength in his hind legs.

To find out more and see if you are the purr-fect match for Kiko, check out his profile on Mayhew’s website here.

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