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What are Angular Limb Deformities?

Angular limb deformities is the term used to describe deviation in bone shape from what is considered to be normal. Angular limb deformities in cats can be either congenital or developmental. Congenital deformities are present at the time of birth, whereas developmental deformities develop during the feline’s growth period between four to eight months of age. Angular limb deformities are a result of irregularities of the growth plates responsible for bone growth as the feline matures. The growth plates are soft and do not fuse until one year of age, therefore, trauma or nutritional experiences before the feline reaches one year will result in angular limb deformities. 

Angular limb deformity in cats is an abnormal bone growth that has resulted in irregularly shaped or crooked limbs. Angular limb deformities can be present at the time of birth or develop during the cat’s growth period. The forelimbs are the most common area to be affected by angular limb deformities, as they are made up of two long bones, but the rear limbs can also be affected. Cat owners will note a prevalent bowing of the legs, either inward our outward. Some felines with angular limb deformities will not experience complications, whereas others experience clinical signs of limping, pain, and the inability to complete certain tasks. 

Symptoms of Angular Limb Deformities in Cats

Clinical signs of angular limb deformities in cats are noted by the presence of the bones of the limbs bowing away or toward the feline’s midline. Commonly affecting the ulna and radius, pet owners will observe this irregularity from the front of the feline, as her standing stance will seem abnormal. Some felines may not experience discomfort from the present deformity, whereas others may experience pain and limited mobility. On a radiograph, the presence of a bone deformity will be visible, but pet owners may notice symptoms including: 

  • Pain
  • Reduced range of motion in joints
  • Limping 
  • Inability to perform certain activities (jumping, running) 
  • Arthritis (later in life) 

Types

Congenital 

Congenital angular limb deformities in cats are present at the time of birth and are often the result of a genetic disorder. 

Developmental 

Developmental angular limb deformities in cats occur during the feline’s growth period (4-8 months) as a result of trauma to the growth plates. 

Causes of Angular Limb Deformities in Cats

Angular limb deformities in cats have numerous causes, with the most common causes being trauma or a genetic disorder. 

Traumatic causes of angular limb deformities in cats include:

  • Falls
  • Hit-by-car
  • Being dropped 
  • Being stepped on 

Congenital causes of angular limb deformities in cats include:

  • Hereditary malformation 
  • Genetic disorder 

Diagnosis of Angular Limb Deformities in Cats

Angular limb deformities in cats affect a feline at an early age and a medical record may not yet be established to review as part of the diagnostic procedure. However, cat owners can aid the veterinarian by providing vital information that is relevant to the feline’s condition. Informing the doctor of past trauma the young cat has sustained or familial disorders with the parents is crucial information for you to relay to the vet. A physical exam of the affected feline will be conducted, moving the affected limbs to detect range of motion and the presence of pain. 

X-ray (Radiography) 

An x-ray is the primary method a veterinarian will use to investigate a limb deformity. The radiograph enables the doctor to view the location, direction, and magnitude of the bone abnormality. 

CT scan (Computed tomography) 

A CT scan is often completed after an x-ray as this exam provides a cross-sectional image of the affected limb(s). This 3-dimensional image will provide the veterinarian with additional information about the deformity in comparison with the x-ray.

Treatment of Angular Limb Deformities in Cats

Many felines with mild angular limb deformities can be managed without the need for surgery. A mild angular limb deformities in cats is primarily a cosmetic flaw, not accompanied by pain. The veterinarian may treat these cases with conservative management methods such as weight management and avoidance of intense exercise. A conservative management method is set in place to decrease unnecessary stress to the joints, preventing injury and arthritis later on in the cat’s life. 

Cats with severe angular limb deformities may require surgical correction and are often referred to a specialist. Surgical correction of an angular limb deformity requires the placement of skeletal fixators to straighten the bone and keep them aligned. Surgical correction of angular limb deformities in cats has potential risks that your veterinarian will discuss with you if your cat is suffering severely from angular limb deformities. 

Recovery of Angular Limb Deformities in Cats

The prognosis for cats that have received conservative management for their angular limb deformities is a relatively positive end result. The main goal in management of an angular limb deformity is to decrease stress to the joints, therefore it is crucial to follow veterinary instructions. Felines that have undergone surgical correction will be reevaluated frequently to ensure the bones have not continued to twist and are healing correctly. 

Angular Limb Deformities Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Mercy
Not sure
3 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No visible pain
Bent legs
Shortened front legs

My 4 week old kitten was born with front legs that point inward. The kitten can not walk at all, it can only crawl around. It doesn’t seem to be in pain. It’s front legs are short and seem to have no bone in the past the joint, the paw portion all the way to the knee joint seems to be floppy. What is wrong with my cat, and what expenses am I looking at ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to see Mercy and examine her, I am not sure what might be going on with her, what possible options there are for her, or how to help her. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they can see her, assess her injuries, and see what might be done. They'll be able to give you cost estimates for any procedures that she may benefit from.

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Simba
Maine Coon cross
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shorter front legs

We i a kitten, he is 5mths old and he seems to have shorter front legs. So when he walks he looks like hes crouching with his back legs, when he sits he sits to the side like a dog. He have very little muscle tone, he feels like skin on bone. When you feel his front legs the top part of his legs are thicker then the bottom, he can run around and jumps, we got him from a neighbour because they had lots of kittens, so don't know if he is inbread. He doesn't seem to eat much either.small for age.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases like this it is difficult to give any specific advice without examining Simba and taking some x-rays to get a better idea of what is happening; I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination especially if he is skin and bone to see if there are any other underlying conditions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hazel
Persian
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Short front legs

We got are exotic shorthair Persian at 6 month kitten. She has always eaten well and is playful with a typical disposition. It seems as if her front legs are a lot shorter than hind legs. She looks like a raccoon when she walks. She is now over a year old. She doesn’t appear to be in any pain. Is this normal?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Whether it is normal really depends on the genes that are in Hazel's breeding lines. It doesn't sound completely normal from your description, however, and it would be a good idea to have her looked at by a veterinarian if you have anything to worry about as she gets older, any joint problems that may occur.

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Syrus
I don’t know
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

back legs going outward when walk

My cats back legs seem close together with her back paws going outward she’s been like this since a kit when I found her in the garden
She doesn’t seem like it’s bothering her but I worry about it because she walks oddly from the back

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Syrus has been that way since you found her, she may have had an injury, or a defect that she was born with. if it isn't affecting her life, you may not need to worry about this situation. If you are worried, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian.

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Scribbles
Norwegian Forest Cat mix
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Inability to go up stairs
Deformed hind legs
Decreased muscle tone
Difficulty Walking

My cat has severely deformed back legs that are only getting worse and his front legs are starting as well. He has diabetes, but he’s requiring less and less insulin. We got him fixed when he was a kitten, but the vet made a mistake and accidentally didn’t fix him. He kept getting in fights and spraying for years, but we didn’t realize he still wasn’t fixed for about 6 years. As a result, he got in a lot of fights. He would limp sometimes, but it would always just heal on his own. He’s to the point where it’s very difficult for him to move around and make it into the litter box. I’ve noticed that he’s lost a lot of muscle too, and gained more fat. Clearly losing some weight would help him have less pressure on his legs, but is there anything else they can do? And do you think that it’s just caused from his fights? I don’t remember ever seeing his legs deformed before or any signs of broken bones, and he didn’t have any signs of arthritis about a year ago when this was starting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a cat Scribbles’ age it is difficult to weigh in on severity or a specific cause since there are various causes for limb deformities which should be explored with your Veterinarian. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian and have x-rays taken to determine the severity of the deformity to understand what exactly is happening with Scribbles legs especially since it is causing an issue with him walking. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chester
Shorthair
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever

Should I treat my cat at home? My cat has deformed back legs and seems to use one more than the other. The one he uses more got really swollen and filled with puss. It burst two days ago and it now has white substance coming out of it that seems to look like tissue. The cat licks and bites at the stuff coming out of it but I’m not sure what to do. We also don’t have money to take him to the vet and I hate aeeing him in pain

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly you should get a cone to prevent Chester from licking or biting at his paw, but a visit to a Veterinarian is required regardless as a prescription is going to be needed to treat the paw (possibly cellulitis, abscess or another cause). Not everything can be treated at home and a delay in treatment may only result in more treatment later on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chancho
Unsure
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Runt qualities
bulky front knees
Cant jump
Weak legs
Heavy Breathing
weak muscles

My kitten Chancho has been smaller than his brother ever since we got him, but we figured it would go away. After having him for a little over 2 months now, he is still a lot smaller and pretty weak it seems. He can't jump, his front and back legs are very weak. The muscles seem very small when you feel his legs. Especially in comparison to his brother who is the same age. He breathes pretty heavily, sighs often, and is always warm to the touch. He can walk ok, but his back legs dont seem to leave the ground when he does- they arent being dragged or speading out to the side or anything like that. We have been doing a lot of research, and he's going to the vet next week for some vaccines and things like that, so we will ask the vet then. But Angular Limb Deformities seems to fit. Everything looks pretty normal, besides having bulkier front knees. When he lies down he doesn't curl his back legs in, he prefers to have them straight.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
Angular limb deformities may occur for a variety of reasons especially if an animal is the runt or slow to develop; sometimes these issues are mild with minimal impact on life whereas other times they can be more severe as an animal grows, time will tell. Your Veterinarian will be able to tell you more when they’ve examined Chancho and will be able to advise you further. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chicken
Housecat
4 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

discomfort

Hi, I Have A 4 Week old kitten who was born with deformed front legs, you could say the shape of hooks. Even though he is 4 weeks, he is the size of a 2 week old kitten. He is underweight due to his Adoptive Mother rejecting him recently. His Arms are causing discomfort and I believe no pain is being caused by his front legs. He his currently being fed kitten milk formula every hour or so, is there anything I can do to increase his chances of survival?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The deformity that Chicken was born with may or may not affect his long term survival, I don't have any way of knowing without seeing him. If he is eating and drinking, he may survive just fine. If you are concerned, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian to assess him and make sure that he is okay.

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