Luxating patellas, also known as Slipping Kneecaps, is more common in dogs, but also affects cats, especially ones that are of certain breeds. This is comparable to if the kneecap on a person slipped from side to side. Bengal cats, Turkish Angoras, and Devon Rex cats are just a few of the breeds that can have this defect, although on a larger scale it is a rarity for cats, as this ailment is mostly seen in dogs. Because it is so unexpected in cats, some owners may find themselves surprised when their cat has this defect. An article from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine Department has this to say about luxating patellas in cats:
The condition, although uncommon, can occur bilaterally and may be associated with hip dysplasia (bilateral subluxation). The luxation is usually medial, and surgical correction does not seem to have lasting value and thus is not recommended. Young animals subjected to bony reconstructive procedures are likely to develop deformities of the proximal tibia related to the surgeries. Most cats with patellar luxations seem to have the best results when treated conservatively.
Here are some signs to look for if your cat is acting out of the ordinary:
- Lameness in the hind legs
- Hopping like a bunny
- Hissing when picked up or touched on the back legs
To manage this condition, supplements are the best option if surgery cannot be done. A combination of Vitamin C, chondroitin sulfate, and glucosamine sulfate are recommended by many vets. Dasuquin for cats is an easy glucosamine supplement to give cats, as the tablet can be opened and sprinkled on the cat’s food.