My kitten’s splint was removed today after a month of immobilization. She had a complete …

My kitten’s splint was removed today after a month of immobilization. She had a complete humerus fracture, we assume from her jumping off the couch or playing with our older cat (regrettably too soon which I had not realized). It was an angular break, and the vet did his best to place the bones and splint them, but today we learned the bones healed together improperly, on somewhat of an angle, and her elbow will not bend. She can use the paw and applies some weight to it, but the vet said we will have to keep her confined and wait and see how it progresses, or amputate it worst case. I feel sick about it because I had hopes she would heal, we could not afford the $6k surgery. Her skin is also red with some patches of missing fur. Do you have any recommendations of anything else I can do while we wait and see if she begins to heal more? Can I treat the skin at all? Thanks so much for all you do for these animals.
I attached an image of the original fracture. It is healed with a “knot” around the break, but healed crooked. That doesn’t seem to be what’s causing her leg to stick out crooked, it seems to be the elbow that seems “stuck”.

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Krista Magnifico
Krista Magnifico (@kristamagnifico)
11 months ago

Hello,
I’m so sorry for the delay. I tell clients in this position that there are only three options.
1. Spend the money on a surgeon to correct it. Often this is >5,000
2. Leave it as is and this cat must be kept indoors forever.
3. Consider amputation down the road if needed to keep her comfortable and pain free