Angular limb deformities are 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 or 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.
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