FELINE MEDICAL CURIOSITIES: SKELETAL ANOMALIES
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This page deals with miscellaneous skeletal anomalies, excluding the head and legs (these have their own pages).
HYPERTROPHY OF THE SCAPULA
In 2014, Kassandra Bradberry provided photos and information on her five year old lilac lynx point Siamese, Yoki. Yoki has "grown" very large scapulae (shoulder bones), giving him a “Brahman cattle hump”. The scapulae appeared normal when he was a kitten. The overgrowth (hypertrophy) happened subtly as Yoki grew. Now that he is full grown, they have stopped growing so it seems they grew at a different rate compared to the rest of his skeleton. He has been examined by a vet, and the oversized scapulae don’t appear to cause any discomfort although Yoki tends to walk and then flop to one side down on the ground a little more than most cats. Despite a finicky appetite, Yoki is a bit overweight, suggesting he is less active than others of his breed.
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BOOKS ABOUT ANOMALIES
If you are interested in medical curiosities, books worth reading are "Mutants: on the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body" by Armand Marie Leroi and "Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine Vols 1 and 2" by George M. Gould & Walter L. Pyle. The Gould & Pyle books were published in 1896 and are in the public domain. You can download text-only versions of Gould & Pyle from several websites so don't waste money on text-only versions of the book; but if you want the versions with photos, consider the Kessinger editions. The Leroi book explains why and how some deformities and anomalies happen - the mechanism is the same in cats as it is in humans.
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