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Protruding sternum

Sam

Savannah Super Cat
#1
Hello All

I have noticed lately that Layla's sternum is sticking out farther out pushing her hair out to a point that its noticable. Is this normal? She doesn't have any discomfort, eats and plays as usual it not more.
 

Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
#2
From what little i know of this, a little protrusion of the sternum is not a problem... it's a not uncommon defect but a benign one in that it doesn't cause any health issue...
 
#3
Abu, on this site, managed to knock his ribcage as a kitten and caused it to protrude slightly. There's a name for it- but it is where the floating rib is... It causes him no issues.
 

Sam

Savannah Super Cat
#4
Thank you both, I figured no harm is caused by it since she moves furniture as she plays lol and she is only 7 months old but I wanted to make sure :)
 
#5
And actually, I think it was Abu's xiphoid that was knocked- I'm not that great with anatomy- LOL. We did xrays and everything, but it didn't effect him one bit.
 

Per Lausund

Moderator
Staff member
#6
It is usually the xiphoid cartilage, it feels uncomfortable and is totally benign, and does no harm. Nobody knows why, but it happens once in a while. It is sometimes discovered by accident (as when the cathas had a fall or something), but it is extremely rare that it is CAUSED by an accident, which would have to hit and push from the inside.