One-and-a-half-year-old Maine Coon cat Lexie is brought into the practice with mum and dad, Lucinda and Duncan, after she had become withdrawn and uncomfortable.

The Problem

X-ray pictures at their local vet showed she had fractured her hip joint. When Noel examines Lexie he determines that a genetic disease has caused the head of her femur bone to degenerate, resulting in fracture. Not only is this affecting one hip, but both of them.


After a very challenging process of weighing up the pros and cons of surgery, her family decide to opt for bilateral total hip replacement. Noel has particular empathy for this case: “I know I shouldn’t be biased but I do have two Maine Coons in my life”

They’re so affectionate, and they’re just the best stress-busting companions you could ever wish for.