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What is Front Leg Injury?

Front leg injuries range from mild and simple to treat to complex and serious. Regardless, it is important to seek medical care if your cat has experienced any type of harm to their forelimbs.

A number of different things can lead to your cat sustaining a front leg injury. Issues with the forelimb can occur due to some form of trauma like a road accident or fall, or even landing wrong after a jump. If you notice something off in your cat's gait such as a limp or a hesitation to bear weight, then they may have suffered a forelimb injury.

Symptoms of Front Leg Injury in Cats

A variety of signs exist to indicate that your cat is dealing with a front leg injury. Listed below are some of the symptoms they may exhibit:

  • Limping (otherwise known as lameness; it can occur continuously or intermittently)
  • Swelling in muscles/joints
  • Redness/warmth of the area
  • Lethargy
  • Reluctance to bear weight on limb
  • Limb deformity (e.g. bone sticking out, bent in odd direction)
  • Agitation (e.g. hissing when damaged limb is touched)

Types

There is a variety of injuries that can cause trauma to the front leg, and they are as varied as the symptoms your cat can present. Some of the more common ailments include:

  • Strained/pulled muscle
  • Bone fracture/dislocation
  • Damaged tendon/ligament (e.g. carpal hyperextension)
  • Infection due to bite or other trauma
  • Arthritis

Causes of Front Leg Injury in Cats

A few things commonly cause injuries to a cat’s front leg. Some can be extremely severe, while others can be treated rather easily. No matter, if your cat experiences any of the following, it is important to seek professional treatment to assure they heal properly:

  • A bite from an animal or insect can lead to an infection of the limb.
  • Traumatic accidents such as being struck by a motor vehicle or falling from heights can cause severe injuries.
  • Jumping can cause tears or strains on soft tissues or joints.
  • Landing from heights can injure front legs.

Diagnosis of Front Leg Injury in Cats

Due to the broad range of causes and types of leg injuries, a veterinarian will be sure to conduct a comprehensive examination to determine just how to handle your cat's injury. One of the first steps a vet will take is asking for a complete medical history. This can help determine if the issues with your cat's front legs are due to illnesses such as arthritis.

Next, your cat will undergo a complete physical examination. During this evaluation, your cat may be sedated in order for the tests to be performed adequately and without causing further stress to the animal. If your cat has been bitten or has an open wound, your vet will check the site for any infections. Blood work may be done as well to determine your cat's overall health. Another primary test conducted is a standard X-ray; however, the scan may not always indicate exactly what is wrong.

Your vet may also wish to check for instability which is done by overextending the damaged limb, otherwise known as a stress radiograph. This particular test is usually done in the case of damage to the ligaments such as the case with carpal hyperextension. In the case of a major trauma, it can sometimes lead to internal damage. If this is the case, further tests will be conducted such as a CT scan.

You can assist in the diagnosis process by keeping track of the symptoms your cat has presented and how long these signs have been occurring.

Treatment of Front Leg Injury in Cats

Once a diagnosis has been discovered, it is important that you follow your vet's treatment plan in order for your cat to heal.

Immobilization

Depending on the injury, stabilizing the limb can help improve your cat's condition. To keep it immobilized, a bandage or splint will be used. Sometimes, this is only a temporary treatment to prevent further damage while a more definite treatment is sought. The use of just a cast or splint within a bandage can successfully treat certain front leg injuries. This immobilization can sometimes last as little as four weeks or longer than six.

Surgery

In the case of a major front leg injury, your vet will recommend surgery. They may insert pins or wires through the skin/bone that often noticeably poke out of the skin. In some cases, these are all removed upon the bone healing. In other cases, things such as pins or screws that are placed on or inside the bone are kept in as long as there are no further complications.

Another surgery your vet may perform concerns joint fusion, or what is known as 'arthrodesis.' This can be temporary or permanent. This procedure can cause a decrease in motion, but even cats that undergo a partial arthrodesis can have greater function. However, some can develop or retain some lameness.

In the event of a severe injury that has caused the front leg to become useless, or if all other options to fix it has been exhausted without success, your vet may recommend amputation. This is a serious option in which your vet will thoroughly examine your cat's overall health to be sure no other treatment can be taken, as well as whether or not their remaining limbs can support them.

Infection Treatment

If the front leg is infected due to cases such as an animal bite, then your vet may want to place your cat under anesthesia first in order to treat the infection. The afflicted area will be disinfected, and if an abscess has formed, then the pus will be removed and the wound promptly flushed and sterilized. Prompt treatment with antibiotics once an infection is noticed can help prevent the development of an abscess.

Medication

Beyond antibiotics to treat infections, your vet may prescribe a couple of different medications depending on the primary treatments. Anti-inflammatory medication will greatly assist in handling swelling as well as any fevers that may arise. To manage your cat's pain, your vet may inject painkillers while the pet is hospitalized. Once sent home, further oral pain medication can be given according to the plan laid out by your vet.

Recovery of Front Leg Injury in Cats

It is always important to keep a close watch on your cat once they have been treated for a front leg injury, and the time it takes to fully recover depends on the severity of the damage.

If your cat has been bandaged, it is necessary to properly observe and care for it daily. You should follow up immediately with your vet if you notice things such as your cat showing major signs of discomfort with the bandage, any sort of odors or sores, or any swelling around the bandage such as in the toes. Also, be sure to keep the bandage clean and dry, and avoid modifying the splint in any way. Your vet will walk you through the proper way to change the bandages, and you should keep to a regular schedule.

Following any treatment, especially surgery, it is essential that your cat is well rested and that activity is restricted. You can confine your cat to a single room, but be aware that they can jump from various surfaces, so be sure to remove anything that they can leap on or off of. Your vet may recommend 'cage rest', something that many owners and pets alike find difficult at times. In spite of any feelings on the matter, it is important to follow the vet's instructions if they have ordered your cat to be in a crate while healing.

Your cat may also arrive home with an Elizabethan Collar to prevent chewing on the area, something typically used for up to two weeks. This is mainly in the case of amputation. Limiting your cat's activity following this treatment is vital until they have recovered.

Make certain to have routine follow-up appointments with your vet. They can more properly check any dressings, remove sutures, and order X-rays to be sure the injury is healing.

Front Leg Injury Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Little Bit
Mixed American Short Hair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Lump
Swelling

We have a community cat who presented this evening with a fairly swollen right front leg. The swelling appears to start just above the elbow and extends down toward the joint above her paw. She puts very little pressure on this leg while walking or standing. The leg appears to move well. There is a small lump a bit less than half way between the elbow and joint abover her paw that she yelped upon gentle pressure to. She has no external signs of trauma that we were able to see. She was perfectly fine last evening. We are going to keep her in the garage for the night to keep her safe since she is a community cat. What can we do to help her? How should we proceed if the swelling doesn't get better or worsens?

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Thrash
Calico
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Missing nail
Blood

My boyfriend drove about 1 hour in loud pouring rain. When he got to my place he heard meowing. Turns out it was coming from under the hood of his car. He found his cat had been hiding there from the rain. She now has a bleeding paw. We cannot afford veterinarian care. She was bleeding from her front right paw. It looks like she might have lost a nail or 2. We don’t know what to do. We rinsed the wound with warm water. But we are unsure of how to disinfect it or what to do next. I don’t want her paw to get infected.

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Noah
Possible Maine Coon mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Lethargy

We've had Noah for about 3 weeks now but for the past 2-3 days he's been limping on his right front leg. We've checked his paws but he doesn't seem fussed about it so we're sure it's a weight bearing problem in his shoulder. He seems to be eating fine but likes to sleep more than he was and doesn't want to jump or play as often.

We dont have any money for a vet visit and the limp seems to be getting worse and we don't know what to do about it.

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jerry
long hair
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

drags back right paw, doesn't run

I woke up today and heard a very quiet mewing from my front porch, i started examining it and found a kitten with a deformed looking paw, it just points out awkwardly. Unfortunately, I am a broke college student so I can't afford to take it to the vet. I can take it to the pound but i don't want to take it to the pound if theyre just going to put it down. The kitten doesnt seem like its in any pain, it's walking on the paw but it sort of just drags it along as its walking. i feed him and hes eating and playing. so i want to know if its moral to just keep the kitty and let it live with a deformed paw.

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Tom Adkins
tabby orange and white
one and a half years old
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sorness in front leg

my husband was standing on a small foot stool to fix the ceiling fan and it kicked out from under him, our cat was right around the stool, as he wants to help with everything my husband does and the stool must have hit his front leg somehow. he is using that foot to stretch and reach for stuff but puts no weight on it, can i take my cat in for just an x-ray to make sure his leg is not broken? He is eating good and playing just not putting weight on his leg if he can help it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot see any reason why a Veterinary Clinic wouldn’t allow you to have an x-ray as a paying client. I would advise seeing your Veterinarian for some flexion tests as well as the x-ray to determine the extent of injury. It is possible that there is ligament damage which can take time to heal (ligaments are poorly vascularised so take longer to heal). Being cautious and having the leg examined would be useful to determine if it requires splinting or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 5 week old kitten I have bottlefed since it was only a week or two.

Its been to the vet because it was having some issues with parasites. I got home yesterday and sometime in the afternoon I heard yowling for a few seconds. I have no idea if it was under my husbands chair or where she was..I couldnt find her for a few minutes.

She limps, but attempts to play with the arm (right side) She will jump and use it, but doesnt seem to want to put it down onto the floor. She also cries when you try to move it, but not simply when you touch or attempt to feel of the bones/light squeezing around joints. The only time she gets upset is if you move it around to the side.

I cannot take her back to the vet, as I paid several hundred yesterday and my card is maxed. Please advise on thoughts about severity. She will still play with the other cats in the house running around, but at a wobbly limp.

My 1 year old cat has injured his front paw/leg. He is not weight bearing at all on his leg, it is swollen and he cries when you touch it. It will cost me £36 just to see the vet but im not paid till the 24th so very low on money atm please help

My cat’s front right leg is not well she walks on it but when she stands she remive it from the ground i consulted her vet he told me probably its vitamin b deficiency and gave her a shot of vitamin b and prescribed an anti inflammatory cream on her paw. But now she is licking it all the time and still she is not well and developed a red scar from bitting and licking this area what do i do

What would be the normal time frame for a cat to heal from front leg ligament damage?
My 12 year old indoor/outdoor male orange tabby developed a limp, 6 weeks ago. We took him to his vet. X rays were negative, though the pain was found to be at the back of his left elbow, where there was a small lump. Blood work showed very low (14) red cell count, which led to further blood tests to look for cancer, infection, etc., and a cycle of doxycycline. Tests came back negative, lump is gone, and his red count returned to 25, during a follow-up test last week. He had two weeks cage confinement, which did not result in visible improvement - he will not walk on the leg, though he uses it for everything else. Vet suggested a CT scan, which we passed on. He's had good appetite, healthy excretion. For now, we're caging him at night, keeping him inside otherwise, and trying to solve the mystery of our limping cat.

My cat I'd limpiming on 3 legs his right front paw is a little swollen and warm to touch but it doesn't seem to hurt him much when I touch but it's been three day's and I'm getting worried 😟 about it he eats well and 🛌 sleep's well but he is always sleeping 🛌 what should I do for him is there any cream or medication I can give him

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Kitty
Mix breed
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

leg broken
hanging leg

My cat was under a recliner love seat my husband was moving it and the cat was under it and he let it down on her leg she it's just hanging as she try to walk she cry out when we pick her up she only lay in one spot

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the leg is just hanging and Kitty is in pain, please visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately to as least make Kitty more comfortable and to take an x-ray to assess the severity of the injury. If the leg is broken, the movement of the bone against the other will be extremely painful for Kitty. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What ever happen to this kitty? How long was he in a cast if he was in one?

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Riley
Unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
agitated
Swelling

We recently got a new puppy and our cat strongly dislikes her. We let him out of the house and he didn't come back until two days later, but with major swelling in his front left paw. He has a bad limo and won't put weight on it. Riley also hisses or growls when we try to touch it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes of swelling of the paw including trauma, foreign body (small thorn entering the underside), infection, allergy etc… Wash the paw thoroughly and check the paw for any cuts or scratches, if you see nothing or you’re having trouble visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Larry
Maine Coon
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

Metacam

Our cat started limping on his front left leg 6 days ago, quite severly. I took him to the vet who flexed his legs and compared both front legs. Larry showed no signs of pain (vocally or physically) as a result the vet prescribe some anti-inflammatories for the weekend and said to come back if he continues.

As he continued I took him back for an X-ray. They took a pre anaesthesia blood test as well. The vet could see no signed of breaks or damage however concluded it is his shoulder and tried to categorise it as growing pains.

He has/had a habit of jumping off fences and trees,which I think could have facilitated this injury however with no signs on the x-ray it is confusing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Young cats (just as young dogs, other animals and humans) have growth plates in the bones which can be damaged with trauma from jumping, landing or falling. Growth plates can stop growing if the trauma is severe; this is something you would need to keep an eye on and administer any pain relief as required in the meantime. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Furocious
tabby
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Altered gait

My indoor/outdoor 6yr old cat has been limping for 2 months now. When we first noticed, it looked like she was skipping, or taking shorter steps. And when sitting she would lift her front right paw. She doesnt lift her paw while sitting anymore, but occasionally licks it, and her gait is not what it used to be.(still takes shorter steps). She has hard time getting down from higher surfaces, and is more clumsy. What could a vet do for my cat at this point?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email A veterinarian would be able to examine her, assess what might be going on, and give her pain medications if she needs them. Since most OTC pain medications are toxic to cats, your veterinarian will be able to prescribe a safe medication for her if she needs it.

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Meridith
mixed
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My 3 month old kitty is very playful and sleeps in my room with me. I make sure to kitty proof the room so she can't get into trouble with chewing wires, etc, well this morning I woke up to give her her breakfast and it took her awhile to come out of my room, and when she finally did, she was trying not to put weight on her front left paw. She is an inside cat, no fleas, has her shots, etc and the only danger in my room is jumping from my bed to the floor which she does routinely day in and day out. I'm hoping her paw isn't more than just a sprain because she hasn't been near anything dangerous. Your thoughts doc?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately without examining Meredith I cannot put your mind at ease; cats (like dogs) jump up and down from furniture and manage it 99.9% of the time, sometimes they place a paw wrong and cause a sprain. I would give it a day if she isn’t in a lot of pain, but if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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tootise
Balinese
8yrs
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

limping front leg

a couple weeks ago a male young cat attcked my female fixed older cat.she disapperd for 24hrs i guess she was afraid to come home because he was stocking her.but now she limping and doest want to eat and feels warm.this is 3 times this last yr he has attck her.she looked like she was ok when she came bc home .next day she seems very hurt and limping on her right leg.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The limp may be attributable to the attack from your other cat or from something during her 24 hour absence. Sprains, bites and fractures are all possible causes of limping; I would advise you to have her checked by your Veterinarian and to get some pain relief for her too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Derby
Half Ragdoll
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping, holding paw off ground

My cat is holding up her left paw off the ground when standing or eating. She is also limping when walking around.

Can’t find any sore spots apart from when I touched her pads.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Derby I cannot determine the severity of the injury, but it would be good to restrict movement for a few days to prevent any further injury and monitor for improvement; I find a cat carrier or crate helps to keep movement restricted, if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kit Kat
DOMESTIC
3 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Medication Used

none

My kitten is 3 months roughly. She was fostered to adopt for about 5 weeks prior through the local animal control with another kitten the same age. We adopted both, and last week they were both sterilized. This morning I awoke to her front leg slightly swollen at the elbow joint. She let me inspect without any issues. It's not fevered, nor does it appear to be sore as she is still scampering about and playing. There is no limping, in fact, other than visually with the swelling there are no other symptoms. Note: she is highly active with jumping, running, typical feisty kitten play.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A little swelling isn’t unusual and may disappear as fast as it appeared; try to restrict movement for a day or two (I know it can be difficult with two young kittens) to see if there is any improvement in the swelling. If the swelling doesn’t go down or she starts limping you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooter
tabby
Two Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I'm at a loss of what to do with my cat. He is 2 years old approximately. And on Wednesday I noticed him limping favoring his front left paw. I actually took him to the veterinarian near me on Thursday morning and they ran x rays and everything they didn't see anything wrong with him. They charged me $140.00 dollars and said they were un sure why he was limping. I dont have anymore money to take him back in. He did fine Saturday walked normal all day but today Sunday he has limped all day he meows when he walks like he is in pain. Do you have any advice to help him?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If your veterinarian took x-rays and determined that he had on fracture or dislocation, Cooter may have a strain or a sprain that needs pain medications until he recovers. Strains can take time to heal, and pain medications can help. If he isnt on any medications, it would be a good idea to call your veteirinarian, let them know that he is still limping, and see if they can prescribe approriate medications for him. Many OTC medications are toxic to cats, so it would be best to have your veterinarian prescribe safe medication. I hope that he recovers well.

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Lucifer
Cat
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My Cat is only a year old (turned 1 on Monday) 4 weeks ago he left on the Sunday morning he never came home sunday night we didn't think much of it as he comes and goes Monday after coming home from work he only came home at about 19:00 he usually runs and jumps on our bed but this time he just cried and laid by our bedroom door when we went to pick him up his front left leg was hanging (not moving it as if it is broken) we rushed him to a vet that evening where they took x rays and told us that there is no fractures the ligaments felt fine to them and they couldn't determine if it is his nerve... they wanted to amputate his leg that evening but I thought its best to get a second opinion.
I made him comfortable that evening and took him to my usual vet in the morning they sedated him and took x rays they looked at his ligaments and his nerve and determined that nothing was out of order, they put him in a cast and we have weekly visits to see if there is any improvements so far there was nothing he doesn't use his foot if he walks he walks on the ball not on the actual paw. he started getting a rash from the plaster of the bandage so we removed it he tries to scratch the tree with the sore paw but doesn't quite get it right his paw is painful on certain spots but seems to be ok with it he positions the paw but doesn't put any pressure on it. I have seen 3 different vets for their opinions but everyone tells me the same story no fractures and everything else looks fine???? it makes no sence and I am truly out of options have you ever seen something like this? do you have any advise?

Thank you in advance

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like there may be some nerve injury there, now this may resolve itself with time or it may not (like in a case of partial brachial plexus avulsion); time will show if there will be any improvements but recovering from nerve injury can be a long progress. Keep Lucifer’s movement restricted so he doesn’t cause any further injury to himself and monitor for improvement, however you may get to the point where amputation may be an option to consider. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much

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Percy
Domestic short ha
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat is 11 and has started limping on one of his front legs over the last few days. He doesn't seem to be in any pain and nothing looks abnormal. You can touch his leg with no issues and he is still jumping about using both legs to play. It is only when he walks after sitting or laying down when he limps as if it is a bit stiff. He is eating as normal etc, in fact everything about him seems normal other than his limping. What could this be? Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This could be a small injury or the start of arthritis; without examining Percy I cannot say what the cause is. You could try to restrict movement for a few days to see if there is any improvement in the limp; if not a visit to your Veterinarian would be required to examine the leg and possibly take an x-ray too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Red
American Shorthair
4 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My cat is putting some weight, however not all of his weight on to his front right paw. We did not see what might have happened to cause this. He is eating really well and is allowing me to touch is his paw without any discomfort. He is refusing to jump down off of the bed or high spaces but will jump up to those spots.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sprains and other injuries may cause a cat to be more cautious when jumping down or doing other movements; you can try to restrict movement for a few days to see if there is any improvement, but if the limping continues you should have your Veterinarian take a look at the leg. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lili
Persian
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness
Less activity
moving front limb in a way hurts
Inability to walk on 1 front limb

my cat started limbing and can't walk on her front left feet when she was about to sleep i tried to move the arm but there was no signs of me hurting the cat but when i touched an area around the front feet joint she wake up and bite me, the cat has a weird limb shape like a dislocated one i don't know really, What is it that happening with the cat is it a fracture or a dislocated bone? and what is the best treatment for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given the circumstances it would be best to have the limb examined by your Veterinarian as deviations of the limb may be caused by dislocations or other issues, both of which would require Veterinary attention. Without examining the limb I cannot say if there is a dislocation or not but would strongly recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shooki
tabby
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sore paw/carpal - stiff and curled

Hi. I woke up this morning to my indoor female cat (about 6 years old) meowing loudly with her front right paw curled up and stiff. She will not put any weight on it. We live in a carpeted apartment and I was only asleep for a few hours in between her paw being normal to now stiff and curled under. Took her to the vet for a physical and they cannot see anything that is wrong- she lets us touch her paw and leg and vet says nothing seems to be broken or fractured. Can not afford the next step of X-rays etc. so I took her home hoping it will heal on its own. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, the pads of her sore paw are lighter in coloring than the other healthy three. Vet was perplexed as am I. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Various injuries may occur, it only takes Shooki to lose her footing and fall wrong, even from a low height, to present with symptoms of pain like this. I would recommend that you can her confined to restrict movement and let her out to do her business if needed regularly. If after two or three days of strict rest and movement restriction there is no improvement in her leg it would be advisable to visit your Veterinarian again and have a set of x-rays regardless of cost just to check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nina
Domestic shorthair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I came home from work today and was letting my cat in when i noticed she was limping. she seems reluctant to put any weight on it. I didn't see any cuts or scrapes but it did seem like her foot looked like it was protruding on the side. I gently pressed it and she immediately jerked away and meowed/hissed. is there any way to treat this at home, as I dont have a lot of money to pay for a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem is that it is impossible to determine the level and severity of an injury without examining Nina, if there was no protrusion from the paw I would suggest putting her in a cat carrier to restrict movement along with some water and food. Since there is a protrusion we have to be cautious as a fracture or dislocation is a possibility and would need to be seen by your Veterinarian regardless of cost. Unfortunately not everything has an ‘at home’ treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
Domestic cat
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat is 2 years old now but I’ve just noticed he is limping of his front paw and meows if we cry to look at him. Although he is trying to walk on it .

What do I do it’s the first incident that he has had

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Gizmo is limping, rest is best in many cases; putting him in a cat carrier to restrict movement (with food and water) may give adequate amount of rest for a day or two to see improvement. But if the pain is severe, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willie
Russian Blue
6 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Willie keeps limping, his left arm looks swollen and when i try to touch it he hisses and gets mad at me. We noticed it 2 days ago, he was limping when we came home. We looked at it and it looks swollen.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Willie’s elbow is swollen and painful, you should have your Veterinarian take a look to be on the safe side and to get some pain relief medication as well. It may just be a simple sprain, but with the level of swelling it would be best to get it checked in case there is a dislocation or other injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Persian kitten
7 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 7 week old kitten started limping this morning!! She doesn’t put much weight on her front paw but still puts it on the ground, what’s happened? Is it from her jumping off my bed or playing??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a kitten to start limping which may include jumping off a bed, a small fall or similar injury; sometimes a little rest will help if it is just a small sprain or similar injury, restrict movement for a few days and look for improvement. If Luna is still limping after a few days you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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sugar
mixed
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a stray kitten and her front paw is swollen 2x it's size i tried to look at it and she was in a lot of pain can't put her paw down she is still eating and drinking with sugar being a stray i really don't know if she was hit by a car or got bit by another animal

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sugar’s paw I cannot really give you that much guidance; it is important to make sure it isn’t an infected bite which may occur even if you cannot see any bite marks. I would keep her rested but ideally take her into your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause of the swelling and they will also be able to give treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger bean
Domestic shorthair
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen left leg

Medication Used

none

My male cat is an outdoor cat he has a swollen left leg and he don't want me to touch it.and he is growing at me when I can within reach of him.I know he is in pain. I know he got it caught in something because his foot got a little bit of white paint stuff on it.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Tiger Bean needs to see a veterinarian. He may have an injury, or an abscess, and will need an examination and treatment.

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Monica
Ragdoll
Unknown
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I just noticed this past Sunday (10/22/17)that my cat is limping. She doesn't put any weight on her left leg, and I don't know what could of caused an injury. She's loves solitude and never goes outside for anything at all. I'm worried about her cause she can't even get up to go eat, we had to move her food bowl next to her bed. From just looking at her paw, the joint where her leg meets her paw looks thinner than the same joint on the other leg.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Front leg injuries may be caused by many different type of injuries which may affect joints, muscle, nerves, bone or ligaments; if rest isn’t helping to improve the leg then a visit to your Veterinarian for an examination as I am unable to say the specific cause without examining the paw. Injury may have been caused by landing wrong after jumping from a height or getting the paw trapped in a door or other opening. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Carly
mixed
10 Years
Moderate condition
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limp

My cat Carly is limping. She started doing this about a week ago. She won’t put any weight on it at all. She has no where but my room to go. I have no idea what happened. She did this about two weeks ago and I wrapped it with some sports tape and she was fine the next day, but this time around nothing is working. What do you think happened? What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A cat can jump from a dresser multiple times a day for ten years without incident, then they only have to put a paw wrong and they can sprain their paw or cause other damage. Generally rest is best in these cases, but if you are not seeing any improvement you should go into your Veterinarian for an examination to check if there is something more serious going on. Without a hands on examination I cannot say for sure if it is sprained, muscle injury, joint issues, nerve damage or worse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
Maine Coon
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat fell of the balcony and injured his front left paw. We took him to the vet and he said that he has a fracture and has bandaged the leg and kept him for observation. How long does this take tos heal? Would it be wise to bring him home or keep him at the hospital? Also im worried as to how he will use the litter box once at home. Please advise if there is anything i can do to help him through this to make it easieron him so he does not injure himself further? Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Movement restriction is best and at the veterinary clinic he will be in a cage with limited space to move which would be good for him; there is no real secret in these cases apart from minimising movement, some incomplete fractures can heal with simple bandaging whilst more severe fractures may require surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dottie
Persian
13 weeks
Mild condition
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My three month old kitten has developed a small shake to one front leg when she lifts it to clean etc. It is getting worse over the last 4 weeks. It doesn’t stop her walking running jumping playing and climbing. Upon closer examination I have found a pea sized lump deep in the tissue at the top of the shoulder I don’t know how long it’s been there. She does not seem to be in pain. But worried as it’s gotten worse not better.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In this instance, I cannot palpate the lump you’re describing and therefore cannot distinguish whether it is a pathology or not; since you are seeing this progressive issue with Dottie you should have her checked over by your Veterinarian to determine what the cause is since there may be something causing her pain. Also, if you haven’t already you should consider vaccination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Betty Davis
short hair
9 Months
Moderate condition
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We were adopted by a stray cat 7 months ago, being a female we had her spayed. She is pretty much an outside cat, but will occasionally come in for a little while. At night I am keeping her in our garage as it is getting cold out. Last night she went into the garage, but this morning she came out limping. She does not put any weight on her from left leg. Where she sleeps in the garage is bout 8" off the floor on top of a box with a rug on it. She has been very aloof all day, meows if I touch her by what I will call her elbow. She ate her breakfast and dinner but in little increments and has slept all day except when I carried out to the yard to take care of her business. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Betty Davis I cannot say whether the injury is joint, muscle, ligament or other; it would be best to give her plenty of rest, keep her indoors if possible and don’t allow her to climb all over furniture or jump from place to place. If you do not see any improvement in the limping over the weekend you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the type of injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat is limping he doesn't place his front right paw on the ground what could it be and how could I help my little furry 🐶

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Oliver
Maine Coon/ Himalayan
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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Limping

My cat is 8 years old, and about 4 months ago he started limping, holding his paw up, and when he did put it down his paw looked deformed as though it were bending higher up than normal. We took him to the vet at that time and x-rays were negative for fracture but looked like arthritic changes. We have been giving him cosequin in his food and glucosamine treats. Until about a week ago he was walking fine and leg did not look deformed but it is now again doing what it did before. Is there something else we can do to relieve his discomfort?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Supplementation may only help so far, you would need to return to your Veterinarian and get another x-ray done to compare with the old x-ray to look for any changes or progression in severity over the past four months or so. Without examining Oliver I cannot fully comment on the cause or if now is the time for pain management. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sandy
tabby
Five Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My Sandy has been favoring his left front paw not sure why...he had nails trimmed a few months back thought maybe that's why? He will let me touch his leg and paw no problems but when he gets up he will limp. He still plays, runs, jumps so I'm not sure what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Sandy is showing some favouritism towards one particular leg, the cause may be due to an injury like a sprain; you should try to restrict Sandy’s movement (place her in a cat carrier if need be) to stop her from using the leg, give her the weekend and look for improvement, if there is no improvement by Monday or Tuesday you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Timmy
Cat
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat has been limping for a few days now. I do not know what he has done. It is not red or hot to the touch. It doesn’t appear to be swollen. He has been eating fine and he does put weight on it. He doesn’t flinch when I touch it. Little worried about him though.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Timmy seems otherwise alright, you should give him strict rest (so no jumping or running around the house) for a few days to see if there is any improvement; if you don’t see any improvement by Monday visit your Veterinarian for an examination to see if any treatment or another course of action is needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chip
Unknown
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Warmth of area
Lethargy
agitation
Reluctance to bear weight on limb

My sister said that his leg "clicked" and since then he hasn't had much energy to do anything. Usually he is very energetic and happy to run around the house, but now all he wants to do is sleep. When he walks, it looks like he's trying to reduce the amount of weight he puts on his front leg. I felt near his shoulder, and it is much warmer than his other shoulder. Usually he doesn't mind being picked up, but now he sounds in pain. There is also a lack of muscle around the shoulder (I read on another article that this could mean dislocation?). I don't have the money to get him to a vet, is there any home treatments I can do to help him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without an examination and determining the exact cause of the problem, all I can recommend is that you give Chip plenty of rest; dislocations, nerve injury, fractures, sprains and other causes may cause what you’re describing. If the cause is dislocation, it would need to be reduced (professionally); if the cause is a sprain, rest and pain relief is indicated; if the cause is nerve injury, it is a wait and see situation; fractures, may or may not require stabilisation by a cast or surgery. So you can see that there isn’t a one-fits-all solution; you should try contacting some charity clinics or nonprofits to see if they can assist you with the financial cost of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sherni
Stray/Persian
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi I have a five and a half month old kitten. She got into a fight with a male stray cat today that I suspect was in heat. She got some scratches on her left front leg and she is hesitant to put weight on it. She holds her leg in a bent position constantly and meows if I try to touch/ straighten it. Please help.There doesn't seem to be any swelling though

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any scratches should be bathed with a dilute antiseptic since scratches from other cats have a high risk of infection; you should speak with your Veterinarian to determine if any systemic antibiotics are required especially if she presents with a fever, there is swelling, skin discolouration, discharge or anything else concerning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pippin
American Shorthair
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Minor limping

Pippin is an indoor-only cat who got out last night on accident, but came back after about two hours. We didn't notice anything weird at first but as the night went on, we noticed he was limping slightly and didn't want to out weight on his front left paw.

He stayed in the guest bed the whole night, he licked his paw repeatedly, and slept. This was between midnight and 10:30 this morning. This morning he got up and had breakfast. We gave him a small serving because he didn't eat dinner and when he forgets to eat he gorges himself and he throws up, normal for him.

We've been able to get a better look at his limb, but he'll pull it away from us when we touch it. He isn't yowling, biting, hissing, or crying when we touch it, he just chirps in annoyance, pulls away or kicks with his back paw. There is no swelling, bleeding, or abnormal warmth in the limb nor is it bent funny (like a broken bone).

He isn't the most active cat, but there are occasions when he's in full on hunter mode and runs around the house at a million miles an hour. For now he seems to be taking it easy. We're going to try and leave him be,from what I've read on this website, he could've just jumped wrong as he was coming home.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be a simple sprain or there may be something irritating him between his paw pads; I would suggest bathing the affected paw with warm water and get between each pad if you can to make sure there there are no stones, thorns or anything else which may be causing pain or discomfort. Given Pippin a few days and look for improvement (with strict rest of course), if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat came home one day and he could not walk on his front leg... he's a tom cat and I have no idea what could have happened to him. Please help!

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Tabby
Tabby8
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi I look after a stray and she recently started limping, not wanting to beat weight on her front leg. I can't see swelling or infection or anything but I'm worried for her safety, she's older. I can't afford a vet bill... She's an outdoor cat, if bring her in if my dog would let me. What can I do to help her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases, rest is best and you should allow her to rest; I know it can be difficult but she may be able to rest somewhere like a box on your porch or a garden shed; you should check the paw in between the pads for any signs of injury or foreign objects. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rudy
American Shorthair
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Hi, my 8 month old cat loved to climb up the bunk bed and then went a step further jump on a wardrobe unit next to the bed. He climb up on some board game boxes and fell with boxes , it is about 7 feet high. . He was limping for two days and lifting his left paw before taking the next ten steps. Now he is no longer limping but he is sleeping all day. I have to carry him to his litter box cause he does not walk to it on his own. What could be wrong? He gets up and eats and goes back to bed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A drop of seven feet is a long way for a cat and there are many different injuries which may have occurred when he fell, rest and relaxation are best but you should have your Veterinarian examine Rudy and have an x-ray done of his spine to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peppermint
Long haired domestic
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
He doesn't want to move
Lethargic

My cat was seen at the doctor's today because his front right paw was smashed, so the doctor was pinching and he wasn't really flinching he flinched a little but not really and he said if it was a break the cat would have been him or did more. Now that I'm home it's going on to the next day his front right paw is becoming rigid and staying bent in an awkward angle now it was already just Loosely not being used at an awkward angle but now it's becoming rigid so my question is do you think there's something more going on and what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Peppermint I cannot say whether the injury is more severe than your Veterinarian originally thought; the rigid angle may be due to swelling which has developed over time. Another examination may be required and an x-ray may be useful as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sofia
Unknowed
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Warm paws layz around cant walk

Our dog got a hold of our cat we got to her and got the dog away but it's been 3 days and she can't walk on her front legs. She is not eating or drinking with out us doing it for her. She is using the bathroom but on her self where she can't walk. The front paws are a little warm but she doesn't act as if it hurts her to feel or move them. What do you think is wrong and what should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various injuries which may be inflicted by a dog when they get hold of a cat especially injuries to the brachial plexus which innervated the front legs; if Sofia is unable to use her front legs you should visit your Veterinarian for them to check for deep pain sensation to see if there is complete injury or if there is some sensation remaining. The paws being warm would be an indication of blood flow not nerve sensation; however a lack of nerve sensation can lead to warmer paws. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/brachial-plexus-avulsion

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Keke
Siamese
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

limp

Hello. I have an 8yr old siamese that has been limping badly for almost 2 yrs. It's not getting any better at all, and she is rapidly gaining weight due to the fact that she can't move around so well, which only adds to her problems. She has Arthritis, and takes Dasaquin, but there is no improvement. She is now losing chunks of hair on her legs. I just want to help her, I can't stand watching her unable to get around. We have had one leg X-rayed. Anything you can tell me that could help would be greatly appreciated. Could something else be affecting her?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Keke today. It sounds like she is in pain, and weight gain is going to make it worse for her if she has arthritis. Dasaquin is a good joint supplement, but sometimes animals need pain medications as well to help with arthritis, which can be a very painful disease. It would be a good idea to talk to your veterinarian about pain management for her. They may want to run some blood work to make sure that her organ function is good, and can get her on regular pain medication to make her more comfortable. She may also need a prescription weight control food to manage her weight since she isn't as active. Losing weight alone might help with the arthritis, depending how severe it is.

Thank you so much. I wish I could do more.

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Snowy
Ragdoll
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Sulking
Pain
discomfort
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Asprin 100mg
Atenolol
clopidogrel

My cat has recently been in a fight with another cat and is now limping and favouring his front left leg. He lets me touch the paw and his body but when I try to rotate the shoulder around he meows and warns me to stop with a soft bite. Is this likely a dislocation or maybe a break? He won't eat his dinner and has taken up sleeping on my daughters play mat in the corner of the living room. So he is close to us but doesn't want to be fussed over.

My cat has the heart condition, HCM and is on medication to treat it. He appears okay breathing-wise and hopefully this condition is unaffected by the above injury.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Snowy, I cannot say for certain whether there is a sprain, dislocation, fracture or soft tissue injury; since this injury is causing Snowy to give a warning bite when you’re manipulating the leg you should visit your Veterinarian to determine the severity of the injury and to at a minimum get him some pain relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Greyson
British Shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

shoulder tenderness

My cat jumped down from his cat tree last night and hissed and now seems to have some tenderness in his shoulder. He is eating and walking normally, but seems more subdued than usual and expresses discomfort when I touch his shoulder. He is still jumping up and down from counters and furniture without any limping or favoring of feet. Could it just be a muscle strain?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Greyson. It could be a strain, yes, cats and dogs commonly strain or sprain muscles and tendons. While I can't examine him, if it doesn't seem to be improving, becomes more swollen, or he stops eating and drinking or becomes lethargic, he should be seen by your veterinarian to make sure that he wouldn't benefit from pain medication and that nothing more severe has happened.

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Rocky
Maine Coon
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat has been limping on and off in his front leg for a few days now. He had dental work done a week and a half ago and had iv's put in in front legs. He is an indoor cat and when I checked his leg I didn't notice any swelling or anything abnormal. He is eating and drinking and going to the bathroom as normal. Should I take him in to see a vet still? Or wait a few days? Thanks so much.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Rocky may be sore from his catheter. If he continues to limp, stops eating or seems otherwise to not be doing well, he should have a recheck with his veterinarian.

I am having a similar concern after my cat's dental procedure (with I.V. fluid administration). The front paw that had the needle in it is now hyperextended. Can this be caused by nerve damage from an improper needle placement?

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Gideon
domestic short hair
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen front right leg

Gideon ran out of the kitchen after jumping down from the refrigerator or counter. He know he's not allowed on the counters and just thought he was rushing down when hearing me early yesterday evening.. He was limping and in his sick place. He's eating but not putting any weight on it.. Its his front paw and this morning it is swollen and I'm scared..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Gideon. I can't examine him or diagnose anything without seeing him, and I cam concerned that he may have injured himself when he jumped down. It would be best to have him seen today by a veterinarian to make sure that he hasn't broken or dislocated anything, and to get anti-inflammatory medications if he needs them so that he isn't in pain. I hope that he feels better soon.

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Sassy
British Shorthair
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My 8 year old British shorthair cat has been limping for about a week. (She weighs approximately 5.5kg). It is obvious in her front left leg. It started suddenly and is worse when she first rises from sleeping or long periods of resting. She will take 3-4 steps in which she is limping and will then stop and slightly lift her paw, as if not to put weight on it. Instantly she will continue walking with no limp at all! She is eating etc normally and doesn’t appear to have any pain. I have examined her paw/claws and all clear. I can even extend her leg and feel around her joints with no objection from her. She may have sprained it jumping from her climbing tower but I’m not sure how long to wait to see a vet. Is there any joint supplements we can give her in case this is arthritis?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. It would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian, as they will be able to assess her pain levels, decide what might be going on, and give her pain medications so that she is comfortable if she needs them. There are joint supplements, but they may not be the right treatment for her at this time. I hope that she does well.

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Fredrick Tackett
DOMESTIC
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Shivering

What can I do for my kitten that limits his use of his right front paw? When his brother jumps on him to play he will play and run away, but when he is walking he lifts up his paw as to hold it. I don't have the money for the unnecessary exam fees and the over priced xrays. What can I do? or Where can I go that will not charge me the amount of my rent?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Veterinary fees are not unnecessary and x-rays are not overpriced (in general), people do appreciate how expensive it is to start a veterinary practice and to run one with Receptionists, Vet Techs, Kennel Assistants, administrative staff not to mention the crippling student debt of Veterinarians. Without an examination or x-rays we cannot rule anything out, but would suggest strict rest and prevent Frederick Tackett from playing with his brother; if money is tight there are many charity clinics, nonprofits and other organisations which may be able to help - it just takes a Google search and some time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
Unknown
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat came home last night with a little limp in this front leg/paw, he seems happy enough, eating and drinking well also. Is it possible he could have sprained it? He's also putting weight on it but when sitting he takes his weight off

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing what might have happened to Simba, it is hard to comment on what might be causing the limp It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, they'll be able to look at the leg, assess how painful it might be and see if he needs anti-inflammatory medications. I hope that he recovers well!

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Raul
Orange tabby
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lameness in left front leg.

What would be the normal time frame for a cat to heal from front leg ligament damage? My 12 year old indoor/outdoor male orange tabby developed a limp, 6 weeks ago. We took him to his vet. X rays were negative, though the pain was found to be at the back of his left elbow, where there was a small lump. No other signs of a wound or surface irritation. Blood work showed very low (14) red cell count, which led to further blood tests to look for cancer, infection, etc., and a cycle of doxycycline. Tests came back negative, lump is gone, and his red count returned to 25, during a follow-up test last week. He had two weeks cage confinement, which did not result in visible improvement - he will not walk on the leg, though he uses it for everything else. Vet suggested a CT scan, which we passed on. He's had good appetite, healthy excretion. For now, we're caging him at night, keeping him inside otherwise, and trying to solve the mystery of our limping cat. Based on my own reading, I would guess soft tissue or ligament injury. Lack of a clear diagnosis has been frustrating, not to mention expensive.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without examining him, I can't comment on how long he may take to recover fully. Depending on the type and degree of damage, it can take months to heal, if ever. Without a CT scan, it will be difficult for your veterinarian to give you a clear diagnosis, but it sounds like they have managed his case well, as he sounds comfortable and seems to be doing well otherwise. The problem with outdoor cats is you never know what might have happened to him. It seems that keeping him inside is a good idea, and you may want to follow up with your veterinarian to get a time frame for expected improvement, as they have examined him.

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Bailey
Bengal
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tender
Limping
no swelling

My cat is 6. He was limping yesterday and now today he won't put any weight on his front right leg. He's eating and is still purring. Doesn't seem to mind his shoulder being touched.Hes still cleaning it. He reacts when you touch it from about half way down.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Bailey may have an abscess, a sprain or strain, or a fracture. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, to examine him and figure out why his leg seems to be bothering him, and treat him so that he can use that foot again. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Spence
moggy
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

lifting Paw
Limping

My cat is holding his paw up and limping since yesterday. I can’t see anything wrong but if you touch the leg it appears to be the paw where he isn’t most sensitive. Should we go to the vet or give it a day or so to see if it improves?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. In a 13 year old cat, it would be a good idea to have Spence seen to make sure that nothing more serious is going on. He may have strained or sprained his leg, but it would be better to be safe than sorry if he is having any underlying age related problem. I hope that he is okay.

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Oliver
Domestic shorthair
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Our 6 mo old cat was trying to swat at the dog and his front paw went through the cage and spooked him. He freaked out a little and got it out, but will now not use it. He will not put weight on it or extend it. He used it to dig in the litter box, but just barely. It doesn’t appear swollen or hot. And he will let me touch it. Could it be a sprain?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This does sound like a simple sprain, you should allow Oliver to rest during the weekend and try to prevent him from moving to allow recovery; if Oliver is still limping after a few days you should visit your Veterinarian to determine if the injury is more severe or not. Without examining Oliver I cannot give you any more information than that unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

can kitten's injury limping be caused from trying to get inside thru window if they have shoulder and front paw problems??? i dont know what happened to my kitten,,,im trying to bktrack cause havent seen her come in that day,,I hope she didnt crawl thru window as i slept,,i mightve closed it a bit cause we were getting a colder day

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Domino
mixed
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Age 11 cat is limping. One of his front legs seems to be hurt. When I tried looking at it and straightening it he meowed in pain. He usually is very active, but isn't going out much today. I only noticed it an hour a go. He seemed fine this morning and has not had this problem before. There doesn't seem to be anything in his foot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Domino I cannot determine the severity of an injury or whether the leg is sprained, dislocated, fractured etc… You should give Domino rest (possibly place him in a cat carrier to restrict movement) and look for improvement, if you don’t notice any improvement or he seems in constant pain you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Tuxedo
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I notice that my outside cat Sophie is limping.Her leg seems fine but she will not put complete weight on her back paw.She does not whine when I touch her paw and I do not see signs of a bite or cut.Should I watch her for a few days and see if she gets better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Sophie is limping but not showing any signs of pain or distress you should ensure that she is rested by restricting her movement and preventing her from jumping on things; monitor during the weekend to look for any signs of improvement but if she is still limping after a few days you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine whether it is a simple sprain or another cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiny
short hair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My female cat come home about an hour ago after being out for a few days. She’s not putting any weight on her front left leg paw is sore when it’s touched and her back left leg is sore too. What’s the best things to do? The vets aren’t open until Monday?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you have no Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian available you should allow Tiny to get plenty of rest and make sure that she is in easy reach of her litter tray, food and water; if there are any wounds on the paws you should bathe them with a dilute antiseptic especially after using the litter tray. Visit your Veterinarian when they open. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daryl
Short hair domestic
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain, lumping
Pain, limping

Medication Used

none

My cat started limping all of a sudden. We were playing with a laser pointer and he was fine. He went to the next room and lay it down several minutes later when he came back to the room we were in he was limping. He growls and cries when anyone touches that leg. All he will do now is lay and sleep he can not put any pressure on that leg at all.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Daryl sounds quite uncomfortable with that leg. He may have sprained or strained it during play, and he should be examined by your veterinarian to determine the extent of the injury since he seems quite painful. Your veterinarian will be able to look at him, determine what might have happened, and recommend any treatments that might help. Since OTC pain medication can be quite toxic to cats, they can prescribe something safe for him, if he needs it. I hope that he is okay.

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Daryl
Short hair domestic cat
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain, limping, discomfort

We were playing with our cat with a laser pointer. He went to the next room after he was finished playing and lays down. He stayed in there for several minutes when he came back to the room we were in he was limping. As time went on symptoms seem to be worse. He can't put any pressure on his leg at all. He is in pain, crying. He won't let us touch his leg to look. It's his shoulder area in the fro t left. He is laying down crying

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Since Daryl seems quite painful, it would be best to have him seen as soon as possible by a veterinarian - he may have a strain or sprain, a fracture or a dislocation. Your veterinarian will be able to look at him and determine what might be going on, and administer safe pain medication for him as needed. I hope that he is okay.

I hope Daryl feels better. Best of wishes!

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Lilly
tabby
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hvy limping, no weight on front paw

Medication Used

N/A

I have a 6-7yo female tabby cat that injured her front left paw somehow. She has a heavy limp and will hold her paw against her chest-area when sitting. She will also put very little weight on it when walking. She doesn't meow or yelp when she uses her paw, but I am still worried. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Lilly should be examined by a veterinarian to determine what she may have done to her paw, whether it is a sprain, or a fracture, or another injury. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her and give her any appropriate medication.

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Popeye
Black cat
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Won’t drink
Lameness

My 9 month old cat has injured his right front leg somehow. He will eat is I lay food beside him, but will not seek it out. He won’t drink water and has only urinated once in 24 hours. Any suggestions. Vet hasn’t called me back yet

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Popeye should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible to determine whether he has a strain or sprain, a dislocation, or a fracture of that leg. Until you can have him seen, make sure that he has food near him, and you can add water to his food to increase his water intake. I hope that he is okay.

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Manu
Normal cat
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood around paws

My cat had a fight with outside with someones cat, when he came he was fine but after sometime he start limping his front right leg, he is eating.
Can you please tell me what is the reason behind it is it serious?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Manu may have sprained his leg, or he may have an abscess forming that needs to be treated. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as without seeing him I can't determine what might be going on with him. A veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might have happened, and recommend the best course of treatment for him. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Paris
I don’t know
1 Month
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat is walking with front paw up she hasn’t been declawed or has done this before and every time I touch the paw she makes a screeching noise and meows I’m a bit afraid what to I do ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Paris it is difficult to determine the specific cause of the pain/limping; sprains, fractures, dislocations, insect bites among other causes may lead to paw sensitivity. Try to keep Paris rested and restrict her movement but if she is vocalising pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine a cause and to get some pain relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sawyer
Tuxedo
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cut

The other night my cat got a cut around the bed of his front right paw & he is limping. We have no idea what he did or where in the house he did it, he is a 100% house cat. He was bleeding but that has stopped but I don't know how to clean it or help him with the pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should bathe the cut with a dilute antiseptic and you may also apply some Neosporin in the wound to protect it; however if the wound is deep or wide you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine if it needs to be sutured closed. As for pain, there isn’t anything over the counter that would help since since over the counter medications may cause blood thinning and further bleeding as a side effect. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kiki
Unknown
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of feeling in leg

My cat Kiki who is 6.5 years old has stopped using her front leg. She has no feeling in it and the paw is bent inward. She has since stopped eating and drinking regularly. When she drinks she drools most of it out of her mouth. She is not active in any way. As before she was a very active cat who always ran around. She now only gets up to use the little box occasionally. She’s very skidish to any movement or noise. She has not been stepped on and nothing has fallen on her. We’ve had the vet out twice, and we’ve tried two different medicines and neither have improved her condition. We’ve also had X-rays that have shown nothing.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Kiki, I'm not sure that I can add anything to what your veterinarian has determined. It sounds from your description like she may be having a neurologic problem, or a spinal problem, and she may need a referral to a neurologist. It would be best to discuss the next step with your veterinarian, as she does seem to need further help.

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Ash
house cat
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I have a 4 month old kitten that wa sperfectly fine and healthy when I left for work this morning, when I returned home today he is carrying his front right paw and won’t stand or walk on it, he is acting normal running and playing but just carrying that paw. There isn’t an open wound or anything. Does appear to be swollen or hot to the touch.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ash may have injured himself jumping off of something while you were out of the house. If he continues to hold it up, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as it may be a strain or sprain, but kittens can have little breaks that need attention. He may need anti-inflammatory medication, regardless.

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Hugo
Short Hair Grey
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Good Afternoon,

My Cat (6 years old) is limping quite badly but is putting it down when sat. There is no swelling or bleeding or bone showing and I can touch it (just) without him hissing or getting too aggrivated and still purring. He just hates the vets and the ride in the car and gets so stressed so not sure to take him or not? Been about 15 hours since limping

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Hugo is putting weight on the leg and eating and drinking normally, you may be able to monitor him for improvement, as a strain or sprain should get better over a day or two. If 24-48 hours goes by and things aren't better, he should probably be seen by a veterinarian to see what is causing this pain for him.

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Ra
Mix
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

limp

My kitten jumped off refrigerator won’t bear any weight on front right leg. His paw is fine forearm is fine I believe it’s the shoulder that hurts I’m sad I can’t afford a vet .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ra may have strained or sprained his shoulder, but he may have broken it. If you can't have him seen by a veterinarian, the best thing to do is keep him confined where he can't jump up and down off of things, make sure that he is eating and drinking, and see if he starts to use the leg. If he does not over 24-48 hours and things aren't getting better, many clinics do offer a 'free first exam' that may allow you to have him seen, or there may be a low cost clinic in your area.

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Lilo
Calico
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sore spot
Limping

My cat won’t walk on it’s front paw on the left and there are no punctures or anything in the paw but there is a sore spot I don’t know what to do because I can’t pay to get her checked out. Do you have any diagnosis?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are unable to afford veterinary care, charity clinics and nonprofit organisations in your area may be able to help it is just a case of Googling them. If there is a sore, you should bathe it at least twice per day with a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin to the area to be on the safe side. However, if would be best to visit any Veterinarian for an examination to make sure that the correct treatment is being given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maki
??? and part persian
1 Month
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

he can't move his front leg

so this happened just a while ago. we were playing with our 1 month old cat he was clawing and biting us so hard he was so mischiveous. then me and my sister decided to throw him on the bed as a joke so i lifted him and threw him then when he landed he meowed loudly we checked him and we saw that his paw was bent. He's not that energetic anymore and he's just sleeping right now. we're just kids and we don't have money to go to the vet since our mother is extremely mad that we hurt him.

what do we do??? i don't know if there are vets near our location since almost all pets here are stray.

pleaseeee help

sorry for the wrong grammar. english is not my first language.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Maki’s leg I cannot say whether it is sprained, dislocated or fractured; if the paw is bent backwards it could be a case he is holding it like that to keep it off the ground, but if it is bent forwards or to the side (laterally or medially - left or right) then it is more serious. You should keep Maki’s movement restricted, I find placing a cat in a cat carrier helps, but to understand the severity you need to visit a Veterinarian; I don’t know where you live but you should try to find a charity clinic to visit if there is one so that Maki can be seen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Junior
Tabb
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Front paw soreness

My cat Junior has started walking with a limp about 2 days ago. The first day he was just seeming sore and would walk with the limp. Then today he started not putting any pressure on it at all. He still jumps on the bed and the couch. He's eating and drinking. There's no swelling from what I can see and nothing looks different. I'm just not sure what it is. I had another cat go through the same thing and he was examined and all they did was examine him and give him pain medication.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It could be a simple sprain or it may be something more serious, you should give Junior some rest and restrict his movement so that if it is a sprain it will improve and he isn’t stressing the injury; if you don’t see any improvement over the next few days you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Manecoon
11 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

My cat is an approx 11 year old manecoon, and he has been limping for 7 days. He protects his right front leg while walking. He does put weight on it, but appears to skip as he hops back to his left paw. I have gently applied pressure from toe tip to the back of his shoulder, up his neck, and down his back and there are no tender spots.
The only time he complains, is if I stretch the leg out straight, the muscle in his “underarm” trembles, and he’ll meow.
His appetite is normal, and he continues to walk around and jump on everything he usually does.
He has serious anxiety whenever I take him out of the house, and getting him to take any kind of oral medication is almost impossible. I would really prefer to let him heal on his own if he can.
Does this sound like he could heal on his own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You could try to let Charlie recover at home if he isn’t showing signs of pain whilst at rest; it would be best to restrict activity to prevent him from running, jumping and playing (a cat carrier may help). Allow him to rest during the weekend and see if there is any improvement, if there is no improvement over the course of the weekend or he starts to show signs of pain you should visit a Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much.

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nala
Burmese
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat just started limping recently, her front left arm appears to be painful to walk on and sore at the touch (upset meows) she is sitting quietly, not moving and is in noticeable discomfort. She has a small scab on the limb (maybe indicative of a cat fight? however has no other scabs) Not sure whether its a small injury that will heal on its own or a possible infection that should be treated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Nala has gotten into a fight with another cat, it is common for the scratches or any puncture marks to become infected; you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side and they may prescribe some antibiotics and/or pain relief for her. Without examining Nala it is impossible to say how severe this is or what the specific cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Safari
Not specified
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

my cat climbed up into a car and fell out in the road which we think has caused nerve damage. We can’t affird to take her to the vet. Is there something we can do to help it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Safari it is difficult to determine the extent of the injury, however the best course of treatment in these cases is strict rest; you should restrict movement (cat carrier or crate) to prevent further injury and monitor for improvement. If there is nerve damage, recovery may be slow or unrewarding; if money is tight you may try to visit a charity clinic or contact a nonprofit for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Luka
Cat
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Right leg paralysis.

1yr old female cat. unexplained injury inside house. Sudden onset right leg paralysis. Cant walk at all. Flops to ground. When tries to eat can't chew properly . Swallowing is laboured. Can take on small amounts of water but doesn't want to.
No toilet at all over 24hrs.
Vet couldn't find any spinal injury. on anti-inflammatory meds. Force feeding small amounts of food and water. But luka is very disinterested. Sulky. Even seen her eyes well with tears. Im worried she's suffering and it may only get worse for her. She was very active and cheeky previously. Its like she's given up.
She growls when her shoulder upperback is touched.
Any insight on how i can help her please!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Injuries may occur easily within the home, you just need a cat to misplace a paw when jumping off a sofa (especially on a wood or tile floor) and there may be all sorts of injuries to the shoulder, nerve plexus etc… Without examining Luka myself it is very difficult to weigh in with a specific cause or severity of injury but I would recommend that you follow your Veterinarian’s instructions and monitor for improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cookie
mixed
9 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My kitten started limping out of nowhere. She's indoors cat.She was fine before we left home today. When we back home daughter noticed kitten limping on her 3 lergs. I checked her paw and nails .When i press next to a nail she's meauwing ,dont let me touch it. But the paw doesn't feel swollen just nail a bit darker colour compared with others.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Cookie, i can't comment on what might be going on with her, but if she is limping and sore, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to see what might be going on, and any possible treatments that she may need.

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Sumac
Calico
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Yesterday afternoon I got home from shopping and my cat was limping on her front paw. I poked around and she didn't announce any discomfort & then today she was walking and putting pressure on it but tonight she's limping a little bit again. I'm wondering if I should take her to the vet or let it heal on its own? I think maybe she fell off the bed or just jumped on it wrong

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sprains are not unusual findings in cats and many times strict rest (not running or jumping) is a big help (rest is best), try to restrict movement for a few days so that she doesn’t cause further injury; if there is no improvement over the weekend I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian next week, if Sumac shows signs of pain or discomfort you should visit before. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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momo
mixed
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My outdoor cat came back with a limp two days ago. he can put light pressure on it when walking but refrains from using his paw when running. This happened once before and the vet gave him some loxicom and said it should heal on its own. It took about 1 month for it to heal. is it essential that i take him to the vets again or should it heal on its own?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Sine this injury is different than his last injury, and any number of traumas can happen to outdoor cats, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian. He may have an injury that requires different treatment, or it may be the same. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him and determine the best course of action.

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Lucious
Unknown
16 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Showing no pain
Swollen muscle
Swollen Joints

My male cat came in after being outside all day, he ate and after about an hour I picked him up.
While holding him, I do my usual checks for sores and the like. (He’s desexed but still gets in quite a few fights)
So while checking his front legs, it felt like the ‘top’ (near the shoulder) of his left one felt... thicker?
I tchecked around the area and couldn’t find any kind of sore or bite, and it didn’t seem to hurt him at all, but I’m still worried.
He isn’t limping or anything either, I thought to check, better to be safe than sorry.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is good that you check him for things like that, since he does go outside. He may have injured himself in some way where you feel that 'thickened' area. Since he seems to be doing well otherwise, he may not need to be seen by your veterinarian, but if the area becomes larger, or is warm, or he stops eating or seems to be painful or limping, then it should be checked out. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Frosty
moggy
11 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

small round swelling on front paw

My 11 year old cat has a small swelling on the top of her left front paw. She can walk and jump without ant apparent pain. My husband accidentally stepped on her paw recently. I am not sure if this is the cause. It is round and smooth looks a bit like a boil.No sign of any bleeding or puncture marks. I noticed it about 5 days ago and it is still the same size and is still there.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That injury may certainly be due to a person stepping on her paw, as that can be a significant trauma. Since she is not limping and does not seem bothered by the area, it may be fine to monitor her. If she seems sore, if would be best to have her examined to try and determine the cause of the problem.

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Snickers
Not sure
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have an outside cat that started limping this morning. He will rest his leg down when he sits, but when he walks he hops, so he doesn’t put pressure on it. He wasn’t doing this yesterday. The cat is friendly but is not vaccinated and my attempts at getting home in a cage to take him to to the vet were not good. I have also put a trap out before but he won’t go in it. I have other outside cats so I can’t just leave it out there. I want to take him to the vet but I don’t know how to trap him. I’m afraid of getting bit or scaratched if I shove him in. I am worried about him. Any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Snickers it is difficult to say how severe the injury is, it may be a simple sprain or may be something more serious; either way it would be best to confine his movements so that he cannot run, jump and cause further injury since cats rarely take it easy when injured. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Easton
domestic short hair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat is been limping, but I was playing with him last night and then he was walking and running fine. It is his front left leg. I saw him this morning and he was limping again. I touched his leg and it seemed fine, he didn’t even flinch away from me or bite/scratch me.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Easton may have strained or sprained the leg, or may have an abscess that hasn't fully formed yet. Since I cannot examine him, it would be a good idea to have him seen by your veterinarian to have an exam an make sure that he doesn't need any anti-inflammatory therapy. It may resolve on its' own, but it may be something that does require treatment.

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Camila
Nebelung
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

What’s wrong with my cat? She has been limping for a few days now. At first l wasn’t able to see this because she’s usually outside and I’m very busy, so she’ll only come in to eat throughout the day. Her left front leg seems injured. Every time I apply pressure on her elbow joint- I believe the olecranon, she makes this noise and reacts. What can I do for her? Should I visit a vet immediately?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Camila I cannot determine the severity of the injury, the olecranon (or elbow ‘point’) may cause pain due to pain in the elbow joint; you should try to restrict Camila’s movement by placing her in a cat carrier so that she isn’t moving or jumping and monitor for improvement. If she is showing signs of pain, you should visit a Veterinarian as soon as possible for an examination to determine severity and pain relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Otis
Maine Coon mix
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat was outside 2 days ago and came in with a slight limp (front right leg). Yesterday the limp appeared worse and the same today. We've not allowed him back outside so that we can keep an eye on him. Also because we have a number of barn cats outside and don't want him having to deal with them when he isn't feeling well. He appears to be hesitant to jump up or down to furniture, etc...which is probably good as with most cats of his breed he is quite heavy(close to 20 lbs) which I'm sure puts extra strain on his leg if he lands on it. I have checked his foot and leg and can't feel anything unusual. He also doesn't react in pain to me touching his leg or foot. His appetite was normal yesterday and so far today is down a bit but he is still eating. I'm hoping its a strain and a couple of days rest will show improvement but I would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many times with this type of injury, rest is best; the rest should be movement restriction as cats like to jump which may put strain on the affected limb, placing Otis in a cat carrier and letting him out to do his business would be best so he doesn’t start jumping off the furniture. If you see no improvement over the next day or so I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian for an examination. Also, a little bit of a diet would be good for him in the long term overall. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Putty
Cat
17 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat felldownn 5 stairs when my daughter dropped him because he didnt want to bebe carried hes now limping and not wanting to put weight on it..when i touch it hes fine till i touch his paw then he retracts it...I can't get to a vet tonight...what should I do???

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be best to have Putty seen by a veterinarian as soon as you can to see what might be happening with that paw. Older cats are a little more prone to injury than younger cats are, and he may need pain medication. Unfortunately, most OTC pain medications are toxic to cats, so he would need a prescription from your veterinarian. I hope that he is okay.

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Camila
Nebelung
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Paw off ground
Lethargic

My cat has a cut between the toes of her paw. It looks like a mild scrape. It seems as if an infection is going to occur. She’s been limping, and trying to keep her paw off the ground. I cleaned her wound with warm water and a gauze pad, but it really hurt her. I tried to wrap her paw with compression wrap, but she always took it off immediately. What can I do for her at home? Any antibiotics I can use? Or home treatments?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining a patient I cannot recommend the use of antibiotics or any other prescription medication (laws forbid me) but you should clean the paw at least twice per day with a dilute antiseptic and you can apply an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin to the area; a cone may be useful to prevent licking, but try to not wrap the paw since many owners wrap too tight and may cause blood pooling and further bleeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Conan
Black and white (?)
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Right front leg limp

Medication Used

none

Conan,is limping on his front left side. Holds slightly off the floor when sitting but otherwise is walking on it. Eats and drinks normally, plays with weight on his front. Carrying him where we are to minimize use.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For minor limps, rest is best in most cases; I prefer confining a cat so that they don’t walk, run or jump on the leg and find that a cat carrier works best. You should restrict Conan’s movement for a few days and see if there is any improvement in his leg overall, if there is no improvement consider visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to determine if it is a simple sprain or something more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Holly
Ragdoll
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

A few days ago we noticed she was favoring her right paw a little. The limp will be anywhere from not noticeable at all, to her not putting any weight on it when sitting/moving around. She does not appear to be in pain, and eats/plays as she has since we've had her. Been trying to keep her from being to active the past few days, but she absolutely loves to jump up and down from chairs, desks, and other furniture. Her paw looks completely normal, and she allows touching of all parts of her arm and paw. Any ideas if this sounds like a sprain? Or something more serious?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If she is becoming more active and is using the leg, it is possible that there is a sprain; however if this is the case you should be trying to restrict her movements for the time being so that she doesn’t cause any further injury to her leg. If there is no improvement in her limping you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination after a few days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harry
Cat
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limb Swelling

Hello,

Our cat who’s around 6 months old, started limping on his front right paw looks a bit deformed, we took him to the vets who thought he may have been stung by a bee or wasp, the vet have him an anti inflammatory injection but 5 days late he’s still limping, paw still doesn’t look right and still has a limp. He does bare weight occasionally.

Thanks for any advise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A sting from a bee or a wasp should have gone down, it not seen improvement, by day five; you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination. Without examining Harry myself I cannot say what other issues he may be having, infection is a main concern and should be checked for. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Siren
American Shorthair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hurt leg
Wound on back

My cat is a tom cat so he stays and go's but one day he came home and he was not walking on his front leg. He can put weight on it. He always gets in fights but this is the worst one yet! Can you tall me some things that could have happened to him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Siren I cannot give much indication of severity or cause; but fighting, falling, hit by a car or physical abuse (from a human) are the common causes of injury in cats. You should treat the wound on his back with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin to the area twice per day, restricting movement to a cat carrier would also be useful; if there is no improvement in the limping you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Macey
British Shorthair
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping, quietness ,no swelling

Medication Used

Metacam

Hi,my 9yr old girl injured herself on a foreign object last Tuesday.she came in and blood was everywhere upon checking I saw it was her left front wrist area and was some sort of deep laceration . I took her to the vet who stitched her up and put on a pretty pink bandage and gave me painkillers for her. Now it's Sunday and she's still limping badly she walks on it but very softly she still jumps on the table but opts for the good leg to land on.shes really quiet and sleeping a lot. She still looks to go out but I've to keep her in for the time being. I feel a bit helpless,any advice would be gratefully received. She has the vet again on Thursday.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Given the degree of her injury, it can take time to heal, and she may need more time to regain use of that leg. It would be best to keep her inside, and when you have your follow up on Thursday, see if she is healing as expected. I hope that all goes well for her.

Thank you for your advice, she is still limping but the cone is off and she's eating and pooing fine.i couldn't take her to the vet as I had fall at work and ended up at A&E with a twisted knee! She's not been out but she's still jumping and moving round like normal,it's just the limp. You saod it could take a while so I'm not overly concerned yet. Thanks again.

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Jagger
American Shorthair
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Joints

My cat has been limping for the past 3 days. He puts little to no preasure on his front leg. I have seen hime use it to bathe himself, but that’s about it. The leg is swollen also. I dont know if it is a sprain or if it is broken.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Jagger, I do not know what might be going on with his leg. Since it has been going on for 3 days, and he is not weight bearing on that leg, he should be examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and get him appropriate treatment for it. I hope that he is okay.

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Koehlie
house cat
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Koehlie, my 3 month old kitten,has been limping the last couple of days. Sometimes real noticable sometimes not so much. She is an inside cat only so I'm not sure what could have happened. We do have 3 other cats but they are all adults and treat her as the baby (since she is). I'm wondering what I can do to help her. Her paw and leg do not feel warmer than the rest of her but she doesn't play quieter as much as she normally does.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Koehlie it is difficult to determine whether this is a simple sprain, a small injury or something more serious; a fall from furniture or just landing wrong may cause some pain. You should restrict Koehlie’s movements for the time being (placing in a cat carrier may help) and monitor for improvement, if there is no improvement over the next few days pop into your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Short-haired (indoor cat)
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Holds paw up while sitting

Medication Used

Anti-inflam, Pain med (while casted

6 Weeks ago I accidentally stepped back and onto my cats front paw. She winced and reacted like there was quite a bit of pain. I watched it carefully for the next few days, she walked on it normally (no limping) and only showed signs of pain when pressure was applied by me. However, whenever she sits, she keeps that paw up (still does). Now she only shows pain when I forcefully move her version of the "wrist joint" downwards with pressure but otherwise acts like her normal self: full of energy, jumping everywhere and up very high, clawing furniture equally with each paw, and chasing toys. Because she has kept the paw up for so long while sitting, I decided to go get it X-rayed. Her wrist joint with all the tiny bones was slightly distorted compared to the other. They tried putting a "cast" type bandage on to hold it in place but she got home and was crying, catching it on things and eventually yanked it off. My question is in terms of how bad can the pain be for her quality of life if it doesn't stop her from doing anything and only hurts when i force it bent? If it heals wrong will she eventually desensitize to the pain when bent, therefore just restrict bending ability? I can't afford surgery and don't want to put her through this experience again unless I know that leaving it will cause further issues. If it will heal wrong but become her new norm, then I'd prefer to leave it and see what happens. When i received her, she had just gotten her tail amputated so she's a tough (and very spoiled) cookie.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what 'distorted' means when you are describing the injury, and without seeing the x-rays, i'm not sure what type of injury she sustained, whether it is one that will heal normally or whether it will heal badly. If it was a strain or sprain, time should heal it, especially if you don't force her wrist to where it hurts. Since your veterinarian saw her and knows the extent of the injury, it would be a good idea to call them, let them know that she did not tolerate the splint at all, and get their opinion on what the outcome might be. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Pebbles
tabby
17 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain, limping

My female named Pebbles is limping all the time. She never had any problems before. She's very healthy. I also have a mainecoon male cat 25 lbs. she's 10 lbs. he jumps on her Wanting to play. She doesn't I touch her front paws and pads. She tries to get away. She's in pain. She's on a pill it's like aspirin. I don't want to put her on pain meds. I just wondered if the doctor is right. Meaning arthritis. I don't know if I agree. I also found some bumps one near her ear. And one underneath her belly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Pebbles it is very difficult to weigh in with a cause for the limping, however you should follow the same general advice for sprains or arthritis which is rest and pain relief. If Pebbles play fights with the larger male, it may be worth separating them for a while so that she isn’t causing further injury to herself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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boba
tabby
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat seems to be limping. Should I be concerned?? He seems to avoid to sit on his right front leg. I dont know if he hurt himself or something happened. He is a indoor and outdoor cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Boba I cannot say whether or not the limb is sprained or there is a more severe injury; you should restrict his movement for a few days not allowing him to go outside, run, jump, play etc… monitor him for improvement but if there is no improvement or he is showing signs of pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Misty
Maine coon mixed
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat is intermittently limping. It appears as if her left front paw is hurt. She is acting normal and jumping where she normally jumps. She does not seem to be hurting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Misty it is difficult to determine the severity of any injury, however if you are seeing some limping you should try to restrict her movement to prevent any further injury and allowing her to recover. If after movement restriction (no running, jumping or playing) there is no improvement you should pop into your Veterinarian for a check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roxie
Farm Cat
3 Weeks
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Refusing to put weight on limb
Lethargy
agitation

The other day, I rescued a kitten from a farm down the road. Well, about two days ago, she was left on our couch (and the person who did so walked away) and she jumped off. We don’t know How she landed, but she won’t walk, and she’s sleeping more than normal. The one front leg seems tender to the touch, and she pitches a fit whenever we touch it. We’ve been giving her children’s ibuprofen in extremely small doses, but it doesn’t seem to help. She just lays on her side unless we prop her up, but even then, her front legs lay awkwardly and her back legs stay straight. She’s eating just fine, and is even eating small bits of broken up hard food. Her symptoms haven't worsened from what I’ve seen, but we're all very worried for her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ibuprofen is toxic to cats even in small doses and I wouldn’t recommend its use especially in such a young kitten; without examining Roxie it is difficult to say whether there is a sprain, dislocation, fracture, muscle injury or other type of injury. Given her age, I would recommend visiting a Veterinarian to check her over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sox
domestic short hair
8 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping on front leg

My cat came in yesterday limping, it’s his front right let. Can still stretch it put front pads down but when try’s to put it flat he lifts it back up. Can still jump up onto the couch but when jumps back down that’s when he lifts it up & limps again

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Any number of things can happen to cats when they are outside, so it is hard to say what might have caused this injury for Sox. If he continues to improve, and is putting weight on the leg, he may have sprained it, and it may improve. If he won't put weight on the leg, it isn't getting better over 2-3 days, or is getting worse, then he should be seen by a veterinarian to have the leg examined.

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fellow
Feral
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

swollen

My feral cat just got neutered and I had to put him in the garage. When I let him out, he was limping on the front paw. Now it has swollen.He will not let me get him now, What can I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Fellow, I cannot determine the extent of any injury; however you should try to get him to rest so that he doesn’t cause further injury. Typically trauma or an insect bite are usual causes for a sudden swelling of the paw; if there is no improvement over the next day or two you should take him to your Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spider pig
Mixed bush dad and farm mum
7 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Limping and little dry blood front
Limping and little dry blood front leg
Limping, a little dry blood front leg

My little boy showed up two days ago with a limp when checking there was a tiny bit of dry blood he can stretch it but when trying to stand on it he sort of falls, he has stayed by my side getting patted and sleeping which is not much like him and I don't have money to take him to the vet here and I'm worried

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Spider Pig or knowing what may have happened to him, I don't have any way to comment on what you may need to do to treat him. Many things can happen to outdoor cats, and sometimes they do need veterinary care. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' that would allow you to have him examined and at least know what might be going on with him. I hope that he is okay.

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Cookie
Dlh
1 Month
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

front left leg8
front left leg

My kitten 1 month and half suddenly dont move her front leg. She cry so much ,so we try to look at her leg in case it broke . But it wasnt broke .but her front leg near shoulder starting to sore. Should i bandage her ?Veterinar very far from my home .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Bandaging can be very damaging to the tissues, and is not a good idea, no. Without knowing more about her, I'm not sure what the cause of the swelling and pain is, but she may have an infection or problem that requires veterinary care. This may not be something that you can fix at home, and she should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible to get appropriate therapy. I hope that she is okay.

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Sebastian
tabby
4 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My 4 month old kitten started limping yesterday. I checked his front paw and he didn't show any signs of pain. I checked further up his front leg and the only place he shows any kind of discomfort is near his humerus. Is this something the vet needs to look at or am I safe to let him heal on his own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sebastian I cannot determine the severity of the injury; if Sebastian isn’t showing any outward signs of pain you should keep his movement restricted and monitor for improvement. If there is no improvement or if the symptoms get more severe you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Grey Kitty
grey and white outdoor
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

An outdoor cat that has slowly come to trust us a little is having trouble with his front paw. He seems to want to walk on it fine, doesn't hiss or anything if we touch it, will jump short distances. There does not seem to be any warmth or visible swelling in the area. The front paw just seems to "fold" under him now and then. It folds closer to the paw than up the leg. He is now cautious about longer jumps, as he really hesitated at the fence and then decided to walk the longer way out. There is no limp as he walks, just the occassional hiccup if the paw acts up. At this time he still has good appetite and seems to want to move around as usual for the most part. Is there any way I might help him as he is not tame enough to pick up or bring inside.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately, without restricting his movement there isn’t much which can be done; nerve injury, soft tissue trauma among other issues may lead to knuckling or a leg giving out. Ideally you should restrict movement and have a Veterinarian take a look at the leg. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Murphy
Mixed bree
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hello. My 13 year old cat, Murphy started limping 2 days ago. It is his front right leg. He will let me touch it, is eating and jumping normally but limps and when he's sitting, he will lift the paw. He is a 100% indoor cat. There is no swelling, no cuts, and no open wounds. There is a pea sized lump on the back of the leg but there is no cut there. I even checked for a tick even though he's an indoor cat, just to be sure. His stress level with going to the vet is extreme. He vomits and huge clumps of fur come out leaving bald patches so I don't want to take him in unnecessarily, but I am getting worried that he's still limping. It hasn't worsened but it's not improving either. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without seeing Murphy, I can't determine why he is limping, or if it related to the lump that you found. He may have a strain or sprain, but there may be something more serious going on that may need to be treated, given his age. If there is a mobile veterinarian in your area, they may be able to examine him without him getting upset, but otherwise, I think he needs to be seen, unfortunately!

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Alice
Russian Blue
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping on left forepaw

I have a 3 1/2 year old indoor cat who has been limping for a about a week. This has happened in the past a couple of times and she has always been fine after several days. She is the cat that likes to get up on my daughter's loft bed, so I have just felt that she jumped down and landed badly. She does not seem to be in pain, walks fine, just with a very pronounced limp. She is not lethargic or giving any other signs of discomfort. She is actually normally otherwise. She does not seem in pain if we try to feel her leg at any point from foot to the shoulder. It does not look swollen. There is no type of visible external injury. We have one other cat, her sister, and she is not around other animals. They spend supervised time on our deck, but otherwise are inside cats. I had been waiting to see if she improved as she has in the past, but the limp is still pronounced. It is usually a bit worse when she first gets up from lying down for a period of time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Alice may have a chronic injury that is causing this imtermiitent limp. Without seeing her, I cannot diagnose what might be going on with her, but if you are concerned, and it is continuing to be a problem, it might be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian to see if she would benefit from therapy. I hope that she is okay.

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Kittty
Unknown
5 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My 5 week O kitten got is front Paul called in the grace of a wooden chair leg it was called for a few minutes and now the cat is having trouble getting around and can't put pressure on the leg would should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Kitty I cannot determine the severity of the injury, however it is important to allow strict rest (no running, jumping or playing) normally by restricting movement to a cat carrier or similar. If there is no improvement, you should visit a Veterinarian to examine the paw to determine the severity of the injury and to get treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nunu
Siamese
5 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My Siamese seems to be limping on her leg. She was ignoring my calls and was no where to be found in the house. She is an indoor cat, but does play in back yard on occasion. I found her in the closet and noticed upon touching her it seems to be what I would describe as her " wrist" . When I put pressure on this portion of her leg she meows. She is not eating. I am carrying her to her water bowl. Could this be broken? And how in the world could this have happened, there is no blood or puncture wound. What can I do until I get her to a vet.?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since Nunu does go outside occasionally, something may have happened that you weren't aware of. Since I can't see her leg, I can't really comment on what can be done, but if she is not eating, she does need to be seen as soon as possible to have the leg examined and get treatment started. I hope that she is okay.

Thank you so much! I was able to get her in on Friday. The Vet said she was running a fever and it appeared her right paw was swollen and she was very sensitive at the fold of the wrist. He felt she may have been bitten by a non venomous snake or spider. She was treated with a shot of antibiotic and a shot for pain. Cats bounce back so quickly. She is walking and talking again, but still not eating a whole lot. I am making sure she drinks plenty of water and stays indoors. Thank you!

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Woody
Flame point siamese
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

tenderness
swollen

My lovely children were running around the house and scared our sleeping 10 year old flame point siamese which resulted in him jumping off our bed into the wall a week or so ago. He had a minor limp which seemed to go away in a few short days. However, I came home today and his lower leg is swollen and has limp just above his paw but below his elbow. It seems warm to the touch and he will let you touch it but touched for too long he meows at you and pulls away. He is walking on it and doing everything he used to. He even is sleeping on it. Should I take him to the vet to get an X-ray or let him rest and see how he does.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Given your description of Woody's injury, it would be best to have him seen by his veterinarian - whether they need to take an x-ray will depend on what they find, but they will be able to determine what is going on with him and treat him with any medications that he may need. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Jagger
tabby
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen
Swollen Joints

I see some scratches and wounds on my cat and think he may have been in a cat fight. Now, both of his front legs are swollen from the joint down. Should I take him to the vet or will this (possible infection) heal on its own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Scratches from fighting with other cats are prone to infections, if there are light scratches you should bathe them with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin; if they are deep or dirty scratch it may be worth visiting your Veterinarian. Without seeing the scratches I cannot say how bad they are. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiggy
tabby
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat is 14 years old since Monday she has been limping on her front right leg It doesn't seem to hurt her as she is walking around but today it has become more noticeable I checked her paw to see if there was anything stuck in her paw but there is nothing and her paw pad feels hard on one side what should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tiggy I cannot determine a cause for the limping, but if she isn’t showing any signs of pain I would recommend that you give her strict rest by stopping her from running, walking, playing etc… placement in a crate or cat carrier may help. If there is no improvement or she starts showing signs of pain you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Domestic shorthair
15 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I have a very overweight, 15 yr old cat that I think has arthritis. I've been giving her Glucosamine & Chondroitin for about 5 months and think it may have helped a bit. But a few days ago she started limping on her front right paw. She still walks and does what she did before but you can tell it hurts her. I was going to take her to the vet but don't have much money. Is there anything I can do at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ideally it would be best to reduce Baby’s weight a little bit but this can be difficult in older cats; normally in these cases rest is best if it is a simple case of arthritis or a sprain but without examining Baby I cannot say whether rest alone would be beneficial. Below is a link to organisations which assist with the cost of veterinary care and you should also look up charity clinics in your area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Karma
Calico
7 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Lethargy
Anti-social
Sleepy

Karma started limping and putting very minimal weight on her front left paw 2 days ago. We didn’t see her do anything that could have caused an injury, however she is very tiny and has a tendency to play rough with her mom (who is 8 months old about). She will meow very loudly if her paw is touched and has been sleeping a lot as well as hiding under our coffee table. We just got her and her mom a week and a half ago, so we are unsure if she may have hurt it before or was abused prior to coming to our home.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to see Karma or examine her foot, I'm not sure what might be going on with it, and it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, so that they can assess her foot and give her any appropriate medication that she may need.

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Boomer
Bengal maincoon
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cat was laser declawed a few years ago. The original vet who did it messed up his front left paw so I had to take him to a specialist to have an additional surgery to get this corrected. The past few weeks he seems to be holding his left paw up as if he doesn’t want to put weight on it. I’ve looked st both paws and he doesn’t seem to be in pain but a few years ago this was how I knew his surgery was not done correctly. He’s a bengal/ maincoon mix and doesn’t do well with the vet, however, I do not want him in pain so I don’t want to ignore this either. Please advise.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I agree with you that this shouldn't be ignored, especially if there is a possibility that he is still having complications from his declaw surgery. The easiest way to see what might be going on would be to have him seen by a veterinarian, and possibly have an x-ray taken to assess his toes and see what might be going on.

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Cleo
domestic short hair
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hopping on three legs
hanging leg

Does my cat have a broken leg? How should I take care of her and let her heal? There are no open wounds or blood, but one of her front legs seems to be hanging off of her body. She awkwardly hops around the house on her 3 other legs, and for now I am keeping her inside. She has no issues getting around and jumping on top of windowsills, but she flinches when I try to touch her injured leg. Other than her leg, she appears to be doing just fine. She's more loving than usual and is very happy to get scratched behind her ears. I haven't seen any bones sticking out, but I haven't been able to thoroughly examine the area because I don't want to hurt her. She is an indoor and outdoor cat (but spends a lot of time outdoors), and when I saw her yesterday and she was doing just fine. It was only this morning when I noticed that there was an issue.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cleo I cannot determine whether the leg is broken, dislocated or there is a brachial plexus avulsion; this is something you should visit a Veterinarian about immediately as this sounds like it is a painful condition. Without an examination and x-rays it is difficult if not impossible to determine if a limb is broken; you should keep Cleo’s movement restricted (cat carrier would be best) and visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Kitten
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
slow walking
Trouble moving

I recently got given a kitten and she seems stiff in her neck area and always looks like she hunches, when she jumps down from the sofa it’s as if she doesn’t bend her front legs and she tumbles answers the limps. She moves quite slow but other than when she jumps down or up places she doesn’t seem to be in much pain. I don’t think anything is broken or lame im just hoping it’s nothing serious.
Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Luna, I cannot say whether or not the stiffness is something to be concerned about or not. Given her age, I would suggest visiting a Veterinarian for a physical examination and for vaccinations (if she isn’t vaccinated already); the Veterinarian will be able to determine the severity and cause for the neck pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ollie
Calico taby
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping, swelling

My cat, who is 8, hurt her leg last night. She is limping pretty bad and it’s a little swollen on the leg. There is no bones sticking or and cuts. She doesn’t do well with car rides. She’ll pee and poop her self before she even gets anywhere. I’m in college and I cannot afford to take her anywhere either. I need to know what to do? And ways you all can help me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without an examination of Ollie I cannot determine whether the leg is broken, sprained or otherwise; you should try to keep Ollie’s movement restricted to prevent further injury. If there is no improvement over a day or two or Ollie is showing signs of severe pain you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost; many cities have charity clinics, but you may need to across town. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snow
Turkish Angora
2 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

no symptoms

Can you please tell me when does a Turkish angora breed cat get their first heat cycle? I'll be more than thankful if you will let me know the answer of above questions.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Snow will probably start going into heat after six months of age when sexually mature, many factors will determine sexual maturity but two months is too young. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizmo
Unaware
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Front right leg swollen and limping

I would like to know what her injury might be and what I should do and how much it would cost to fix said injury.

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/front-leg-injury

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Gizmo I cannot determine the cause of the injury; limping and swelling may be due to sprains, fractures, dislocation, insect bites, snake bites, other puncture wounds among many other conditions. You should allow Gizmo to rest, but I would suggest visiting a Veterinarian for an examination; however without knowing what the specific cause may be or your location (country, state, city), it impossible to give an indicator for cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lovelace
Unknown
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Swollen Joints

What can I do for my cat who has been limping around for and not putting any weight on her front paw ,my husband thinks she got it stuck somewhere while we were gone ,it is swollen and she won't let us hold her.It happened in a hour time period but just want to know how I can possibly help her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Lovelace it is difficult to say how the injury occurred, but if it is swollen you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and some anti inflammatories to make her more comfortable; your Veterinarian will determine the severity of the injury and will advise accordingly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lili
Snowshoe
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Leg Swellin
Leg Swelling

My 2 month old kitty isn’t moving. She isn’t meowing or hissing when you try to pick her up. But it clearly seems like it’s hurt. She started walking as I started typing but she is limping. It’s her front right leg. But again she isn’t crying or hissing at me. How could I tell if she’s in pain. How could I help her. I honestly don’t know what to do. Please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It isn't normal for a 2 month old kitten to stay still very often, and if she is limping, something hurts. Since I can't see her, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to see what is wrong, and how best to treat her.

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Mojo
Small mix
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Pain When Lifted pain when touched

When i touch my cats front legs and neck line he meows in a angry tone and if i pick him up he meows in a pain cry. Have a hot beany on him to keep warm not grooming himself or moving alot.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, Mojo sounds like he is in pain, and I cannot tell what is going on without examining him. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at him, determine what hurts, and give him therapy to feel better.

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jake
dsh
18 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

raw skin area
Wounds

One of my cats hurt his front leg a few days ago. The first day it was extremely swollen and he was limping a little on it. He was also bleeding heavily from one of the wounds (not sure is if a puncture wound or a bite mark). The next day i noticed that most of the spots i thought were bleeding is actually 2 areas on the inside of the front leg that looks like the fur and top layer of skin is gone. There is also two or three of these puncture/bite type wounds in his shoulder.

After that first day, no bleeding and no limpness. He eats and plays and runs around as normal. Seems to be no pain at all, he even jumps. I have been putting triple antibiotic cream on the areas.

My questions are: How concerned should i be over this? what do you think could have happened (I live in the woods if that helps)? And how long should it take for the skin and hair to grow back?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Jake, I can't comment on what might have happened, but an animal bite wound is highly likely if he was outside. If he seems to be doing well otherwise, he may be okay, and the wounds may heal. How long it will take for the skin and hair to grow back depends on the size and severity of the wound. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Snow
Persian
1 Month
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Front leg injury

My kitten is eating but not playing as she plays everyday. Her front leg injured when she jumped from a chair after that she hid herself and slept for hours. I forced her to have water and milk. She yelps when i carry her in my hands. Please tell what shall i do? There's no any vet clinic nearby. I'll be more than thankful if you would advice me some helpful precautions.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Snow, I'm not sure what she may have done to her leg, or how best to treat her. If she cries when you carry her, she is in pain, and she should see a veterinarian. The only thing that you can do at home is rest and making sure that she is eating and drinking, and she may need more medical attention that that, unfortunately. It may be worth having to travel a bit to have her seen in this situation, if her leg injury is making her not want to eat. I hope that she is okay.

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Nidalee
Bengal
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My 2 year old Bengal was outside unsupervised. When she came to the door, I noticed she was limping, giving extra care to her front right leg. I checked her leg for any swelling, but have not seen any. I did not see any scratches, foreign objects, torn pads, in her paw. She is still limping, but has been acting normal otherwise; jumping on cat tree, etc.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Nidalee may have sprained or strained that leg, and it may heal with rest and time. If it is not improving over the next 48 hours, or if she is not eating or seems to be more lethargic, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian for an exam, to see what might have happened, and how to treat it.

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No name
F
4 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drags front leg , paw is

I found a kitten on the side of the road , her two front paws were swollen. Her left paw is torn completely through about half way but she still has some skin connected. Her right paw is swollen but it is going down. Had her inside for the past two days to heal. Put a bandage and some medicine to help heal foot. No money to take to vet clinic but want to help her without the chances of her being put down. Can this be healed on its own within time? can she be okay without surgery without getting infection? How to prevent infection if healed at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The injuries which you are describing should be seen by a Veterinarian, there are many charity clinics and nonprofits (see link below) which may be able to assist with the cost of treatment. How you have described one paw as being torn completely through with a bit of skin hanging, please find a way to visit a Veterinarian; this wouldn’t heal well or at all by itself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Manuel
Ginger tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Limping
Won’t put pressure on leg

My cat came home lastnight with a black tail (his fur isginger) he got straight on to the bed and wouldn’t move. When I tried to touch him he would moan this morning he was moving about but was limping and wouldn’t put much weight on his leg I don’t know what he’s done but need advice on what to do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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With your description, and being unable to examine Manuel, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Any number of things may have happened to him outside, but he is clearly uncomfortable and needs medical attention. I hope that he is okay.

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Reagan
Domestic Shorthair/Mix
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

This morning I observed my cat limping by favoring his left leg. He wasn't limping when we went to bed last night, and he jumped up into his treehouse earlier this morning. I examined the right leg, and did not find any signs of injury (swelling, cut, blood, etc.). He isn't exhibiting any signs of pain and let me feel all over the leg. He's playing and napping as usual. Should I take him to a vet or give him a few days to heal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be just a simple sprain, but without examining Reagan I cannot say for certain; however sprains may occur if he landed wrong when jumping down from a height or slipping on a wood floor etc… If Reagan isn’t showing any signs of pain or discomfort you should ensure that he gets strict rest by preventing running, jumping and playing; monitor for improvement but if there is no improvement or start showing signs of pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fluffy
mixed
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain when walking

My cat has been limping for the past 2 days on his front left paw. I think he got into a fight with my neighbors cat and someone might have tried to separate them or something but he can't walk well and jumps on his right paw which wotks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Fluffy’s paw, I cannot determine the extent of any injury but if he is limping slightly I would recommend keeping him rested and restricting his movement to prevent any further injury. If there is no improvement over the weekend you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination, however if Fluffy is showing a lot of pain you should visit your Veterinarian earlier. If there are any signs of fighting like scratches, you should bathe them with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin if Fluffy won't like it off. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocky
long hair
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

wants to sleep but can’t move paw

So I don’t know what’s happening with my kitten , he’s nine weeks old and he was in my bathroom and he had gotten stuck between our sink and shower where there was a hole behind our shower he some how got his rigt front paw stuck in the hole and was screeching in pain until we tried 10 minutes to release him, now he will not put very much pressure on it but shows emotion of pain , his paw is completely floppy like. I don’t know if he broke his paw or just hurt it really bad . Do you have any idea?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Rocky to examine his foot, I can't say how badly he may have damaged it, unfortunately. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine him and determine how extensive the damage is, and recommend any necessary treatment for him. I hope that he is okay.

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Rocky
white
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Slightly favoring injured leg

My cat must have fallen off of the couch and tried to catch himself? Turning his shoulder blade inside out he couldn’t move and we thought it was broken until my dad realized he could just “flip” it back into place. The cat immediately started walking (to the food dish) he never seemed to be in any pain through the whole incident or after. It just seems like there should be more to it? It looked so scary and I don’t want him to be in pain

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Rocky, I"m not sure what might have happened with him. If he is walking, eating and drinking, and acting normally, he may be fine. If he is still favoring that leg, it may be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine him and make sure that he is okay.

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Cali
Calico
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I have an 8week old kitten , today in the morning was playing and running around fine when I got home she was walking with a limp and crying , let’s me touch it but won’t put weight on it really , I’ve wrapped it , she’s acting weird not wanting to get up ect . Eating fine drinking fine but mainly just limping she allows me to touch it move it don’t feel anything broken or feel anything out of the ordinary what do I do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Wraps are very seldom a good idea in cats and dogs, as they can cause more trouble than they help with, so it would be best to remove the wrap. Without knowing what happened while you were gone, it is hard to say what might be going on with her, but if she isn't putting weight on the leg and is acting strangely, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian. She may have strained or sprained it, and she may need pain medication to help her.

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Kitty
Medium hair tabby
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Limping
Sad
Swelling

The wind was blowing and my front door closed really hard on my 9 week old kitten. He made a really loud sound and then hid under my bed until i fed him and now he’s slepeinf in my lap.

I think one of his leg is swollen but im not sure if the door hit his head too. He has a slight limp when he walks but when i touch it he seems fine.

What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit a Veterinarian immediately to assess for signs of head injury or internal bleeding; without examining Kitty myself I cannot give you any assurances that he will be OK. Your Veterinarian will perform a thorough examination and will prescribe pain relief and any other treatment as necessary. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Delila
domestic short hair
23 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Limping
Reluctance to apply pressure on paw

My cat has been limping for a while now, I noticed it at first after she fell from her cat tree after running around with my other cat. Her right paw looks almost broken, the best way I can think to describe it is that instead of walking on her “knuckles” like normal cats, it looks like she’s walking on her wrist. I took her to the vet, who was initially concerned. But after looking at an X-ray, the vet concluded that her wrist looked weird but that it shouldn’t be something I need to worry about. Maybe she sprained/pulled something. She hasn’t gotten any better and I’m worried I need to do more, but I also don’t want to go on another vet visit and pay all that $$$ to get the same answer.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Delilah I cannot say whether there is a cause for concern or not regarding her paw, if your Veterinarian isn’t concerned I am usually inclined to follow the advice of your Veterinarian as they have examined her and I haven’t. However, you could request a copy of the x-ray and visit another Veterinarian for a second opinion and show them the x-ray from the first Veterinarian as a way to keep costs down; you paid for the x-ray therefore it is yours. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Brown tabby
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Warm to touch
Smelly paw
Pain
Limping
Swelling

My cat is limping, it’s her front right paw pad. It is a bit swollen, warm to the touch and her paw is a little smelly but that may be from her licking it cause it’s bothering her. She doesn’t seem to be too bothered if you touch it, definitely isn’t comfortable but she has never really liked her paws being touched. Is this an infection? We have looked with a good light to see if there is an opening or cut/ scratch or anything but everything looks normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bella and her paw I cannot say for certain, I would recommend bathing the paw with dilute chlorhexidine and placing a cone on her to prevent any further licking; try to restrict movement by placing her in a cat carrier or similar so that she doesn’t cause any further injury to herself. You should visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement or you notice other symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Claude
moggy
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi,i noticed today that my cat is limping on his front leg. It is the left leg (his right). It is my boyfriend's cat and his parents are in holiday and the cat doesn't have insurance. We felt his leg from the paw up to his arm pit and couldn't feel any wounds and he didn't seem to mind me putting pressure along it to feel for any breaks. Really unsure about what to do for him other than monitor him for a while, he is an outdoor cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Claude myself, it is difficult to say how severe the injury is; however if there is no obvious signs of severe injury you should restrict movement (don’t allow outside and would be best to confine to a cat carrier or similar). Monitor him for the time being, but if there is no improvement by the end of the week you should visit a Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
tabby
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

UNKOWN

HI I HAVE GOT A KITTEN AND HE STARTED LIMPING NOT THAT MUCH JUST A BIT HE IS FINE WHEN RUNNIG SO DO YOU THINK THERE IS A SPLINTER STUCK IN HIM.HE IS TABBY AND ONLY 11 MONTHS I HOPE HE FEELS BETTER. AND HE HAS NO WOUNDS EVERYTHING IS NORMAL BUT HE IS LIMPING

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Leo it is difficult to say what the specific cause for the limp is; foreign objects may cause discomfort when walking but other causes like sprains, muscle injuries and other causes may also contribute. Try to restrict Leo’s movement for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pickle
domestic short-hair tabby
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Lump
intermittent
Acute
holding paw

Medication Used

Codeine
Medicam

My cat hurt himself two weeks ago. I didn't see what happened but he made a horrible noise and when I ran out to check on him he was limping. At first he wouldn't put any weight on the leg and he even used his nose to move the paw, but within an hour or so he started to use it. After that point he would limp and when sitting he would hold the paw up in the air. On physical examination of his leg I could find nothing wrong - there wasn't a specific area that was tender, no cuts or splinters or objects, joints moved normally etc.. As time went by he continued to improve, after resting it for some time he wouldn't limp at all so we held off on bringing him to the vet for about 5 days. However, at that point it seemed to get a bit worse, I picked him up and he yelped and then he was back to limping so we brought him that day. The vet had a hard time identifying where the pain was because Pickle gave no clear indications of discomfort during her exam. However, because he was declawed as a kitten she decided it was likely he had tendinitis and we thought he might have given a slight narrowing of the eyes when one of his paws was squeezed. She prescribed 4 days of anti-inflammatory medication and 10 days of codine. He seemed to improve with the anti-inflammatory medication and stopped limping and holding his paw in the air. Throughout all of this he has continued with normal activity - he is a very active cat and likes to jump up and down from high places, run around, torment the other cats, and play. The last day of that medication was 1 week ago today. Since that time, his limp has gradually returned - starting with holding the paw in the air and advancing to a profound limp today as well as change in behaviour. Today he seems uncomfortable (he is flopping around to find a comfortable position) despite having given him codine for the pain. I also noticed a lump just below the elbow on the leg that is giving him trouble - this wasn't there before and he does not have one on the other leg. Its a firm lump, about 4 cm below the joint and is about 1.5-2cm in diameter. He does not seem to enjoy me touching the lump but he's also not giving any obvious indication that he is opposed to it either. We're planning to pick up a large crate to try and keep him from jumping around as much but I'm not excited about locking him up and it wasn't recommended by the vet. Is this something that can happen with tendinitis, or do I need to bring him back to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swellings may form along any length of a tendon in cases of tendinitis and any lump 1.5cm (⅗ of an inch) should be checked by your Veterinarian anyway; you should continue to restrict movement to prevent any further injury but return to your Veterinarian for a follow up examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
No Recovery
Treatment Cost: $4,000.00
He has cancer.

Now that the codeine has worn off, if I touch the lump he hisses.

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Baby
American Short Hair
8 Years
Mild condition
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My cat sustained some type of muscular or ligament injury last fall and has been limping since. We took him to the emergency vet as soon as we noticed and xrays showed no break. They sent us home with a pain medicine and instructions to keep him inside (hes an outdoor cat by his choice) so we kept him in for about 6 months over winter. His limp improved greatly but never went completely away. His annual exam showed no lingering pain or injury but I wish I could do more for him. Hes about 8 years old but according to our vet hes aged really well (she forgot and thought he was about 3!).

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that Baby has had that type of injury, but it sounds like you have managed it well. The only thing that I can think to add to what you have already done might be a joint supplement like Cosequin, to provide support to any injuries that may have happened. Since I can't examine Baby, make sure that you check with your veterinarian before starting anything new.

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Kaleesi
burmese mix
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My name is Nicole and I care for the feral cats in my area, got them spayed, vaccinated, chipped, feed and love them. My favorite girl started showing reluctance to walk on her front left leg yesterday. She allows me close, let's me touch her but I didn't touch the leg. There is no visible break, dislocation, cut or blood. Her pads are intact and I don't see any obvious trauma to nails. She is still walking on it and jumped up to sleep on the roof and jumped down to hang out with me,but she keeps her little paw up in the air when she is in an upright position. Her ears are cool to the touch, and over the years I have noticed warm cat ears can mean an infection, so I am hoping there isn't glass or other foreign object. I might be able to medical help from the shelter that spayed and vaccinated her but she gets more freaked out by being indoors, in a cage, etc. than any animal I have observed, even pushed her way out of the first trap/release cage I got her in and she is super tiny! Any advice would be very helpful. my email: [email protected]

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Kaleesi, I'm not able to give much advice, unfortunately. She may have sprained or strained the leg, and if she is walking on it and using the leg, it may get better over time. If it isn't visibly swollen, you should be okay monitoring her for improvement, as she seems very difficult to examine! You may be able to video her walking and moving, and the limb, and show it to the shelter veterinarian if it is getting worse if you aren't able to catch or restrain her. It is nice that you take care of these cats, and I hope that she recovers uneventfully.

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Lenya
Unknown
1 Month
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Front legs frozen
Swaying slightly
cant stand

We have several kittens who are 1 month old, my father mistakenly walked on one of them pretty badly, the kitten's front legs are now frozen, or very stiff, very rarely is able to bend them slightly though, back legs seem fine she is able to put weight on them to some degree, but everytime she tries to get up she can't properly stand, and kinda sways around, usually can't walk properly at all, just drags herself. She is eating fine, managed to get her mother to breastfeed her and fed her with a syringe, what i need to know is what it's going on, will some rest allow her to recover or is she in dire need of a vet? (money and distance are the only reason we haven't visited one yet) What is causing her this and what can I do to relieve her pain and potentially help her back in shape? Thank you so much (P. S she usually sways and falls down right after getting up, her front legs being very stiff she just loses balance...)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you think of the size of an adult man and the size of a kitten, you can imagine the amount of trauma/damage that being stepped on can do to a fragile body; without examining Lenya I cannot give any specifics about the severity of the injury however it is possible that Lenya will not regain control of the fore legs (but I cannot say either way). You should keep her rested and visit a Veterinarian for an examination regardless of distance and cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chubz
Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

paw curled under
Eating less
Limping
Sleeping more

Medication Used

steroids

I took my cat to the vet today because he had been limping on his front left leg for the past two days. the vet felt there was some nerve damage from the arm extending out and backward. He prescribed steroids and if not any better follow up in two weeks. My cat is 15 months old and was diagnosed with rodents disease (mouth sores) a month ago and now this. I guess my question is could this limping be caused by some type of illness and/or are there any illnesses that have these type of symptoms. My cat has been sleeping more often and eating less. He has lost some weight since his last visit a month ago. I would also like to mention while I was trying to give my cat the steroid he jumped out of my arms. when he landed he began running around screaming for about a minute. My vet said he wasn't in any pain but I think otherwise. Should he be on pain meds in addition to the steroids?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chubz may not be in pain, but the fall from your arms would most likely have been painful especially if he didn’t land correctly; steroids do have an anti inflammatory effect as well. I don’t believe the limping and the rodent ulcer are related in this case based on your description. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sylvester
mixed
12 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not using front right paw.

How can I help him ease the pain until I can get him to the vet? About how much does it cost for a dislocated shoulder? Is there any over the counter medicine I can give sylvester to help with pain? Right now he is laying on a fluffy pillow on his injured side to keep pressure on it bc that's the only way he is comfortable. He will put pressure on his paw but very little and he cries out in pain if he moves too much. He has been laying around pretty much all day as long as I lay near him and rub his head so that's what I've been doing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Do not give Sylvester any human over the counter medications as ibuprofen and similar medications are toxic which may lead to kidney failure and aspirin thins the blood so if there is any bleeding it may make things worse. Without examining Sylvester I cannot say whether the shoulder is dislocated, but you should visit your Veterinarian immediately for an examination and treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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sean
Indian breed
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Low Energy

my cat is licking his left pawpad again and again because of which it has got a little white in colour and he is not even showing his paw properly he is sleeping more than normally he does and some water is coming out of his face and even his hairs aur getting a little puffed up what do i do now

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It sounds like Sean needs to see a veterinarian to see what the cause of those problems are for him. A veterinarian will be able to examine him, look at his feet, and his mouth, and see what is going on, and what treatment he may need.

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leo
I’m not sure
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swelling

I have a 9 week old kitten and a couple days ago he was on my night stand and my fan fell on him. Now he’s limping and his leg looks like it’s broken. I can’t afford to go to the vet, what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If his leg looks like it is broken, there isn’t anything you can do at home and delaying any treatment will cause more pain; whilst I do understand finances can be tight for some people you should remember that not everything can or should be treated at home. You should try to find a charity clinic or another organisation for assistance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Winter
Flamepoint Tabby
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I came home from work and noticed that my cat, Winter, had started limping on his right front leg. He stills walks on it, though there is a noticeable limp/hobble as he continues to run/walk around. Aside from the limp, he is acting normal- I am able to feel around his paw and leg without any complaints from him. His behavior is the same, and he is still eating, meowing as normal, using the liter box and jumps up to my bed or the couch (though he does it more gingerly now).

I just moved into a new apartment with him about 2 weeks ago, and I have a hunch that he was trying to jump from my dresser or my desk which is a considerable distance, or from the counters which are higher up from what he was used too and I've seen him do/barely make it. I'm wondering if he fell off something or hit/pulled something in his leg.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Winter did strain or sprain the leg, and depending on how long he has been limping, you may be fine to monitor him for improvement. If he continues to limp and it doesn't seem to be getting better over a few days, or if it is getting worse, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at him and determine what might be going on.

My car Zeus has the same I’m afraid he jumped from bed and somehow hurt his leg. Would you tell us what is the vet diagnosis? This happened to my cat yesterday if it persists I will take him to vet. But meanwhile pls let me know how he is doing. Thanks.

Hi there, he started limping yesterday- meant to add that. He hasn't seem to have changed over the last 24 hours. But I'm going to make a vet appointment just to be safe.

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Snoopy
mixed
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Resting a lot more
Growling
Less appetite

My cat -snoopy that just turned a year- has been sleeping a lot and eating less. When he try to pick him up he growls at us until we leave the room. When he steps down from the beds he seems to fall on the floor and then stand up rather than landing on his feet. What can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination since I’m concerned that Snoopy is in pain when you try to pick him up, this pain may originate from the abdomen or from the spine and without examining him I cannot determine the specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little
grey tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limp, sleeping more

My female, very active, 2 yr old cat has a slight limp on her rear leg. I also noticed that her paw pads and fur feels cold compared to the rest of her legs. I think, by her reaction when touched, that its coming from her hip area some where. Pinched nerve? Sprain? But 30 mins later warm again.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Little I cannot say for certain what the cause is, sometimes when the nerves are compromised to the limb there may be temperature changes and also if there is a blot clot restricting blood flow; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and a spinal x-ray (would include hips too) to help narrow in on a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Whiskers
Cherazi
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My cat has gone missing for 6 hours and we found him after hearing him being attacked, he was terrified and had his mouth open and tongue out for almost an hour, he had minor hair matted and the next morning we found him limping on his left leg and doesnt land it on the ground neither does he know how to rest on it or put any pressure on it, what does that indicate and how do i solve this problem temporarily as im somewhere extremely far from any vets and i wont be able to travel home until after two weeks please help..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Whiskers I cannot determine specifically the extent and severity of the injury, however if you’re unable to get to a Veterinarian due to distance you should restrict Whiskers’ movement (cat carrier is best) to prevent further injury and monitor him for signs of improvement. There is no single specific treatment or solution I can offer in this situation apart from the rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
Short hair tabby
One Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

One year old female cat with broken front leg just below her shoulder - her upper humerous. Confirmed by xrays also that the top of the bone is out of alignment and pushing on the humerous. We have two options - amputation or surgical pin insertion. Money is a major factor as is recovery and quality of life. My kids refused to consider euthanasia.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Obviously amputation is the cheapest option, is a simple one time surgery (in most cases) and has a fast recovery time; surgery to stabilise the fracture with a pin will allow Lily to retain her fore leg but she may require an addition surgery if there are complications which may increase the cost. You would be surprised how well cats adapt to amputation especially when still young; owners are generally more traumatised by the loss of a limb than their pets. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sage
Minx
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I have been noticing That my 4 year old cat has been limping but not all the time. She does it for one day and then the next day she does not. Today I noticed she was limping today and I don’t know if it Swollen or not. She lets me touch it.
I just don’t know if I should