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What is Joint Dislocation?

Joints are held together with tendons and ligaments. When these are also damaged, the dislocation is referred to as luxation. Subluxation refers to dislocation with no damage to these surrounding parts. Hip dislocation, from hip dysplasia or from injury, along with a luxating patella (sliding knee cap) are among the most common dislocations seen in cats. Elbow luxation and tail dislocation are also seen on a lesser scale. Joint dislocations are paired most commonly with other serious injuries from trauma. It is imperative to get your cat immediate veterinary care in situations of trauma, as the injuries can be life threatening.

A joint is the point at which two or more bones meet, often allowing movement of body parts. The three types of joints, fibrous, cartilaginous and synovial pivot joints, can become pulled apart or moved out of alignment, causing dislocation. Joints that allow movement are at a greater risk than ones that do not. The joints that allow movement are categorized as hinge, saddle and ball, and socket joints.

Symptoms of Joint Dislocation in Cats

Often the first symptom of trauma is your cat's disappearance for a long period of time, even lasting days, in some cases. A serious injury usually makes it difficult for the cat to return home. Inspect your cat upon its return for any possible injuries. Other symptoms to watch for are:

  • Pain
  • Holding limb up while walking
  • Limited or abnormal movement
  • Limping
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Decrease in muscle around affected joint
  • Bent limb
  • Deformed joint
  • No toe sensation

Causes of Joint Dislocation in Cats

By far, the most common cause of joint dislocation in cats is injury. Small children should be encouraged to be gentle with cats, as rough play often results in dislocation and other injuries to the cat.

Known causes include:

  • Falling from a great height
  • Being hit by an automobile
  • Being stepped on by a human
  • Tail or limb being pulled by a human
  • Fighting with another animal
  • Having a body part shut in a door (often the tail)
  • Congenital disorder (such as hip dysplasia)

Diagnosis of Joint Dislocation in Cats

Upon arrival to a veterinary clinic or animal hospital, the vet will complete a careful physical exam, evaluating the extent of the injury. They may note a grinding of the dislocated joint. X-rays will be needed to ensure that no other life-threatening trauma to the body is present, especially in the case of an altercation with a vehicle. 

A complete blood profile, biochemical profile, and urinalysis will be taken to assess the cat's overall condition. If surgery will be needed, X-rays of the chest will be required before anesthetic can be administered to ensure the cat will respond appropriately.

Treatment of Joint Dislocation in Cats

The treatment for joint dislocation depends very much on the location and severity of the dislocation itself. There are surgical and nonsurgical options available, mostly contingent on the amount of time that has passed since the joint was moved out of place.

Joint Manipulation 

If the dislocation has happened within three days of the veterinary visit and the severity is not too extreme, the vet may be able to use physical force to put the joint back into place. The cat will be under general anesthetic for the process as it is quite painful. An X-ray will be performed after the manipulation to verify that alignment has been corrected. Only a professional should attempt this procedure. The cat may be bandaged or otherwise immobilized while the joint heals, lasting anywhere from four to fourteen days. Cage rest may be required if the dislocation was in the hip joint. 

Surgery 

For severe dislocations, dysplasia, or dislocations where much time has passed, extensive surgery may be needed. This often includes the implantation of steel pins and screws, some which need surgical removal after the healing process. Fluoroscopy may be used to reduce incision size, but some cases require very large incisions. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed after surgery to reduce inflammation. Antibiotics may also be prescribed for two to four weeks post surgery to stave off infection. 

Medication

In both surgical and nonsurgical treatments of joint dislocation, painkillers are often prescribed to help the cat get through the first few painful days of healing. It is not recommended for painkillers to be prescribed for a long period of time in the occurrence of joint dislocation.

Recovery of Joint Dislocation in Cats

At-home care will continue for as long as the cat is healing, which can range from three weeks to two months. If bandages have been applied, inspect them daily to ensure they are clean and dry. A comfortable, soft bed should be supplied to prevent the cat from developing bed sores. If the jaw was dislocated, soft foods will be needed throughout the healing process. The cat will need to be kept indoors, and possibly confined to a cage to limit movement while the joint heals. Play is discouraged throughout this time. Physiotherapy may be recommended to assist in strengthening the joint and surrounding muscles.

If the treatment has been performed properly and the post treatment care has been closely followed, the cat will not likely dislocate the joint again. If proper care has not been given,the joint will continue to weaken with each dislocation. Obese cats who have suffered from joint dislocation should lose weight to take stress off of the affected joint. In many cases, no more treatment is needed after the healing process finishes. Monitor your cat’s joint in the years to come to watch for signs of injury-related arthritis development.

Joint Dislocation Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

TomTom
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen hind leg around tarsal bone

The male cat outside my job is the sweetest, but a week ago appeared limping and swollen in the hind left leg tarsal bone. I do not have money to take him to a vet, and the only thing I am doing is feeding him and putting water, so he doesn't need to look for those...But I am very worried about this sweet boy I named him TomTom....

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Butch
Maine Coon
15+
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Medication Used

adequan

Hello, I have a 15+ year old cat who is weakened from kidney failure with a heart murmur . He has arthritis which i have been giving him adaquen for. Could I have possibly dislocated his hip when I picked him up? I spoke to the vet about it already so she knows. I hadn't recalled his foot being cold. She said if he had thrown a clot, his limb would be cold. It's warm. Can the limb rewarm or does it stay cold? A day after or so I noticed his gait is off. He missed scratching his face. When he walks the whole leg kind of is out to the side. Almost like a foot drop but not. When he gets into the kitty box, that leg gets caught on the outside even in the lower box. He's eating as usual but not wanting to walk too far from the bed. We have cat stairs all around so he can get up to his cat tree and look out the window, get down to potty and up to his bed. About once a day he makes it to the kitchen to eat, but otherwise I bring him his food. That may not help him, but I know it's a fine line between keeping his weight with his other conditions (heart/kidneys).He doesn't seem to be in pain. His eye are bright. Can he be in pain and seem normal other than mobility? I also thought of possible stroke? I don't think there is anything I could do to help him but saw this site and thought I would ask. I know he isn't a surgical candidate. Maybe my question could help another as well. Thank you for your time

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various issues which may affect a senior cat and without jumping into diagnostics with MRIs and other techniques, we can only guess at what the underlying cause may be. Your Veterinarian would be able to manipulate the limbs to look for anomalies like dislocated hip or another skeletal issue. Clots are likely as your Veterinarian mentioned, but generally cause the limb to cool down due to a restriction in blood flowing into the lower limb. Pain can be difficult to detect but managing general mobility and reducing mobility can help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Dr. Callum Turner thank you for your sage advice, thoughts and quick response. It is much appreciated.

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Jinx
Unsure
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, limping won’t walk on it
Swelling, limping
swelling,

Hello, my cat is limping on his back leg. I’ve checked for splinters in his paw but nothing. He won’t put his leg down but will let me examine him fine. He seems to have swelling on his joint between his paw & his hip. He will let me touch it and doesn’t seem to be in to much pain but he is being very clingy

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Jinx it is difficult to say what the specific cause or severity of the injury is (sprain, fracture, dislocation etc…); possibly if the joint is very swollen an x-ray may be needed. You should give Jinx plenty of rest and restrict his movement to prevent any further injury, but you should also visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tinker
Scottish Long hair
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Few days back my cat was limping without keeping her leg on the ground and I don’t know what actually happen to her over the night. I took her to the vet and they gave her some injection saying there has been a minor dislocation in her back left leg and I was told to bring her the next day but I’ve been really busy with my work and now she’s able to keep her leg on the ground and actively running around but she still limbing a little . I’m scared if she will have to go through a surgery????

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tinker I cannot say whether or not if she would require surgery; but you shouldn’t be letting her run around, movement restriction is important to help with any recovery (placing in a cat carrier or a small room helps). You should monitor for improvement and follow up with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boo
None
18 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

Painkillers

Hi, my 18 year old cat has a broken pelvis and a dislocated hip. The vet is guessing that she was hit by a car. She has had her urine tested and has a problem with her kidneys (she drinks a lot of water and pees a lot). I would like to know what the chances are that my cat would survive being under anesthetic? Would she eventually gain some mobility in that leg again if left alone? Or would she be in pain constantly. This happened on Monday and she has been eating, drinking and using the bathroom normally. As well, she is putting a bit of weight on that leg since that time. Thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Boo does not have the leg repaired, she may not regain use of the leg, at it would likely be a chronic source of pain for her. Any surgery at 18 years old would have risks associated with it, unfortunately. Without knowing more about her health status and lab work values, I can't comment on her prognosis for surgery, or whether you may be able to manage her pain with rest and medications. It would be best to talk to your veterinarian about expected outcomes, as they have seen her and know more about her general status. I'm sorry that happened to her, and hope that she is okay.

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Diablo
Domestic shorthair
6 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain

Medication Used

none

Hi Diablo has 2 puncture wounds that have abscesse, we popped it and flushed it out could you tell us how many times a day we need to flush it out? And when to stop?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Diablo, or knowing more about the abscess wounds or locations, I cannot possibly comment on how to treat them. If the abscess is draining and you keep it clean, it may heal on its' own, but it may need antibiotic therapy from a veterinarian to fully heal. If you aren't sure, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian to be assessed and get any treatment that he may need.

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Diablo
Domestic shorthair
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
He does not use his leg

Medication Used

none

I think my cat dislocated his shoulder but I don't know for sure, I won to take him to the vet but don't know what they will do,surgery is not really a option
are dog dislocated her shoulder ironically, they popped it back in place and said she might need surgery! She is still having trouble with it, and if she needs surgery we couldn't get his fixed.

We think a dog might have got a hold of the cat he had a cut on his shoulder that was draining it looks like teeth marks, are grandparents and cousins have dogs that like to mess with are cats, we have been putting them up at night since then, but if you know anything that we could do it would be much appreciated

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without an examination, it isn't possible to offer a treatment for Diablo, but a visit to your veteirnarian will allow them to examine him and see what is going on, so they can offer you options for treatment. I'm not sure if he will need to have surgery without knowing what his injury is, but once you have him examined you will know more. I hope that he is okay.

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Willow
mixed
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Holding limb up while walking
Limited Movement
Limping

When my cat came home yesterday she was limping with her right back leg slightly up in the air. She also will kind of drag her leg around if she is not holding it up. Her lower back near the leg also seems to cave in just slightly as if she is trying to walk sideways. She doesn't seem to be in much pain and acts normal besides the weird limping. I think her hip or leg was dislocated because when she is not walking she can put weight on the leg. If this is the case how much would it cost for a vet to fix the leg? How could this have happened to my cat?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Trauma is the most likely cause of an injury like this; but as far as cost is concerned it would depend on the severity of the dislocation/injury, integrity of the joint, your location, your Veterinarian as well as Willow’s general health. Without an examination, x-rays and knowing where you’re located it is difficult to give a ballpark figure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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London
Idk
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lifting paw & pulling her leg away

My cats front leg right above it’s paw or where the leg bends seems to be broken or twisted she always holds her paw up but it never seems to cause her pain. I felt her paw and it does seem out of place or as if there’s a bump there.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining London I cannot confirm whether the joint is dislocated, there is a fracture or other pathology; if the leg is as described you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination so they can determine the severity and to offer an appropriate treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Laila
Persian Cat
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Right leg is injured
Right leg in

My cat right leg got injured she is hoping and she is not keeping her leg to the ground she is just 3 month old Persian cats I think so it very minor injury but she is walking with that leg plz do the need full thing thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Laila I cannot determine the severity of any injury, however rest is best and I generally recommend giving strict rest (use a cat carrier if need be) to prevent any further injury and help with recovery. If Laila is showing signs of pain, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tommy
Grey and black striped with white paws
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No poop
Weakness
Leg Swelling
No urination

Tommy was lost for a few days. We found him outside on his side...we suspect that a car hit him and he crawled back. He can not walk on his back legs and only crawls with his front paws. When he moves, he drags his back legs on the side. Would appreciate your advice on what may be the problem. Could it be joint/hip dislocation? He also hasn't peed or pooped in a few days. Is this a symptom of joint/hip dislocation?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Tommy sounds like he is suffering. If he was hit by a car, he may have significant spinal damage. He needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately if this has been going on for days, as that is not fair to him to have to suffer. I'm sorry that that happened to him.

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Gandalf
Cat
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Hisleg is painful to and limited

We took our cat to the vet and we found out he had an abscess and a fever. The doctor gave him antibiotics he has taken them all but he still can't walk on his hurt foot. We took him back to the vet she gave painkillers. He's acting himself but not moving around alot we were wondering if he has a dislocated ankle or maybe pulled his muscle how can we tell?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to tell sometime if a joint is dislocated or not, sometime you can feel the difference between the joint and the joint on the opposite leg; however you should visit your Veterinarian again for a thorough examination and possibly an x-ray to look for any fractures or other injuries. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jinger
tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Less active

Hello,

My 1 yr old cat does not seem to be in pain. But it looks as though his left arm is dislocated. he doesn't cry in pain when I tough it or move it. I can't afford a vet and it is very sad to see him like this. What can I do. Please help.

Jamie Varien

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1101 Recommendations
Unfortunately, many conditions require veterinary care, it is part of the resposibility of owning a pet. Many clinics offer a free first exam that may allow you to have him examined so that you know more what is going on, but there is nothing that you can do at home for a dislocation.

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Yuna
Persian
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limited Movement

My cat twisted her hind leg and bones are dislocated I found her stuck and dangling down from rails. she’s at the vet now and has splint she got x-rays and had her bones aligned, amputation was suggested but I don’t want her to get amputated, she is one year old, what are her chances of getting her leg back?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately without examining Yuna I cannot give you any indication of a prognosis, your Veterinarian would be able to tell you more but if amputation was discussed the prognosis is likely not favourable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Flix
Birman
19 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of appetite for cat foo

I accidentally stepped on my one month kitten due to it following me and my clumsiness and started to breath really heavily and began to struggle for air....after some neck massaging and some comfort it began to calm down we found out that it's front paws for broken we took it to the vet the next morning and she looked at it out it on the floor to see if it could walk and then she told us that since it's a kitten the bones are not broken but just bent and she just told us to give it Epsom salt in warm water and two weeks of rest what else can I do for it and could it possibly be that it's arm or arms are dislocated because it sleeps with its arms crossed over its tummy/ribcage

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If any of Flix’s joints were dislocated I am sure that your Veterinarian would have noticed; crossing of paws or limbs may be just a way to be comfortable. Without an examination I cannot give you any specific advice, but follow the instructions given by your Veterinarian and follow up with them at regular intervals. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Crossing his front legs may also be the most comfortable position & least painful for him. You might want to know that animals have a higher tolerance to pain than we do, & don't show it as easy. If an animal is showing obvious pain he/she is in extreme pain.

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Tommy
American Wirehair
1 Week
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

A stray had 5 kittens in my house exactly a week ago. One kitty is thin, half the size of others. All others seem good and got to pawing each other stage.Just now I noticed this lil kitty doesnt use his right hind leg at all.upon googling symptoms seem to point to joint dislocation.
Is there a point in taking him to the vet now? Can they do anything to fix it , considering he is just a week old? The humane society asked me to get mom n kittens at 8 weeks .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tommy I cannot confirm if the joint is dislocated or if the joint may be reduced back or not; it would be wise to have a Veterinarian examine him to determine whether there is a dislocation or something else, if it can be treated, if it should be amputated among other options even if it is to reduce pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stray "Maria Reynolds"
tabby
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Stray cat limping, back leg held off the ground and swings as though she has zero control over it when she walks. Will put minor weight on it when I fed her. Is there anything I can do to help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the leg is ‘swinging’ it is more concerning since it may be dislocated or broken, without examining the leg I cannot say how bad this is and I would highly recommend visiting a Veterinarian (look for a charity clinic in your area or contact a nonprofit) to examine the leg and to treat accordingly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Beans
Maine Coon
22 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dislocation
Puss

Our cat dislocated his toe by getting it stuck in the radiator. We are guessing he jumped off and slipped causing his toe to get stuck. We woke up to him sounding like he was being murdered only to find him hanging upside down by that toe. I quickly but carefully lifted him to take the weight off said toe. We took him to the emergency vet as it was 1:3am. Vet said it was dislocated at that they popped it back into place. They wrapped it up and said to go to our vet in 2-3 weeks. It’s almost been a week and I’ve been checking the slightly exposed toes. There seems to be some puss and the pads of his toes are wrinkled. It also doesn’t smell pleasant. We’ve tried keeping him from biting it with bitter spray but that hasn’t helped. I’m just concerned that it’s pussing. One of the nurses said that a claw was holding the dislocated toe pad in place keeping it from popping back into place.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Any time a bandage or splint is placed on a cat, it is important to have the bandage checked at least weekly for signs of infection or discomfort. 2-3 weeks is too long to have been told to wait. If you are noticing an odor, seeing pus-like material, and he is trying to bite at it, it needs to be checked today by a veterinarian. It will need to be removed, and whether it is replaced will depend on the condition of his skin. I hope that everything goes well for Beans.

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Binx
long hair
8 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Back leg dragging

How long to fix a dislocated hip before the limb has to be removed? I ASK because i took my kitty to the vet to see why he wasnt using his back leg, they did x rays and founnd a severely dislocated hip. It took them 5 days to have the ortho look at him and now he is going to have an amputation. I want to know if waiting around for almost a week "took" my kitty's leg.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The decision to amputate most likely wasn’t due to a delay in treatment but due to other factors like the integrity of the joint’s articulation surface or other anatomical issues. You should speak with the Veterinarian to ask them about the rationale for the amputation of the leg. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sawyer
Cat
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I came home 3 days ago to my cat crying in pain, holding up his back right leg, and unable to walk. He's an indoor cat and I had no idea what could had happened to him. I do have other cats a two dogs so I thought maybe he got into a fight. I immediately called the vet for an emergency appointment, but before I could even get out the door he was suddenly fine. He's a drama king so I thought maybe he has a piece of tape stuck in him or something so I cancelled the appointment. It's happened two more times in the past three days. Comes on all of a sudden and only last a minute or two and he's fine. I'm not sure of his age as he was a rescue. I've had him about 5 years with none of these issues. I believe he's around 8. Also may be relevant that a couple months ago I took in my infant nephew and now have baby gates around the house that he has to jump. At first I thought maybe he caught his leg jumping the gate. I do plan on taking him to the vet, but it's Friday and that won't be until Monday. Is it possible for one of his joints to just pop in and out of place on it's own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Sawyer is having some joint instability but without an examination I cannot say with any certainty; you should visit your Veterinarian as soon as you can and until then restrict his movement so that he isn’t causing further injury to himself (I find that a cat carrier works best). Your Veterinarian will do a thorough examination of joints, abdomen and anything else they find relevant to determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tillie
mixed
16 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Odd gait
Weakness
Intermittently dragging hind legs

My 16 year old indoor cat started dragging her legs intermittently with walking with an odd gait . She didn't seem in pain when we touched her legs, but sporadically started crying out hours after it started. This happened once before about 3 months ago after she fell from a banister, but she quickly went back to normal. She is slightly overweight, mixed breed. She has big shoulders a big belly and skinnier legs. She is still eating, especially when the food is brought to her. This all started about 6 hours ago. She only started crying out randomly within the last hour.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would probably be a good idea to have Tillie seen by a veterinarian to make sure that she is okay, as she does sound uncomfortable. Older cats can have problems with arthritis, and Tillie may need pain medication. Most OTC medications are toxic to cats, so your veterinarian can assess her, determine what might be going on, and give her any appropriate therapy so that she feels better. I hope that all goes well for her.

Thank you for your input and timely response. It is very much appreciated.

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mr grumpus
mixed
2yr
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

my vet told me that my cat has a hip dislocated he wants to cut his hip ball joint out and try to put it back in it was only two days after it happened why would they do that . why wouldnt they try to put it back in

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different approaches to putting a hip joint back into place; an x-ray would give a good indication to the overall health of the femoral head and the acetabulum which are important to make sure that recurrence is unlikely, if the x-rays showed issues with either of these structures surgery may be required to stabilise the joint. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rex
Domestic shorthair
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling leg while kneading

While my cat is kneading, his rear right leg seems to pop outward and tremble slightly for a moment and within about a second or two it pops right back in as if nothing happened, it will do this a few times while he is kneading until he is satisfied and lays down. He doesn't even seem to notice it, but its only just started happening.

He is an indoor only cat and is of healthy weight. He has not fallen from any high place nor has he been stepped on. The odd thing is that he doesn't favor it at all, he runs and climbs and jumps and plays even getting the zoomies as if nothing at all is wrong. He stretches and even kicks at his favorite rope toys without issue.

I checked him out best I could by gently pulling and pushing and stretching his leg in every direction and all he did was look at me like "are you done yet?" By all accounts he is just fine and I am convinced he is just strange and maybe even does it on purpose, however my wife is worried to death over this. The only time it ever happens is just while kneading.

What could possibly be wrong? Could this simply be normal cat behavior when he is kneading? (he also only just started kneading a week or so ago as well.)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without a thorough examination of the limb and possibly reviewing an x-ray I cannot say if this is something to be concerned about; it is possible that there may be some joint laxity here but I cannot say with any certainty without an examination. You should keep an eye out and possibly get it on video to show your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Penni
Calico
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Limping, not pooping
Limping not pooping

Hello, my cat had fallen or landed the wrong way. Now her right hind leg,She has been babying it. Question is, if it was dislocated would she still stretch her leg out? and would a sprain leave a knot on her thigh muscle?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Penni may have sprained a muscle, tendon or ligament, or may have dislocated or fractured the leg. WIthout examining her, I am not sure what might be causing her discomfort, but a veterinarian will be able to examine her and determine the best treatment for her.

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Mittens
tabby
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Joints

My cats leg was put in a splint for dislocation 4 days ago she has been doing well until her little toes are swelled up today. What can I do until the vet opens tomorrow. She is on pain relievers and antibiotics right now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Mittens’ paw is swelling up you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately to have the splint removed and to assess what is happening; I cannot recommend you remove the splint yourself as there may be complications from the pooling of blood in the paws. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Isabela
dsh
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gait disturbance, chronic

A couple months ago we adopted an adolescent cat from a local shelter. She has always grunted when jumping down from a couple feet or more. As she has gotten older, my husband and I have both noticed an odd gait. It looks like there is something off about her hips. She also likes to lie down with her legs flat behind her and her stomach flat on the ground, which kind of makes her legs look like frog legs. She was found as a stray with a cat presumed to be her brother, who was adopted before we got her. She nurses on blankets. She has put on weight but has not grown much, and honestly looks as though she may be a bit older than the shelter thought. She weighs about seven pounds. My question is, how far should this be looked into? She runs and wrestles with our massive 16 pound cat without issue. She doesn't appear to have any change in her comfort level. Should we let it be or push for answers? I know an X-ray would give more info, but I don't want to do testing for a problem that isn't going to need a fix. We had a kitten before her with pectus excavatum, and we put that poor girl through so much and she died anyway. I don't want to do that again.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems like you know already that there is little that can be determined without a x-ray and a thorough physical examination; if Isabella has an off gait but isn’t showing any signs of pain or distress you may be able to let it be but or peace of mind an x-ray is a quick simple non-invasive procedure which would answer many questions about the hip joint and over all skeletal health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coone
Maine Coon
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Vomiting

One of my 4 month old kittens is an inside/outside cat, and earlier tonight he was playing outside when my neighbors pitbull attacked him. I heard a loud banging against my bedroom wall, so I ran outside with my boyfriend, and I saw my neighbors pitbull thrashing my kitten around in it's mouth. I screamed no, and the pitbull dropped my cat, so I ran over to see the extent of the damage.

The pitbull has either broken, dislocated, or fractured my kittens left leg. When I picked my kitten up his leg just dangled there. He was able to bend it, but his hip area is where it hurts. He has a tiny wound on his belly, just a light scratch, from the pitbull's teeth, but it seems like his leg/hip is either broken, dislocated, or fractured from the impact of the pitbull's mouth. My kitten also has thrown up 7 or so times, but there is no blood in his vomit. He was also shaking after the incident but he is not now.

The neighbor originally offered to pay for the vet bills, and drive me to the emergency vet (my car is totaled so I have no way to get there), and I told her that I needed to run back home and tell my boyfriend I would be going. My boyfriend was fine with it, so I went back to tell her that I wanted to leave, and she suddenly started yelling at me and saying she wasn't responsible for my kitten's broken leg, before slamming the door in my face.

I've called the police and animal control, and I'm following their advice tonight (Keep the kitten immobilized in a towel, warm, and hydrated. I have him wrapped up, with a heater on him (away from his face though) and a cup of water in front of him. He's been drinking water which is good. But when he tried to walk his leg dragged behind him.

The animal control officer said that if I followed the above steps and kept an eye on him, he would make it through the night and be ok, but I need to know what I should do to keep him in good health until I can take him to the vet.

I plan to take my neighbor to a small claims court, but I need to know how much (on average) a vet visit and possible surgery/x-rays for this issue will cost so I can plan accordingly. I don't have money to take him to an emergency vet tonight, and was depending on my neighbor to pay for this, and now that she has seemingly gotten mad for no reason, I am hoping the court can help me.

Please give me an estimate of how much my poor kittens treatment will cost, and what steps I can take for right now to keep him in good health until I can get my baby to the vet. He's been vomiting off and on, no blood, just what he's eaten, and he's been drinking a lot of water, so I know he's hydrated.

I thought about trying to splint his leg, but it seems it's his hip and not his leg since he can bend his leg fine, and meows in pain quite a bit if someone or something touches his left hip.

Please please help.

Thank you,

Lauren

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Don’t try to splint the leg anyway since when done incorrectly by owners it may cause more serious complications than if left alone. The problem here is that we don’t know the extent of the injury since the cost of treatment will vary depending on fracture, dislocation and the specific type of surgical treatment needed (closed reduction, open reduction, casting, internal fixation, external fixation or amputation). Surgery costs may spiral into the thousands but you would need to speak with a local Veterinarian in the meantime to get an x-ray to determine the type of injury, treatment required and the price. Keep Coone calm and warm, but be careful not to overheat with blankets and the heater, ensure he doesn’t move and is keeping hydrated. Check the link below regarding help with veterinary fees. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aaha.org/pet_owner/lifestyle/cant-afford-critical-veterinary-care-many-nonprofits-can-help!.aspx

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Mylo
Ragdoll
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a 4 year old male ragdoll. He has recently dislocated his left shoulder. I visited a vet who was able to put it back in place and he has been given anti inflammatory medication. The shoulder was put back in place Wednesday 3rd of January but I haven’t been able to limit his movement too much. I tried having him in one room in the home but he got very distressed and wouldn’t settle which I though was worse. So I gave him the run of the house and he has been resting much more. He is still limping but does put some weight on the foot. How long is he likely to limp for? How will I know if his shoulder is dislocated again?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. How well he recovers depends on the severity of the injury, and the length that the shoulder was out, as well as how much he limits his activity. He may recover and have no limp, and he may be predisposed to shoulder problems and always have a limp. I would think he would show signs of pain and severe lameness if his shoulder becomes dislocated again, but if you aren't sure, you should have a recheck with your veterinarian to make sure it is still in the socket. I hope that he does well.

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Pumpkin
Siamese
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

Our sixth month out kitty fell from a high spot she had climbed to yesterday afternoon. She has been eating and using the litter box but mainly resting and barely putting any weight on her back right leg. We brought her to the vet this evening and the vet did an X-ray while she was awake. SHe told us that Pumpkin has dislocated her joint and will need a surgeon or amputation, each way out of our budget. Is this worth getting a second opinion or is it hard to misdiagnose this? Any reccomendation for payment plans, amputations, second opinions, specialists, would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing the x-ray, or Pumpkin, or knowing which joint is dislocated, I can't comment on recommendations for her. I will say, though, that it never hurts to get a second opinion, as depending on the point of dislocation, some veterinarians are more skilled at replacing some than others. Most veterinarians take CareCredit, which your clinic can help you apply for, to help with payment. I do think that it is worth getting a second opinion. I hope that everything goes okay with her.

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Eliza
Persian
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating In House
Pain
Urinating Outside Litterbox

My cat has a dislocated hip, and our vet told us he could not pop it back into place because she had a blood clot in the joint. The surgery is too expensive for us to afford, but I worry she is in pain. Sometimes I can hear her hip popping.
She also pees outside of her litter box fairly often, and I read that when cats are in pain they can start to associate that pain with the litter box and not want to use it anymore. What can I do to help her with this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Eliza. You are probably right, and she probably is in pain. A dislocated joint is painful. If you aren't able to have the surgery to have the joint put back in, she should probably be on pain medication for her injury until you can afford to have the surgery. Once the joint has been out for a time, it would make more sense to have a surgery called a fermoral head osteotomy to relieve her long term pain - you can start saving up for that, as she is only one year and it would not be fair for her to have a lifetime of pain. In the meantime, ask your veterinarian about pain medications for her, as OTC drugs are not safe for cats.

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Sandy
Persian
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shoulder dislocation

Medication Used

Pain killers

My cat met an accident with a car. The car ran over her & her left shoulder got dislocated. She is moving but cant put weight on her left leg & Keep it folded all the time X-ray is fine & there is no broken bone etc. Vet adivced to go for surgery or leave it as such & the shoulder may get back in place by itself with the passage of time. Plz advice

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In this case I would recommend surgical correction of the dislocated joint, whilst the joint may relocate on its own it is painful for Sandy and may never reduce properly. I would make an appointment for surgery for Monday morning so that the joint can be reduced into position. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maddie
Scottish Fold
1 year 1/2
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat was found in our shop paralyzed. We brought her inside by the heater and now she's shivering and her jaw looks dislocated!! This is the weirdest thing!!! What happened to her? 😭😭

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot say what happened to Maddie or how, but if her jaw looks dislocated you should take her to your Veterinarian to have the jaw examined and to see if it requires surgical correction. Keep her warm and encourage drinking by giving water dripping from your fingers. However, if the jaw is as bad as you describe you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
moggy
20 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Walking with leg up

Hi,
My kitten fell off my kitchen counter on Saturday onto her back legs/bottom, she did not make any indication she had hurt herself and was fine. Sunday we noticed her walking with her back right leg up and wouldn’t put any weight on it, she slept for pretty much all day Sunday. Monday she has been better, more alert will move around, come up and down off the sofa, she will put some weight on it when sat upright or eating etc and has tried to scratch herself using that leg but mainly hold is up off the floor. Could she have done some serious damage or could it be muscle related or a sprain?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Bella is using the limb often for walking, jumping, scratching etc… it may be that she just sprained her leg and requires rest for it to heal; try to limit her movements for a few days and look out for signs of improvement. If there is no improvement by Thursday or Friday or she seems in pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination; other problems like growth plate injuries and other issues may occur in kittens so this would need to be kept an eye on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mo Larry and curly
Mix
12 weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I have three kittens that all just started limping on their left front leg. One started this morning and now they other two are doing it. They are about 12 weeks old and they stay in the house. Only thing different that has been done is I have changed kitty litter

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is strange that they have all started limping on the same leg, if you have changed the litter it may be the leg they use to push the litter around. I would change the litter back to the old type for a few days and bathe your kittens to see if there is any improvement in the limping. If you do not see any improvement in the limping by Monday or Tuesday you should visit your Veterinarian for a general examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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tommy
Siamese cat
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

i found the joint of 2nd phalanges on the left leg differs from the right. he meows when i touch it like in pain. it also feels crackly when i move the injured toe

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Tommy has an injured toe which seems dislocated, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine if it can be reduced or if surgical correction is required. Without examining Tommy I cannot give you an indication of severity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Billu
Common indian breed
4 months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi,
My cat was attacked by a dog.There is no external wound or injury but he falls off while jumping up or down.he turns down while scratching his ears with front leg,looks like his hip is not supporting.but he walks and runs normally.pleaSe advise.
Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible injuries here, I would advise to give Billu lots of rest which may include confinement to a cat carrier. Without examining Billu, I cannot give you much in the way of specific joints affected etc… If there is no improvement after two or three days you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination; also if you notice any neurological symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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