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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

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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Talyn
mixed
1 Month
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I have a one month and a week old kitten that this morning has a limp and last night he didn't. We think it is dislocated but not sure. It's his back left leg.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Talyn, I cannot determine whether the limb is sprained, dislocated, fractured or otherwise; you should restrict his movement to prevent any further injury, but ideally you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination to determine the severity and to get pain relief as required. 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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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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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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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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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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luna
Not sure
1 Month
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi I have a pretty young kitten thats limping on its leg. If her leg is dislocated is there anything we can do to help and how much would it be to go to the vet for a fix?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian, without examining Luna I cannot determine whether there is a dislocation and you haven’t indicated which joint or leg is affected; giving a price would depend on the severity of any injury and your location as the price for veterinary services can vary widely country to country but also city to city. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Eliza
Persian
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sammy
Calico
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dislocated hip

My neighbors cat got hit and the cat has what looks like a dislocated hip. The hip area looks like it has a dip in it and can walk on it, but limps. They cannot afford to go to the vet and wanted to know if they could do anything for the cat that would help him heal besides him having to have surgery? What can they do with him to help him form the false joint faster?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There isn't anything that your neighbors can do for Sammy if he has a dislocation or a break in that hip. If he has had trauma and the joint is intact, he may get better with time. If the joint is out of place, there isn't any way for that to heal, and he will always be lame on that leg.

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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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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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NA
Cat
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

found a cat with a dislocated hip what can I do to help? Looks like she is liking and can’t put pressure on her right side. I have absolutely no funds to take her to a vet or clinic

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I understand your financial situation, I cannot ethically (or legally) recommend you perform any manual reduction of the dislocation (if it is dislocated); all I can recommend is to keep the cat calm and rested. Try to find a charity clinic or other organisation which will examine the cat or take it in for treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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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Miss kitty
Calico
15 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not walking or moving

My cat jumped off the couch and is now limping. Feels like her right hip is dislocated she wont walk on it. We have no money for a vet please let me know what I can do. Can you help me do something at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I appreciate that money can be tight, I cannot confirm whether or not there is a dislocation, sprain, fracture or other injury; I cannot ethically recommend any at home treatment apart from giving strict rest by restricting movement to a cat carrier or crate. There are charity clinics and other nonprofits which may be able to assist you to confirm and treat the injury, see link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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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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Binx
long hair
8 Months
Serious condition
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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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Beans
Maine Coon
22 Months
Mild condition
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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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Bravo
mixed
1 Month
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

walks backwards
Slight swelling
In pain

I have another kitten that is one month old. He may have had something heavy fall on him when we weren't old and the kittens head was tilted to one side and his shoulder was caved in. I took him to the vet ER but since I couldn't pay their prices they only gave him an anti-inflammatory med. My husband has been giving him massages daily and he can lift his head now but its now turned to one side. He still cries when we pick him up and he walks backgrounds sometimes. Is my husband hurting him more? He's giving him neck exercises and shoulder exercises rotating them. I'm afraid the kitten will be worse because of this. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Just like with Tayln, I cannot determine the severity of an injury without examining Bravo first; massages may be useful in some cases but may cause harm in others. I understand that veterinary care can be expensive but you should think about taking both to a Veterinarian (could be a charity clinic or other organisation) for an examination. 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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Logan
Tabb
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cries

My cat has been behaving weird towards how he usually does...
However it was only today I had noticed or felt his left shoulder bone more than I have before. When I stroke him I feel like I feel the bone always and when it came to looking at him as he sits(crouches I can see his shoulder bone sticking out more than the right side) I don’t know if I’m paro because everyone and then he would play fight with me and react as if he’s normal and then the next il stroke him and hel cry like he is in pain.... very confusing....

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That does sound odd, I agree. It sounds like Logan may have a problem with his shoulder if it is painful occasionally and you can feel the bone more prominently than before. It would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, determine what might be going on, and recommend treatment for him. I hope that all goes well for him.

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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
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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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Tommy
American Wirehair
1 Week
Fair condition
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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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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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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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Whitey
Mixed breed
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble breathing and walking

I stepped on my 2-2 1/2 month old kitten and when I touch the area where I stepped on him at (which is the right side) it feels like it could be a dislocated/broken arm or even a cracked rib. He's having trouble breathing and walking now.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Whitey needs to see a veterinarian right away. That is a significant trauma for him, and if he has been injured, he will need treatment so that he can breathe and walk normally. I hope that he is okay.

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none
Feline
6 Weeks
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Dry Heaving
Heavy Breathing

I found a kitten in the parking lot of my job. It is limping and is breathing very hard. I think it's hip is dislocated. You can see the bump on his hip where the bone is not where it should be. He is very young and is eating but also very weak. His breathing is almost dry heaving.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you believe that the kitten has a dislocated hip or any other serious injury you should take it to a Veterinarian (even a charity clinic) for an examination and treatment; there is nothing I can recommend that you can do at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gandalf
Cat
6 Years
Moderate condition
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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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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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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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Laila
Persian Cat
3 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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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Uno
Grey
2 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

pooping everywhere
not walking on back legs

Good Afternoon,

We have a wonderful kitten named Uno who has never been able to walk on her back legs. She scoots around on her front legs and gets by, but it really does affect her ability to climb and she's been going to the bathroom just about everywhere. She was the only one who survived out of her mom's litter. We really don't have a lot of extra money, as we have a baby on the way. Would she need extensive surgery or is this something that would be able to get fixed with splints? I don't want to have to find her a new home, and I want to help her as much as I can but like I said the financial issues are what's slowing taking her to the vet down, as I'm worried from what I've read that we would get referred to neurologists and all these things we wouldn't be able to afford. I just want to know what the best advice is. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for why a cat is not using the back legs and without an examination and an x-ray it is not possible to say what the specific cause is or whether it can be treated or not. Unless the underlying cause is determined, it is not possible to recommend any treatment and if the back legs are paralysed, splinting would be of no use whatsoever; I know finances are tight but a visit to a charity clinic or getting assistance from a nonprofit may be the way to go. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Wee Willie
Cat short hair
12 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to use right leg.

Medication Used

Buprenex every 12 hours for pain

A stray cat came to my house with its right leg hanging and it does not use it at all. The shoulder is in a forward position and the paw curls inward. It's an obvious dislocation.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Apart from pain management which you seem to be already doing, there is no way which I can recommend a course of action to place the joint back for you to do at home; this is something where either a Veterinarian will examine and correct the dislocation manual reduction or surgery) or have the limb amputated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
mixed
3 Years
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
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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Diablo
Domestic shorthair
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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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Diablo
Domestic shorthair
6 Months
Mild condition
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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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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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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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Jinx
Unsure
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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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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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TomTom
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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....

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many things that can happen to cats that live outside, sadly. Trauma, bite wounds, infections, infectious disease, among many other things. If his leg isn't getting better over a week, he really should be seen by a veterinarian to see what is going on and get any treatment that he might need. I hope that he is okay.

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Bob bojangles
Mix
14 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat is approximately 13-15 years old (he was a stray, Ive had him for 5 years). and is quite active and has a hearty appetite. he was walking just fine and being his usual self prior to my spouse and I going on vacation. We returned 2 days ago, and now he has an obvious limp to his R hind leg. I am a nurse and i felt his leg for possible abnormalties and I noticed when i touch the anterior side of his ankle (the inward bend) he cries, whihc is very unlike him. he doesnt mind when I touch other areas of his leg. He lives in a house with 3 other feline friends (ages 2-3). My twin sister and her hubby, whom lives with us, stated after hearing a crash in the kitchen and noticing a broken glass bowl on the floor is about when they started to notice hes been limping. mind you he also jumps on the stove, and the island and the highest portion of the 5 tier cat tree. he is also blind on his R side. what do you recommend. he still walks around the house using all paws, but he continues to limp and avoid putting increased pressure on that hind foot. he still has his usual appetite, and follows me around the house. thank you for your time!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should give Bob Bojangles plenty of rest and I would recommend that you restrict his movement by putting him in a cat carrier or something similar so he isn’t walking, running, jumping or playing. I’m concerned about the vocalisation of pain as cats are generally stoic and hide pain well; I would visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side in case it is more serious than a simple sprain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pagan
traditional persian
20 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling of joint
Holding limb up
Pain

Medication Used

loxicom

Pagan was kicked by a child in our garden I took her to the vet and we discovered she has a dislocated elbow and torn ligaments, she is due to have surgery in 5 days time. They put a splint on her leg and told me she must have it on at all times, but she keeps getting it straight back off again, is it possible that she could lose the use of her leg if not splinted?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The splint that Pagan had put on was probably meant to stabilize the injury and provide comfort for her. While I do not know the details of her situation, and it would probably be best to contact your veterinarian and make sure, if she is not tolerating the splint, she may be fine to have it off until the surgery, and the lack of splint should not change the outcome of the surgery.

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Jimmy
American Short Hair
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Lacerations
Hip dislocation
discomfort

My cat Jimmy was outside and didn’t come home at night like usual. We found him next to our house this afternoon and he couldn’t walk. We took him to the vet and he has both hips dislocated with a fracture on his left hip. Our vet said he had never seen anything like this in our area, only in the city. We have neighbors who don’t like him being an outdoor cat as he wanders. He has lacerations on his back hind legs, but his front legs and paws were immaculate. Is it possible that someone could have kicked him or hit him with something to hurt him that badly? We do not believe he fell out of a tree as that only part of his body that was lacerated and hurt was his back legs and pelvis area.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sadly there are humans that will physically injure animals and having worked in the past in animal welfare I’ve seen the worst of it; I cannot say whether or not a neighbour did this or if Jimmy was attacked by a dog or another animal. I wish I could give you a definite answer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moose
Siamese mix
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dislocated tail

Medication Used

Meloxicam

What are the symptoms of a dislocated tail? I took my car to the vet cause he had severe swelling at the bottom of his tail where it meets his bottom. The vet said he dislocated his tail and that it may need to be amputated. They gave him a 5 day regimin of Meloxicam for pain. This was over a week ago now. He's still quite swollen which seems to be worse at night. He won't do anything but sleep. Tried giving him wet food and he won't eat it. I noticed his appetite is down and I'm not sure if he's using the litter box. He laid in the same spot in the bathroom for over 5 hours last night. Should I take him back to his vet or is this normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically dislocation of part of the tail is caused by trauma, usually getting the tail stuck in a door, stood on or similar type of injury. If anti inflammatories are unsuccessful you should be considering a partial caudectomy. I’ve placed two articles below with information on symptoms and the surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/tail-trauma https://wagwalking.com/cat/treatment/caudectomy

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Moonlight
Bombay
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No pain just falls sometimes

My cat is pregnant and she's about 4 months old and we noticed that her left arm is bending a bit under her body but she doesn't cry in pain but we're really concerned if that'll be a problem when she gives birth because we've started to see her kitties move. So is there any advice for her first birthing experience and her arm??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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4 months is very young to be having kittens, and Moonlight may be developing some bone disease from the stress of having kittens. It would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian to make sure that she is okay, and possibly have some x-rays taken, to see what the status of that arm might be.

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Hissy
Unknown maybe american short hair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sideways running

We got a kitten from a foster about a year and a half ago with what we were told had a birth defect in her hips causing her back legs to not work qwite right when she runs she actually does this sideways hop but it seams lime maybe it may have stunted her growth and that leads me to believe it was from birth but my question is there something that can be done to her because she is the most determined animal ive ever come across and she also has the biggest heart in any animal playful and cute might i add and id love to see her walk normal not that it has slowed her down but she is still young

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Hissy or knowing more details on what sort of defect she has, I can't comment on how to possibly fix it, but it sounds like she does quite well regardless. It might be important for her to be an indoor cat if the defect decreases her defenses, and a visit to a veterinarian might be a good idea to see if there is anything that can be done to help her move more normally.

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Diamond
mixed
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping. But still playful
Limping still playfull

Hello my cat is almost 3 months old. My son was playing with her and he held her leg when she was trying to get away. First she was crying a lot and I gave her Tylenol. Now she wants to play and seems like it's not hurting as bad anymore but she still has a limp. I see her put weight on it so I don't think it's broke but I know for sure I can't afford a vet bill. Is there anything I can do for her? because it seems like she might be getting better or it may just be the Tylenol. It's Sunday morning now and it happened Saturday morning around 6 a.m. . Thanks if you could really give me a little advice because I feel so helpless right now thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tylenol (acetaminophen) is toxic to cats with a single extra strength tablet being about to cause toxicity in cats which may include liver damage and methemoglobinemia. You should visit your Veterinarian immediately about the Tylenol administration alone as it is around seven times more toxic to cats than to dogs and with her being so young as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/acetaminophen/ www.addl.purdue.edu/newsletters/1998/spring/acet.shtml

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Fancy
Tuxedo
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Fast jumping

My cat is 2years old.
She cameat 5 months.
She did not associate with people. She looks extremely shy and easily terrified.
When she walks, her rear leg looks a little crooked, she jumps very fast.
Her mood is getting better as time goes.
I am wondering if she was injured , or long time ago before coming, or congenital joint problem.
She was adopted from shelter.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Fancy, I don't have any way of knowing what might be causing that unusual gait. If she is doing well generally, and moves around on it, it may be fine to continue to monitor her, and time may heal whatever happened. If she is limping or seems in obvious pain, it may be better to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they can look at her and see what might be going on.

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Precious
domestic short hair
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

leg dangling joint out of place

I have a 2 year old outdoor cat who belongs to a feral colony that I take care of. He showed up Saturday with what looks like a dislocated leg from what I would call the knee joint. Financially I can not afford to get him to the vet and so far have found nobody willing to work with me without money up front. My question is, will this heal if I can not get him help? I've been keeping an eye on it and there does not seem to be any noticable infection. He is still eating , drinking and moving around even though it is very limited movement. He has found his "safe" place under my deck but still my heart breaks. I'm just trying to get my worse case scenario as I continue to find someone in the area who will help. It is not this cats fault that his caregiver is poor. Thank you in advance.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Precious's leg appears to be actually dislocated, where the knee joint is not intact, that will likely not heal on its' own, and might need surgery to fix. It may not be dislocated, though, and a fracture may actually heal. There are many clinics that do offer free or discounted first exams that may be able to help, and keeping him confined under the deck might be the best thing to do for him, as he won't have to move around and put stress on the leg.

Thank you. He seems to be getting around fairly well with the 1 back leg as this morning .I went out to feed them last night and he came up the 2 step to get on my deck. This morning I found him asleep in the chair on my deck. After he ate, he went back down the steps and back under the deck. Now I am just trusting in the Lord to heal him or get me some help.

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Steve
Cat
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat’s hip was dislocated in an accident almost 2 weeks ago. I took her to the vet and they recommended expensive surgery. I don’t have a lot of money and she doesn’t seem to be in a lot of paint, so what if I don’t get the surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cat’s can be stoic and not show that they are in pain, you should have the dislocation reduced since a dislocated hip will only get more painful as time goes on and correction will only be more difficult later in life. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Espe
Unknown
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

Deflea
Dewormed
Antiobics

So we found a stray kitten on the side of the road. He was in really bad shape. He has an abscess under his chin and he does not get around very well.we took him to the vet right away and he was given an genaral exam his access was drained and he is now in antibiotics. The swolleness has gotten down but there's another lumb right next to the abcess that the doctor drained. It is very hard to the touch its temperature is normal and there's no redness what so ever. Should I take him to the vet again? Does this access needs to be drain too now that we have given him the antibiotics for 3 days?
When we found him he we just could not walk. But when we took him to the vet he told us that he need it x Ray's which are really expensive. We have 3 other cats and a big dog for which we also have to pay regularly visits to the vet. Now he puts a lot of weight in one leg and not in the other. He can walk a lot more than the first day. one leg when I hold him is longer than the other. Decrease of muscle in one of his legs is obvious to the touch. He seems as though he can jump out the sofa but I didn't let him just to be safe. He is confined to the dogs cage. He can poop, pee on his on. Though he does not stand for a very long period of time he seems to be walking more. Do we need to take him to the vet for the x Ray's or are we able to wait a little longer and try to raise some money to pay for this? Does it seem like something that he can maybe recover with time and rest. Hes a kitten (around 3 months, he looks like the age of our kitten) and it worries me that he is not intersted in playing or desperate to get out of the cage. He also does not pur when I pet him but that might be because he has been through a lot. Does this sound like he could be in a lot of pain right now?
We also notice that he has a hard time eating hard food and only does this with the side on which he does not have the access.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should keep an eye on the other lump which has appeared and visit your Veterinarian for an examination if it gets bigger or doesn’t resolve with the antibiotics (if most likely may need to be drained). As for the leg, this would need to be checked by your Veterinarian as I cannot examine Espe to determine the specific cause of the loss of muscle mass or limping. Keep movement restricted for now, but raise the funds to visit your Veterinarian for another examination and x-ray if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ninja
Cat
2 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Cry's out now & then, ate a little,

My 1-1/2 yr old cat, Ninja, was hit by a car...took him to vet, x-rays show both hips dislocated & 1 ankle. It's been 34 hrs, he is home on pain meds while we decide. Is it even possible to fix all this? I'm guessing it would be about $5,000 plus. We are so upset...any advice is welcome. Thank you, Jennie & Dennie

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ninja and seeing x-rays, I cannot say for certain; however it is possible to reduce dislocated hips (closed or open) and stabilise other joints, but the longer you wait to reduce the hips may result in difficulties. Your Veterinarian will be able to tell you more and give you a ballpark figure for cost (costs vary). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mollie
Domestic Short haired
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dislocation

My 2 year old cat has dislocated the bones in her rear right leg from the knee joint. Her tibia is also out of position at the foot end and is pressing on the tendons which then makes her toes turn. The vet says she will need plates and pins etc - this is too expensive for us at around £3000. So we've opted for an alternative option of keeping her in a cage for 6 weeks so that the bones fuse together in the dislocated position. She has got feeling in her leg and toes - will she ever be able to use her leg once the bones have fused? Should I have sought a second opinion about the plates and pins - because I don't understand why the bones cannot be relocated, as the vet said there wasn't any breaks? This happened between midnight on Sunday and 7am Monday. It's now Thursday and she is desperate to get out of the cage. Her medication is painkillers - Meloxaid.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dislocations often do need to be surgically repaired, as it means that the tendons and ligaments have become detached, and those don't tend to grow back. If she has a dislocation, I'm not sure the benefit of cage rest, and it might be worth getting a second opinion to see if that is necessary if she is already having problems with it.

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Milo
Medium hair
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Slight unnoticeable limp

Hello! My cat injured himself a couple weeks ago and I had to take him to the vet for the open wound, they put him under & shaved off some fur so they could get to the wound and clean it being that there was acsess. Fast forward 2 weeks later after the medicine and wipes were done we thought he was finally healed. If you just look at him you wouldn’t even notice... Except I was paying close attention & noticed his right leg seems to pop out a little when he walks. But he does still lay on it, run around and do all of his normal activities. I’m concerned but aware that he’s okay now, what should I do AND what could be wrong?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Milo it is difficult to say and it may be just an angular limb deformity that you’re just noticing due to the extra attention you’re paying to the leg; if Milo is moving around without any pain or issues I doubt there is a dislocation but this is something to follow up with your Veterinarian for flexion tests etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
American Shorthair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain

Our cat Baby got in a fight with our dog Nova, she was thrown into a chair and she hit her shoulder and her left forearm an inch above her paw, that's all anybody saw of the fight.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible for Baby to have suffered various injuries after being thrown by Nova which may include sprains (or more severe injuries), head trauma, internal injuries among other issues; without examining Baby I cannot give her the all clear and due to the nature of the injury I cannot determine the severity. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian before the weekend to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Elvira
Don Sphynx
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi,we have a 12 weeks kitten, she fell two days ago from about 12 ft high. She started limping from her right hind leg right away. We went to see the vet the same date, they made some X-Rays but there weren't conclusive as most of them were a little blur because she wasn't remaining still. She got an injection and some pain killer that we are giving to her once a day. We are trying to keep her in a small area to restrict her movement but even so she is still trying to play and run away limping. We noticed that she can move the leg and also she likes stretching. Still when she gets up she limps, she avoids to put the leg on the ground. Further there is no sign of swelling, she eats and plays. The only change is that she might sleep more than she used to. The vet said that we need to wait and see if she recovers, if not they need to give her a general anesthetic to take again some X-rays. Can you please advise how long should we wait? During the exam she was showing some signs of pain when the doctor was touching her knee (upper leg). Do you think that as long as she can move the leg and does not show other signs of discomfort except when she tries walking of running it can be dislocated? We would like very much to hear from you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should restrict movement to a cat carrier or other small area to prevent any movement, running, jumping or playing; I would give it a few days over the weekend to monitor for any improvement before returning for another set of x-rays, but if Elvira starts vocalising in pain I would visit earlier. I cannot say whether there is a simple sprain, dislocation or fracture; another x-ray would be indicated if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Elvira was confined to a (in comparison with her size!) large cat carrier following your advise. It seems that rest was really helpful, she enjoys her new found space and our other cat, Igor the Maine-Coon waits till the carrier gets free to take a nap inside! Elvira's limping almost disappeared, she has more confidence in using her leg. From time to time if we notice that she gets too active we put her in the carrier to prevent a new injury. Once inside she sleeps like an angel in a couple of minutes. So thank you again Dr. Turner for your prompt reply, luckily enough it was not necessary to go back to see the vet.

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Little Girl
short hair
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping and sleeping a lot

I am not sure if my 8 week old kitten hip is dislocated or not, but it has got a cut somehow, looks like puncture wound on her hip in between the body and ham part of upper leg towards the back, she is hopping on the leg and only puts the tip toes down at times and it seems to be dangling, and seems really in pain when I try to move the leg downward to match length of other one. I hope it will heal OK and will be able to use the leg again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would probably be best to have Little Girl seen by a veterinarian who can look at her and see what the injury is, and how to treat it. If it is a dislocation, that won't heal on its' own, and she may need medical treatment.

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Willow
DOMESTIC
Three Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain
Licking

Question about hot spots/raw spots from licking. Almost a week ago I noticed my 3 year old spayed cat had a hot spot on her right shoulder. Since then I've observed her limping/putting no weight on that leg (front right) and then getting "better" from that, a larger hot spot on the inside of that leg (from armpit area down), and just tonight noticed her dew claw is all messed up. I think she may have gotten caught on the screen door while climbing it to chase the bugs outside, and got injured while wriggling free. I'm trying to hold off taking her to the vet ($$), but now that I've noticed her mangled claw, I will be doing so next week probably. My question is about the hot spots. How likely would it be that she'd be licking in those areas (shoulder/armpit) if it was only a dew claw injury? She doesn't like when I mess with any part of that leg (tries to bite me) although pressing on the shoulder seems ok. Would injured claws/toes cause a cat to lick themselves raw like this? Or, for that matter, would an internal injury like a broken leg or shoulder cause that? She's an indoor cat but did escape overnight for a night about a week before all of this started. I don't see any fleas. And she was acting fine after she came home from her night out on the town.

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Leia
Domestic shorthair
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Sad

i accidentally stepped on my kittens paw yesterday and she was limping all day yesterday. she started to put her weight on it but it still doesn't seem right. she hasn't extended her nails on that paw at all. i just took a closer look and it seems like one of her toes may be crooked. we have an appointment at the vet in two days already but I'm wondering if i should try and take her tomorrow

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