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What is Muscle Tear?

If your cat is limping, moving slowly, having difficulty getting up and down, or calling out in pain, your cat may have injured its soft muscular tissue. You should make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible. In severe cases, visit an emergency veterinary hospital, as your cat may be in a significant amount of pain and your vet will attempt to rule out more serious injuries such as broken bones or wounds that might become infected.

A muscle tear, often called a strained muscle, can occur in a cat when the cat moves too quickly, in an awkward way, or attempts to make a movement that is too strenuous for the strength of that particular animal. When this happens, the muscle may sustain a small tear or multiple small tears in the muscle fibers. This injury can range from slightly uncomfortable for your cat to extremely painful and debilitating depending upon the severity of the injury and the length of time between the injury and when you seek treatment for your cat at a veterinary office or hospital.

Symptoms of Muscle Tear in Cats

The symptoms of a muscle tear in cats are similar to the symptoms in any other animal with a muscle injury, including humans. Since your cat cannot communicate its pain to you in the same way you could communicate it to your doctor, you will need to be intentional about noticing and acting on any changes in your cat’s behavior that serve as signs that your cat has hurt itself. The following symptoms often accompany a muscle tear:

  • Limping
  • Restlessness and trouble getting comfortable
  • Abnormal withdrawal and hiding
  • Unwillingness to be petted or picked up
  • Difficulty positioning for grooming, which may cause matting in fur
  • Refusal to put any weight on one or more limbs
  • Difficulty lying down or getting up
  • Inability to run or jump
  • Muscle spasms
  • Swelling
  • Painful vocalization at the time of injury or when trying to move

Causes of Muscle Tear in Cats

Cats tend to be very athletic animals, which causes muscle injuries to be very common in cats. There are a number of ways these injuries occur in cats just as there are in other animals and humans. In addition, the muscles may weaken as your cat ages, making your cat more susceptible to soft tissue injuries. The following actions, when they go even slightly wrong, can cause a muscle tear.

  • Energetic or rough play
  • Jumping and landing, especially from significant heights 
  • Fighting with other cats or animals
  • Fleeing from another animal or loud noise
  • Blunt injury such as being hit, kicked, pushed, or bumped

Diagnosis of Muscle Tear in Cats

As is typical during any visit to your veterinarian, the vet will likely begin the visit by asking you to describe the symptoms you have observed and by doing a thorough physical examination of your cat. In order to make a diagnosis, the vet may also:

  • Observe the cat’s movements
  • Search for a wound on the cat’s paw or legs
  • Use his or her hands to put light pressure on muscles to locate where the cat is hurt
  • Feel for arthritic swelling at the joints
  • Prescribe seven days of rest to see if the injury resolves itself; if not, this helps the vet diagnose the injury as, perhaps, something more serious
  • Order X-rays to rule out broken bones, torn ligaments, muscle tumors, joint dislocation, and arthritis
  • Order an extensive orthopedic exam to be conducted while your cat is under anesthesia

Treatment of Muscle Tear in Cats

Muscle tears are very common injuries in cats. Treatment for muscle tears are usually quite simple and mirror treatments for humans with the same injury, although with medications designed specifically for cats. These treatments are:

  • Rest
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications by pill or injection
  • Pain medication 

Recovery of Muscle Tear in Cats

If there is not a recurrence of the injury, most muscle tears will heal in one to two weeks, especially with anti-inflammatories, pain management, and rest. During recovery your cat may need to be kept inside and away from other pets and small children, sometimes even in a crate. An overweight cat will be more susceptible to injury than a cat at a healthy weight, so weight management is important to help in the prevention of future injuries. If there is a certain activity that your cat often engages in that is causing repeated injury, the vet will likely encourage you to find a way to help your cat to avoid this activity. After a particular muscle has been injured once, it is not uncommon for a cat to re-injure the same tissue in the future. Your vet will likely schedule a follow-up appointment to check your cat’s progress toward normal painless movement. The majority of cats make a full recovery from even a severe muscle tear.

Muscle Tear Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Leo
tabby
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping, sleeping, not eat much
Limping

I have two 4 month old kittens. Leo a tabby and Gracie a tuxedo. Just past midnight the two of them were playing on the bed while we were sleeping. So I moved them out of the room. The next day Leo got up a cuddled with me. All seemed fine I got up did my normal things around the house. Gracie running all over but no Leo. I found him in the laundry basket sleeping. Didn’t seem to want to play like Gracie at all. I just figured he was just tired. I left for the day and I come to find that he is limping. Raising his right paw. I looked in the internet and keeping him away from Gracie and he’s getting plenty of rest. He wasn’t eating at first but now seems to be eating a little. Trying not to let him jump down from anything. He walked over to his food without limping but wasn’t a far walk this morning and was even picking at the carpet. Debating on taking him to the vet. Not sure what I o do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining him, I"m not sure if he has sustained an injury and needs to be seen, of it he is okay. If he is still favoring that paw, it would probably be best to have him seen, as they will be able to examine him, determine if he needs tests or medications, and make him feel better. I hope that he is okay.

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Cheeto Nelson
Unkown
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not putting weight on leg
Pain when touched in certain spot

What if my cat is limping and can’t put weight on his foot but he is fine at getting comfortable, he doesn’t seem like he’s in a lot of pain only when you touch a certain spot, and he’s able to walk a little bit? Do you think he pulled a muscle or just landed on it wrong when he jumped down from his cat tree?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cheeto I cannot say what the cause or severity of the injury is, if there is pain or discomfort you should restrict movement to a cat carrier or similar to prevent running, jumping and playing. Monitor for improvement, but if there is no improvement or Cheeto is vocalising in pain visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chichi
Cat
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat just started limping last night. Shes eating fine, not playing much. She usually is very playful. She meows when i start to rub her back leg. She isnt holding it up any.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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WIthout seeing Chichi, I can't comment on what might be going on, but common injuries in cats include strains, sprains, abscesses, and hairline fractures. If she continues to limp over the next 24 hours or becomes lethargic or stops eating, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to determine what happened and what treatment that she may need.

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Poppet
Not pedagree
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dog attack

Medication Used

Not sure

My cat was attacked by a dog. Took it to the vet, x rays was done. Nothing appeared broken . My cat still isn't using her leg, walks funny and hardly moves. Drinks alot of water but isn't eating. But 3 holes in the leg. 2 of which is right through the muscle front and back. 3rd isn't serious said the vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what medications Poppet is on, but that sounds like a very traumatic injury for her, and it may take time for her to get the use of her leg back, if it does return. Until she has full use of her legs, it is important that she stay inside. If you are not sure that she is getting better, it would be a good idea to have her rechecked by your veterinarian. I hope that she is okay.

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Joe
Grey short hair
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

back legs putting pressure on them

our cat came home and his moving slower his putting pressure on back legs but he wont jump up on the sofa anymore..what could cause it no wounds or hotness on his back legs

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Joe may have had a trauma or injury that has hurt his spine, pelvis, or back legs. If he is not improving over 24 hours, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to see what might be going on.

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Magnolia
Domestic shorthair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat is limping a bit. Allows me to pet her. Pick her up. Allows me to touch her leg that seems to bother her and has even laid on that side. No excessive meowing. Could this go away? Maybe she landed wrong on her leg? I came home from work to find her like this. She was indoors.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Magnolia isn’t showing any other symptoms of pain, you should keep an eye on her during the weekend and restrict her movement to prevent further injury; if there is no improvement by Monday or Tuesday you should visit your Veterinarian. However, if pain presents in the meantime or any other symptoms you should visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

*Update*After taking her to the vet, it was discovered that she had a swollen toe which went away after they had given her anti-inflammatory meds for three days. Happy to know that's all it was. She is back to her normal self.

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Twitch
American Shorthair
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering
Muscle Tremors
Wont stand
Lethargy

My 5 month old kitten recently fell from a high shelf. She won't put any pressure on her back legs, but after 4 days now she is sitting up with her front legs and no longer whines when I pick her up. I can put slight pressure on her hind legs and she might move them away but doesn't howl or anything like that. She hasn't walked at all but she does seem to be feeling a little better. I can't afford a vet right now and none near me do payment plans. Any advice for nursing my cat back to health and what the exact cause of her pain might be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Possible causes are muscle tear, sprains, fractures, nerve injury etc… if you are unable to visit a Veterinarian you should keep Twitch well rested and not allow any movement during this time; however if there is no improvement or improvement plateaus you should visit a Veterinarian (charity clinic or contact a nonprofit to assist with the cost) to see if any other therapy is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dany
Cat
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hello,

Yesterday my cat hurt jts back leg while playing with her sister. They are about 7 months old.she now limos,around on three legs, with her back leg hoisted off the ground, so it doesnt make contact.

Today, she is applying the leg to the ground with minimal force, more than yesterday.

We separated her from the other playful kitty, and she still eats, uses litter box, and purs. But mostl just lays down. No meowing or crying.

It looks like a vet run would require an x-ray, followed by either a recommendation for rest (what we are doing already) or an,incredibly expensive surgery. Is there anything I am missing? Any advice given the details of injury and symptoms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You seem to have hit the nail on the head, you should keep Dany rested for the weekend and look for signs of improvement; if you don’t see any further improvement you should visit your Veterinarian on Monday, if there are signs of improvement just keep an eye on things and ensure that Dany gets plenty of rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maggie
Cat
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dog attack, pain

My cat was attacked by a dog and we took her to an emergency vet after she was panting and limp. They stabilized her and observed her for 4 hours and nothing else showed. During exam they noted she had not peed blood when she went. Also they said due to her fat and grumpiness they could not do a good exam. She suffers from obesity. They gave her 24 hour anti inflammatory and 72 hour pain med injections. It’s now day 3 and she seems to be very slowly getting better but still cannot put any weight on back legs. She has moved around quite a bit by crawling at night I’ve noticed. She has been eating and drinking. She is unable however to pee in the litter we set out and has gone on the ground where she is laying. She is in a confined room and has been very affectionate and not grumpy. Basically her normal self but not able to move. My question is how long do you think it will take her to heal and do I need to go back to the vet, I ask this because I’m worried she will endure pain during transit.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Trauma from a dog attack may take a while to recover from, without examining Maggie I cannot determine the severity of Maggie’s injury or make an opinion on prognosis; you should continue to keep her confined and follow your Veterinarian’s instructions. If there is no improvement by the end of the week I would take her in again to be examined and a review of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoe
tabby
3 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Left hind leg was injured somehow? She is limping for 2 days now. She does
put some weight on this leg. However she cannot jump. She is eating well and appears not to be in any pain. If this is a strained muscle or a tear, will
she recover ok without an x-ray? If this is a dislocated joint, what will be
the diagnosis?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Zoe, I cannot say what the cause of her limping is; rest for a few days may help improve her condition but an x-ray would be useful to see whether there is a dislocation or other injury. A visit to your Veterinarian would result in not only a diagnosis but the prescribing of some pain relief too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I’ve got an appt made for Friday. My cat is sore in her shoulder area after something happened I didn’t see. The first day she was okay, sort of limping but getting around. We locked her up and cleared her the next day. That evening she laid on the couch and couldn’t get up because she was hurting so bad/meowing loud. So I’ve locked her up for the past two days now. She is going back and forth from okay to super sore. Today she is having muscle spasms that are causing her pain. Tear? Anything I can do to help until friday?

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Puppa
Scottish Fold
1.8
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

my netered cat has pain in back legs, sleeps more rhen usual and when waiking us cries a few moments out of pain. She is walking difficult and lays diwn after a few steps. The ved run full blood tests and nothing is wrong there. Also the c-rays ( chest, belly, spinal, feet) showed nothing wrong. Any hints on ehat the cause might be? Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes, but with clear blood tests and x-rays it narrows down the causes but makes a differential more difficult (surprisingly); polyneuropathy comes to mind and wouldn’t show up on a normal blood test. It is difficult to determine a specific cause but further examination by your Veterinarian or a Specialist would be the next steps. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
DOMESTIC
11 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I have a 11 week old kitten, she jumped off of me and we took her to the vet where the vet said she had a muscle strain/sprain. A few days later she jumped off the couch and hurt her back leg and had the same thing happen where she won't walk on it for a couple of days but then slowly starts walking on it. Is there something I should be giving her to strengthen her muscles so that she won't keep doing this? I am keeping her off of high places but she is rambunctious so I am afraid she will still hurt herself. Shes eating, drinking, using the box etc like normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems like she is just young and not landing correctly or jumping from a height; you should try to restrict movement especially whilst she is recovering and see how she goes. You should also ensure that she is getting adequate nutrition with a diet suitable for her age and breed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gussie
Siamese
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat was running in the house and got her rear leg caught in the carpet and did a 180 degree turn and then minutes later she returned limping. She can still walk but, and not much behavior change. She was biting me after i tried to pet her for the first couple hours. The next day she was back to her old self and wanted to be petted and did her usual activity, but is still limping. I am considering taking her to the vet to get her looked at but don't want to pay the money for something I can fix at home. When she got her claw caught on the carpet she did tore off the nail, but no open wounds or bleeding. When I touched her foot the first day she bit me, and howling, but the next day about 13 hours after her injury she is fine, but she does tell me not by a quick growl not to touch my foot. I already did some research online and found that most sprain is just a couple days, but I don't like how she limping still doing her rounds but limping. My question is take her to the vet or just wait couple days and see if it heals on its own?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Gussie is putting weight on the leg, and eating and drinking and acting normally otherwise, you should be okay to monitor her for 48 hours for improvement. She should gradually put more pressure on the leg and become more comfortable if it is a strain or a sprain. If she stops putting weight on the leg, or it doesn't seem to be improving back to normal over a couple of days, then it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian.

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Hercules
Orange tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cries/hisses when picked up
discomfort
Not eating/drinking
Lethargic

Hi. Something attacked my cats last night, I didn't get to see what (they're outdoor cats, we own a large farm). Hercules wasn't here until almost noon, when he came walking very slowly home from the woods. He cries and hisses if you pick him up (but he does not claw; he is very gentle), he seems to be in general discomfort/pain. His gums don't look pale, but I have a hard time telling. He will not eat or drink. He sits very tensely and occasionally will lay down. I have a vet appointment scheduled for the morning, but I'm really worried about him lasting the rest of the day. :( Could this be a muscle tear, or is it something more serious?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You asked your question a few hours ago, so I think by now it is already morning and you have visited your Veterinarian; however without examining him I cannot determine the severity of any injury, however if you haven’t visited your Veterinarian yet you should keep a close eye on him for the time being and try to encourage drinking to maintain hydration. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Carrot
Orange tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble Walking
Can’t jump
Pain When Lifted
discomfort

Carrot has been acting different for about three days. His appetite has not been affected but does seem to be in some pain. He does go outside occasionally, I think he may have climbed a tree or gotten into a scuffle with another cat. He cannot jump, seems to walk with a bit of a limp, and has been sleeping more. Seems like not wanting to be bothered and doesn’t come when called. When I attempt to pick him up he meows in pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms you are describing are not specific to a particular type of injury and without examining Carrot I cannot say what caused the injury or what can be done specifically; you should allow plenty of rest as this is common for all injuries, but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the specific injury (musculoskeletal, foreign object etc…) and to receive treatment as appropriate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fishstixs
tabby
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Restless
Limping
Pain When Lifted
discomfort

My boyfriend was playing with my 1 year old female tabby when she jumped 2ft down from her toy and has been limping and putting no pressure on her rear right paw. She is eating and drinking like normal. She does give a small yowl when getting out of her litter box and when she goes to lay down she seems like she can't get comfortable. Any suggestions ^^?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Fishstixs. It sounds like she may have hurt herself when she jumped, and it is concerning that she doesn't put weight on the paw. She should be examined by your veterinarian to make sure that she hasn't broken or dislocated any part of her foot or leg. It may be a sprain or a strain, in which case pain medication would make her feel a lot better while it heals. OTC pain medications aren't safe for cats, but your vet can prescribe something for her if that is what she needs.

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