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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.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
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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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.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1972 Recommendations
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 ^^?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
476 Recommendations
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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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?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1972 Recommendations
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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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?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1972 Recommendations
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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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

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1972 Recommendations
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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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?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1972 Recommendations
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

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