Soft Tissue Trauma Average Cost

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What is Soft Tissue Trauma?

Bruises are a contusion with bleeding of the soft tissue and are usually caused by blunt trauma but can be secondary to a strain or sprain. A strain, also known as a pulled or torn muscle depending on the severity, occurs when the muscle fibres are stretched or torn because they are strained beyond their capacity. A sprain is a strained ligament and can range from being a moderate to a severe injury. Tendons can also experience soft tissue trauma from tendonitis, an inflammation of tendons usually caused by repetitive strain. Although repetitive strain injuries are not particularly common in cats, muscle pulls and sprains are as cats are prone to soft tissue injury from falls and accidents. It is important to clarify that soft tissue injury does not include broken bones or arthritis. 

Soft tissue trauma in cats involves injury to the muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the cat's bones and joints. The functions of these soft tissues help us to understand how injury to these tissues affects your cat. Muscles provide posture and motion, tendons connect muscles to bones, and ligaments attach bones to other bones. Injuries that affect the functioning of these tissues include bruises, sprains, strains, and tears.

Symptoms of Soft Tissue Trauma in Cats

Symptoms of soft tissue injury include:

  • Bruising/hematoma (bleeding under the skin from burst capillaries)
  • Limping or lameness
  • Inflammation/swelling
  • Refusal or inability to bear weight
  • Inability to move joint (severe sprains)
  • Stiffness
  • Rapid breathing or other signs of stress
  • Paint/tenderness in affected area
  • Vocalization
  • Lack of appetite
  • Change in personality
  • Excessive licking of affected area

Causes of Soft Tissue Trauma in Cats

Soft tissue trauma is common in young active animals and kittens who are not aware of their limits and may attempt jumps that result in falls. Roughhousing or play with other animals can result in injury, as being underfoot can result in injuries.

The following can cause crushing, bruising, stretching, tearing or rupture to soft tissues in your cat. 

  • Obese animals - weight results in increased stress on muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Car accidents
  • Falls
  • Abuse
  • Fights - animal attacks
  • Household accidents
  • Strain from over exercise or exertion
  • Repetitive strain (not common in cats)

Diagnosis of Soft Tissue Trauma in Cats

Your veterinarian will conduct a complete physical examination of your cat to determine the location and extent of the soft tissue injury. Your veterinarian will ask you about any trauma or incidents your cat has been involved in that may have caused the injury. Usually an X ray to rule out fracture will be ordered. In older animals, your veterinarian will also want to rule out arthritis as a cause of your pet’s symptoms. In the absence of a fracture or arthritis, a diagnosis of soft tissue injury will most likely be made. On occasion, ultrasound or MRI can be used to support soft tissue trauma diagnosis and provide additional information.

Treatment of Soft Tissue Trauma in Cats

Your veterinarian will provide supportive care as necessary which may include anti inflammatories to reduce swelling and medication for pain. In addition, sedation to quiet a distressed cat with a severe soft tissue injury may be necessary to cam the cat and prevent aggravation of the injury.

Severe sprains involving ligaments or injury to tendons may require splinting. A tear to a ligament may require surgery to repair if severe. 

The treatment your veterinarian will prescribe for most soft tissue injury is rest. Depending on the location and cooperativeness of your pet, ice packs may help decrease swelling and bruising. Bandaging may be effective in providing compression and support to a strained or sprained soft tissue injury. 

Most soft tissue injuries resolve themselves with time and prognosis is good. Your veterinarian may suggest physiotherapy in certain situations if needed to regain function.

Recovery of Soft Tissue Trauma in Cats

In order for healing of soft tissue trauma to occur, you should ensure your cat rests and restrict activity. If necessary, you may need to restrict your pet to cage rest to ensure this. Your cat should avoid playing, cat trees, stairs, outdoor activity and access to other animals that could cause your cat to re-injure themselves. It usually takes about two weeks for your cat to recover from a soft tissue injury, but you should restrict activity until several days after limping is gone. A sudden increase in inactivity can lead to relapse. Return to your veterinarian for follow up if the injury does not resolve. If limping ceases, no follow up is necessary.

Soft Tissue Trauma Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Gremlin
Bombay Mix
3 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating as much
Rapid breathing
staying tired

I noticed that my cat has a good size lump on her side, and she has puncture marks near it. We think our neighbors dog tried attacking her. She has been breathing rapidly but I think it’s starting to get back to normal.
Is the lump normal? What do we need to do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The lump does not sound normal, and if you think she was attacked by a dog, or you see puncture wounds, she needs to be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Dog bite wounds can be quite traumatic to cats, and she may need medical therapy. I hope that she is okay!

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Fufi
moggy
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping on occasions

Medication Used

Metacam

My cat had an altercation with a neighbour's cat 3 days ago resulting in her jumping up there fence failing on 1st attempt then got away we noticed her limping and she hid under our sofa we took her to the vet within the hour of thus happening to which she had a througher examination anti inflammatory was prescribed we are on day 3 she bares weight on her right back leg us able to jump up to windowsill level is eating grooming and purring yet at least once each day she has limped a quite bad again gone to h8de and then is fine after 10 min do you think this could be a brake or more like a bite she is extremely fluffy and we are unable to see.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any injury is going to take time to heal (three days is a very short period of time), even longer if you allow her to jump and be active; you should be restricting her movement to prevent any stress on the injured leg and allowing it to heal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oscar
moggie
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weak and wobbly back legs

My 12 year old cat Oscar recently had his teeth cleaned and a small cyst removed from the back of his neck at the same time. Since then he has had weak and wobbly back legs. My vet physically examined him but didn't do any blood tests or X-ray and concluded it was neurological, possibly a swelling between his discs stopping the messages getting through but said he didn't seem to have any pain or soreness. The vet also said he was in very good health and hadn't lost weight. But could it be soft tissue swelling? He is responding well to Metacam and after 2 doses jumped a 6ft fence -- whereas he was struggling to jump on the bed or sofa without scrabbling. Please advise.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that Moggie is improving quit quickly with his medication, so I would suspect that your veterinarian is on the right track with their diagnosis. If he has a relapse, it would be a good idea to have him re-examined, but he may recover normally at this point.

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gracie
moggy
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

2 days ago my friend either accidentally stepped on my 3 month old kittens foot or the kittens nail got caught on the carpet as she ran off from the collision and has been limping ever since. shes eating normally and still plays and scratches her paw on things and climbs but limps and holds it up most the time. i saw that one of her nail beds looked a little red. should i take her to see a vet tomorrow?? im really worried

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always best to check in with your Veterinarian especially in a young kitten to ensure that everything is alright; it may be that the area is a little inflamed which may pass with rest but it is best to have it checked out to put your mind at rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Viggo
tabby
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

my cats were playing together and one became skittish and raced down the stairs. Within that same morning I noticed him limping and walking really slow. He has a med sized swollen area (feels like a soft tissue mass) on his left flank on the fleshy part just below his hip bone. I have given him MSM x 2 daily and some green lipped sea mussel for anti-inflamm. as I feel it is related to that sprint down the stairs. I am keeping him on heating pad and away from stairs etc. Any advice?

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 Viggo seen by a veterinarian to assess any trauma or damage that may have occurred, make sure that he is okay, and see if there is any other anti-inflammatory medication that he may benefit from. I hope that he is okay!

Thanks for the advice. He is doing much better (than 24 hours ago) He is eating and relaxing. I will take him to the vet by mid week for a check up.

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Chester
American Shorthair
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

my cat has a soft tissue injury I took him to the vet 2 weeks ago he seemed to be getting better less limping. Today he gets down off the table into a chair he raises the leg in the air like it was a nerve acting up and now meows when he put weight on it like from getting up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When cats are recovering this soft tissue injuries or any injury of this nature, they shouldn’t be allowed to jump between furniture or up and down; it is really going to be a case of allowing Chester to rest and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement over the next few days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frank
Unknown
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted

My cat knocked a chair over and it fell on him. He cried immediately afterwards and had a nose bleed. It’s been about 18 hours since the incident. He’s been noticably sore. He will meow sometimes when being moved, but not always. I gently rubbed and touched over his spine, ribs, hips, legs and he never meowed in pain during this. He would flick his tail, as if annoyed, when I got to his hips. He’s jumped a few times from the floor on to the chair and has walked around a little bit, but not much. He isn’t moving much and has been sleeping in one spot for about 8 hours. I couldn’t get him to eat dry food or drink water, I plan to try wet food and see if that interests him. I can’t tell if he is just sore for the chair falling on him or if he has a serious injury.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Fafarran, thank you for contacting us about Frank. Without examining him, I cannot tell if he has a serious injury, but he had a significant trauma and may have internal or musculoskeletal injuries in addition to being sore, which I am sure that he is. It would be best to see your veterinarian as soon as possible to make sure that he doesn't have serious injuries, and to give him some medication so that he isn't in pain.

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Angel
Tuxedo
12 weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limb Swelling

An EE Cable box dropped from the top of my cupboard and unfortunately landed on my kitten harming her paw on the right hand side and she walks with a limp this happened today so I hope she gets better within time but is there any advice that you can provide me she was bleeding from the (thumb) claw I am very worried as she isn’t walking on the paw. I guess cause she’s in pain. What do I do ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to ensure that the bleeding has stopped and the wound is kept clean (especially after using the litter box); keep Angel rested to prevent further injury to the paw. If you suspect that there is a break or other skeletal issue (or an injury to the claw), it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Batman
tabby
1 Month
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

1 year old kitten got into a fight with my other animals. While breaking the fight up my kitten ran/jumped into the wall. Refuses to eat and extremely lethargic. Won't leave from under bed. When removed he runs back underneath bed.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It sounds like Batman needs to see a veterinarian. Without seeing him, I'm not sure if he is injured or not, but a veterinarian will be able to examine him and make sure that he is okay.

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Blu
Blue Point Siamese
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I have a blue point Siamese who now refuses to put weight on his front left paw. When touched it doesn’t bother him; nor does touching the leg. I am afraid of what this could be because he is both an indoor and outdoor cat. Blu is himself 5 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Blu is limping, you should restrict his movement and place him in a cat carrier if necessary so he is not climbing over the furniture or jumping around outside; give him the weekend and if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Muning
Abyssinian
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My daughter accidentally stepped on our 6 months old cat. I noticed a bit of swelling on her right back leg joint. It’s been 3 days and she is still limping. I did not bring her to the vet thinking she was fine and no broken bones because she let me touch and inspect her leg. Please advise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes stepping on a leg can cause a sprain or ligament damage and not a fracture; it is important though that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination so that they can assess the injury and so that Muning can get some pain relief as required. Strict rest is important and restricting movement is key, so no jumping or running around the house. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Squatch
tabby
5 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat injured his rear leg over a month ago. He limped for a little after, but never stopped playing or eating. It never bothered him to be picked up or to touch the leg. He still runs, jumps and plays with no problems. But every once in awhile the leg seems a little stiff or he limps on it just once or twice. He hates carriers, cars and vets so I don't want to take him if it's not absolutely necessary. Could it just be sore because he never really rested it? It doesn't seem to be an issue for him, but I don't want to ignore a problem if there is one.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases, rest is best and if Squatch hasn’t slowed down then this may be contributing to a delay in healing. If the limping is intermittent, I would suggest trying to get him to slow down a bit and possibly try to restrict his movements (by placing him in a small room or not playing with him) to see if there is an improvement. If there is no further improvement you should have your Veterinarian take a look regardless of whether he likes the journey or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tuco
Tuxedo
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bruising

My cat keeps getting bruises on the bridge of his nose. We do not know what from. Sometimes there is a bit of dried blood around his nostril and if he sneezes hard, it may cause a tiny bit of bleeding to occur again. Is my cat just clumsy or could there be an underlying problem?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tuco, I cannot say what the specific underlying cause is but running into furniture, wall and doors may cause bruising and nosebleeds; but I don’t know without examining him if there is another possible cause for the bruising and bleeding, it would be best to check in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat was in escape mode from my other cat and I don't know what happened but her paw began swelling badly. A rush trip to the Pet ER showed no break but her whole paw was dark and bruised. This morning I woke up and it looked worse.. she has pain meds and I have a follow up vet appointment in 2 days but because she wouldn't stay still I went out and bought a huge crate that would fit a cat bed and her litter box (it's big) but I'm wondering if this forced rest is ok for her... she is a very on-the-go cat and I want her foot swelling to go down but will she lose strength by being confined for 2 days until the vet appt?

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Meisha
Siamese
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat was attacked by 2 Siberian Huskies that are about a year old on Tuesday November 21, 2017. She was rushed to the vet. Surprisingly she didn't have any puncture wounds and no broken bones. She hasn't left her box except to urinate.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is a highly traumatic experience for a cat and although (thankfully) she had no puncture wounds, she may have some soft tissue injuries which are sore or painful; give her time to recuperate and ensure that she is drinking and eating (as well as doing her business). If you don’t see any improvement over the weekend, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cookie
Kitten
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Her front legs go down

A few days ago my kitten was playing and jumped up on a dresser and I guess fell because she broke something. The next day I noticed she was fine and all of a sudden her front legs went down and just her back end was up. It is like that for a little while then she is ok. She eats and plays and still jumps when this isn't happening but it does scare me. Wondering if you have any ideas.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Cookie, I cannot determine what might be going on with her. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to see her, assess her neurologic function, and determine if she needs any treatment.

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Bean
tabby
7 weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Wobbly
Lethargy
lack of appetite

We have a small stray kitten that's been hanging out around here with it's siblings we moved them all indoors and they were doing great. The other day I noticed that Bean was laying under the rest of them and didn't seem right when i pulled her out she couldn't walk her head was swaying side to side and it seemed the movement went all the way down her body and her tail would sway the opposite as the head movements. She is unable to walk, or crawl. Today she was laying on her side and her legs were moving like she was walking. There is no swelling anywhere, however, there is a small abrasion on her chin. What should I do? i have her separated from the others in a warm comfortable limited space, and i have been able to get some milk replacer in her, but she has less interest in food today. Any idea's as to the cause?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for these symptoms which may include trauma, congenital anomalies, infections, malnourishment, toxins, liver shunt among other causes; I would be more tempted to lean towards something like cerebellar hypoplasia or cerebellar abiotrophy, more kittens could be affected but not showing symptoms. I would definitely get Bean into your Veterinarian for a once over to check and rule out other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/cerebellar-hypoplasia https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/degeneration-cerebellum

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Willow
moggy
11 weeks
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hello
My 11 week old kitten fell off the chair 12 hrs ago. At first she wouldnt put her right back leg on the floor but she still wanted to jump around and was eating ok. I stayed up with her all night and this morning she puts the leg on the floor but is limping so seems to have improved. She has eaten her breakfast today. I have put her in a spare room with food water her litter tray and bed.
Do I need to take her to the vet? Or will a few days of rest make her better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For a fall like this, rest may really be best; restricting movement and not allowing any jumping or running can help. Rest can be tried for a few days but if you are not seeing any improvement over the next two days I would take her in to your Veterinarian for a check of the paw. Since injuries may resolve quickly but others like ligament injury may take some time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Piky
Country cat
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swallowen abdomen

My kitten got injured by a bycycle. Her back legs are fractured.and lower abdomen is very much swallon.she has done her pee nd urine normally.i gave her a bandage in back legs but what to do for swallowen abdomen?she is drinking milk

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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From the severity of the injuries described in your question, you should visit a Veterinarian immediately; if the stomach is swollen, it may be due to internal bleeding. Any traumatic event like this should be evaluated by a Veterinarian immediately to determine severity of the injuries and to give treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wana
Cat
2 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

lack of appetite

Medication Used

Anti inflammatory and pain killers

My cat was stepped on by a human around its neck area there was blood sipping from its nose
After taking it to the vet and administering anti inflammatory and pain killer... it's not as responsive a so we'd hoped
How long should we wait until we see results
Also
How do I nurse it back to health?

How do I handle the waste coz it hasn't walked for three days

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Severe trauma like this doesn’t have a time frame for recovery, it really is a case of wait and see; some cats bounce back whilst others are not so lucky. Without examining Wana I cannot weigh in on this really, but being stepped on by a human is a significant traumatic injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Radagst
Turkish Angora
3 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

My three year old cat has been limping and even walking on three legs at times. Other times he's fine and walks and runs no problem. I looked at his paw and saw nothing wrong. I gently squeezed it too and he didn't even flinch. Not Quite sure what could be happening.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Radagst I cannot say what the cause is, even then if the cause is intermittent I may still not be able to catch the problem in the act. In these cases we generally recommend strict rest in a cat carrier if possible to prevent jumping on furniture etc… for around a week to see if there is any improvement, just letting him out to go to the litter box. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dusty
Domestic shorthair
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen rear leg

Medication Used

Metacam

My cat was in a car accident 2 weeks ago was seen by a vet who said ill likely to have any broken bones she’s walking eating doesn’t seem in pain but now her rear leg is swollen, is this normal as she’s now become more active, or should I get her back to the vets ASAP just looking for what to expect really thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically if a cat has been hit by a car, it is always good practice to have an x-ray done to be on the safe side even if there are no visible fractures; however, if the rear leg is swelling due to an increase in activity, I would recommend that you return to your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Paisley
American Shorthair
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My two month old kitten was limping this morning and is in pain when she walks as she cries doibg so, especially when I pick her up; I do it to help her go to the cat box and eat. She still tries to jump on things around the house. She has been sleeping and less active than normal and I am wondering if there is any way I can alleviate her pain with OTC medication. Also, what is the best way to ice her leg?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With minor injuries, rest is best; I wouldn’t advise any over the counter medication as pain relief may lead to increased activity which may cause further injury. I would place strict rest on Paisley, even placing her in a cat carrier to reduce movement if required; if you do not see any improvement over the next few days visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Raz
Siamese
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

limping, bad mood, sore leg

My 13 year old male Cat seems to have strained his back thigh muscle it is very tender and sore. it has been over a month and we have set up ramps steps and stools all over to keep him from jumping. However as soon as he starts feeling a little better we does something to set it back...how do we humanly immobilize him so he can fully recover?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. You can't really humanely immobilize a cat, and it seems that you have made many changes to try and make his life better. What might help would be some anti-inflammatory medications to help with his pain levels. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, and determine the source of the problem. Once your veterinarian has seen him, they can prescribe medications to ease inflammation and make him more comfortable, long term. I hope everythng goes well with Raz!

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Indigo
mixed
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Laboured and fast breathing

A log recently fell on my cat about three weeks ago and must've bruised her lungs because she struggled to breathe I took her to the vet twice and they gave me anti biotics and anti inflammatory medicine. She will have days where she is fine but somedays like today when it is colder she wil struggle to breathe and breathe at a rate of 44 breathes per minute. Is this normal and part of the healing process or should I take her back to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The resting respiratory rate of a cat should be below 30 breaths per minute; however this may be increased in times of pain, stress or other issues. Without examining Indigo I cannot determine whether or not she has an other injury to be concerned with and an x-ray may be useful if these episodes continue to be on the safe side if not done already. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Money
Siamese mix
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Listless, limping
Listless. licking area constantly.

My 9 year old siamese suffered a bad fall 2 weeks ago. Nobody saw her fall but she had fallen from the roof of our house and into a leaves-filled trash bin. She has been limping ever since. We did take her to the Vet and conducted X-rays which ruled out any fracture or broken bones of any kind but she is still limping and although she is eating and drinking as normal, an otherwise active cat, she has been mostly sitting around listlessly. I have noticed a depression on her right back leg ever since the fall. It looks as though it might be a soft tissue trauma, but i couldn't be sure. Apart from her pain medicine that has been prescribed and restriction of motion, are there any other home remedies that i can carry out like hot or cold packs? Will the depression of muscle regrow for her age?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You may be seeing some muscle atrophy there due to the injury, it is difficult to say what the outcome will be without examining Money but it is encouraging that there was nothing broken. Rest is very important and you should be restricting her movements so she isn’t jumping around the house (or off the house) and give her time to recuperate; passive movement of her limbs may help, but you may need to start looking at laser therapy to see if that can offer any help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Loki
domestic short hair
19 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping a

My cat was hit by a car about 5 weeks ago, he was limping and had no claws. Took him to a vet who X-rayed and showed no signs of broken bones, was told possible soft tissue damage, was giving pain relief for him. Claws have grown back, but he is still limping 5 weeks later.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Loki had trauma to his joints, ligaments or tendons, that can take a long time to heal, if it ever does heal normally. Being hit by a car is a tremendous trauma to a cat. Since he is still limping, it would be a good idea to have him rechecked by your veterinarian to see if anything else has become apparent, and if there is any long term treatment that may help him.

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Chloe Cat
domestic short hair
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, bruising
Swelling, bruising, soft tissue tra

Medication Used

Pain meds

My cat was in escape mode from my other cat and I don't know what happened but her paw began swelling badly. A rush trip to the Pet ER showed no break but her whole paw was dark and bruised. This morning I woke up and it looked worse.. she has pain meds and I have a follow up vet appointment in 2 days but because she wouldn't stay still I went out and bought a huge crate that would fit a cat bed and her litter box (it's big) but I'm wondering if this forced rest is ok for her... she is a very on-the-go cat and I want her foot swelling to go down but will she lose strength by being confined for 2 days until the vet appt?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases rest is best, two days will not make much of an impact on her activity unlike two months or more of rest; I prefer when cats are confined in a crate or cat carrier because they are forced to rest and cannot run, jump or play. Monitor Chloe Cat for improvement and if you have concerns before your visit to your Veterinarian return to the Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
long hair
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hello, I accidentally stepped on my kitten's paw. He's walking, running okay. No limping at all, no sign of swelling either. Once in a while, while sitting down he lifts his paw up. I noticed he only does it while I'm around & doesn't do that when my fiance is around with him. Is this something I should be concerned about? Do you recommend getting X rays? Please advise.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure how long ago this injury occurred. If it was recent and he seems to be running around on it normally other than holding it up occasionally, you may be fine monitoring it for continued improvement. If it was quite a while ago and just doesn't seem to be resolving, it would be best to see your veterinarian and have it assessed. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Nala
One Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cant Get Up

My one year old cat can't even walk.. where not sure if she jumped or what happened. It's been a a few days and she can't walk or even use the cat box or get around..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Nala I cannot determine what the cause of the weakness or paralysis, you need to visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination and possibly an x-ray to determine the cause. Traumatic injury (falling from height - bookshelf, wardrobe, stairs etc…) as well as internal issues (liver disease, kidney disease etc…) among other causes may lead to these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
Maine Coon
1 year 4 months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My just over one year old female cat was sick couple of days ago and kept falling over ..took her to vet blood tests fine and she had two injections ..two days on she not falling but wobbly ..may she have pulled a muscle in her side? She eating etc just unsteady on her feet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Willow has been a bit wobbly I would think it is more likely that there is a spinal issue causing some pain; with rest and movement restriction it should improve and it sounds like it is improving already. I would let her rest for around a week or so and see how she is, if there is still an unsteady gait I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian again and having an x-ray. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Esmeralda
American Curl
14 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

hiding tail between legs,

14mo kitten jumped through the stairway landed on all 4 paws if. is she is injured will it show up in the morning
She is now hiding tail between legs, won't come out.
I am very worried, don't know what to do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With Esmeralda’s behaviour, it may be that she is scared from the fall or that she is in pain; you will notice if she is in pain as her gait will change in response to being in pain. You should try to coax her out so that you can see her, but I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Twitch
Tabby mix
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Some mild fatigue

Hi! My cat is a 8 month old male. Today I was moving my bed and my cat accidentally got stuck between the mattress and the lats of the frame. The encounter lasted maybe less than 4 seconds total, but the mattress is pretty heavy(somewhere between 30 to 50lbs). He immediately ran away without difficulty when it was removed, but I am afraid of possible internal injuries. I've pressed his stomach once an hour to check for rigidness, but it's still soft and non-distended. Am I in the clear? or should I continue to monitor? He still eats and plays when prompted, but I know cats hide their injuries well. Is there something more I should be doing? Should I have taken him to the vet immediately?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Twitch I cannot say if he has suffered any serious injury or not, but in these situations I always recommend visiting a Veterinarian for a check up just to be on the safe side. Sometimes internal injuries may have a delayed onset so it is always best to be careful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dex
Simease
4 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

agitated
Agitated stress growling scared

Medication Used

Robenacoxib buprenorphine
Robenacoxib

I have a 4 year old simease cat who is the most sweet cat ever. He would sleep with me every night, sleep in my lap while doing homework and even sit by the tub while brushing my teeth. He was was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury of the front right leg about two days ago. My cat has never urinated nor had an accident but 2 days ago he urinated on my bed and started growling and hissing. We then took him to the emergency room where he had X-rays and was informed no broken nor dislocated leg. He was given anti inflammatory and pain medication. This morning I was passing by and jumped and stared growling and hissing while laying on his side. He then ran away and went to hide. He has been eating and drinking water along with his medications but he looks very aware and hiding and not moving nor playing. He is in a room with his blanket and a pillow alone. He will growl and hiss on his own while laying on his side. I give him some time and then pet him and he is okay. Is this PTSD? Stress? Or stomach pain? My heart breaks because I have never seen my cat this agitated and almost don't recognize him. I am afraid there is something more serious going on internally. I do not want to take him to the vet as I am afraid he will become more traumatic.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is most likely that Dex is experiencing pain and he doesn’t understand why and may associate the pain with you leading to aggression; you should give Dex plenty of time and space to recover and not to push him into being affectionate (which I know can be heartbreaking). If he is otherwise OK with all other things like eating, drinking, defecating and urinating you should keep an eye out for improvement; but if there are no improvements by the weekend or Monday you should return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shadow
Domestic shorthair
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat was diagnosed with soft tissue trauma in back right leg after falling from chair. The vet prescribed pain medicine, but she is hiding under the bed and I don't want to pull her out to give the medicine. I have put food and water bowls under the bed for her and she is eating and drinking and the litter box is also nearby. I don't want to make her hate me, so is it best to let her just stay under the bed to rest and not worry about the pain medicine?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is best to leave her food and water close to her, but in a place where she needs to leave the comfort of her hiding place. It would be best for her to get her medication and if you catch her whilst she goes to get a drink or some food, you are not stressing her by pulling her from under the bed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pup
British Shorthair
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepy? Nothing certain...

A shelf fell out of our fridge and hit the ground by our kitten, my girlfriend didn’t see the actual fall so we aren’t sure if he was hit. He didn’t yelp or make a sound and just sprinted away. Worried about a concussion, but pupils are dialating normally and he seems to be running around/climbing like usual. He’s eaten treats so seems to have an appetite, just unsure because he seems sleepy now but can’t tell if he’s just tired (he sleeps a lot right now so it’s not uncommon). Not vomiting or diarrhea or anything of the sort. He’s a very vocal cat who meows A LOT when he wants something or if he gets left alone, so am I safe assuming that if he was hit he would have made a sound?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is always best to not assume anything, but it seems like he wasn’t hit by the shelf but without examining Pup myself I cannot say for certain that he wasn’t hit. It is possible that the sound of the shelf falling startled Pup and caused him to run away and wasn’t hit, but again I cannot be 100% sure; I would monitor for any other symptoms but visit your Veterinarian if you have any doubts. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a Persian cat, and I recently had kicked his rear. He was attacking one of my cats like he usually does, and I got annoyed and kicked him. His left leg seems to be fidgety. I don’t think it’s broke or fractured. But it might have some soft tissue trauma. He’s also not running as fast as he used to, and does not walk to far without having to lye down.

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