Soft Tissue Trauma Average Cost

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Average Cost

$500

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Radagst
Turkish Angora
3 Years
Fair condition
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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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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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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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Cookie
Himalayan
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Pain

So my cat was ruining inside my sisters room and he was going to go under her bed and I tried to catch him then i accidentally pulled his right leg to hard to catch him then once I catched him I noticed that he meowed in pain and I noticed that the pain is coming from his right leg and when I touch that Area it hurts him and when he walks he pulls his right leg up but everything else seems fine he does everything else normally so what do you think i should do i am worried it might be worse then what I thought do you think he needs to go to a vet or should i only let him rest for a day or two

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cookie, it is difficult to determine the severity of the injury; sprains and dislocations are both concerning, but difficult to determine. In many cases, if it is a sprain, rest is best; however if a joint dislocated then veterinary attention would be needed. Since you pulled on the leg, I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Squatch
tabby
5 Years
Mild condition
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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

Hi my cat roscoe is 6 months old. normally very playful the last couple of day all he wants to do is sleep. He still eats and drinks. He will still groom himself. But when u pick him up he meows like in pain. He wags his tail. He does like to rough house the bigger cats thou

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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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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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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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Dex
Simease
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

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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Justin
tabby
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bladder

Our cat was hit by a car yesterday. Nothing is broken except his tail, but he had some internal bleeding and is unable to currently control his bladder and currently can't put weight on his back legs. He is under 24 care at our vet and we felt strongly about giving him some time to heal before we put him down although the vet said nerve damage rarely gets better. He was in critical care yesterday, but today seems quite alert when we visited him. He isn't bleeding any more, but the nerve damage part is an ongoing concern and we certainly don't want him to suffer as we have read the issues with incontinent cats, but could this actually get better in the next few days? The vet wouldn't really comment on what we should do. We don't want our Justin to suffer, but if there is hope for him, we would like to give him a fighting chance. Thanks for your advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Incontinence from nerve damage doesn’t resolve quickly if at all, your Veterinarian isn’t wanting to comment because it is very difficult to say what the outcome is going to be and in many cases the problem doesn’t improve. If you were looking at seeing improvement in bladder over the weekend, I can assure you that it almost certainly would not happen in this short period of time if at all; this is really a wait and see approach. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fufi
moggy
1 Year
Mild condition
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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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Loki
domestic short hair
19 Months
Mild condition
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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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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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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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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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Momo
domestic short hair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lump
Swelling

My cat has stayed with my father while I was on vacation for a week. I came back today and noticed he has a lump on his side around the left hip area. It doesn’t seem to bother him at all if I touch or put pressure on the area. It’s hard to tell if he’s acting differently because he is stressed and hiding from the change of environment. My dad said he got stuck under a recliner chair a few days ago. He tried to get him out by reclining the chair, but he started meowing so he put the chair back down and Momo sprinted out. It is possible he got squished or pinched by the chair. He’s not limping, he’s still eating, he might be constipated from stress, but the lump is a little alarming. However, I am also a very paranoid cat owner.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since I can't see the lump or decide what it might be, it might be best to have him seen by a veterinarian to find out what the lump is caused by. It is good that it doesn't seem to be bothering him, and it may resolve over a couple of days, but if it doesn't it would be a good idea to have him seen.

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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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Bear Bear
stray
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Our cat jumped over the baby gate last night and didn't completely clear it. At first he didn't seem to have any control of his back leg. I felt all four limbs extensively to see if I could find any deformities or breaks etc. and I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. He also didn't flinch, cry out or try to pull away at any time during my little "exam". Since then, he has been putting SOME weight on the leg and walking around a little bit. He has also jumped up on the couch but not without difficulty. He has also played around and "wrestled" with our other cat and has yet to whine or meow in any kind of pain but it does seem like when he is walking, that the leg almost seems to dip under his body, like maybe the hip is dislocated?? I'm not sure. I'm a single mom on disability and our local vet is WAAAY overpriced and from past experience, doesn't seem very qualified. When we took our younger cat with CH, they said she was fine and had great hearing, etc. and she's a deaf cat! So.. I love my cats & if he needs to see a vet, then we won't hesitate, but by all I've stated above, how do I know it's not just a bruise from hitting his leg off of the gate, or something more serious??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bear Bear I cannot determine the extent of the injury and there are many possible types of injury and it can be difficult to determine without an x-ray in some cases. You should give Bear Bear plenty of rest and monitor for improvement, however dislocation or nerve damage is a possibility and would need to be evaluated by a Veterinarian regardless of your feelings towards your local Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tuco
Tuxedo
1 Year
Mild condition
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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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Gremlin
Bombay Mix
3 Years
Fair condition
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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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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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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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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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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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Oreo
Tuxedo
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Limping, wincing, crying, hiding

My cat refuses to put weight on his front left leg, he just drags it. His paw has started to turn purple and feels ice cold but he only winces when we touch his shoulder area, not his paw.
Do you think something is broken?
Should we wait for the limping to subside or bring him to vet immediately?
He was very stressed out before but now he’s asleep with it extrended as he refuses to bend it or anything.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what has happened with Oreo's leg without being able to examine it, but from your description, that isn't going to get better. Purple and cold and painful, he needs to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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Phoenix
Short fur
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping slightly sleepy quiet

Hi I have a 2 month old kitten who is very active and loves playing with my 6 month old kitty and they get very boisterous jumping on thing and on each other. A day ago in the morning I noticed him limping a bit he ate and was moving around but by afternoon he just wanted to curl up next to me and just wants to sleep. He only wakes up to eat and poop or pee. He recently got vaccinated as well.... the vet just did a physical n said he injured himself while jumping but from being so active he has noworked become so quite n sleeps all the time. Is this normal because he is pain? Please help I'm so worried

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Phoenix I can only speak generally, but pain is one cause for a reduction in activity; Phoenix may be just resting since it is painful to move. Keep a close eye on him and try to allow plenty of rest, monitor for improvement; if there is no improvement by the end of the week you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dexter
Domestic long hair
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Quiet
lack of appetite
Pain in shoulder

Medication Used

Metacam 5kg oral dose given

Cat was in a fight with another cat approx 6 hours ago. Not fully weight baring on right fore leg (left fore was amputated in 2015) guarding around shoulder. Palpating what feels like small air pockets under skin between right shoulder and head.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Dexter is already missing his left leg, and is now limping on his right, it would be best to have him seen as soon as possible by a veterinarian. You do not want infection or trauma to overwhelm him so that he can't use his remaining front limb,.

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Tiger
tabby
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Medication Used

Prednisolone

Hi there, I left for work 3 days ago without seeing my cat on the night. I came back home and still no cat. After calling him a whole afternoon and sometime into the evening. I hear a faint meowing outside only to find him disoriented barely making it to the front door. He then took a stumble and fell on his side. I thought maybe someone had overloaded him with food only to find that when I picked him up he started to claw at me without making a sound. The following day I took him to the vets. She examined him and said he had inflammation from what seems like an accident hed been in. And prescribed prednisolone 5mg to be given over the course of 3 weeks. Since my cat has been back home he doesnt eat doesnt drink his water, he has pale gums and sleeps the whole day. He can put some pressure on his hind legs but I can tell he is still in pain. Should an xray be done to determine if its more than just inflammation? I keep thinking the worst when he is in this state. He's so
different from his usual lively self. His pupils seem to be wide most of the time. Sometimes I see it just opening and closing. He pees himself also. Please advise on what is best to do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tiger I cannot determine what specifically is causing these symptoms; trauma, other injuries, foreign objects, poisoning among other causes may lead to severe symptoms like this. If he isn’t showing any signs of improvement by Friday afternoon or Saturday morning you should visit your Veterinarian again for another examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Midnight
Cat
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Paw Swelling

My almost 14 year old male (neutered - totally indoor cat) presented with limping and not bearing weight on left front leg.
Fur clean and neat - does groom well.
Eating and drinking normally. Temperature normal, nose wet and cold.
no change in weight (always a skinny cat).
Inflammation at pads to wrist joint that has gone down with rest, but the foot is still swollen.
No pain shown on palpation or manipulaion.
Can move paw in stretching or for comfort.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I always worry a little more in older indoor cats that are limping, as there aren't any obvious reasons. Midnight may have jumped off of something and strained or sprained the leg, or there may be something more serious going on. If the swelling doesn't improve over a couple of days, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to have that leg looked at to see what is causing the lameness.

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Simba
Shorthair
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No meow, vomiting

My cat simba is 10 years old and was playing with our 4 month kitten both biting each other’s necks yesterday. We separated them, even though it didn’t seem aggressive it seemed harmless but now simba has a raspy meow to almost no meow when he was a very talkitive cat before. He also threw up his hard food yesterday evening and will only eat a little wet food today. Is there something I should look for other than monitoring eating and drinking? And is it possible the kitten hurt simba’s throat? He is purring fine and doesn’t pull away from petting or touching his throat

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Simba may have been injured, from what you describe. Since I can't see him or examine him, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at him and see what might be going on.

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Tali
tabby
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Grey ring
Redness
swollen
Swelling

Medication Used

none

Three days ago cat, Tali, had a small, circular patch with hair loss and red coloration on his front right leg - near his upper elbow. He sleeps beside me every night so I was astonished to find such injury all of a sudden. The red, hairless patch is about the size of a larger cherry tomato. From what I could see, there were no punctures or scratches - I figured maybe it was a burn of some sort since he is outside durning the day and the sun was out and hot. So we put neosporin on his wound, bandages him up, and kept him inside all day. The next day, my dad let him outside without a bandage or anything to cover the spot, despite what I asked him (to keep Tali inside so I can watch him) and now today the would has grown very swollen, you can tell he is in pain when he walks and is refusing to jump. The patch is still hairless and slightly scabby like a child knee after falling down and skinning it. The skin around the area is grey which alarms me because it was not like that yesterday or two days ago. And if I feel it, it’s like an abscess almost but I’m not sure if that’s just from inflammation or what. I put sprayable Benadryl on him today, however. Any idea of what this might be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tali it is difficult to say specifically what the cause or type of skin lesion this is; burns, scrapes, pressure sores among many other causes may lead to similar issues. You should clean the area regularly and place a dab of Neosporin on the area each time; monitor the area and visit your Veterinarian if there are no signs of improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Don’t know yet
DOMESTIC
1 Week
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Torn skin

I have a 1 week old kitten who looks like some of the skin was torn off , the kitten is not bleeding I’ve been irrigating it and cleaning it . It is a dark pink but feels like it’s starting to get a think covering . Is there anything I can do to keep it from getting worse ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We need to make sure that the kitten isn’t affected by a condition which causes skin fragility. However, in the meantime you should ensure that any wounds are kept clean and if the wound is large you should visit a Veterinarian to be on the safe side to help against secondary infection since kittens have a poor immune system. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/thin-or-fragile-skin

Thank you , I am definitely keeping it clean twice a day . They are 1 week old today . It feels like it’s scabbing over or callousness, not sure yet . They are so young still and the mother was a rescue so not exactly sure what could of been passed down . She’s taking very good care of the kittens and they are eating well and so is the momma .

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Olivia
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

A bike run over on my kitten...
Its unable to walk correctly for 12 hours, after this my local vet made x-ray of waist , he said no major injuries are there, now im giving Meloxicam for pain, and a syrup of calcium supplements, after 48 my kitten is running normally but one back leg is slipping on its stopping, and kitten finding very difficulty to climb on small things....
Can she will be back to normal?
Please suggest..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Olivia I cannot say how or if she will improve, but you should keep her rested for a few days by restricting her movement to a cat carrier or crate to prevent any running, jumping or playing which may cause further injury. Keep her movement restricted and monitor for improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fifi
Scottish Fold
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My 16 year old cat was in a fight with a visiting year old cat. I got them apart quickly, but now she has been hiding under the bed for 24 hours. She stretches all legs and looks at me, but won't let me touch her or reach her. I put water and some food under the bed for her, and put rescue remedy in the water. How long should I wait to see if she recovers. I am scared the vet will say to put her down because she's so old and fragile looking.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Fifi may have sustained some type of injury during that fight. If she is eating and drinking, she may just need time. If she isn't eating or drinking, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian - they won't recommend that you euthanize her just because she is old, and they may be able to help her feel better.

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Sticky rice
Ragdoll
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly rear gait

My ragdoll cat (4 months old) was suddenly walking a bit weird in the back legs yesterday (monday), he was fine over the weekend. Sunday and Monday morning I saw that he had poop stuck on his tail fur near the anus. He still walks around fine and would jump on sofa/bed on his own, although when he jumps back down he is not as graceful and seem to kind of fall on his back legs/butt. I brought him into to my vet today and she found that his tail is hanging down weird. The tail can move and doesn't bother him when touched, except when she touched his back where the tail connects to the spine. The vet suggest xray, but the breeder suggests that I wait it out a few days, since my cat is still pretty active and is behaving normally besides being a bit wobbly, plus the vet wants to sedate my cat for the xray, which both the breeder and I are concerned about. Could it be a soft tissue trauma in that region? Could he have sustained an injury to the tail-spine connecting area even though the sofa, bed, and coffee table that he jumps on and off are not that high? Would it heal on its own? If the area was broken would the signs be obvious? Because judging from his behavior (not vocalizing more than usual, still likes to walk around, still likes to jump on sofa) it doesn't seem like he's in a great deal of pain. Sorry for the long question, this is my first time owning a cat and I'm anxious.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sticky Rice I cannot say what the specific cause is; soft tissue injury, skeletal injury among other causes may lead to similar symptoms. An x-ray would be valuable to look for any signs of spinal abnormalities, the decision to sedate Sticky Rice is down to your Veterinarian since any slight movement can blur an x-ray image if an animal moves at the wrong time. You would be surprised how badly a cat can injure themselves by just jumping wrong off a bed or sofa whilst other cats walk away unscathed after falling from a first floor balcony. Without knowing specifically what the cause is here, I cannot say whether it would improve on its own or if medical/surgical intervention is needed; but in the meantime give plenty of rest and restrict movement to a cat carrier to prevent further injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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King
domestic short hair
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Diarrhea
Weight Loss

Hi, my cat has been having diarrhea with blood for the past month. He is also loosing a lot of weight. I have taken him to a veterinarian 5 times and his blood test results were all fine. He was also tested for FIV and Feline Leukemia and was negative. I was out of town for two weeks prior to my cat being sick and I amconcernedthtet person I left him with may have hurt the cat.He has also had a fever on and off. He has been given antibiotics and also a steroid shot which seemed to make the blood and mucus in the stool go away. It is also more solid now but he continues to have a fever and is loosing weight. Do you think an ultrasound would be useful? And do you have any ideas as to what could be wrong with him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining King I cannot determine what the specific underlying cause for symptoms are, however stress is a possible cause for the presence of blood in the stool as stress may cause colitis which typically responds to treatment with corticosteroids. You should try to keep King calm and ensure that he is kept hydrated, I cannot say whether or not there was any mistreatment or if an ultrasound would show any useful signs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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ROSCOE
tabby
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping alot

Hi mycat Roscoe is 6 months old very normally playful but the last couple of days he just wants to lay around and sleep. He still eats and drinks. He will still groom himself but when we pick him he meows like it hurts. He does rough house alot. And he will act like he wants to play for like 5 seconds and than doesnt and just decides to lay down. My other cats are fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what is happening with Roscoe without examining him. Pain whilst being lifted by indicate pain originating in the abdomen or pain in the spine (spine flexes when lifted) so it is not possible to narrow in. This would be something to visit your Veterinarian about to narrow in on a possible underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Belle
tabby
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Our neighbor was given a 4 week old kitten it was a rescue at 8 weeks old my dog grabbed it did not penetrate skin or any bleeding at all and my husband made her let go of kitten. Kitten looked fine when we left half hour later neighbor says kitten is paralyzed from waist down dragging back legs. Kitten is very alert took her to vet and he said it was soft tissue damage nothing broken put her on prednisone. She is letting kitten drag itself around and it is actually jumping off couch and bed I keep telling her she should not let it do that. Will this kitten walk again? If I can get neighbor to stop with so much activity with kitten.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Belle, I really don't have any way to determine if she will walk again, but decreased activity and resting the spinal cord would definitely help more than letting her move around and jump on and off of furniture. Cage rest might be a good idea for her, where she has her litter, food and water in a small space to let things heal.

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