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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

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
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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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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
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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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Willow
moggy
11 weeks
Mild condition
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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
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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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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
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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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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
1191 Recommendations

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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