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What are Sprains?

A vet explains a sprain in a cat as a “soft tissue trauma” that happens in the ligaments of one of the cat’s limbs. The affected limb may be swollen and hot to the touch.

A sprain is usually a minor injury to the ligaments in the limbs of a cat. Sprains are also the most common cause for a cat to begin limping after receiving an injury. When cat owners see their pets refusing to put weight on the injured limb, crying out, or favoring that limb, they should make an appointment with the vet. After doing some diagnostic work, the vet may find that the injury is truly a sprain, or they could find another, more serious cause for the cat’s symptoms.

Symptoms of Sprains in Cats

The cat who has injured one of its limbs will let its owner know that it’s in pain, especially if the pain is significant:

  • Meowing or crying after getting hurt
  • Lack of appetite
  • Favoring the injured limb
  • Inability to use the injured limb
  • Panting
  • Swelling of the injured limb
  • Personality changes (a normally calm cat may hiss or growl when touched, for instance)

Veterinarians grade sprain injuries according to how much joint and ligament damage is present:

  • Grade 1: Parts of the ligament are torn. The cat experiences some swelling and pain.
  • Grade 2: Ligament is partially torn or greatly stretched. The cat experiences swelling and inability to comfortably use the limb.
  • Grade 3: Ligament is completely torn. The affected bones are no longer joined by the ligament. Surgery is required.

Causes of Sprains in Cats

Cats can suffer sprains for several reasons:

  • Overweight cats are at higher risk of spraining a limb
  • Rambunctious animals can be injured after hard play or even mild activity
  • Sprain may develop after a traumatic accident

Diagnosis of Sprains in Cats

A vet may suspect a sprain if they see the cat limping or avoiding use of the limb. To confirm or rule out their tentative diagnosis, the vet will give the cat a full physical exam, focusing the most on the injured limb. If they feel extra warmth around the limb, along with excessive swelling, they will have the cat X-rayed to confirm their diagnosis. The last diagnostic procedure is a joint tap, where joint fluid is aspirated from the joint for evaluation by a pathologist. The joint tap may be completed on the cat so the vet can rule out other suspected causes of its lameness and pain.

Treatment of Sprains in Cats

Once the vet has diagnosed a sprain in the cat, they will prescribe rest as the first course of treatment. If the limb continues to be used, the sprain, swelling and pain will not resolve. As long as the cat is restricted to a cage, where it can rest, its injured limb will begin to heal. Recovery can take a minimum of two weeks as long as the rest regimen is strictly enforced at home. Outdoor cats should not be allowed to go outside and roam, because the injury could be worsened, especially if the cat gets into a fight or has to run across the street to avoid a vehicle.

The vet may also prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. These medications help to reduce the inflammation in the cat’s injured limb, which helps to speed healing and recovery. These medications also help to reduce the pain the cat experiences.

Depending on the grade of the sprain, additional treatments may be prescribed, such as splinting the injured limb to protect the joint for a grade one sprain. After several weeks, the cat’s limb regains normal function.

A grade two sprain requires the anti-inflammatory medications, splinting and possibly surgery to help stabilize the joint. The cat may regain most of its normal function after surgery.

In a grade three sprain, surgery will be required. The cat’s recovery will take several months. Function in the limb may be limited.

After seeing the vet for treatment, the cat owner should restrict the cat’s movement. A splint, if used, should be kept dry and clean and the owner should make sure the edges of the splint don’t rub the cat’s sensitive skin. Prescribed medications should be given as ordered.

Additional treatments such as natural remedies may be given. These may strengthen joints and muscles in the cat’s body. While the cat is on restricted movement, the vet may recommend supplements, remedies, or medications to promote rest help the cat to stay comfortable and calm during physical therapy.

Recovery of Sprains in Cats

Cats who suffer sprained limbs will recover well from their injuries as long as they were diagnosed correctly and given prompt treatment. The limp will resolve within a few weeks and it usually isn’t necessary for the cat to be seen for a follow-up appointment, except in surgical cases. 

Once the cat has fully recovered, the owner should try to keep the cat indoors if it has been allowed to roam before being injured.

Sprains Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Tuxedo
tabby
4 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

When can I let my cat go back outside? He has been In for 8 weeks due to a tendons and ligaments in his knee injury. His splint was taken off a week ago. He's still limping.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing more details on what type or the extent of injury that Tuxedo had happen to him, I don't have any way of knowing what his expected recovery time might be. It would be best to contact your veterinarian and ask them what his expected recovery might be, and when or if he will be able to go back outside.

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Star
Calico
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat still young is now limping her paw is swollen and sore to the touch she is growling hissing bitting at me when I go near her witch isn’t normal she’s never hisses bitten or growled before, is it a sprain or a break can I give her aspirin and wrap it?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Star, I can't determine if she has strained, sprained, disolcated or broken her foot, or if it is an abcess. Each possibility has very different treatments, and she should be examined by a veterinarian to determine what might be going on and get appropriate care. Many OTC pain medications are quite toxic to cats, so it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. I hope that she is okay.

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Moxie
Shorthair Domestic
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

none

My 1 year old kitty keeps limping? We left for dinner, locked up the house and came back to him limping? At first he could put a bit of weight on it but my boyfriend tried pulling some stuff out of his paw he said he saw and now he doesn’t want to put weight on it at all.. I don’t see anything in his paw and I’ve touched all around his paw to see where his sensible point is and he doesn’t respond to any poke or squeeze.. it breaks my heart to see him like this ):

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Moxie, I can't really comment on what might be going on, but it is possible that he strained, sprained, fractured or dislocated that leg. He should be seen by a veterinarian, where he can be examined, and they can determine what might be going on and get him treatment. I hope that he is okay.

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Kitty
Maine Coon
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping , sneezing

Hello im not sure if my cat jumped,fell or got bitten by a dog but i found her down stairs by the fire ecape and when i brought her back up she sounded like she was crying.Its been two days since this happend i havent taken her to the vet yet because i thought she was ok but today she was limping and i dont have alot of money at the moment what should i do? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
If you are not sure on the cause of the injury you should visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost, without examining Kitty I cannot say whether the injury is a simple sprain or something more serious. You can try some strict rest by placing her in a cat carrier so she isn’t moving but a visit to your Veterinarian would be best to be on the safe side, I cannot give you any assurances. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Black short hair
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Partial weight bare

My indoor 9 month old cat managed to get outside in the night. I got him inside and he is limping on his back left leg. No sign of warmth or swelling, bearing some weight but not all. He’s quieter than normal. Loving cuddles and not interested in eating his dinner.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Buddy continues to limp on that leg and seems uncomfortable, he should be seen by your veterinarian, as they are able to examine him, determine the extent of the injury, and give him any pain management or medications that he may need. I hope that he is okay.

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Rupert
moggy
4 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Injured leg

Cat was originally limping on Xmas day so we took him to vet. Was told just a sprain (no cray though) He’s been fine since apart from the odd limp every so often which we’ve put down to being a little sore a times. But this weekend he’s been limping badly, worse than before and is holding his front paw at all times. I’ve given him a dose of the pain killers given to me for him last time but he’s still limping. Should I take him back if it’s just a sprain? He’s eating fine, let’s us feel his leg etc and doesn’t cry. But won’t put any pressure on it at all.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
If Rupert isn’t putting any weight on the leg and the original injury was on Christmas Day four weeks ago I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian again for another examination to determine is it truly a sprain, new injury or something else. Without examining Rupert myself I cannot say what the cause is, but this has gone on long enough. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pierre’
tabby
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Just noticed our cat limping & doesn’t like us messing w/ it too much. He did just eat his dinner - so I placed him on a blanket afterwards to rest, and I noticed he meowed in pain a little when he tried to shift positions on his own. Being Saturday- is it important to call my vet now or wait for Monday ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Pierre seems generally comfortable, eating and drinking and able to move around normally for the most part, he can probably wait until Monday to be seen. If he seems quite uncomfortable, isn't able to move around normally, or stops eating and drinking normally, it would be best to have him seen sooner. If he isn't putting weight on the leg, that would make it a good idea to have him seen earlier as well. i hope that he is okay.

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Bun
Bengal
One Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

Buprenorphine

I took my one year-oldcat to the vet they said she had a soft tissue injury on her back left thigh.They sent her home with pain medicine that she has finished she seems to be better but is still limping and favoring her leg. It’s been about a week and a half since the injury how long do you think she will be limping and should I take her back into the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
479 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If she is still limping on that leg, it would be a good idea to have her rechecked by your veterinarian. It is quite common to treat what we feel might be a sprain or strain with pain medications and give it a little time. If they don't respond that way that we think that they should, however, sometimes x-rays might be needed to make sure there isn't a hairline fracture or something abnormal going on. Your veterinarian will be able to determine the next best course of action for Bun.

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Boo
tabby
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

8 week old kitten jumped from my arms and landed on side. Limping on left back leg. Doesn’t cry or squirm when I sqeeze or touch it. Still has an appetite however she is very sleepy. Should we go to the vet immediately?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
479 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm not sure if Boo needs to be seen immediately - if she seems comfortable, and is eating, she may be okay to have her seen as soon as it is convenient. if you are concerned about her mental status, and she seems to not be aware of her surroundings, it might be best to have her seen now. I hope that she is okay.

I took my cat to the vet and they said she had a soft tissue injury in her back left thigh. They sent her home with pain medicine and she has took all of that it’s been about a week and a half since the accident she’s doing better but still favoring the leg and limping. How long do you think she will take to recover and do you think I need to take her back to the vet to Marian?

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Bolla
Norwegian Forest
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Back left leg - limping

Hi,
We have a 4 year old (beautiful) forest cat called Bolla. She is normally in great shape, but last night came hobbling into the loungeroom stuck in the handle of a plastic bag. We took it off, but she was limping and couldn't (or wouldn't) use her back left leg. She rested all night, but today she has limited use. She is still resting and not moving about. However - she has moved of her own volition a little - for example she limped to her kitty litter and finished the job. We're not sure what to do. Could it be a minor sprain or something worse like a torn ligament or even worse a break? She doesn't show signs of being in pain or swelling. But she has limited mobility and when she does move she limps (doesn't use the back leg). What do you think?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that this has happened to Bolla. Without examining her, I can't comment on whether she has sprained that leg, dislocated it, has a fracture or damaged the ligaments or tendons in the leg. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian since she doesn't seem to be putting weight on the leg - they'll be able to examine her, determine the severity of her injury, and recommend treatment so that she feels better. I hope that everything goes well for her!

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Macy
Calico
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hello. My 5 month old cat may have sprained her leg. She lets us touch it/put pressure on it but she flinches or backs away a little. She doesnt cry. She still runs, plays and jump. She has a little limp as she walks or fast walk but you cannot see her limping as she is running. What should i do? It seems minor.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
479 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Macy, I can't diagnose a sprain or strain, and I'm not sure which leg she seems to have injured. It may be a minor injury that will heal with rest and time, but since she is such a young cat, it might be a good idea to have her examined to make sure that it isn't anything more serious that will impact her mobility as she gets older. She may also benefit from some anti-inflammatory medication to help her heal better, and since OTC pain medications can be quite toxic to cats, it would be best to have your veterinarian prescribe something for her if she needs it. I hope that she feels better soon.

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Petal
Domestic cat
13 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sore paw
Limping
Crying
Stiffening
Swollen Joints

Hi, I have a 13 year old cat. She always sits on her hind legs to scratch at the door to get in, today she didn't (very unusual) When she got into the house she couldn't put her back right paw to the floor, she's limping. She eating as I gave her some ham while I went to check her out. I can touch the top of her paw very gently and she won't give out by if I touch the underside, even very very gently, she'll pull it back and cry. Her foot does look swollen and her caws are retracted. Her paw also remains straight and unbent, it looks strange.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
479 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Petal is having problems. Older cats can develop arthritis and painful joints. She may have sprained or strained her leg, she may have an abscess, or a tumor - it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian to determine why she is actign painful and get medications if needed to help her feel better. I hope that she does well.

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Milo
tabby
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepy

Doesnt want to walk around, he doesnt put much weight on his back leg. He does not have a lack of appetite. He meows when you pet around his left back side. Mildly aggressive only when you pet hurting area

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Milo should be seen by a veterinarian, as he may have a strain, a sprain, a dislocation, or a break in one of his bones. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be the problem, and get him appropriate medication. I hope that he feels better soon.

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Obit
Unknown
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Slouching

Hello
My cat is about 10 yrs old. Noticed week or so ago that she hasn't been jumping or running around or wrestling with her brother. She has been resting or sleeping more and when she does jump she struggles unable to raise her back legs. This week she hasn't been walking with her backside raised... more slouched down. I don't know if she has sprained her back legs or back. I've been giving her NaturVet glucosamine ds plus but wonder if I shouldn't get anti-inflammatory meds as well? Or is there something more natural I can give her as well to help with swelling and pain??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination since the posture you are describing may be attributable to spinal pain or abdominal pain, we have to make sure that there isn’t something more serious going on with her especially at her age. I would get a general examination by your Veterinarian so you know what the specific cause is and can be treated or managed appropriately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mickey
domestic short hair
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

dilated pupils
Slight limp
Lethargic

Hi, my nearly 8 month old kitten has started walking with her front leg raised, with her paw hanging at a ninety degree angle from the wrist joint, she’s an indoor cat, who’s normally very playful, she’s a bit lethargic, and her pupils are dilated, she yelps when I touch the sore paw, but is not bothered if I touch her else where. She’s not caught it in a door of any kind and the highest thing to jump off is the back of the sofa, is it likely to be a sprain and how long should I rest it?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
479 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If she isn't using the leg to walk or putting pressure on it, and it seems to be hanging at a strange angle, and seems sore when you touch it, she should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible. Dilated pupils can be a sign of pain or stress, so it does seem to be bothering her quite a bit. Your veterinarian will be able to examine the foot, possibly take an x-ray, and determine if it is broken, dislocated, or sprained, and get proper treatment for her so that she isn't in pain. I hope that everything goes well for her!

Turns out it’s been a reaction to her flu vaccinations 3 days before as about 4 hours later her brother started limping on the same leg, I couldn’t afford to take them to the vets after just paying for their vaccinations, so nursed them at home, as I’ve done with many other cats, they’re now eating and drinking again by themselves (I had to start syringe feeding them when they stopped eating and drinking) they are now both walking again, just slower than usual, and are improving daily so we are over the worst. Hopefully it doesnt reoccur with the booster vaccinations in a few weeks

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Tiger Lily
Unknown
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping sore leg

She was limping on it this morning but isn't now. I kept her in a cat carrier last night cause she had an appointment to be spayed let her put this morning and she was limping on it. She isn't now so I'm confused.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm confused by your question, as to whether Tiger Lily is limping or not. If she is continuing to limp, she should be examined by your veterinarian, and that can happen when she goes in for her surgery. If she is not limping, she may have had a strain or a sprain and recovered. I hope that she does well!

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Oscar
Cymric
6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping, feels different to other

My kitten is 7 months old. He won’t walk on his right back foot.. he holds it up.. to start with he would meow if we touched it.. but now he doesn’t & I can move it about for a little while before it gets too much for him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Oscar should be seen by your veterinarian to detemine what might be going on with that foot and why he doesn't want to use it and seems painful. he may be able to give him medication to make him feel better, and to help it heal. I hope that he is okay.

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dexter
short hair
1 Year 5 months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

My cat has been limping over the last couple of days it has got slightly lightly better. He has been lifting his leg up when stationary.he can put weight on it and still wants to play he is eating fine and using the litter box ,what do you think is the matter with him

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
Some sprains and other injuries may take some time to heal (if you ever sprained your ankle you’ll know); it is a positive sign that you have seen some improvement and I wouldn’t be too concerned if he is improving day by day. It is important to restrict his movement so that he doesn’t cause himself further injury but if there is no further improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Hello,

My cat is 1yr 5m. Recently he's been letting out a horrible cry like he's in pain whenever he stands up. We've identified which back leg it is that is causing him pain. He will plop himself down to lay down rather than use his back legs. And he won't jump on anything anymore. We are assuming it is a sprain in his back leg. I'm just wondering if there are any home remedies we can try first.. I've tried heating pack and an ice pack and have placed it on the hurt leg and our cat instantly purrs and won't move for awhile when we do that. So I know he must feel some sort of relief when we do that. Is there anything else we can do?

Thank you,

Tierra

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
In these cases, rest is best; making sure that Leo is comfortable and his movement is restricted is important, if he is walking around too much place him in a cat carrier to prevent movement and let him out frequently under supervision to use the litter box etc… If you see no improvement in his leg over the next few days an examination by your Veterinarian would be best to check for more serious injuries. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jax
Unknown
8 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Meowing

Yesterday morning I noticed my 8 month old cat limping. I'm not sure if he fell or jumped on it wrong. It's his back right leg. He still tries getting around, and puts a little bit of pressure on it I think. I haven't noticed a loss in appetite, but he has been meowing quite a bit, which he never does. When we first pick him up he meows as if in pain. I'm not sure if this is just a sprain or something more serious. I also believe it's his upper leg closer to his hip. I don't know if I should give it time and see how he's doing or if I need to take him to a vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Jax hasn't improved over 24 hours since the incident, it would be a good idea to have him seen and examined by your veterinarian. They will be able to examine him, decide if he needs x-rays or not, and get some pain management for him so that he is not in pain. It is possible that he sprained his leg, or he could have an abscess or a fracture. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Nyla
DOMESTIC
8 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat doesn’t apply much pressure to her right leg. She’s still walking around to eat/litter, and will still approach me for loves, isn’t too reclusive. Doesn’t like when I try to look at her leg. I’m worried that her leg may be broken. Is there a way to tell the difference?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
If Nyla’s leg was broken she would be showing significantly more signs of pain and wouldn’t be applying any pressure to the leg; try to keep her rested for now and see how she is with a few days of strict rest (place her in a cat carrier if need be). Generally the only real way to determine if a leg is broken is to have an x-ray done to visualise the bones themselves as a closed incomplete fracture is otherwise impossible to detect. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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socks
Tuxedo
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi! My cat is a bit rambunctious and managed to hurt his paw while playing outside two days ago. He is now limping, but will still use his paw when he jumps onto surfaces, plays with a toy and uses his scratching post. Any idea of what this could be? Thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It could be a strain, a sprain, a laceration, an abscess, a fracture, or a dislocation. Since he seems to be using the paw when jumping, but limping on it, it would be a good idea to have him checked out by your veterinarian to make sure that there isn't anything that he has done that needs medical attention or medications. I hope that he is okay!

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Toodles
Unknown
10 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Slightlimp

So I was holding my kitten, she's about 10 weeks old, and the ice maker made a really loud sound which scared her. This resulted in her doing a weird flailing and she launched herself from my arms. She ended up landing on her side instead of her feet. Now, she has a slight limp and isn't as playful rn. I don't know if she's in any pain or not. I feel terrible though, I didn't mean for it to happen.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. If she is limping, she is probably hurting. It wasn't her fault, or yours, accidents happen. If she is still limping in the morning and doesn't seem as playful, it would be a good idea to take her to see her veterinarian and make sure that everything is okay, and that she doesn't need any pain medication. I hope that she is okay!

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Olaf
N/a
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

my cat was jumping off from my sisters bunk bed, and accidentally hit his leg on the stairs bar, after he jumped off I think he hurt himself just because I was seeing that he had his back right foot up, after he started to limp, and does not uses his right back leg, when I carried him his foot was really warm and a little bit swollen, i did try to put and ice pack for 15 min but he just doesn't like hit, i don't think he is in pain because he does not cry unless we touch the part where he hurt himself. I am afraid he sprained his foot. If he did would you know how much they would charge me for them to examine him and fix his foot ankle or leg please. Or any home remedies you would consider for me to do first?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
As far as home remedies are concerned rest is best, movement restriction will help to prevent any pressure being placed on the leg which should help with overall healing. As for the cost of a visit to your Veterinarian, this would depend on your location and what they find when they examine Olaf; I would budget around $100 to $250 if you are in the states for a basic examination etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shadow
Shorthair
11 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain in leg

My cat 11 months is limping he can stand he wasn't eating or moving now he is but he still limping I'm worried have no idea what could happen it doesn't seen like broken bones. And he is not crying anymore unless I touch his legs.what should I do take him to the hospital its price that's what I don't know what to do leave it and see if he gets better or...?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
You should give shadow strict rest and not allow him to move around, if you don’t see any improvement over two days you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Fractures can be incomplete where the bone is only cracked but not all the way through which is painful but wouldn’t feel broken which is why we use x-rays. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snicker doodal
stray
Year in a half
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat came in limping on his front leg about a week ago and he is still laid up he walks on it very softly not a lot of pressure I cannot afford to go to the vet right now is there anything at home that I can do I've looked at the wound there's no wound there's no cut it just feels like it's a little flame

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
In these cases strict rest is best (in a cat carrier if he jumps around still), other than visiting your Veterinarian there is nothing else I can advise you to do at this time as I am unable to examine his leg. Just make sure he is well rested and has food, water and litter box nearby. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Elliot
Cat
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Just notice my cats leg is swollen. Been gone for 6 hrs and now this happen. Not sure what went wrong when we were gone. Earlier he was fine and playing. I did feed him.just now and he's eating fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
A swollen leg may be caused by a variety of different causes which may include trauma, insect bites, lack of lymphatic drainage among other causes; if Elliot is otherwise alright, keep a close eye on him in the meantime and ensure that he is resting (not jumping around the house) and see if there are any improvements. If you see no improvement in the swelling or it gets worse, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi there :) My cat just jumped off of the cat tower that we have (4ish feet) and he started limping immediately. He didn’t cry out/get mad and he doesn’t get upset when I lightly palpate both of his legs and feet. What I’m concerned with is whether or not I should take him to the vet immediately? He doesn’t seem to be in pain but his limp is concerning 😞

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yoyo
Mix
17
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

hey! my precious cat is 17 years old. She is healthy for the most part, but today I noticed her limping and part of her leg (where the joints meet) is swollen as though there is a knot. she doesnt hiss or growl at me when it touch it. It only hurts if there is pressure applied similar to walking. should I ice it? I dont have much money to afford a vet bill for them to not do anything for her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
If Yoyo is limping and has a swelling, you should allow her to rest for a few days; don’t allow her to jump, I find using a cat carrier is the best guarantee that she wont jump. If you are not seeing any improvement after two days you should visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost to see if any specific treatment or pain relief is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Precious
American Shorthair
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

walking more slowly

My cat started limping Friday night and I don't know why. She wasn't eating or drinking at first but started to again after 10 hours. She is doing much better 2 days later but still doesn't chase and play as usual. Should I bring her to a vet or see if she heals on her own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
A simple sprain may be causing pain which would decrease mobility and may also have an effect on appetite; I would keep Precious rested for a few days and monitor for improvement but if you don’t see any improvement after two or three days visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
domestic short hair
9 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain when feeling "forearm" area

I came home today and went to grab the kitten in my room. We keep her in my room during the day so she can't get into anything while we are home. When we came home she was limping on her front left leg. She's eating but her gums are white, and it hurts her when i squeeze the "forearm" area of her leg. She's only 9 weeks so she's still playful even though she's limping and wants to do things. Is her leg broken or sprained?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
I cannot say for sure if the limb is sprained or broken but we would generally expect more pain from a break than a sprain; the white gums are concerning and may be indicative of shock, it may be possible that Luna had an accident in your room and she may have some other injuries. I would highly recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a check over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gandalf
Part Kurat
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

Metacam

What are the 'additional remedies' you talked about a new article to keep the cat healthy whilst confined? After limping badly for a few days my cat was put in cage rest by the vet, who said I could gradually introduce it to room confinement once the limping stopped. after one week of cage and another of a mix of room & cage, he started limping again ( following a bit of jumping around). This means back to square one. I'm worried that over a month of inactivity will harm his physical health.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
There are a few different therapies which may be employed during cage rest which may include joint supplements, laser therapy or passive movement of limbs; any additional therapy should be directed by your Veterinarian for Gandalf’s specific problem as passive movements are not suitable for all cases and may be harmful depending on the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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