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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

Mokino
INDIAN Domestic
1 Year
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping,lying down,pain

Doctor my 1 yr tom cat mokino is a timid buddy.one night unfortunately he stayed at our home backyard,next morning we found him shivering.he has not got any external injury but left leg at backside(just above the knee angle)having severe pain and thus limping.though he was okey but within a wk he again get hurt in same leg while trying to climb on a table.after that he is limping a lot and not a bit interested in walking,vet examined and said his leg is not broken.he is eating himself,and urine and stool passing once or twice a day.all the time he is sleeping,whenever we try to move him he walk 5-6ft then sat down on floor and lye down to sleep,if we touch the place he is growling.else he wake up,looking all over but not interested in come down or standing up.whenever he walk a few ft he limping.became quiter,not as active as before seems he is half woken or in dizziness....I fear at this attitude.....How long it can take to cure and is this kind of sign is okey,?
Is this sign indicates life risk??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Mokino I cannot determine the severity of his injury although it sounds like there is something causing significant pain or discomfort for him when he places pressure on that leg and possibly due to too much activity he may have made the injury more severe. You need to rest Mokino as much as possible to prevent him causing further injury (placement in a cat carrier can help); if you don’t see any improvement over a few weeks you should return to your Veterinarian and discuss other options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Doctor plz help I want to know one more thing about mokino when my vet was examining he was screaming a lot and after that got much swelling.
Vet advice a x-ray for confirmation ,but I afraid at time of x-ray if leg and hip he will hurt again will it should be fine or we should postpone?

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Mokino
Domestic Indian
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain limp sleeping

Doctor as Per my earlier question I want to ask one more help I want to know one more thing about mokino when my vet was examining he was screaming a lot and after that got much swelling. Vet advice a x-ray for confirmation ,but I afraid at time of x-ray if leg and hip he will hurt again will it should be fine or we should postpone?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An x-ray is always useful in these cases and I am surprised one wasn’t done on your last visit; an x-ray may show issues with incomplete fractures, avulsion of insertion points, joint health among other things. An x-ray should be done and is a quick procedure which may yield some further information. 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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Malone
Unknown
6 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

sleeping
inactive
Server limp

My cat 6 months has slept all day from 6am to 1pm and has woken up with a massive limp on his left front leg that's very unusual, he's being inactive and quiet which isn't his normal behavior I'm worried he's sprained or broken his leg I've got him resting on my lap at the moment

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Malone,I can't know what might be going on with him. It would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian to assess what might be going on with him, as they will be able to see him, determine what is happening, and recommend any appropriate testing or treatment.

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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
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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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gem
tabby
9 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Limping crying

my cat is limping and in pain she does not want me to touch it she is in a lot of pain what can i do she will not make me touch it she keeps on moving like she is in a lot of pain

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Gem, I cannot diagnose her or determine what might be going on with her. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to see her, determine what might be going on, and prescribe appropriate medication for her.

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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
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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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Gandalf
Part Kurat
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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Precious
American Shorthair
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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
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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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Elliot
Cat
8 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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
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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
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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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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
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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
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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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Tiger Lily
Unknown
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
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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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
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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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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
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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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Milo
tabby
3 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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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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
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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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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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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
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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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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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Rambo
Housecat
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat got into a fight a few days ago and came home limping, is there something i can do at home or do I have to go to a vet? Hes not in pain as far as I can tell, and didnt react much when I checked him out. Hes not walking on the leg, but puts some pressure on it from time to time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Rambo I cannot determine the severity of the injury, but I would recommend that you restrict his movement over the weekend (cat carrier, small room etc…) to look for improvement, if there is no improvement over the weekend you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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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Ava
Domestic shorthair
4 Days
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Not acting self
Lethargic

My cat is limping on her rear right leg. She is still eating her food, walking on it and sometimes even running and jumping. She has been acting different lately but I just noticed the limp tonight. Should I take her to the vet or give it a few days to see if it gets better or worse?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Ava is limping but doesn’t seem to be in too much pain, you should try to restrict movement (cat carrier helps) so that she isn’t running and jumping on the leg; give her the weekend to look for any improvement but if there is no improvement by Monday or Tuesday visit your Veterinarian, obviously if she displays signs of severe pain or cannot walk visit immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spooky
Turtle shell
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Wont stand on it for to long

My kitten is barley putting pressure on her foot she's not acting like its broken she trys to use it but is limping she's still purring and wants you to hold her. Trying to figure out if its just a sprain , there's no cuts or its not swollen.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Spooky I cannot say whether the limb is sprained, fractured or dislocated; you should restrict movement so that Spooky doesn’t cause further injury to herself, I find placement in a cat carrier helps. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination if there is no improvement in Spooky’s condition after a few day of rest or she is showing signs of pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Anchovy
"Long haired breed" is all I know
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Sleeping more
Carries leg when walking
Tenderness right back leg

My male cat, who is just under one year, is limping after being gone from home about 3 days, 4 nights. His left ear has a small amount of dried blood. No other did of trauma. He's limping and favoring his right rear leg. He doesn't walk on it and kind of carries it while getting around. He will cry out when I have to pick him up, but doesn't mind me carrying him. He stays with me more than before and is sleeping a lot more than normal. There isn't any swelling or cuts that I can see. He is a long haired type of breed, which made checking for cuts a tad difficult. He is eating regularly and send really thirsty. Today his urine was foamy, and I don't believe that he is having problems urinating. He still seems to want to venture outside but only to lay down in the warmth of the sun and sleep. I'm very concerned about him and am unable to take him to the vet until payday, next week. Am I right to be concerned? I'd this a bigger emergency? My boyfriend thinks I'm overreacting, your advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Melissa Valenzuela (Anchovy's owner) P.S. I named my cat "Anchovy" He was just so small when we got him, I believe he was the runt of the litter. He has always send to be in great health and is very energetic. I think he's part ninja, because he is usually doing crazy backflip karate kicks and running everywhere. I live playing with my baby, please let me know if we'll be running around again soon? Thanks =)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Anchovy I cannot determine whether there is a sprain, dislocation, fracture or other injury; you should keep his movement restricted and prevent him from walking running and jumping. Rest in a cat carrier is best, but try to visit a Veterinarian earlier (charity clinic or similar) so that a cause can be determined; I cannot say without an examination if Anchovy will be running around again soon or not, especially as the trauma wasn’t witnessed so we don’t know how it happened. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gato
Maine Coon
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Help, my mainecoon male cat of 8 years old just jumped down from the office chair onto the hardwood floor. He usually has no trouble jumping from place to place. When he jumped down, he made a squeak noise and lifted his right leg and started limping. We examined him and we can’t tell if it’s broken. He isn’t crying or anything, now he is sitting on the side with both of his legs stretched out and lumps when he walks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Gato I cannot say whether there is a sprain, fracture or dislocation; generally a fracture or dislocation would present with severe pain. If Gato is limping but doesn’t seem distressed, you should give him plenty of rest and restrict his movement (cat carrier or similar) to prevent him from jumping around; if you suspect there is more than a sprain (I cannot tell) you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side and to get some pain relief for him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Grey
stray
14 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat seems to be injured in his left limb... He is limping and holding his paw up... He still tries to use it and I see no obvious sign of discomfort. He still let's me touch the area and does not hiss or move away...
What do I do with him. I would like to take him to the vet but he is technically a stray and does not like being in a carrier.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without having Grey seen, there isn't any way to determine what might be going on with him. A veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and give any treatment that might be needed. I hope that he is okay.

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Mr. Bitey
DOMESTIC
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My 7 year old cat Mr. Bitey is walking with a limp since the last hour, my son said he saw him jump off dining room table and he said he landed weird, the table is a standard size but Mr. Bitey is a lil overweight. When he walks his leg seems to turn out a bit. He's not crying but he won't eat though I'm sure he's not hungry yet. His leg feels a little swollen and warmer than the rest of his body.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Miss timing a landing or poor paw placement may lead to sprains, fractures and dislocations; without examining Mr. Bitey I cannot say whether there is a serious injury or a simple sprain. Try to keep Mr. Bitey from moving, jumping or running and it may be best to restrict his movement to a cat carrier so he doesn’t place stress on the leg. If the leg or paw is at an angle you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination, animals can be quite stoic so he may not be showing signs of pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alex
Half tabby
1 Month
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

It's holding its hind leg up

I don't know what happened to him, he's just suddenly holding his leg up and crying. One minutes he's playing on the bed the next he's hissing on the floor. Also what's the preferable meal for cats this young.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A misplacement of a paw may lead to a sprain or other causes of pain; you should restrict Alex’s movement to prevent further injury and monitor for improvement. In a kitten of one month of age, he should be being weaned off milk on to a solid diet; there are many different diets available for weaning kittens and you would be able to find these from your local pet shop. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mocha
tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Tires Easily
Lethargi

My cat Mocha came in several days ago with a very noticeable limp on his back left leg. I thought it would be good to give it a couple of days to see if he was improving at all but I haven’t noticed any improvemement. He’s normally very rambunctious and can’t stay still for more than a minute, but he’s been very lethargic and only getting up to find a new spot to lay down. He’s also been a lot more cuddly than I’ve ever seen him be, but he just looks so tired. I felt around on his foot to find out what area was causing the most pain, and it looked like it was the middle underside of the paw that was causing the most pain. He hasn’t been crying at all, but his demeanor has changed a lot. Do I need to take him to the vet, or is there something I can start doing at home? I’m a college student, so I’m not sure how much the vet visit would cost, but I can only afford so much right now. I love my cat dearly and I just want him to be okay.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Mocha I cannot say how severe the injury is or whether it is sprained or something worse, I generally recommend people to restrict movement for a few days and look for any signs of improvement; if there have been no signs of improvement over the last several days you should be considering getting veterinary attention. If you are a student, you should try to find a charity clinic in your area or similar nonprofit for assistance; apart from that I can just recommend that you keep Mocha’s movement limited and continue to monitor her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I just got back from an out of town trip and my boyfriend told me he accidentally rolled on the cat while in bed. He let out a bit of a noise and he got off him right away, but my boyfriend thinks he may have hurt his tail.

When I checked him out he seems fine. His tail isn't swollen, I gently touched the tail & base from top to bottom all the way to his backside and he didn't even flinch. He is purring like crazy and now is curled up in a ball catching some sleep.

His tail seems to move just fine. Only thing is it does seem to be "off" from the way it normally looks. Like I feel like he normally walks around with his tail sticking straight up but today he has been walking around with it off to one side. I am wondering if it is a heightened awareness situation. He doesn't seem to be in any discomfort whatsoever so I am wondering if it is possible that my boyfriend sprained it or overextended it or something and maybe it just needs a day or two to get back to normal. Is this something that could occur?

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Orange Kitty
Unkown
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My cat is limping and holding his back right leg up. He is bearing some weight on it but will not allow us to touch it. It does appear slightly swollen but not broken.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to see Orange Kitty, I am not sure what might be causing that problem for him, but common causes for that type of behavior include strains/sprains, abscesses, or hairline fractures. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian so that they can examine him and give him any treatment that he might need. I hope that he is okay.

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Chevy
Domestic Shorthair Siamese Mix
13 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swats at people
Tired more than usual
Warm
Hisses at other memebrs of faimly
Laying in Sun alot
Limping
Sprain

Medication Used

none

Hello. My 13yr old cat that my Dad rescued from a truck at a Chevy Dealership (where he worked) thus the name Chevy, now has a sprain. We have had him since he was 1yr of age or younger of age, and had fallen down of the bar-stoles twice, his his back and landed on his leg in a motion where he still had footage to catch him, so it's sprained. And again 2 minutes later, but he couldn't jump high enough. He does seem to be in pain, as his ears and eyes tend to get lower as I touch around to feel for broken bones. He is most likly to be over weight (around 12lbs which is not to heavy) but still, he is older. Depression could also be a cause of his tiredness as we had to give up a cat that we had for 3 1/2 years cause of litter-box problems. She was a Domestic White Short-hair (I hope she gets a good home soon at SPCA of Titusville, FL) she is almost 4. What do you suggest we do, a medical trip is not a option, my Mom just does not feel it's worth the cost ;( so is there anything I can do? Ice? Natural things? Cage? I have read most of the comments since I have gotten home. I have $80 and I'd be well willing to help him live a longer and fuller life, for my childhood friend!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without an examination, there isn't any way to determine what type of injury he may have sustained, whether it is a bone chip, a strain, a sprain, a dislocation, or a hairline fracture. Many clinics do offer a free first exam, and you would be able to have him evaluated. If they are able to give him pain medications, the money that you have should be able to cover that so that he is comfortable, and they will be able to give you an idea as to what might be going on and what to expect for his recovery. Many OTC pain medications are quite toxic to cats, so it would be best to have a prescription for him.

Thank you for the helpful advise. I'llsee if there are any good ones around me, as there are alot in my area of Florida.

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Echego
Burmilla
Two Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Laying down

My cat went outside and other cat attacked him I found him and put him inside but he just limps and holds the right leg in the air and dose not walk on it help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This may be a simple sprain or something more serious, without examining Echego I cannot say how severe the injury is; however, you should keep Echego’s movement restricted and allow him to rest his leg, if there is no improvement over the weekend you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. If Echego seems to be in pain or you are generally concerned you should visit your Veterinarian before the weekend for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Misty
DOMESTIC
8 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limp paw on right foot

My cat got her right front paw stuck between two bars of the recliner that she was hiding under. We are in a new house today so she is very scared but normally rules the house once she is use to it, so this is very abnormal behavior that led to this injury. She was walking with a limp at first but then I picked her up and at the first joint in the front paw it went limp but I just checked on her and she is cleaning her paws, we have an emergency vet in town that I can take her to first thing in the morning but should I do something for her before?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should discourage Misty from licking her paw since she may cause irritation to the skin causing more licking and irritation; without examining the paw I cannot say how severe the injury is but if the Emergency Veterinarian is open now you should go instead of waiting until morning if she is showing signs of pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank You, I have her at the vet now and they will let me know later how bad the injury is by this afternoon. I am hoping for the best right now, she never cried last night or any today when I was loading her up and taking her there. So I don’t know if she was in pain or not so I just took her to be safe, again thank you.

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Chill
Calico
5 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

oddly tired
limping slightly
not as energetic

Our kitten fell off the back of the couch when mum was looking the other way (she was getting the flea comb, and he climbed up and went over).

He landed with a loud thud, and wasn't moving around very much at first.

She came to get me, and he walked around a little on the floor, albeit with a limp.
We set him down on a soft pillow, and he was able to move the leg around by himself, and even rested his head on it to sleep.

He makes no sound when we touch it, and doesn't try to pull away.

We're currently unable to take him to the vets, as we haven't got a carrier, (I was planning on buying the carrier on Tuesday), and the taxi won't allow an unrestrained animal. (they complained last time we went to the vets, and we had a carrier)

Mum's in tears, and is very concerned, as we only just recently lost a cat a few days ago. Can I reassure her that he'll be okay until at least tuesday/wednesday?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Chill I cannot say how severe the injury is or whether it is a sprain or something more serious; you should try to restrict movement and prevent him from walking or jumping to prevent any further injury. Cats are stoic animals so it can be difficult to know whether he is in pain or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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"Kitty"
Short hair tabby
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

We've have been feeding an abandoned cat who just like to stay in our backyard and we think he might have hurt his left back leg after he was chased by a neighbors dog.We can't afford to take him to the vet,main reason we don't own animals, he's limping. What can we do to help him/her? He can still eat and stuff. Any help will be appreciated, thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes of limping including sprains, dislocations and fractures; without examining the leg I cannot give you any specific advice. However, if possible you could try to keep Kitty’s movement restricted so that she isn’t running around putting stress on the affected leg; I don’t have any other advice to offer given the circumstances unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Henry
Shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping on back leg

My cat has had a limp for a few days. He is still walking on it, jumping, and acting completely normal. Today he is favoring it more. We have looked at it, and there are no cuts. Because he is still putting weight on it, how likely is it to be broken or an infection?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Henry it is difficult to say how severe the limp is and I cannot palpate the leg to feel for any abnormalities; when a cat has a limp it is always wise to restrict movement to prevent further injury, normally placing in a cat carrier for a few days or a small room allows them to rest and heal better than running and jumping around the house. Rest is best, but if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jasper
tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

none

My cat is limping and his paw is noticeably swollen and when you touch is or put any pressure on it he meows like he is in pain and he is sleeping more often I’m wondering if my cats paw is broken?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cats are generally stoic and show little to no pain, with sprains you’ll see that a cat will limp but may not vocalise when examined; if Jasper is showing signs of pain and there is swelling you should visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible for an examination and more importantly pain relief, I cannot say with any certainty without an examination the extent of the injury. You should also keep Jasper’s movement restricted and prevent running or jumping. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ashen (Aw-shane)
American Shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I don't know whether my cat has a real problem with his leg or not and if so, what it is and what to do about it. He came in yesterday morning holding one of his back legs up and yowling/growling if I touched it or bumped it. He never growls at people. There may be some swelling, it's hard to tell. Me and my sister examined him today and it hurts him a lot if I try to flex or straighten it out. The other leg is fine. It's at the joint, and I'm not sure whether left or right, does it matter? He's in great condition, and almost too slim, but not underfed. He also only uses it if he has to.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ashen I cannot say how severe the injury to the leg is, if the injury is as severe as you are mentioning then you should visit your Veterinarian before the weekend for an examination to determine whether it is sprained, dislocated or fractured and to get him some pain relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

He had a very bad infection. He got it open, and it's healing slowly, but surely. Thank you for your input!

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ALFI
Pedigree Manx cat
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

In pain when sudden back movement

My cat appears to have over stretched his back whilst cleaning himself. Now walks very slowly and hisses and growls/cries when having to turn around or move his back. He is 14 in 3 days.Should we see if he improves over the weekend or try and get an emergency appointment?should we keep him in? He is eating and drinking normally ...this happened 2 hours ago.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should try to restrict Alfi’s activity and keep him calm, without examining him I cannot determine the severity of an injury or whether he has sprained something or has a more serious injury. I would keep an eye on him for now, but if there is no improvement by morning to visit your regular Veterinarian; however, if he is in distress visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
DOMESTIC
11 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My 5 year old niece was over yesterday. She dropped my 11 week old kitten who now is walking with a limp and not very active. He’s does wake up but he just sits on my bed or lays on his cat tree. He’s usually very active (especially at 2:00am when he attacks my feet while I’m sleeping.) Hes eating and drinking (but not as much) my question is should I pay a small fortune to take him to an aminal hospital on a Sunday or would a vet visit on Monday/Tuesday be ok?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Luna I cannot determine the severity of the injury, however you should restrict Luna’s movement so that there is no running or jumping; if she isn’t showing many signs of being in pain you could wait for Monday morning. If Luna is vocalising or being distant I would visit the Emergency Veterinarian earlier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiny
Shorthair
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat is limping on her back left leg, she tries not to put it on the ground if she has to walk, she can lay on both sides of her body, the upper half of her leg seems fine and doesn’t trigger a pain response when I pet pressure on it. However, the lower half, shakes when she tries stretching, will cause pain when I put pressure on it, I can’t see any damage to the coat, no punctures or blood or bite marks, please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tiny’s leg, it is difficult to say what the specific cause is however you should try to restrict Tiny’s movements for the time being so that no further injury is done. If there is no improvement by the end of the week I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian for an examination. It could be a simple sprain or something more serious, restrict movement and monitor for the time being. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you. After resting in the feral house 10 hours and resting still once he garage another 7 hours, he was more active and perky. He stands up to rub my hand. He is walking with a mild limp now. I will watch. Hopefully he will continue to improve.

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Tuscan
Maine Coon mix
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
fine with humans
tenderness in lower spine
defensive
Sleepy

Hi.

I currently have an 6 year old Maine Coon Male. Recently he was playing ruff with his adopter brother cat who is 7 pounds lighter, not fixed and very intense when playing/ fighting and now is not able to be in the same room as him after almost 7 months and has pain near his end of spine and beginning of tail, but still flicks talk, is cuddle when alone and allows you to pick him up if the other cat is not in the room. Is it possible he has a sprain? Is my Maine Coon becoming more dominant recently because the other male cat has not yet been neutered?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Tuscan is showing signs of pain when touched around the base of the tail or lower spine, you should have this examined by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side; without examining him myself I cannot determine the severity of the injury. As for being in the same room, you should try to introduce them slowly by possibly have them facing each other is different cat carriers and moving them closer together; also neutering may help as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoe
domestic short hair
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Limping and discomfort

My 6 year old cat jumped off my washer and when she did, she started meowing and hissing and not putting weight on her back left leg. She ran and hid under the bed. When she came out she was putting weight on the leg but still had a limp. She has been up moving around but still has a limp. You can tell she is a little uncomfortable. I felt her leg and it does not seem hot or to have any swelling. Is it possible she just has a little sprain? She about gave me a heartache when she started screaming because she hurt herself.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Zoe did strain or sprain her leg when she jumped. Without examining her, I can't comment on what might be going on, but if 24 hours from the injury she still isn't back to normal, ir would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian to make sure that she doesn't need any treatment.

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Yoshi
Siamese
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

limping, lethargic

Medication Used

none

My very active cat came home yesterday limping on his left front paw. No visible injuries/wounds. He will let me touch his entire leg, even apply pressure. It appears swollen. It is not warm to touch. Today he is more lethargic and not touching it to the ground but still allows me to touch his leg, his entire leg all the way up to the attachment to the body. Doesn't seem to bother him but will not walk on it. Sound like a sprain? Can I wrap it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Please do not wrap his leg, pet owners do so with the best intentions but many times it is too tight leading to restricting blood flow and the pooling of blood in the paw. You should give Yoshi plenty of rest (rest is best) and monitor him, since there is swelling I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian since it may be more serious than a sprain and I cannot confirm anything without examining him. Again, do not wrap the leg. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Princess
tabby
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swollen Joints

Hi there,

I just got home to find my cat laying upside down in her carry bag with one of the straps wrapped around her leg (she gets into everything!). I've been gone a few hours so not sure when this happened.

I had to cut the strap to free her leg, she's been limping around and of course meowing because of the pain. She doesn't seem overly reluctant to use the foot and doesn't appear to be favouring it. It doesn't appear to be very swollen, only very slightly. She doesn't seem to get upset when I gently touch it and it's not hot when I touch it. I'm not sure what her appetite is like as it's only been 10-15 minutes since I got home.

I would have rushed her to the Vet but my car is getting repaired and there's no transport available, so hopefully you may be able to help until I get my car back tomorrow.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Prnicess is putting weight on the leg and using it, it may be sprained or strained from the trauma of the strap. If you cannot get her in to see the veterinarian until tomorrow, you can put her food, water and litter box in close proximity so that she doesn't have to travel very far, make sure she is eating and drinking, and leave the leg alone overnight. It may be better by tomorrow, and if not, you can have her seen then to make sure that she doesn't need any treatment for it. I hope that she is okay.

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Derek
British Shorthair
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping. Decrease in appetite
Limping.

My cat is limping on his front right paw. He lets me touch it fine doesn’t wince or meow in pain. It’s not swollen and I can’t feel anything He has gone off his food and generally is not himself he eats everything insight usually. He does put weight on it but is generally just sleeping on my bed. I have only just noticed this morning he seemed fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Derek I cannot say what the specific cause of the limping is, but a young cat may get a sprain when jumping from furniture or sliding on a hard surface; the loss of appetite may be related to the pain or discomfort he is feeling. Give him some strict rest and monitor for improvement, if you don’t see improvement after a day or two pop into your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Shorthair
3 Days
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Cries in pain when trying carry her
Tenderness in back right leg

My cat started limping yesterday on her back right leg and not wanting to put much weight on it. She usually wants to be carried around the house especially at night, but now when I try and pick her up like I always have it's almost like she screams out in pain. I was wondering what to do to help her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Luna, I can't determine what she may have done, but a strain, sprain, abscess, or fracture are all possible. Since she seems so painful, she does need to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible to have that leg assessed and get treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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Mary 2th
Calico
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My cat cat ago and she is me in limping on her front leg about three days and 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.she started meowing and hissing and not putting weight,when i touch it fine she wince or meow in pain and lifting her up as well. It’s not swollen. there anything i can do to ease the pain and let her limp stop even heal and any remedies, i don't have a cat carrier to let her rest please any suggestion that will help???

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing more about what type of injury Mary has, I can't recommend anything other than rest for you to do at home. If she has been limping for 3 days and it isn't getting better, she should be seen by a veterinarian. Many clinics offer a 'free first exam' to allow you to have her seen, and she may need medication. Most OTC pain medications are quite toxic to cats, so she would need to have a prescription from a veterinarian to be safe. I hope that she is okay.

thank you, its okay if i give her protein food for her bone? and rub some ointment and pain relief on her leg? i m just wondering

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Sandy
domestic short hair
16 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

limp
Pain

We have noticed a slight limp with her back left leg; upon a more thorough inspection she gets irritated when I touch around the tarsus bone area. She has arthritis in her hips which limits her movement a bit already, though the limp does not fit with what we normally see with that. It does not seem swollen when compared to the other back leg. My mother said she noticed her limping occasionally a couple days ago but she wouldn’t let her look (I waited till she was half asleep to examine her, and checked for swelling when she was fully asleep). Other than the slight limp which is only noticeable some of the time, and not liking it touched she has used it normally.
Would wrapping it or icing it help at all?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Don’t try wrapping the leg as many times there is no need for it and owners tend to wrap too tight which may restrict blood flow leading to blood pooling in the paw. In these cases it is best to allow Sandy to get plenty of rest and restrict movement to prevent any further injuries. You should visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement over the weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jaffa
mixed
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping, holding leg up

My cat was sleeping on a top bunk bed yesterday, when he came down he was noticeably limping on his rear left leg. He was still able to jump small heights (onto the chairs) and had no lose of appetite. He let me examine his paw, including claws, and I was able to stroke and feel down his side. Only time he made noise of discomfort was when I tried to extend leg. This morning he isn't weight bearing on it at all, still has an appetite and has been to the toilet and there's no other signs of distress, other than him holding his leg up as he walks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Jaffa’s leg I cannot determine the severity of the injury or if it is just a sprain or something more serious; you should restrict his movement to prevent further injury and monitor for any improvements. If Jaffa is showing a lot of pain or you don’t notice any improvement after a few days you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Penny
Cat
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Not using leg
Loss of Appetite

My cat was outside and was at my front door meowing. She is limping and not using her back right leg. She has been able to walk without that leg and climb into the bathroom cabinet where she likes to hide.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Penny I cannot determine the severity of any leg injury or know if the leg is sprained, dislocated, soft tissue injury or fractured; you should restrict Penny’s movements for the time being (cat carrier works well) and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement or if Penny is in a lot of pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cica
Ragdoll
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

So my boyfriend was holding our new kitten 7weeks and something startled her and she ran up his back and jumped down landing on all 4s. When she started to walk her front paw right side limped. When she sat she holds it up. It just happens. I wonder if I should take her in or see how she is tomorrow. She is sleeping with her brother now they were playing and she was using the hurt paw but delicately. I just feel so bad for her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Cica is otherwise in good spirits, you should restrict her movement to prevent any further injury and monitor for improvement, if there is no improvement after a day or two you should visit your Veterinarian. If Cica is showing signs of pain, you should visit immediately for an examination and pain relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Idk
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not putting weight on it
Holding foot up
Limping

I stepped on my kittens foot and I feel so bad about it. My kitten is 3 months old and I’m 200 pounds. I can’t really afford to take my pet to vet, is there anything I can do at home before I take her to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bella I cannot determine the severity of the injury or if there are any fractured or dislocated bones; if Bella limping but not showing excessive amounts of pain you should place her in a cat carrier to restrict movement and monitor for improvement. If you don’t notice any improvement over the weekend visit your Veterinarian next week for a thorough examination; if Bella is in a lot of pain you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blackie
Domestic shot hair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limp left back leg, favor lf hip

I have a feral male cat who lives on my garage. He injured his left leg or hip 15 days ago. I foind him lame and crying in the garage. I teiwd to capture him twice, but he got away. Once by jumping out od the hut I as carrying him in and ran up a small hill to a feral house. Second time jumped a fence when my brother and I cornered him behind a neighbor's shed. He stayed in the garage mostly and I put food through the pet door. He is now allowing me around him again. O notice a slight limp and hindered movement of his left hind leg. He favors his left side and cannot jump up on a box. Since he is feral, to try to capture and treat would cause more harm and fear. He has been eating. Do you think this is a sprain? Can it heal ok on its own? He seems improved since the day of injury. Not crying out moving slow. Putting weight on it, but not jumping and flavoring it when sitting. If it qas a broken hip, he would be worse, right? I am tryong to keep him inside and rest. Question. Do you think He will recover I his own and nor die?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining a leg or hip I cannot determine the severity of an injury even with a good description, cats (especially feral cats) are stoic and suck up a lot of pain; whilst improvement in limping and lack of vocalisation is a positive sign, I cannot be certain. It would be best to take him in, but I understand your concerns; try to allow Blackie to rest and monitor for improvement but if there is no further improvement over the next few days you should take him in regardless (ask a local animal charity for a trapping cage to help to calmly catch him). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Binks
Medium hair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lameness
Loss of Appetite
Limb Swelling
Limping
Lazy
Meows when trying to walk

Hello. My cat started limping on his leg and showing signs of discomfort. He won't go in the litter box. If you touch his back leg he meows. Once I put an ice oack on the leg, hes been eating now and walking on the leg more. Ibreally dont have money to take Binks a vet!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Depending on what is wrong with Binks' leg, time may heal the problem. If it is a mild strain or sprain, he may improve with rest and time. If it is an abscess, or a fracture, or a larger problem, he may need medical attention. Many veterinary clinics offer a 'free first exam' that would allow you to have him seen, or there may be a low cost clinic in your area. I hope that he is okay.

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Mango
domestic short hair
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

We just received mango today from a coworker. Mango had sneaked under the coworkers recliner and our coworker opened the recliner without realizing mango was under it. She took mango to the vet only for them to say there was nothing st the moment they could do. Mango is refraining from placing any weight on her foot? Should we attempt to take her to a different vet. We’re worried about the newest member of our family.

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