Post # 1
I’m such a worried mama 🙁
I got home tonight from school and noticed immediately that my cat, Milo, is limping. He doesn’t seem to want to put any weight on his front right paw. It also seems like he doesn’t want to full extend the ‘wrist’ area…he just keeps it curled in to his body.
I’ve inspected the pads for a cut/blood/swelling/item stuck in it etc–nothing. His nails are in good condition. He doesn’t seem to be in much pain when I handle the leg (although I’m doing it gently). He clearly doesn’t want me touching it (he keeps pulling away) but he doesn’t meow or anything. I don’t notice any swelling or heat.
He is about 3.5 years old & always been in good health. I have a younger kitty and they are best of friends, though they often rough house with one another. I also have a lot of high areas in the house (bookshelf, fridge) that the cats really like to jump on and off of. He’s eating/drinking normally as far as I can tell.
Has anyone experienced this before? I’m obviously going to take him into the vet, but I can’t get in until Friday and I’m panicking. I hate seeing my baby in pain 🙁
Post # 3
It seems like maybe just a sprain but good to get it checked out. If it were something serious, I think he would be more upset with you handling it.
Post # 4
@MsMonkey: he probably just has a sprain. Try not to mess with it too much. It could increase his anxiety and irritate it and make it worse. Just keep an eye on him and make sure it does not get worse. If it does, please take him to the kitty ER. Keep us posted please! 😀
Post # 5
I just went through this today with my dog. He started not putting any weight on his back leg and didn’t like me touching it but when I tried to find the source of the pain, he wasn’t crying or anything. He actually was extending his leg out away from himself like a person would with a bad ankle or something. I was able to get in today and she told me it was probably a sprain because animals will let you know if it’s broken usually. She gave me some anti-inflammatory medication for him and told me to try to get him to rest as much as possible for two weeks. Hopefully that helps a bit.
Post # 5
My boy sprained his paw shortly after we brought him home. Vet didn’t wrap it or do anything (he would have just chewed it off, he can barely wear a collar) but we made sure he stayed off the counters and tables so jumping didn’t aggravate it. It resolved itself after a few days.
Post # 6
Thank you all for your responses. I am such a worry wort when it comes to my animals! I suppose I just need to keep an eye on him and keep him from jumping too much…and probably seperate the cats when I’m out so that they don’t play too roughly.
Post # 7
On the other paw, do keep a close eye on the situation. Once I was away at a conference and mySO (now-ex) was caring for the cats. During the evening check-up call, he describe similiar symptoms with one of cats, Sweet Tea. I assumed it was a sprain. I came home almost two days later and she indeed had worsened from what was described. If NO weight in being placed on the paw for more than a short while it can be a broken bone, and Sweet Tea had a broken arm! She had to wear a cast; wiggled out of the first one and had to be recast. Thankfully the bone healed well.
Post # 8
Just an update if anyone is wondering 🙂
I took Milo in yesterday and the vet did a thorough check. She said it looks like he pulled a ligament. She offered me some options in medications but we decided together that for now, it’s best to just keep him from jumping around too much, rather than give him painkillers or anti-inflammatories that can hurt his kidneys or just make him way more drugged up than he needs to be.
So I’ve just spoiled him silly with treats and wet food 🙂
Thanks to everyone who replied! I’m so glad I went to the vet, if just for peace of mind.