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How to Tell If A Cat Has a Broken Leg

How to Tell If A Cat Has a Broken Leg

Regardless of whether your cat is a curious outdoor explorer or a chilled-out homebody, accidents can happen. Today, our Blountville vets share signs that may indicate that your cat has a broken leg, and what you should do.

Even The Most Agile Cats Can Have Accidents

Cats are playful, inquisitive animals that occasionally cause trouble. Accidents are inevitably going to happen as a result. Knowing how to spot your cat's pain signals will help you get them treated right away.

Assessing The Signs - Sprain or Break

Although the symptoms of a sprained leg and those of a broken leg are very similar, a sprain is a stretched ligament or tendon whereas a break is an injury to the bone.

Both sprains and leg breaks can both be caused by anything from car accidents to falls.

Signs That Your Cat's Leg May Be Broken

If you notice any of the following symptoms in your cat, there is a chance that they could have an injured or broken bone:

  • Refusal to put weight on the leg
  • Crying or howling
  • Wincing
  • Hissing or biting at you 
  • Lack of appetite
  • Refusal to groom 
  • Visible deformity or open wound
  • Noticeable bruising or swelling

What To Do If You Think Your Cat May Have a Broken Leg

If there's a chance that your cat's leg is broken it's time to take action so that your cat's pain can be managed and the leg can be treated and begin to heal properly.

Try to keep your cat as still as possible, and keep your cat warm by wrapping her in a towel or blanket.

Call your emergency vet clinic to let them know what has happened and that your cat requires urgent veterinary care. 

Keep your cool and adhere to any instructions the veterinary specialist on the other end of the phone may have given you. Then, as soon as it's safe to do so, take your injured cat to the emergency animal center.

Treating a Cat's Broken Leg

When you arrive at your veterinary hospital your vet will begin emergency treatment which may include intravenous fluids, pain relief, and/or ventilation. X-rays will likely be taken to assess your cat's leg and determine the details of the break.

Once your cat is stable and comfortable the vet will explain the various treatment options available, and advise you on which treatment will be best for your pet.

While cage rest, a cast, or a splint may be suggested by your veterinarian to aid in the healing of your cat's broken leg, surgery will frequently be necessary. A veterinarian may be requested to perform the operation if your cat has a complicated injury.

Caring For a Cat With a Broken Leg

Your veterinary team will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your kitty once you get back home.

It's likely that you will need to restrict your cat's activities. Keeping your cat indoors and preventing your cat from jumping and running will be essential to healing the injury as quickly as possible.

A warm room without any furniture that might tempt your cat to jump might be a good idea. Alternatively, think about getting a cage that will allow your cat to move around but keep her from jumping. Make sure your cat has easy access to food and water, and make sure you take any medications your veterinarian has prescribed for your cat as directed.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Do you think that your feline friend might have a broken leg? Contact our experienced Blountville vets right away to book an urgent examination for your cat.

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