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Is Your Cat Limping? This is Probably Why
It’s heartbreaking to see our cats in pain. We love them so much and just want to end their suffering. It’s always tough to diagnose pain with animals because they can’t really communicate it to us. So it’s our job to read physical signs and symptoms that tell us they’re in pain.
There are many conditions that can cause your cat to limp. Most of these conditions involve the muscles, bones, joints, nerves, and even skin. While some issues are more serious than others, it is important to keep in mind that with the right treatment and care, your kitty will be back on her feet in no time at all.
If you can’t see the injury when you examine her limbs, chances are, the problem isn’t as urgent as it could be. If it’s just slight limping that your cat is experiencing, monitor her closely for two days and go to the vet if it’s still persistent.
If your cat was in an accident and the injury is quite obvious, get her to the vet as soon as you can. If you don’t treat a condition as serious as something that could have been caused by an accident, it could only get worse. Better safe than sorry.
Symptoms to watch for:
If your cat’s limping is combined with other unusual symptoms such as house soiling, there is a cause for concern. You should get her to the vet immediately. If she’s experiencing limping combined with symptoms such as difficulty or change in breathing, fever, pain while petting, reluctance to eat or move, and the inability to go to sleep or get comfortable, you should make an appointment with the vet as soon as possible. Cats are very clean creatures. So if she stops grooming herself all of a sudden, it’s sign that she might be in pain. If she’s sleeping more than usual, or she doesn’t want to play or jump around anymore, it’s probably because her pain limits her to that one position.
Limping is usually caused by an injured ligament, or strained muscle in your cat’s leg. Get X-rays so you’re sure where the injury is. The vet will have more visibility and can treat it better after an X-ray. These types of injuries usually only require anti-inflammatory medication paired with rest. They recover completely and will be back to normal in no time. Listen to your vet and make sure to follow his instructions carefully.
Medical and physical issues that cause limping:
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Most of the time, the issue is only minor and can be treated quickly. But sometimes, limping can be an indication of serious underlying medical conditions. Get her to the vet to catch a problem and treat it before it gets too serious.