Here’s a simple rule of thumb to help you determine the severity of the injury: Most cats will not walk on a broken leg or dislocated joint.
“Most cats will not walk on a broken leg or dislocated joint.” A good exam requires two people…one to examine the leg and one to restrain the cat.
How do you tell if a cat has a broken leg?
Cats will try to hide their pain, so watch for these signs:
- Crying, howling, moaning, or growling, especially if touched.
- Not walking, or not using a limb or tail.
- Not eating or grooming.
- Swelling or bruising at the injured area.
What should I do if my cat is limping?
Common Causes of Limping
Wait until your cat is calm and lying down. Then, try to inspect her leg and paw. Look for noticeable swelling, redness or signs of pain like meowing or flinching when you lightly touch the area.
How do you treat a broken leg on a cat?
How to Treat a Cat That has a Broken Leg
- Step 1: Approach the cat carefully.
- Step 2: Examine the leg and determine if the fracture is open (wound near the break or bone protuding from the skin) or closed (no break in the skin).
- Step 3: If the fracture is closed, proceed to Step 4.
- Step 3a: Flush the wound thoroughly with clean water.
How do you help an injured cat?
Treatment can usually be provided more quickly if the cat is taken to the surgery, rather than calling the vet to your home. First ensure the safety of yourself and others. Keep calm and assess the situation before acting. Injured animals are frightened and in pain, and may try to bite anyone who touches them.
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