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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 Rabun County 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

The symptoms of a broken leg and those of a sprained leg are very similar; however, a sprain is a stretched ligament or tendon, whereas a break is an injury to the bone. Sprains and breaks are both considered to be very similar.

There are a variety of potential causes for leg breaks and sprains, including but not limited to car accidents and 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 is a possibility that your cat's leg is broken, it is time to take action so that the pain that your cat is experiencing can be managed, the leg can be treated, and the leg can start to heal in the correct manner.

You should make every effort to keep your cat as still as possible, and you should always wrap her in a blanket or towel to keep her warm.

In order to inform your emergency veterinarian clinic about what has occurred and the fact that your cat requires immediate veterinary care, you should call them.

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 has reached a stable and comfortable state, the veterinarian will discuss the various treatment options that are available to you and provide guidance regarding which treatment will be most beneficial 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

Once you have returned home, the members of your veterinary team will provide you with comprehensive instructions on how to properly care for your cat.

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 Rabun County vets right away to book an urgent examination for your cat.

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