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How To Tell If A Cat Has A Broken Leg

How To Tell If A Cat Has A Broken Leg

Accidents can happen to both indoor and outdoor cats. Our Monterey Park veterinarians show how to identify a broken leg in your cat and what steps to take.  

Cats Can Get Into Accidents

Cats are naturally playful and curious creatures, so they can sometimes get hurt. If your cat is injured, you might wonder if it's a serious issue or something that will heal by itself. 

How To Tell The Difference Between Sprains & Breaks

Although the signs of a sprained leg and a broken leg are very similar, a sprain involves stretching, whereas a break is an injury to the bone.

Sprains and broken legs can both happen for various reasons, from car accidents to falls.

Signs & Symptoms of a Broken or Fractured Leg in Cats

If your cat shows any of the symptoms listed below, they may have a broken leg or another internal injury that requires immediate veterinary attention.

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

If you believe your cat may have a broken leg, it's important to bring them to your vet as soon as possible. A broken or fractured bone can be very painful for your kitty. Cats are often stoic animals, but it's important to have your vet diagnose the problem and provide your cat with medication to help alleviate the pain.

Steps To Take If You Think Your Cat Has a Broken Leg

If you suspect your cat has a broken leg, act quickly.

Gently wrap your cat in a towel or blanket to keep them warm. Try to keep them still to avoid worsening the injury. 

Call your emergency vet clinic and tell them what has happened and that your cat needs urgent veterinary care.

Stay composed and follow any instructions given to you by the veterinary professional on the phone. Then, bring your injured cat to the emergency animal center as fast and safely as possible.

Treating Cats With Broken Legs

Upon arrival, the vet will provide immediate care to your kitty, which may include intravenous fluids, pain relief, and/or ventilation. 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 feline companion.

Your vet may recommend non-surgical treatments, such as cage rest, a cast, or a splint, to help your cat's broken leg heal, but surgery will be needed in many cases. If your cat's injury is complex, a veterinary surgeon might need to be called in to perform the operation.

If your cat stays overnight, inquire about visiting hours and get an update from the vet. 

Caring For Your Cat's Broken Leg At-Home

The vet will give you specific instructions for home care. 

You will probably need to restrict your cat's activities. It's essential to prevent your cat from jumping and running so the injury can heal as quickly as possible.

Keep your cat in a warm, safe space. Ensure easy access to food, water, and any prescribed medications. Remember, your cat's health and comfort are top priorities. Following these steps will help your feline friend recover smoothly. 

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.

If you think your cat may have broken their leg, contact our after-hours emergency vets in Monterey Park as quickly as possible.

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