Cats are fluffy bundles of energy but sometimes the adventurous part of them may lead to an unexpected accident including a broken leg. They typically break their legs while landing, fighting with other cats, accidents, or because some heartless person attacked them. A broken leg is not a small thing but by providing basic feline first-aid and prompt veterinary care, you can avoid the worst possible end-results.
How to tell if a cat has a broken leg
There are two types of fractures – closed and open. A closed or simple fracture has the bones intact inside the tissue or skin. While an open fracture has the bone sticking out through the skin which needs immediate veterinary care. To identify if a cat is suffering from a broken leg, look for indications of:
- Limping or odd way of walking.
- Improper way of walking since she is refusing to place any weight on the injured leg.
- A bruise or swelling is noticeable in the affected area.
- Unable to run or jump. She may even refuse to walk and just prefer to hide.
- Showing signs of aggression towards you when you try to examine the broken leg.
- A decrease in appetite and absence of grooming.
- Unusual rapid breathing due to shock.
- Pain and general signs of discomfort (crying, howling, growling)
What to do if you suspect that your cat has a broken leg
First of all, you need do a careful examination for the indications described above while being careful to avoid being clawed or bitten. Try to soothe the cat to lessen the pain she is going through while giving her comfort by petting her head or reassuring her using soft voice. Give her food to eat and clean water (if she accepts them) as she will be needing a lot of nutrients for the healing process.
After applying first-aid, contact the nearest vet or an emergency animal clinic and inform them that you are coming and explain a bit of the situation. After getting the cat to the clinic. The vet will sedate the injured cat and perform physical examination using X-rays.
After the cat has been treated by the vet make sure to follow your vet’s instructions for treatment which will vary depending on the type and location of the fracture.