How To Tell If a Cat Has a Broken Leg?

Cats are naturally adventurous and sometimes they can hurt themselves unwittingly when they are out exploring, or perhaps some cruel person hurt our cat and we weren’t there to witness it. No matter the reason, here are ways on how to tell if a cat has a broken leg!

Here are the telltale signs!

Telling if your cat is in pain should be one of the skills that every cat owner should possess. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a master right away! If you suspect that your cat might be suffering from a broken leg, there are signs to watch out for!

1. Lethargy

Sometimes a cat would refuse to do anything at all. They would look like they’re out of energy, lazy and would rather sleep a lot. It would be difficult to tell at this point, but this is usually an indicator that something might be wrong.

2. Odd way of walking

Your cat might be walking out of the ordinary, or maybe not walking at all. Watch out for any signs of limping and hesitation to put on weight in a certain area. Most likely, this is the affected area.

3. Untoward reactions when the affected area is touched

When your cat flinches and hisses at you when you pet them on certain areas, it could mean that they are in pain. They could be feeling tenderness around the area, so if you find a particular area hurts, avoid touching them any further.

4. Signs of shock

If the injury just happened, sometimes your cat will appear to be in shock, and might not be able to move at all. See also if your cat’s breath suddenly hitched

5. Physical appearance

Probably the most obvious way on how to tell if a cat has a broken leg. There is an evident swelling around the injured leg. A deformity around the area is seen – a bent limb or a bone sticking out through the skin. Sometimes cats endure walking despite a bent limb, but cat x-rays will surely tell you that there is something wrong

Administering first-aid

Further, observe your cat if these symptoms persist. While some say that cats have the ability to heal themselves, it would help if you would know how to give your cat first-aid. This will somehow lessen the pain they are feeling. Keep your cat well fed and nourished as they will need the nutrients when they heal. Consult with your veterinarian right away if necessary.

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It's sad when our cats meet an unfortunate injury. We feel like we hurt the same way our cats are hurt. Don't feel too bad for too long because there are things we can do to help our cats ease the pain! Keep these tips in mind and I hope you won't ever have to use this knowledge anyway. Keep safe always!

Rebecca Welters

Yes, I am that weird cat lady with 200 cats and live in the darkest corner of the city where no one dares to go! Joking! But I am a cat lover and have 2 Ragdoll cats called Toby, he's 3 years old and Dory, she's 8 years old. I'm 36 years old and live in the quiet town of Washington.

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