How to Treat Cat Limp Injuries

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Your cat is suddenly limping and you don't know why. It can be a scary feeling. Cats may limp if they break a nail or step on a bee and get stung. They can also pick up a splinter in their paw. It can be as simple as that or as serious as a broken bone so follow these steps to treat cat limp injuries.

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    Examine the cat's leg and paw. Look for thorns, stickers or anything else that shouldn't be there. The most common cause for limping is when a foreign object gets caught between the pads of the foot.

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    Know that noticeable swelling can be the result of a bee sting. If you see the stinger, pull it out with your fingernails or a tweezer.

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    Look for lacerations. The cat may have walked on broken glass and cut its paw. The cuts usually heal on their own without the need for stitches.

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    Soak lacerations four times a day in a hydrogen peroxide or an iodine solution like Betadine or Povidine. Don't bandage the paw.

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    See if bleeding is the result of an insect bite that got infected. The cat may also have a broken nail that bled or got infected.

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    Notice if there's swelling, pain or heat on one of your cat's joints. This can be an indication of a break or sprain. If you suspect this, contact your veterinarian.

Tips and warnings

  • Take your cat to the vet if it starts to vomit or act lethargic. There may be a bigger problem that needs to be checked out.
  • Be careful when touching a sore paw. Even a good-natured cat may nip at you when it's hurt.

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