Symptoms of a cat internal injury

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Symptoms of a cat internal injury
Cat owners should be aware of common symptoms for internal injuries. (cat image by JASON WINTER from

Due to their curious nature, it is not uncommon for cats to find themselves in dangerous situations. It may be difficult to notice that there is a problem with your cat if you are not around to witness the accident. Although internal injuries are not as clear as external injuries, they will be evident if you familiarise yourself with some of the common symptoms. If you suspect your cat has internal injuries, contact your vet immediately.

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Lameness and Limping

If your cat appears to be limping or unable to walk, it may have an internal injury. A sprain or a fracture is a common cause of lameness in cats. Rheumatism, also known as arthritis, is caused by joint inflammation and may also be the culprit, especially in obese cats. Check for swelling and fractures in the cat's legs.

Internal Bleeding

Although it may be difficult to tell if your cat has internal bleeding, there are several common symptoms. Heavy internal bleeding will cause a cat's gums to turn white and pale. Respiration will likely be quickened and in some cases panting will occur, states Pet Care GT. Lethargy and physical weakness are commonly seen and movement will be minimal. A rectal temperature can also be taken, with a temperature less than 37.8 degrees C indicating internal bleeding may be occurring.


Dislocation is commonly seen after accidents and usually occurs at the hip, lower jaw or the knee. One leg may appear shorter than the other if the hip is dislocated, states Cat Health and Care. If it is a jaw dislocation, the cat may be unable to close its mouth and teeth will appear out of position. If the knee is dislocated, the cat will walk stiff-legged. Swelling will be present in all cases and your cat may appear to be in pain.

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