Cats, whether they stay indoors or outdoors, are at risk of accidents. In this article, our vets in Brodheadsville will guide you on how to identify if your cat has a broken leg and the steps you should take. 

Cats Can Get Into Accidents

Cats are naturally playful and curious creatures, but sometimes their curiosity can lead them into trouble. If you see that your cat is hurt, you may be worried if it's a serious injury or if it will heal on its own.

How To Tell The Difference Between Sprains & Breaks

Sprains and broken legs can be difficult to tell apart because they share many symptoms. However, the main difference is that a stretched ligament or tendon causes a sprain, while a bone injury causes a break.

Both types of injuries can occur due to different accidents, such as car crashes or falls.

Signs & Symptoms of a Broken or Fractured Leg in Cats

If you notice any of these signs in your cat, it could mean they have a broken leg or an internal injury that needs urgent vet care.

  • 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 suspect your cat has a broken leg, immediately take them to the vet. Broken bones can be extremely painful for cats, even though they may not show it. Your vet can accurately diagnose the problem and provide pain medication to ease your cat's discomfort.

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

If you suspect your cat has a broken leg, act quickly. Keep your cat still and warm by wrapping them in a towel or blanket.

Call the emergency vet clinic and explain the situation, stating that your cat needs urgent veterinary attention.

Stay calm and follow any instructions the veterinary professional provides on the phone.

Transport your injured cat to the emergency animal center quickly and safely.

Treating Cats With Broken Legs

When you bring your kitty to the vet hospital, the vet will give emergency care, like fluids, pain relief, and breathing help. Once your cat is better, the vet will explain the different treatment choices, and suggest what's best.

Your vet might suggest non-surgery options like rest, cast or splint, but your cat might need surgery for serious injuries. A specialist vet surgeon may have to perform the surgery if it's too complicated.

If your cat needs to stay overnight, ask about visiting hours and when you'll get an update from the vet.

Caring For Your Cats Broken Leg At-Home

When you bring your cat home after seeing the vet, they will provide you with detailed instructions on how to take care of them. You might need to limit your cat's activities to promote healing.

To do this, keep your cat in a warm room without furniture that may encourage them to jump. Alternatively, you can use a cage that allows your cat to move around but prevents jumping.

Don't forget to provide your cat with food and water that's easy to access and give them any prescribed medications as directed by your vet.

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 Brodheadsville as quickly as possible.