Why Is My Cat Limping?


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lakeesha Hennessy Williams Profile
There are a whole bunch of reasons why your cat might be limping, but here are a few possibilities that you can investigate further:

  • Foot injury/Infection
  • Bites
  • Broken or twisted bones/cartilage damage
  • Spinal injury
  • Arthritis
Why is my cat limping when he walks?
The first thing that comes to my mind when I see a cat limping is that it might have some sort of foot injury.

If your cat looks as if it's hobbling about, I'd suggest you check out its paws. Pay particular attention to the pad area, and to your cat's claws. Any sign of swelling or abrasion may be a sign of injury or infection.

Cats are always getting into fights with other animals, so another thing to look for would be any bite marks on its limbs. Even a painful insect bite would be enough to cause your feline friend to limp.

Help, I need a vet. My cat is limping!
The next physical injury to look out for is bone damage. Whilst it can be really difficult to know what's going on with a cat's bones without an x-ray, if you hold your cat's leg and it yelps in pain then you can be pretty sure that there's something broken in there.

A spinal injury or back problem might be the root of your pet's problems, or sore joints caused by feline arthritis might be another possibility. Both ailments can only be diagnosed by a professional, so don't go jumping to conclusions until you've paid your vet a visit!
tayler dantzler Profile
tayler dantzler answered
Well, he probably got in a cat fight or got a little painful wound on/in his pad, so you should call a vet  - take him to the vet and see what's going on!

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