The only way to find out why your cat is limping is to take it to a veterinarian. He or she can usually diagnosis the problem with an x-ray and other tests. Sometimes the diagnosis can be found very quickly and your veterinarian can prescribe antibiotics or set the limb in order for it to heal.
Sometimes the limping cat syndrome can be constant or come and go. You might notice your cat meowing in a higher pitch. In addition, your cat could be favoring a limb such as not walking on it as much and letting its others limbs do all the work.
If you notice any of these symptoms you might also notice different things going on with the limb in question. Fur could be missing. There could be a knot or a lump on the limb. The limb could be fevered or feeling warm at the touch if your cat allows you to touch it. The limb could also look disfigured or dislocated. If fur is missing there might be discolored.
Types of Injuries:
There are several different types of injuries that can occur with your cat when you find your cat is limping. Such things as sprains, brakes, joints and tenderness, torn tendons, strains, muscle problems, and many other problems can all be a diagnosis. Veterinarians should be consulted should any of these problems occur in your cat. If you attempt to take care of the problem on your own they will not heal correctly.
The best thing you can do for your cat is to take it to the veterinarian immediately. Or an animal hospital will be just as good too. Whichever is easiest for you to do. This way your cat has the best medical attention available to it.
Caring for your cat:
The veterinarian will take care of your cat while you are at his or her office or at the animal hospital. They will set the sprain or joint, or diagnose what other problem your cat might have. You will be given medication and antibiotics for your cat and probably sent home. In more serious cases your veterinarian might want to keep your cat for a 24 hour observation period to see how it reacts to the medication it is being given.
Once you are home, make sure your cat can get to its food and water easily. Not having to move very far to get to it. Also, make sure your cat has a comfortable place to rest and sleep. So this way it doesn’t have to move a lot to get comfortable either. If you are given medication for your cat be sure to give it to your cat exactly as it is instructed by the veterinarian so your cat gets better and doesn’t get any other problems. Take good care of your cat and it will be happy and healthy before you know it.