Cat in the house is only a little safer than the one roaming in the open streets because the paws of this creature stroll in directionless locations which may mistakenly get hampered by the risen strokes of pavements, minute yet penetrating gravels cylindering in the balcony or stumble due to depression on the flat surface causing it to limp.
Cats cannot carry themselves straight because of the difficulty or lumps caused by chance injury.
Even the daily gestures of tail wagging, paw plunging and running appear extraordinary and odd because of the deficiency in stamina and halts in the walk.
Limping could be due to minor accidents causing soreness and redness with the formation of small ulcers on the affected part.
Collision with a harsh object due to convulsive motion also leaves a cat lame and limped resulting in strained ligaments and muscles.
Nevertheless, acute trauma is a matter of minutes which is healed in a short period of time but, severe and continued pain can trigger internal ache, change in the breathing rate and dysfunction of the entire body system.
The walk of an old cat with or without limbs is only slightly distinguishable.
Cats, especially the older ones, may also face severe injuries resulting from the effects of bone dislocation to critical arthritis.
When is the cat most excited?
Flushed with a sea of enthusiasm and joy, the Cat steps out of the house for fresh air, gentle breeze, healthy walk and for a change in environment.
Even the signs of fever and lethargy are dominated by this nature’s call!
However, a limped cat finds it difficult to drive out of the uncontrollable binding force disallowing it to step, stroll and shake all around.
Why is my cat limping all of a sudden?
Cats do not manifest their pain and try to recover by self-retrieval mechanism by the virtue of their resilient bones and flexible locomotion.
But, lumps are reflective injuries which can be easily identified, despite coverage trials!
▪ Sudden limping can be a consequence of reckless running, falling and then resuming the same activity. In the course of these actions, the untreated injury may gather and glue floating airy particles causing abscess and infection.
▪ Another reason behind sudden limping is free fall from a high edge.
Indifferent to the path-end, Cat may falter in its movement, lose its momentum and fall.
This prompt and high velocity fall can cause prolonged limp, pain and fracture too.
Therefore, families must visit the vet to know the cure in this regard, as the injury may range from minor change in their cats’ gait to osteoarthritis or perhaps, thrust to prevailing degenerative disease ( genetically transferred joint pain).
Peculiar limping can also be a part time prank by cats to amuse their owners by its acting skills.
However, most of the cats prefer springs, bounds, jumps and strolls and have very limited interest in dramatisation.
Why is my Cat limping on his back leg?
Sprains, strains or blisters in the paws are the exact reason behind deviation in the movement of cats. The angle at which its back paws are inclined do not complement its front paws, causing it to either hobble in the house on one leg, stagger while walking or put the half-unaffected paw on floor and move weirdly.
Constant running without any break leads to blisters in paws, overhasty and indeed, incautious twists and turns do lead to muscle spasm and traumatic accidents, too, result in limping of cats’ legs.
The density of the bruises solely depend upon the body weight of cats.
An injury which is equivalent to huge trauma and agony for overweight cats may be very acute and trivial for vigorous ones!
The intensity of limps is judged by the echo of cats’ meow.
Simultaneous change in its behaviour and body language is also felt by the owner.
Mildness of the injury should be served by caging cats for some days in a restricted space in the house to avoid enough movement which can worsen the wound and spread the infection.
The extent of recovery can also be supplemented by anti-inflammatory medications to cats.
But, the severity of the injury should be strictly served by instant X-rays or MRI based on the report of which practical decision regarding surgery ( if required) should be taken into account.
For early and better recovery, the family can also apply natural paste on wounds, provide physical therapy and persuade the cat to walk and exercise.
Why is my cat limping on his front leg?
A blend of a variety of reasons are responsible for the falling health of cats due to limps and loss in propulsion.
Calicivirus is a prevalent disease mainly affecting the female counterparts i.e felines.
This causes respiratory issues and infection disabling them to propel and perform.
Lymph node inflammation complementing limps is an indirect effect caused by sudden injuries in the paws (or some other part of the body).
The infected area leads to lymph node enlargement due to the growth of lymphocytes and plasma cells because of the diffusion of pus in it, ultimately causing difficulty in walking.
Sometimes, a casual crawl of a menacing insect causes inappropriate swelling of the paws.
At other times, the abnormally grown spiny nails of cats themselves dig the hole for their bruise, as even a slight strike on the paw causes deep cut and abrasion, especially harming and limping the skinny Cats.
Thus, even the trivial reasons can become a cause for huge disasters!
On a higher scale, limps can be a mere symptoms of undiagnosed and thus, threatening diseases like joint dysplasia, haemophilia or arthritis.
Be it visible or underlying, the family must be vigilant and up about its cat’s ailment and take immediate steps like check-up and diagnosis to make sure it does not suffer later.
When to be concerned?
Focus on the pet from day 1 is the foremost duty of the family.
Well, cats are often seen limping in the morning after they wake up. This habit is common in humans too!
This is because of the pulled muscles ( or tingling) caused by restricted blood flow to the body because of the equilibrium state and non-movement, giving the body pin and needle like vibration.
The lumps in legs could also be on grounds of external or internal factors.
External factors are – attacks on hind part causing indicative bulge and cartilage rupture leading symptomatic fracture whereas,
internal factors are weak bones causing skeletal distortion and neuromuscular imbalance. Sometimes, limps also cause Pneumothorax (internal bleeding).
This calls for immediate concern of the family.
On their part, they can:
▪ Look for the cause of injury.
Remove the pebbles and debris stuck on the paw ( if any) to relieve the cat.
Put the antiseptic solution and cover the wounded area to avoid further leakage, bleeding or clotting.
▪Any cut, crawl or scrape by another animal should be treated by antibiotic medicines or pain killers to avoid indirect effects of fever and unease and provide parallel relief to the pain.
If the limp is bleak for the first few days and goes on devastating at a doubling rate then it is a clear indication of chronic disease which needs quick veterinarian attention and check-up.
Thus, the family should try to analyse and interpret the extremity of the situation and apply the remedies accordingly to keep its cat safe and healthy.