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Cat holding up front leg

post #1 of 9
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Hi everyone, been reading over this site for a few weeks, but just now submitting my first post.

Over the last couple of years my cat has hurt his front and left legs several times after which he'd hold it up and/or limp on it. I've been to the vet tons of times and x-rays have been taken at numerous occasions. He never had any bone fractures and in all cases a soft-tissue injury was suspected. The vet did notice the slight onset of arhritis, but overall his joints are very clean.

After doing great for at least 9 months, my cat had suddenly developed a severe limp again between the time I went to bed and the time I woke up in the morning. I figured he'd probably hurt himself jumping and kept a close eye on it. when it didn't get any better after 2 days, I took him to the vet who took x-rays again, checked his range of motion etc. etc. The vet gave me some pain medication to make him more comfortable and that's about it.

some days he'd walk on it again, and some days he started limping again.

During the last 2 months I've been back and forth to the vet since his situation is just not improving. They took more x-rays and tests, but can't quite figure out what it is. Other than perhaps a minor soft tissue injury and the arthritis.

What worries me is that he now frequently holds up his leg and hops around on 3 legs for at least 5 minutes before trying to put some wait on it.

His toes were thoroughly checked and I've tried various kinds of medications. Anti-inflammatories, pain medication even some steroids. Currently he's on a metacam regiment but it doesn't seem to make much difference either.

Even after giving him some super-duper pain medication, he still holds up his leg.

Does anyone have any suggestions / recommendations? Could it be that its not painful at all, but instead gone numb / asleep?

It really kills me seeing him like this. We have two other pets and I try to keep a very close eye on him, but I guess it's possible he keeps aggrevating his injury. It's just that its been almost 3 months now during which he had his good days and bad days .... how long could a soft tissue injury take to heal?

Oh, I went to an ER vet, my old vet and ofcourse my current vet. All pretty much give the same prognosis, or lack thereof. Other than that they all claim he is 3 pds overweight. (though he's not a fatty .. just a big cat)

One more thing to note. On the last visit last, after they checked his blood, I was told he really needs to go back on a diet since he had a lot of fat in his blood. Could that contribute to anything?

Thanks everyone ...
post #2 of 9
It hurts to see ones pet in pain. If it was me, I'd be looking for another vet.
post #3 of 9
Since your kitty is suffering and the situation is not improving, you really need more help than you're getting. So please ask your vet for a referral to a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist and do this as soon as possible.

Sending healing thoughts to your kitty.


post #4 of 9
I have absolutely no idea. I'm sure that's not any help, either. I hope you can figure out what is wrong.
post #5 of 9
This must be heartbreaking for you. Is there anyone else in town that you can go to? I would assume that he is in pain if he's holding it up.
post #6 of 9
Has your vet tested him for any tick-borne diseases? Just a thought. Things like Lyme Disease are not common in cats, but if nothing else is helping, it might be worth asking about.
post #7 of 9
I'm sorry. Chessy was limping on his front paw for about a month this summer, but the vet thought it was just a muscle sprain and it got better on its own. You may want to consider seeing a specialist since more than one vet could not give you any answers. Good luck!
post #8 of 9
I read your post because our Moo cat has, ever since the time change last week, been holding up his left front leg and paw, not putting any pressure on this left leg, and when he absolutely needs to, just limps on that leg.

I can attest to cats being great jumpers. This past summer I watched Mooie jump from the roof of our shed to the ground which is about a ten foot leap.

Moo is also a very large cat with long legs.

I checked his leg and body for cuts and dislocated bones and couldn't find anything. His leg isn't swollen and I rubbed a little neosporin on the bottom of his paw just in case he jumped on something sharp. I couldn't see anything wrong with his leg, but I hope he gets better soon.

I knew that something was wrong because last Sunday afternoon I kept calling him and he never appeared until we finally found him way in the back of his porch house. Even a cat dancer toy couldn't lure him out of the house.
post #9 of 9
Have they done x-rays of anything besides the leg? Perhaps there is a nerve pinched in the spine. That might cause the leg to go numb like you suspect, or possibly even pain at certain times, especially if a muscle is tight and pulling on a particular bone that's pinching a nerve. I mean, I guess this is a long shot here, but .. I just have no idea what it might be.

and good healing vibes. Keep us updated.
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