Hello -- I have a 4 year old female cat that has recently developed a limp on her front leg. I started noticing it about 3-4 weeks ago and took her to the vet about 2 weeks ago. She hates the vet and went absoluetely crazy so no one was able to touch her or examine her. I discussed potential causes for the limp with the vet and he explained that sometimes a bruised toe or sprain can take up to 6 weeks to fully heal. I've tried to examine both her legs and nothing seems to be broken (from what I can tell) and she doesn't really seem to be too bothered by me touching her.
I do have another cat and he is very playful and always wants to wrestle with her. She usually hisses and runs away. Other than the limp and grouchy behavior towards my other cat, she is very normal. She's eating and drinking and even likes to walk around, even though I can tell it bothers her. I'm getting a bit concerned though because it doesn't seem to be getting better. Also, on a couple occassions I've noticed her growling and whining at nothing and seems as though she has a quick spasm in her rear legs. I'm starting to wonder if it's an issue with her back. But it's only happened a few times over the past 2 weeks.
I've decided to keep her separate from my other cat while I'm at work for the next few days to see if that helps any. I am hesitant to take her back to the vet because they would have to sedate her to perform xrays and i've previously lost a cat under sedation.
Is it possible that it may take another couple of weeks to get better? I hate that she's in pain, but it seems like other than the pain and limp, she is completely normal.
Any similar experience or advice would be greatly appreciated! :)