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4 month old kitten limping

post #1 of 6
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Hello everyone, 

 

Hope someone can give some insight. 

 

Last week on the 22nd Feb - I noticed that my kitten (Penny) was limping. It wasn't bad and she was still walking on all 4s most of the time but hopping just every now and then.

 

I thought she had just bruised herself a little and would get better in a few days. I checked her paw and there was nothing there.

 

Now after a week it is progressively getting worse and she won't let her back right paw touch the floor. She sits/lies down OK and happily jumps around!!! She has never shown signs of any pain and when I try to touch/stretch/massage her leg and paw she does not show any sign of discontent.

 

She is 4 months old (born 2nd Nov 2012) and she is a white domestic kitten with blue eyes therefore she is deaf.

 

A few days ago my boyfriend saw she fell off her cat tree right from the very top (it is 1.8 metres high) right down to the floor when she was meowing and saying hello to him when he entered the room. 

 

I have noticed she is a bit clumsy since I got her on the 10th Feb - so I suspect she has fallen from her cat tree before. Is this anything to do with her being deaf?

 

I have since shortened her cat tree to 1.2 metres and keeping a watchful eye on her when she is jumping around her cat tree.

 

I was going to take her to the vet on the 26th Feb but I had to cancel because my car broke down. And it doesn't look like my car will be fixed any time soon due to engine problem. 

 

I am very puzzled as she does not cry or show pain. Still being happy as a kitten should be... 

 

Please can anyone suggest anything? I am looking to take her to the vet tomorrow but will have to take a 40 minute bus journey and I am not sure if she will be OK taking a long ride in her carrier with strangers all around. 

 

I am scared that it is something really bad like she fractured her leg?

 

Thank you

 

Regards, 

Kim

post #2 of 6

Sorry Penny is having problems.  Adorable kitten!

Because the limping is getting worse, I don't think it is a sprain or fractured leg; she'd likely be hiding and sprains heal with time. 

There are some diseases that can manifest themselves by limping.

But I'm not a vet. 

She needs to be taken to the vet--even if it involves a 40 minute bus ride.  (Put a towel over the carrier, and something that smells like you in the carrier.)

What is her background--where did you get her? 

Has she had any shots, like distemper?  Is she for sure blind?  Just because her eyes are blue doesn't mean she's blind; kittens are born with blue eyes.

post #3 of 6

Has she had any vaccines? I had a cat who developed a mystery limp after his first distemper shot. Took him to the vet and she didn't find a cause for the limp, but gave him his second distemper shot while he was there. That night, the limp went away and didn't come back.

 

In any case, I agree with the other poster that a vet trip is the best idea.

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Ritz View Post

Sorry Penny is having problems.  Adorable kitten!

Because the limping is getting worse, I don't think it is a sprain or fractured leg; she'd likely be hiding and sprains heal with time. 

There are some diseases that can manifest themselves by limping.

But I'm not a vet. 

She needs to be taken to the vet--even if it involves a 40 minute bus ride.  (Put a towel over the carrier, and something that smells like you in the carrier.)

What is her background--where did you get her? 

Has she had any shots, like distemper?  Is she for sure blind?  Just because her eyes are blue doesn't mean she's blind; kittens are born with blue eyes.

Hi Ritz, 

 

I didn't say she was blind. I said she was deaf. Which is 100%! 

She isn't hiding at all which is strange. She is being normal - her cute & cuddly but sometimes moody self. 

I will take her to a vet tomorrow. Just that I was worried tonight and kept thinking of the possibilities why she was limping.

 

I adopted her from a person who had to give her away because their baby grandchild developed allergies to the kitten. She was happy and loving as soon as I got her so I presume she was well-treated. 

 

She has just had her first shot 2 weeks ago. Her 2nd shot is due in a weeks time but I don't really want to wait until then to ask the vet to check her leg. 

 

Thank you

 

Regards, 

Kim

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by AgentSpooky View Post

Has she had any vaccines? I had a cat who developed a mystery limp after his first distemper shot. Took him to the vet and she didn't find a cause for the limp, but gave him his second distemper shot while he was there. That night, the limp went away and didn't come back.

 

In any case, I agree with the other poster that a vet trip is the best idea.

 

Hi AgentSpooky, 

 

That is strange! She was really moody and super tired after her first shot. But then after about 4/5 days she was fine again. She had her first shot on the 14th Feb. So I am not sure if it is related.

 

Thank you 

 

Regards,

Kim

post #6 of 6

Yes, it was very odd, I don't claim to know the reason but I am convinced the limping and the stopping of the limping was related to the two distemper shots. It began after the first one. Then when I went in about it, the vet sent me home to consider whether I wanted to try x-rays or medication to treat his limp, but after she gave him that second distemper, it just went away.
 

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