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Please help! Stray w/ broken leg!

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have a poor stray cat with a fractured leg. My husband will not pay $200. - $300. the vet said it would cost to set its leg. I had a barn cat that had a very bad break years ago that I set with wooden tongue depressors and vet wrap. She spent 6 weeks on the couch and was good as new. I've set this poor cats leg in that same fashion but I am wonder can I give it asprin or Tylenol for pain and if so what would the dosage be? She is pretty skinny, maybe 5 - 6 lbs or so. She is resting well in an over sized straw filled dog kennel in the barn. Eating, drinking water and purring.
THANK YOU FOR ANY ADVISE OR SUGGESTIONS
post #2 of 14
I'll move this to Strays and Ferals forum where the others can advise, but please don't give the cat human medication!.
post #3 of 14
oooh noo..can you take him to a shelter so you can help her that way? Yet they might put her down...but at least they'll help her? If you don't want to pay for her leg to be fixed? Oh that's a hard situation for you. Yes please don't give him any human meds. Oh...she might be in pain that why she's not eating so she is slimmig down.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Wow thank you for the quick reply!
She is eating and drinking water and doesn't seem distressed.
I'm sure if I turned her over to a shelter they would just put her down.
Any other advise or tips appreciated.
Will keep you posted.
post #5 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by cottage_rose
I have a poor stray cat with a fractured leg. My husband will not pay $200. - $300. the vet said it would cost to set its leg. I had a barn cat that had a very bad break years ago that I set with wooden tongue depressors and vet wrap. She spent 6 weeks on the couch and was good as new. I've set this poor cats leg in that same fashion but I am wonder can I give it asprin or Tylenol for pain and if so what would the dosage be? She is pretty skinny, maybe 5 - 6 lbs or so. She is resting well in an over sized straw filled dog kennel in the barn. Eating, drinking water and purring.
THANK YOU FOR ANY ADVISE OR SUGGESTIONS
Since you have already asked a vet about this cat, could you take the cat in for a visit and maybe the dr. would give you some prescription med for the cat.
post #6 of 14
Best thing to contact your vet regarding any "over the counter" medicine you want to give to a cat. You can try to contact these organizations to see if they can help you:

GENERAL:

The Animal Foundation: http://www.theanimalfund.com
Help-a-Pet: http://www.help-a-pet.org/index5.html
In Memory of Magic: http://www.imom.org/
United Animal Nations: http://www.uan.org/lifeline/resources.html
The Pet Fund: http://www.thepetfund.com/
Cats: http://www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/

AREA SPECIFIC:

California
Los Angeles area: http://www.actorsandothers.com/emergencyhelp.html
http://rescueguide.com/aid.html
Redwood City area: http://www.petsinneed.org/Services.html
Bay Cities area: http://www.narfrescue.org/services/v...ry_support.htm
Colorado: http://www.dreampower-arf.com/ffriends.cfm
http://www.hmah.org/pageinpage/whatwedo.cfm
New York: http://www.nysave.org/
North Carolina: http://www.ashleyfund.org/
Oregon: http://www.bearenfoundation.org/
Rhode Island: http://www.defendersofanimals.org/
http://www.rivma.org/financialaid.html
http://www.volunteerservicesforanimals.org
Washington state:
http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-prd/gsf.asp

BREED SPECIFIC:

Assistance dogs: http://www.iaadp.org/VCP.html
Bernese Mountain Dog: http://www.behaf.com/index.html
Corgi: http://www.corgiaid.org/
Doberman: http://www.doberman911.org/
Great Pyrenees: http://www.angelfire.com/bc2/pyramedic/summary.html
Labrador retriever: http://www.labmed.org/ http://www.labradorlifeline.org/
Pit Bulls: http://www.pbrc.net/fund/financial.html
Westies: http://www.westiemed.com/

DISEASE SPECIFIC:

Diabetic Pet Fund: http://www.petdiabetes.net/fund/
Special Needs cats: http://www.catsincrisis.org/crisisFund.html
Feline kidney disease: http://www.catsincrisis.org/mesaFund.html
Feline heart and thyroid: http://www.catsincrisis.org/stripesFund.html
Feline neurological disorder: http://www.catsincrisis.org/gillieFund.html

ADVICE:

HSUS: http://www.hsus.org/ace/11875
IMOM: http://www.imom.org/fa/others.htm


Katie
post #7 of 14
Don't be turned off right away regarding the shelter. If you don't want to hand over the cat to a shelter, they can help by referring you to a no-cost or low cost vet. Also you can check different shelters in surrounding cities, there are alot of no-kill shelters around.
post #8 of 14
some human medications are okay for cats BUT you shouldn't just give them out freely and guessing the dosage. You need to talk to the vet about it. Cats are given all kinds of people things but only by vet perscription.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you all!
I really appreciate all the information and I will keep you posted.
post #10 of 14
Do not give any Tylenol (acetaminophen) or aspirin to a cat. These are both toxic to their kidneys and liver.
post #11 of 14
Aspirin is fatal to cats!
post #12 of 14
Noooooo, NO aspirin or acetamenophen!!!! It could kill the kitty!!!! There are pain meds made for cats and and your vet can prescribe them for you. Ask her or him if they could call it in so it would be cheaper. But pls do not give ASA or acetamenophen, whatever you do. Cats do tolerate narcotics better than humans (and I myself - because I do pain research in tiny babies and children - administered, in CONSULTATION WITH MY VET- a dose of hydrcodone to my cat post spay and two small doeses helped her pain just fine) but I would only do that in discussions with your vet!! Some cats have allergies or there are other foods or meds that interfere with the metabolism. What about Rescue Remedy? That might help the trauma at least.
post #13 of 14
A caution to members, please do not dispense veterinary advice to others. In regards to the Benadryl, a misdose can be fatal. NO MEDS should ever be given to an animal unless your vet says it is okay. Just because one vet says one over the counter product is okay for YOUR cat, does not hold true for anyone else's cat.

I hope that no one just takes what is said on a forum as Gospel and goes for it, without first consulting a vet. And aspirin, as previously mentioned is a definite NO when it comes to cats.
post #14 of 14
I second that. Vet, Vet, Vet is the best person when it comes to dispensing medication to animals.
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