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post #1 of 26
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Last night we were playing and I accidentally stepped on Nismo's paw! I feel like a terrible Mum I'm never going to get rid of the sound of her scream from my head! She ran away and was holding her paw up and hiding, when I managed to get her I gave her a cuddle and then felt her leg and paw all over to see her reaction and she didn't seem to be in any pain so I put her down and she just went on top of the cat tree and lay down.
I felt so terrible I can't even tell you. I've discovered that she likes a bit of cheese so I took her to the kitchen and Mark gave her some which she ate but she normally purrs frantically and wasn't at all... When I put her down on the counter she was holding her paw up again so I phoned the vet straight away and they said to take her up.
The vet was brilliant and spent a long time manipulating her leg and feeling all over it, must be like trying to find a needle in a haystack... he said he couldn't feel anything but said something about a possible Green Line Fracture? Has anyone heard of this? He said it can be a fracture on one side of the bone? He said if we wanted to make sure we could take her back this morning and they would sedate her and take an X-ray... I'm really not keen on this.
I watched her like a hawk last night and she seems ok, quite subdued though, I think she got a shock.
She is certainly now putting weight on that leg and is running around, I'm just not sure how far I need to go with this, or if she would still be running around on a fracture?
If anyone's been in this situation please let me know as I'm not sure whether to take her back or not...
Thanks so much
Lauren
post #2 of 26
IMO keep an eye on her and contact your vet if you notice any swelling or if she shows any unusual symptoms. The best medicine right now would prob. be tons and tons of lovin's.
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by singinghymns
IMO keep an eye on her and contact your vet if you notice any swelling or if she shows any unusual symptoms. The best medicine right now would prob. be tons and tons of lovin's.
Thanks, I feel so horrible espescially since I'm stuck at work all day. Mark is at home with her though so at least he's able to watch her.

I forgot to mention the vet didnt give her a pain killer injection as he said she was less likely to look after herself or be cautious.
post #4 of 26
Oh Lauren!

Molly had her paw caught under the door one time and she did the limpy thing for a short while but all was okay!

I think if you just keep an eye on her and see if she limps anymore or as mentioned, shows any unusual symptoms, then I would take her in. I don't imagine that you stood on her too hard, so I think most of it will be the shock and a bit of bruising!

You say she's putting weight on it now, so that's a good sign that it isn't too painful for her!

I hope Nismo's feeling all better soon though!
post #5 of 26
Poor Nismo....accidents like that happen though. And it was an accident. You have to stop beating yourself up. When Lucky was little she would play with the bottom of the door when i was leaving and one time she got her paw squished when i went to close the door. The sound was heart wrenching. I tried calling several emergency vets but i kept getting put on hold...about an hour later i realized she wasn't limping at all. She had a bit of a bruised pad but that was it. It took me much longer to forgive myself!
post #6 of 26
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I know it's awful, I was so glad I managed to get our vets as they were still there but we kept them way back, it was really good of them to stay though.
TBH I did stand on it pretty hard, just the way I was kind of jumping about (dont know how else to describe it). I havent checked for swelling but there was nothing last night. I'll check her when I get home.
Thanks guys, it's good to hear Im not the only one. Its just so hard she gets everywhere she's so fast!
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by Pombina
Last night we were playing and I accidentally stepped on Nismo's paw! I feel like a terrible Mum I'm never going to get rid of the sound of her scream from my head! She ran away and was holding her paw up and hiding, when I managed to get her I gave her a cuddle and then felt her leg and paw all over to see her reaction and she didn't seem to be in any pain so I put her down and she just went on top of the cat tree and lay down.
I felt so terrible I can't even tell you. I've discovered that she likes a bit of cheese so I took her to the kitchen and Mark gave her some which she ate but she normally purrs frantically and wasn't at all... When I put her down on the counter she was holding her paw up again so I phoned the vet straight away and they said to take her up.
The vet was brilliant and spent a long time manipulating her leg and feeling all over it, must be like trying to find a needle in a haystack... he said he couldn't feel anything but said something about a possible Green Line Fracture? Has anyone heard of this? He said it can be a fracture on one side of the bone? He said if we wanted to make sure we could take her back this morning and they would sedate her and take an X-ray... I'm really not keen on this.
I watched her like a hawk last night and she seems ok, quite subdued though, I think she got a shock.
She is certainly now putting weight on that leg and is running around, I'm just not sure how far I need to go with this, or if she would still be running around on a fracture?
If anyone's been in this situation please let me know as I'm not sure whether to take her back or not...
Thanks so much
Lauren
i stepped on Cable's paw when she was little...she has this bad habit of getting under my feet, or sitting right behind me when i'm in the kitchen. she cried & limped & acted like it really hurt her...so i took her to the vet. what he did was hold up her back feet & make her walk only on her front ones, like a wheelbarrow race. he said he thought it was only bruised. what i'm surprised about is she still has a tendency to do this...you'd think she'd learn! anyway, if Nismo is putting weight on the paw, she's probably fine.
post #8 of 26
I don't think there is a cat owner alive that hasn't accidently stepped on a paw or tail or have had a cat crash into their legs. I'm sure Nismo will be fine. I know it's hard but try not to blame yourself.
post #9 of 26
Accidents happen - it doesn't make you a bad mom! In fact the way you're dealing with it proves the opposite. I would say that if she is walking and running normally and there is no swelling, then she is fine.
post #10 of 26
Don't feel bad. Some cats are like that always.

Hammie, since Day One at the age of 12 weeks, has been a living Speed Bump. He is going on 4 years old this year, and the little bugger makes it a POINT to come speeding down the stairs while I'm walking, putting himself right in harm's way.

You close the fridge door, he puts his head in the door, just to see if you'll close the door on his head.

Dryer door? He'll try to jump in it as you're folding laundry.

Every step I take, my orange boy is right there with me. If I had a dollar for every time I've stepped on Hammie's paws or closed his head in a door, I'd be a rich woman. And I am a REALLY good cat-momma. He's just ... a living obstacle course?
post #11 of 26
OMG .. my husband and I have stepped/nearly stepped on various paws and tails a hundred times ! Mostly cat tails and puppy paws ! I know what you mean about feeling terrible ! I always feel like a big clumsy oaf and hubby does too. I'm sure your baby will be fine and with time (and many treats and snuggles) will forgive you!
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by darkeyedgirl
Don't feel bad. Some cats are like that always.

Hammie, since Day One at the age of 12 weeks, has been a living Speed Bump.
Cable jumps up to precede me down the darkened hall to the kitchen in the evenings...but she stops somewhere along the way & lies down on the floor & stretches! i've gotten trained to watch for her, altho she's difficult to see since she's pretty dark herself.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by singinghymns
IMO keep an eye on her and contact your vet if you notice any swelling or if she shows any unusual symptoms. The best medicine right now would prob. be tons and tons of lovin's.
I am in the process of introducing 2 kitties and it's stressful enough for them, but one day I accidentally stepped on April Joy's tail. She let out a loud scream and boy did I feel terrible. Like everyone else said, it's inevitable that these accidents will happen no matter how much we try to avoid them.
post #14 of 26
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Oh wow thanks everyone so much! Not that I'd ever want any kitties to get hurt but it's a relief Im not the only one! She's fine today I'm at home now and she loves me again aaaaah apparently she's been good all day so Im happy again. It's just a big scare because they can't tell you where it hurts
Thanks everyone you're all so great
Lauren
post #15 of 26
Even if there is a fracture, is there anything the vet can do? Cats are very good at hiding pain especially if its small. I think small fractures like that will mend themselves eventually.

I accidentally kicked my girl when she made a dash to get out of the house. That girl cried out like a baby! When she continued to cry (I mean eerie baby cry) I thought I had hurt her somehow. When I started talking to her, asking her if she was ok, she hopped up and walked off like nothing had happened. It took about 2 months for her to try going out the door again :P .
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
Even if there is a fracture, is there anything the vet can do? Cats are very good at hiding pain especially if its small. I think small fractures like that will mend themselves eventually.

I accidentally kicked my girl when she made a dash to get out of the house. That girl cried out like a baby! When she continued to cry (I mean eerie baby cry) I thought I had hurt her somehow. When I started talking to her, asking her if she was ok, she hopped up and walked off like nothing had happened. It took about 2 months for her to try going out the door again :P .

Oh no!! Its a horrible noise isn't it! I stepped on some part of Sleeves when he was tiny, I was so not used to have a kitten around I didnt even see what I stood on but just heard a hiss, that was bad enough but last nights noise from Nismo made me feel sick.
post #17 of 26
Poor Nismo, she didn't have a good day yesterday did she, good job you bought her a new toy.
Anne
post #18 of 26
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Poor Nismo, she didn't have a good day yesterday did she, good job you bought her a new toy.
Anne
I know! and it happened while Mark was putting up the cat tree! but she has been playing on it today so thats good!
post #19 of 26
I almost have killed myself avoiding tails and paws when I'm in the kitchen. Why they like to stand directly behind me is a mystery. Lucy will run in front of me and flip over to show me her tummy and then almost get stepped on.

But the one I worry about is Carly because she has no feeling in her tail. I know it has been pinched and stepped on without a peep from her. I'm so afraid we will do more damage to her. So we are especially careful.

I'm glad little Nismo is doing better and guilting you into all sorts of treats. There is nothing more unnerving than a cats howl.
post #20 of 26
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I know I'm normally really good at avoiding stepping on them, just wasn't this time! Anyway you'll all be pleased to know the little monster is absolutely fine, I think she was just milking it for as many cuddles and treats as she could get (don't blame her). She's back putting all her weight on it and we were playing with the cat dancer last night and I had her jumping sooo high so she's obviously not in any pain. Phew!
Thanks for everyones support though
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by katachtig
Lucy will run in front of me and flip over to show me her tummy and then almost get stepped on.
This is EXACTLY what Cable does!
post #22 of 26
As long as she is not given painkillers, you can let her do whatever she wants. If she does something that she shouldn't, it will hurt and she will stop doing it. There isn't much that can be done for most of these injuries so the best thing is to keep her off pain meds so she knows her paw is injured, and let her go about her life as she wants.
post #23 of 26
I know how you feel!

I fell over Missy the other week, and she went flying, I didn't see her there and I stepped on her and she leaped and yelped, I was crying.

The noise stayed in my head to! it's horrible shreaking sound....

She was fine though, gave her lots of cuddles! and lots of chicken!!
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
Even if there is a fracture, is there anything the vet can do? Cats are very good at hiding pain especially if its small. I think small fractures like that will mend themselves eventually.
You're correct. Unless it is a compound fracture, which will usually require surgery and a period of immobilization, there really is nothing that can be done. Pain meds are counterproductive because if a cat can't feel pain, he'll run around as if nothing is wrong and only end up risking further injury. I have always approached injuries by looking and feeling for obvious problems, and if I find nothing then I just let it go and keep an eye on it.

Another thing to keep in mind is that sprains can take a long time to heal and are easily re-injured. Anyone who has ever had a sprained ankle can attest to that. So if your cat seems to be feeling much better and the next day is limping again, that's a pretty good sign that it is a sprain. It will get better eventually, and the cat will avoid weight bearing or other painful activities as long as it is painful, which will promote healing.
post #25 of 26
I'm glad your cat is feeling better!!! The other day I was trying to get a lot done in the kitchen with my two underfoot...not a good combo! Anyway, I stepped forward and stepped right on Bagel's tail...she howled so I quickly stumbled back and stepped right on Smokie's tail....then he howled...I felt sooo bad and like a major klutz!!!!!

A few years back,we had to give my grandmas cat away because the cat would constantly wrap herself around my grandmas legs as she walked and caused her to stumble and fall.Thankfully she was okay. But I felt sorry for the cat. I couldn't take her at the time.
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by smokiethecat
I'm glad your cat is feeling better!!! The other day I was trying to get a lot done in the kitchen with my two underfoot...not a good combo! Anyway, I stepped forward and stepped right on Bagel's tail...she howled so I quickly stumbled back and stepped right on Smokie's tail....then he howled...I felt sooo bad and like a major klutz!!!!!

A few years back,we had to give my grandmas cat away because the cat would constantly wrap herself around my grandmas legs as she walked and caused her to stumble and fall.Thankfully she was okay. But I felt sorry for the cat. I couldn't take her at the time.
Oh No! They just don't realise what they do to us do they! Glad your cats are both ok though. Nismo is back to full health though, up to mischief as usual
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