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My cat is injured and acting funny; I would like some advice.

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
We don't know what injured him, but he was outside all night, and in the morning we found him curled up halfway under a bush. He meowed in pain when we picked him up to transport him back to the house. One of his hindlegs has a few cuts on it, and the other one he limps on (it doesn't seem to be broken, though), but he does put some weight on it. He also gets up and walks around a little bit, usually to move to a different sleeping spot. We cleaned the cuts out with peroxide and put ointment on them. He drank water when we first brought him inside (and rested his chest in the water bowl...I've never seen him do that before, so I don't know if it means anything), but I haven't seen him eat, and he probably didn't eat while he was outside, so it's been more than twenty four hours now. Tomorrow I'll try giving him some tuna, but he wont eat the dry catfood that we have and we already tried to give him a piece of turkey, but he wouldn't eat that, either. Also, he keeps getting up and going to the litter box and standing in it, but he doesn't do anything beyond that. Does anyone here know what could be wrong with him? We're rather tight on money right now, but will pay a vet bill if we have to. Again, what concerns me the most about him is how he wont eat and how he just stands in the litter box. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. If it helps, he's a neutered male, one year old.
post #2 of 21
Cats are notorious about hiding their pain. If he is visably acting this odd to you, then he is REALLY injured. I think you need to bring him to a vet right away.

From what you described, it could be just about anything, including getting hit by a car.

Please let us know what you find out!
post #3 of 21
Your cat needs to be checked out by the vet. Maybe the vet can put you on a payment plan if needed. Please arrange to have your cat checked out to make sure he is going to be okay. The situation will only become worse if he has issues that need tending to. Let us know how he is and we are all hoping for the best for him.
post #4 of 21
He is very much in distress and needs to see a VET RIGHT NOW!!!

Please do the right thing for your baby he needs help!!!
post #5 of 21
He needs to get to vet ASAP the standing in the litterbox also might be a sign on internal injuries.
post #6 of 21
This is a go-to-the-vet emergency.

Good luck, and please let us know how it goes.
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
Oh my gosh...yes, of course, I'll see what I can do. Unfortunately, we might not be able to leave the house right now...we're in the middle of a huge storm, and I can't drive so I'd have to get my Dad to take me. I'll make him, I just hope it's not too late....
post #8 of 21
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We took him to the vet. He had an abcess, and his leg that was bleeding was swollen, and the vet said that Castor (my kitty's name) has some pain around his pelvis, but it doesn't appear to be broken. The vet will keep him overnight to diagnose and treat him. The vet thinks he did get hit by a car.

I'm just grateful that Castor has a chance, and that he doesn't seem to be as injured as he could be. I also want to thank all of you for telling me to take him to the vet...we obviously would have if he didn't get better, but we've never had a cat injured like this before, and I wasn't aware how well they could mask their pain. So, thank you all for your advice and quick replies. I could find no other help on the internet, and I am glad to have run into TheCatSite.

Now, I need to wait and hope for the best. They haven't completely diagnosed him yet, but they said that his condition is stable. They told us they'll call us tomorrow (presuming that they will have to keep him overnight).
post #9 of 21
Bless you for getting him to the vet quickly. My prayers and healing wishes are going out to you for your sweet kitty. And, hugs to you too.
post #10 of 21
I am so glad you got him to a vet today! Please keep us posted on how he is doing!!
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
It did seem like he would be fine...then, a couple of hours later, the vet calls and tells us that he's going into Acute Renal Failure. They did x-rays and blood work and such, and said that he had high levels of potassium and creatinine and the likes.

Well, now, the vets changed shifts, and the new one is telling us that she doesn't think that he has ARF. She thinks that the elevated levels are due to urine leaking because his urethra might be damaged. We're a bit confused at the two different opinions of these people, but the vet said that she'll check her hypothesis and get back to us later...

Castor is still stable now. I just hope that they'll be able to find the problem and fix it...

Thank you again for your care and support.
post #12 of 21
I'm sending for Castor. Hopefully he'll recover quickly. Please keep us up to date.
post #13 of 21
healing prayers coming yoru baby's way and thanks for getting him the care he so desperately needed.

Please keep us in the loop about his condition.
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
His urethra was torn....torn beyond the point of repair. There was nothing they could do.......

I still can't believe that any of this happened.....I keep hoping that I'll wake up, and find that none of this happened.......

......I think that this is all that I can bear to type..........

I'm so sorry, Castor.....
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Hamsquirrel
His urethra was torn....torn beyond the point of repair. There was nothing they could do.......

I still can't believe that any of this happened.....I keep hoping that I'll wake up, and find that none of this happened.......

......I think that this is all that I can bear to type..........

I'm so sorry, Castor.....
I am so sorry.
post #16 of 21
I'm so sorry for your sweet Castor.

Hopefully if you decide to get a new kitty in the future, you will consider having it indoor only so this type of thing would never happen again.
post #17 of 21
Oh my! I'm so very sorry. (((Big Hugs)))
post #18 of 21
Oh no poor baby boy!!!!! I am so very very very sorry this happened to your Castro..
post #19 of 21
I am so so sorry for you and your kitty {{{{Big Hugs}}}}
post #20 of 21
Have fun across the bridge Castor, and know your best friend human will be along someday to see you again.

You can post more about Castor in the Crossing the Bridge forum and tell us all about how Castor was and how much you'll miss him.
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for the support. I still can't believe this is happening...I keep expecting to wake up to find him curled up next to his sister....

He was an indoor cat. He snuck out...but usually they come right back, and they never go near the roads. Castor, why? You were a curious kitty like the others, and I can't blame you for wanting to explore, but why did you go near the road? My poor little Castor.....we miss you, we all do. We love you, Castor, and always will, and you will always be our precious little kitty.
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