Broken Bones in Cats
There are many causes that can lead to broken bones in our feline friends, but the most common of them all are falls from major heights and accidents involving cars for cats who live outdoors. Broken bones can occur in their jaw, legs, skull, and pelvis following a traumatic injury. In some cases, broken bones can be complicated fractures protruding through the skin (known as open fractures) and these pose a threat for serious infection and complicated healing..
If a cat suffers from a fractured or broken, bone it may display the following symptoms:
- Crying or moaning if touched
- Not walking or limping
- Not eating or grooming
- Heat and swelling at the injured area
Several diagnosis tests including x-ray, biochemical profile, complete blood count, and a urinalysis may be performed to check for internal injuries and to evaluate the health condition of a cat. If broken or fractured bones are detected, surgery may be required to fix the displaced bone. Painkillers will also be prescribed to relieve pain as a post-surgery or splint care.
Prevention and Recommendations
Keeping a close eye on cat’s movement is a must to prevent them from potential accidents. Pet owners should regularly examine their pets to ensure that nothing is out of the ordinary, and schedule consults with veterinarians to ensure their pet remains in good health. If your cat has required bandaging, ensure the material is kept dry and your cat remains indoors until it has fully healed.
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