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My cat can walk on his right paw when needed but standing

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My cat can walk on his right paw when needed but standing still he holds it up. His paw is swollen. He is an indoor cat. When I try to look at his paw, he gets very defensive. It's been five days
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

1) Are there any other cats in the household?
2) Do you have pictures to share of the paw?
3) Is it warm to the touch, moreso than the other feet?
4) Any potential of injury?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No other cats in the house. He was under my foot Sat night when I was taking my boots off. I know I accidentally stepped on him. Just not sure where.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

With no other cats in the house, the risk of an abscess is very low. My concern with you stepping on him is that he may have suffered an injury to his paw, possibly a break of one or more bones. Swelling is common, as well as tenderness, when this happens. The only way to be sure if this is the cause is to have him examined by your vet and the paw x-rayed. In any case, at 5 days of swelling and tenderness it's time to seek veterinary help even if it's not broken. Your vet will certainly be able to provide medication to help with discomfort if this is only swelling and there is no break present.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 11 months ago.

Checking in, Justine. How's Anakin doing? Were you able to schedule an exam with your vet?