Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

My cat came home with a limp tail and he won't let me touch…

My cat came home...

My cat came home with a limp tail and he won't let me touch his lower back without growling. He isn't eating or drinking. Gums are pale and he had a small amount of blood from his eyes. But not actively bleeding. He is using the litter box

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Did your cat have a fall?

Not that I witnessed

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is your cat's name and age?

Felix age 1

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Felix?

Only that he was a stray that I took in.

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 7 minutes by:
3/28/2018
DocPaul
DocPaul, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 7,088
Experience: 20+ yrs Experience. Int. Med, Emerg, Ultrasound, General Practice
Verified

Hi

Dr. Paul Brazzell here

No open wounds? Swellings?

Paul

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No open woulds but I feel a little swelling around the base of his tail

Thanks

I suspect we are dealing with a cellulitis (very common location)

He probably is very painful and has a fever as a result

Are you able to take him in today

Exam and antibiotics should sort this out for you

Okay?

Paul

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Its not cellulitis. I believe he got hit by a car or got into a fight with another cat. However, based on the marks on his fur.. I am suspecting he got hit by a car. He was perfectly fine when he went outside

If he got into a fight with another cat then it is a cellulitis

But moot point-> if HBC then still important ot have him examined and x-rays of his back and tail taken to rule out fractures

Are you able to take him in?

Paul

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
He has to be seen regardless.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Since he is able to walk, if his back is fractured, how long will it take him to recuperate?

Agreed :)

You can give Aspirin now-> 1/2 of a baby aspirin (81.0mg) to help with the pain

That is good for three days :)

And please keep me updated

Okay?

Doubt back is fractured but if tail then they heal fairly well as long as not too far down the tail

Paul

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Yeah I was wondering, if his back is fractured, would he be able to still walk?

Very unlikely

He would be absolutely in massive pain

Paul

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Okay, then the cellulitis absolutely makes sense. He can walk, obviously in some discomfort. In your opinion, do you think the vet clinic still insist on an x-ray?
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
he does seem to be doing a little better. Though resting all the time.

I dont think they have to take x-rays if they find fever and no obvious fractures on physical exam

Paul

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Okay. I've been syringing a little water in his mouth. Is that okay?

Sure

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question

Do you have any more questions for me now?

Paul

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No. He did eat a little wet food and I carried him down to the litter tray which he used. Seems to be coming around more. And he is not growling when I gently touch his lower back.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
He has an appt at 10:45 tomorrow morning

Great.

Okay good luck tomorrow

You can rate me now- I will leave this link open for you to update me :)

Paul

DocPaul
DocPaul, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 7,088
Experience: 20+ yrs Experience. Int. Med, Emerg, Ultrasound, General Practice
Verified
DocPaul and 87 other Cat Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thanks so much for everything!

My pleasure

Standing by

Paul

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
She wasn't sure what happened. If its cellultis or an abscess. She sent him home with some amoxi-clav and metacam for pain management. She thinks it could be either an abscess or a soft tissue injury. Possibly a pelvis fracture. So if he doesn't improve over then long weekend, then its xrays and sedation for a more thoroughly investigation. He is eating and walking more.

Yippee!!

Paul

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
He is doing really well. Appetite is great. Taking his amoxi clauv and metacam like a champ. Swelling on lower back seems to have decreased. He is moving much better as well. Tail is still limp but I thought I saw a little movement this morning.
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a cat veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask DocPaul Your Own Question
DocPaul
DocPaul
DocPaul, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 7,088
7,088 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 20+ yrs Experience. Int. Med, Emerg, Ultrasound, General Practice

DocPaul is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,959 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,835 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,656 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

3,944 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,076 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,960 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
Hes threw up last night a lot. And this morning he threw up
Hes threw up last night a lot. And this morning he threw up only the water he drank. He has not eaten since … read more
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Senior Small Animal Veterinarian
BVSc
2,782 satisfied customers
We have a cat that was no so active today. This evening wont
Hi, we have a cat that was no so active today. This evening wont eat or drink. He growled at my wife when she tried to pick him up. Now he just wants to lay there. He is sleeping a lot and doesn't see… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,415 satisfied customers
Growls and bites himself and falls over while peeing, Felix,
Growls and bites himself and falls over while peeing … read more
Dr. Denise
Dr. Denise
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
532 satisfied customers
He won't eat or use his litterbox. I put fresh litter in
He won't eat or use his litterbox. I put fresh litter in yesterday. He keeps meowing. When I took him outside, he chewed on grass. … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,944 satisfied customers
HELP!!!!! Possible emergency?? I took Fonzie in for his
HELP!!!!! Possible emergency??I took Fonzie in for his cystocentesis at 2:30 this afternoon. I didn't realize his regular vet scheduled it with his colleague. I wasn't allowed to watch the procedure a… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,485 satisfied customers
My 19 year old cat is eating and drinking, but hasn't
My 19 year old cat is eating and drinking, but hasn't urinated (that I know of) in about two days. She pooped on the bathroom floor where here litter box is kept two days ago. … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,485 satisfied customers
My cat hasn't used litter box in 2 days, acts alert, growls
My cat hasn't used litter box in 2 days, acts alert, growls and kinda down in back end. Won't drink… read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
He is limp but breathing. He will not react to anything. Moves
He is limp but breathing. He will not react to anything. Moves his tail occasionally … read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
4,656 satisfied customers
Please help, it's 1:30 in the morning an my cat is acting
Please help, it's 1:30 in the morning an my cat is acting very strange. She's going to the vet tomorrow but I'm afraid this can't wait. she's a indoor 9 year old cat who threw up a large amount of cle… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,485 satisfied customers
Just noticed my cat had blood around his anus. He i acting
Just noticed my cat had blood around his anus. He i acting any different, buy I first saw blood on his tail, then saw where it's coming from. Didn't see any blood in litter box.… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,415 satisfied customers
My cat growled when he was picked up this morning, on a hunch
My cat growled when he was picked up this morning, on a hunch , I touched his tummy and he growled and tried to get away, he did pee in the litter box and there didn't appear to be blood. I am very co… read more
dvs1986
dvs1986
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
256 satisfied customers
my cat was spayed last friday. she just started bleeding from
my cat was spayed last friday. she just started bleeding from the incision site. i called my vet after hours and he said to come in early in the morning. do you think everything's alright to wait unti… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,415 satisfied customers
stray..her tail is limp and she has been in litter box but not able
We have a stray we tske care of..on thurs night she came with a huge gash in her side. We took her to the er vet and he took her stiitched her up and we brought her back the next day -fri. Now today -… read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,053 satisfied customers
I have been feeding and taking care of stray cat since last
I have been feeding and taking care of stray cat since last summer. He was in a cat fight last night....is scratched pretty badly all around neck and face..no damage to mouth or eyes. My vet won't see… read more
Dr. BJ Hughes
Dr. BJ Hughes
Veterinarian
Post-Doctoral Degree
4,674 satisfied customers
my cat has blood in his urine due to injury. He isnt sore
my cat has blood in his urine due to injury. He isn't sore to the touch, is eating, but is urinating outside of the litter box, will it heal on its own or is a vet visit a must asap?… read more
Dr. Laura Devlin, DVM, DABVP
Dr. Laura Devlin, DVM, DABVP
Veterinarian, DABVP Canine/Feline
Doctoral Degree
1,148 satisfied customers
My cat started limping today. His right back leg is bothering
My cat started limping today. His right back leg is bothering him. I can't touch it or he'll growl. He is now laying down. Not breathing hard, no big swelling, responsive, but looks like he's resting … read more
CriticalCareVet
CriticalCareVet
Veterinary Specialist
Doctoral Degree
57,087 satisfied customers
My 14 year old cat has not eaten for a few days. He has vomited
My 14 year old cat has not eaten for a few days. He has vomited a few times, and is very lethargic. He had blood work done a few weeks ago and everything came back normal. We have offered him yogurt, … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,328 satisfied customers
we have a male cat who adopted us. Hes a neighborhood cat.
we have a male cat who adopted us. He's a neighborhood cat. Off & on he growls at his tail as if it hurts. It starts as a low rumble, then suddenly he will swing around and bit it. When it doesn't see… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Practice owner
Doctoral Degree
6,702 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x