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Cher, Feline Specialist
Category: Cat
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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I think my cat broke or dislocated her front left leg. She

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I think my cat broke or dislocated her front left leg. She is not using it at all and is in pain with high pulse
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Did your cat have a fall?
Customer: I wasn't around at the time, but my kids say no
JA: What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: mittens and she is about 2-3 months old. Not certain, she was a stray.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Mittens?
Customer: never been seen. no shots or check ups yet
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there any way to fix this at home? Or at least a way to determine if if is a break or dislocation?
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.

Hello, and welcome.

I'm so sorry mittens injured her leg.

The best next step for you at this time, is to have her seen in person by a vet, right away. If your vet is closed now, bring her to the nearest ER vet center, where she can be x-rayed, necessary, so you can get a definite diagnosis and she can be treated and given pain medication.

For the moment, try to keep her immobile in a crate or carrier.

Unfortunately, there is no way to fix this at home,nor to determine if it is a break or dislocation. The vet will need to feel it in person and as I mentioned, imaging may be necessary.

If you're in a financial bind, try applying for Care Credit, which is accepted by most vet offices, or bring her in to a VCA animal hospital, which offers free first visits to new patients. They are open extended hours and have offices nationwide, so I hope there's one near you.



I hope all will be well with Mittens! Please keep me posted on how she's doing and what the vet's report is. Thanks!

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