Cat

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

I couldn’t find my cat yesterday and I finally found him…

I couldn’t find my...

I couldn’t find my cat yesterday and I finally found him hiding under the bed and he wouldn’t come out. He finally came out but he’s limping on his back right leg and he won’t let me come near him. I can’t get close to him to check his leg before he runs (hobbles) away.

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

Not that I’m aware of

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

He’s less than a year old

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the cat's name?

His name is Branch

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Branch?

Like I said- I have no idea what happened- he is an indoor cat.

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Question
Answered in 7 minutes by:
2/17/2018
Terri
Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 32,881
Experience: Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
Verified

Hello, My name is Terri.
It is my pleasure to assist you today!
I am reviewing your question right now and will reply in a few minutes.

Ask Your Own Cat Question

Hello,

I am sorry Branch got hurt/

Can he put any weight on the leg or does he just hold it up?

Ask Your Own Cat Question
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
He puts a little weight in it when he walks but he is definitely limping

Thanks so much for your very helpful reply. Please give me a few minutes to type detailed answer.

Ask Your Own Cat Question

Branch was hiding because he was in pain and did not know who to blame. If he can put any weight on it at all, it is not likely broke. So an abscess, So, we need to check for an abscess, bite, sting, stuck item etc. If nothing is found hen a sprain is most likely.

I know hes upset right now so let him calm down. Give him some canned food or tuna to make him happy.

Then give him one mg per lb of benedryl to make him sleepy OR 3 mg of melatonin to calm him.Wait 20 minutes and palpate the leg to check for wound, injury or swelling,

If you see nothing apply a cold compress 5 minutes on and ten off for an hour, Then switch to warm for same intervals, c

Continue with the one that gives him the most relief.

Do not give him any human OTCs for pain or swelling as most are toxic to cats.

I hope this information has been helpful. I will be standing by if you have other questions. Let me know if I can help further. Also, before signing off today, please take the time to use the star rating system at the top of the page to leave a rating for me (bottom of the page if using the app). A 5-star rating is appreciated as top notch answers are my focus. If you feel you have received anything less, please reply so that I may help until you’ve received the assistance you need. Until you issue a rating, the website will not compensate me for helping you. You will still be able to chat with me even after issuing a rating at no further charge on this thread.

Kind regards,

Terri

Ask Your Own Cat Question
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
If I don’t do anything for a day or two and make sure he is eating and drinking- will that be ok?
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
He isn’t crying or anything and seems to be ok just hiding out- he will come out if no one is around
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Regular Benedryl?

yes, as long as he eats and drinks he should be just fine.

regular benedryl, if you have a 25 mg tablet give him half because the liquid could make him drool

Ask Your Own Cat Question
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
nothing for pain?

no because human pain killers are toxic to cats.

the compresses will relieve pain.

let me know if you see anything upon rxam

Ask Your Own Cat Question
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Thanks

you are more than welcome. it is my pleasure to help such a wonderful person.

this is a ONE TIME fee so feel free to reply and let me know how hes doing

Terri
Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 32,881
Experience: Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
Verified
Terri and 87 other Cat Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Terri Your Own Question
Terri
Terri
Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 32,881
32,881 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.

Terri 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:

The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!!

LuciaRincon, Georgia

I will use your service again. I was very pleased with the response and the fact that you have a low cost option so that those of us on fixed income can have questions answered. I will also recommend you to others.

KarenJackson Heights, NY

You helped us to come to what we believe is a better next step in Jack's treatment, and hopefully have saved us $800!! Thanks again!

Jack's MomTuscon, AZ

The vet said that the information and my following it will be what made the difference. Thanks again for being so very helpful.

TracyGrayson, LA

My oldest male cat had a seizure this evening. This site was the first place I could think of to go after the seizure had passed. Dr. Lucy was fantastic and she was spot on!

DebbieUSA

I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there.

Alice H.Jacksonville, 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

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Terri

Terri

Feline Healthcare Expert

32,881 satisfied customers

Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

997 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ

Cher

Cher

Feline Specialist

11,105 satisfied customers

Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience

Lori

Lori

Feline Healthcare

3,326 satisfied customers

16 yrs health care mgmt & issues relating to cats, reproductive issues and multicat environments

Micki

Micki

Expert in cat behavior and health

3,153 satisfied customers

Expert in cat medical and behavior issues.

Candy R.

Candy R.

Veterinary Technician

3,151 satisfied customers

Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer

Theresa

Theresa

A Voice for your Pet

2,125 satisfied customers

19+ years in animal medicine as a veterinary technician

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Questions
I have a rehomed male cat around 5 years old. Ive had him
I have a rehomed male cat around 5 years old. Ive had him for a couple months and he still hides from any contact although he will let me lightly npet him for a short time when he is in an enclosed (s… read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
32,881 satisfied customers
Thank you. My cat has pain on his belly and lower back
Thank you. My cat has pain on his belly and lower back whenever I touch it. I did not see any wounds. … read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
32,881 satisfied customers
He is weak, and not eating for few days. took to vet
he is weak, and not eating for few days. took to vet Saturday and had fever 106! still not eating. he is peeing though. … read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
32,881 satisfied customers
Urinary tract infection.... I have bactrim. Was wondering
Hi. Urinary tract infection.... I have bactrim. Was wondering how much i should give him. Its 500mg and hes 9 lbs.. thank you so much … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,087 satisfied customers
My male cat is scratching around his ears and head. I have
My male cat is scratching around his ears and head. I have used the flea comb on him several times and no fleas. He is strictly and indoor cat. Could he havs an allergy that is making him itch? If so … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,087 satisfied customers
He is sneezing a lot.. and wiping at his nose. Rusti he is 1
We have two other cats in the house as well and they are all inside cats… read more
Dr. Rachel
Dr. Rachel
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
676 satisfied customers
I take care of several cats the mother was a stray. They are
I take care of several cats the mother was a stray. They are around a year old. One cat had a few days of sneezing then started throwing up foamy clear/white liquid. She still wanted to eat but had to… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2,144 satisfied customers
Almost 2 weeks ago my boyfriend was playing with my cat and
Almost 2 weeks ago my boyfriend was playing with my cat and barked at her a few times and she physically attacked him. She hasn't been right around him ever since. She gets so territorial around him a… read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
32,881 satisfied customers
This is more of a cat behavior issue. I got my got last
Hello, this is more of a cat behavior issue. I got my got last December from a feline center. She is 2 1/2 years old, grey tabby. First question: why does she want me to watch her eat? I would feed he… read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
32,881 satisfied customers
My cat went to the vet for his vaccines and the ved sedated
Hi. My cat went to the vet for his vaccines and the ved sedated him and shaved his hair without letting me know. After the sedation the cat was very much asleep for about two days, sometimes shaking w… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,087 satisfied customers
We have bottle feed kittens with worms, maybe 4 or 5 weeks
We have bottle feed kittens with worms, maybe 4 or 5 weeks old … read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,051 satisfied customers
My 18 years old female cat just started showing signs of not
Hi my 18 years old female cat just started showing signs of not feeling well today although I wasn't home much yesterday. This morning she doesn't want her treats which has never happened before and s… read more
CalCatDoc
CalCatDoc
veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
510 satisfied customers
My cat appears to be breathing through her abdomen. This
Hello! My cat appears to be breathing through her abdomen. This only happened since about two hours ago. It is now nightime and only the emergency vet is open. Other than that, she is drinking, eating… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
10,087 satisfied customers
Itchy scratchy rescue with feline eosinophilia granuloma.
Itchy scratchy rescue with feline eosinophilia granuloma … read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
32,881 satisfied customers
One of our cats knocked a small scented candle (not lit)
One of our cats knocked a small scented candle (not lit) into their water fountain. I'm not sure how long ago, but not more than a few hours. The candle is in a metal tin, and there was no water in co… read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
32,881 satisfied customers
My cat has a small growth on his face and also a bump that
My cat has a small growth on his face and also a bump that has recently grown on his neck. I am trying to determine if its just a skin tag or if i should bring him in. Can you help?… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My cat 7 years old always throws up after eating and then
My cat 7 years old always throws up after eating and then goes back to eat again. … read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
32,881 satisfied customers
He has fiv....... But he has been gulping for a while like
He has fiv....... But he has been gulping for a while like it's hard to swallow and now doesn't eat unless I put canned food in his mouth. Same with water. I put a little bit of cider vinegar in his w… read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
32,881 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