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Dr. Scarlett, Cat Veterinarian
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Hii have a cat 3 years old. She has come home this morning

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Hi i have a cat 3 years old. She has come home this morning not weight bearing on her left back leg miaowing in pain. Not eating her food. won't let us touch her , she hisses. Is sleeping quietly at present. Our vet is closed and reopens on Monday. We don't have pet insurance. What do you suggest? Thanks

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Scarlett replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Scarlett :

Hi,

Dr. Scarlett :

Sorry to hear about Coco. I know you wrote your question several hours ago, so not sure how she is doing right now. Hopefully still resting comfortably.

Dr. Scarlett :

If Coco is not bearing weight on her left rear leg, my first thought is a hip dislocation. I've seen those in outside cats that fell out of a tree or got hit by a car. She may also have a fracture somewhere, or, best case scenario, hurt her paw in some way (torn toenail, fractured paw, abscess, etc).

Dr. Scarlett :

Obviously if she isn't better by tomorrow morning, you will need to take her to your regular vet. Anticipate possible sedation (particularly if she is still quite painful) and a couple x-rays to evaluate her hip and to look for fractures.

Dr. Scarlett :

For tonight, letting her just sleep where she is most comfortable is the way to go. If she has a fracture or a dislocated hip, being moved will be very painful. Don't worry too much about a litter box--cats can hold their urine a LONG time. I would put several towels in the cat carrier tomorrow, however, as she may urinate on the way to the vet.

Dr. Scarlett :

I would also go ahead and give her an 81 mg aspirin today to help with the pain and inflammation. If she is around 10 pounds, you can give her a full 81 mg tablet; 1/2 of a tablet if she is a smaller cat.