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His paw is swollen, Meu 2 1/2 years old, No

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his paw is swollen
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Meu 2 1/2 years old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Meu?
Customer: No
Hi there,you are through to Dr Linda.
I'm sorry to hear this.
When did this all start?
Any other symptoms such as lethargy or reduced appetite?
Does he go outside?
Is he putting any weight on the leg?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Started today, No other symptoms at present. He goes out on a leash. He puting weight on his paw but so.etimes avoids it and picks it up. He is leaking and biting it
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But does not seem bothered about it
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not he leans on the paw like nothing happened
Thank you for this.
As he only goes out supervised, a fight is unlikely.
Something like a muscle strain, broken claw or foreign body such as a thorn is more likely.
If he let's you, try to assess all claws for breaks or to see if they are overgrown. Check the pads for grazes or foreign bodies. Move each toe joint separately to check for swelling or discomfort.
If all seems well, we could strictly rest him for 3 days (no walks, no jumping, no stairs etc) and STOP all licking (a buster collar may be needed) to see if things will settle.
However, if he seems in discomfort, you may wish to request some pain relief/ anti inflammatory medicine from your local vet.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It looks like one his middle toes?are painful. His nails are well. No foreign bodies.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'll keep him resting as you said
What is wrong with the toe? Is it out of place at all? Red? Oozing?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No oozing. No redness visible Hurtful to touch only.
Theres nothing abnormal other than the swell
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Maybe an insect bite
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Absolutely, thay is a possibility e.g. a spider bite is relatively common.
We should find if that is the case thay it improves rapidly as long as there is no licking.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I let him out of the flat and he was tied on the leash that was hooked at the door so he just sits and plays in the communal garden. I saw him trying to catch a bumble bee earlier but I stopped him.
Ah ok! Thay could certianly be the cause. It would be possible to give him 2mg of Piriton if you like, though any sting should go down regardless.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you so much. He keeps playing so he does not seem bothered at all.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He is a mix of oriental shorthair and peterbold
Oh, how unusual, I bet he is gorgeous!
Please do keep an eye on him (I know you will) and if things are worsening or not getting better over the next day or two, please do let me know. This window stays open for several days.
Dr L Simmon and other Cat Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you very much
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I will