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Front Paw is swollen up but he isn’t limping or having any

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Front Paw is swollen up but he isn’t limping or having any signs of pain
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice this swelling? Does the cat lick the skin as well?
Customer: just a couple minutes ago he is picking it but it seems like his normal cleaning licking
JA: And what's the cat's name and age?
Customer: shadow and he is 10 months
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Shadow?
Customer: No we have had no issues thus far
Submitted: 14 days ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Hello, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.

I am sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Shadow.

What breed is he?

Has he been licking at this paw more than the others?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
British short hair and no he isn’t
He has let me feel the paw and he doesn’t seem to have any pain
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 14 days ago.
I cannot personally make phone calls but can continue talking via typing if that's OK.Is the entire paw swollen or just one toe?Does he go outside or live with other cats?
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Just the paw and foot
He does not live with other pets but frequently plays with our neghbors cats
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 14 days ago.
Thank you, ok.Can you see any small scabs or a broken claw?
Would a photo be possible please?
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
No not that I see
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 14 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Shadow's paw is very swollen but it is good he is not limping or bothered by it, so it must not be causing him much discomfort.

Swelling like this in a young cat is most often caused by a cat bite abscess but other considerations would include:

  • A nail bed infection
  • A toe strain or fracture
  • A foreign body in the paw (like a grass seed)
  • A hair or string tying off the blood flow; but this would usually be visible

As Shadow is fine in himself, he is okay to monitor at home tonight. If he does stop licking, try to discourage it, which may mean using a buster collar.

If still swollen in the morning, a vet check is best.

The vet will examine Shadow's paw and may take an x-ray if concerned.

His treatment will depend on what we find but is likely to include anti inflammatories and pain relief and possibly antibiotics too.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Perfect I’m going to take him to the vet tomorrow morning
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Ok, great!

This window will remain open so please do let me know if there is anything else in the meantime.

Wishing Shadow all the very best.