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Hi, I am a little concerned that my cat on standing shows a

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Hi, I am a little concerned that my cat on standing shows a very subtle unsteadiness on her right leg, she is eating and drinking well, and dose not appear to be in any pain and I am not aware of any accidents that may have caused this, she has recently had her yearly injections and had a health check also and all was ok, what could be causing this?
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I'd like to help with your concerns about Maisey's subtle unsteadiness on her right leg.
If she was vaccinated within the last 3 days her subtle lameness can be secondary to muscle soreness and inflammation from her vaccines. If that it the case then massage of her leg muscles and rest should resolve her troubles. You can also ask your veterinarian to prescribe a course of anti-inflammatories, like Onsior (robenacoxib) which will hasten her recovery and reduce her discomfort faster. If it has been longer then that then this is unlikely to be related to her vaccination.
If she goes outdoors or has animal friends that she plays or fights with, then a bite or scratch wound may be developing into an abscess. Watch for fever, sudden, soft, uncomfortable, swelling on that leg, or a draining wound. If those are seen she needs a veterinary examination, possible abscess drainage and oral antibiotics.
It is also possible that she has injured a muscle or ligament, in most cases those resolve with rest and making sure she doesn't return to activities too quickly.
Rarely this can be related to a tumor of the bones, muscles or ligaments/tendons. But I would expect more painful limping and/or signs of obvious swelling on that leg.
For now if Maisy is active and alert, eating and drinking normally, doesn't have a fever, or obvious swellings compared to her leg on the other side, and isn't quickly worsening you can try strict confinement and watching for further developments.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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