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Injured cat

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Jimin, Jun 13, 2022.

  1. Jimin

    Jimin pfm Member

    Hello all

    A little advice is needed, please. Our ten year old cat was found motionless, with what turned out to be fractured ribs, last Wednesday. His legs are limp, though can flex and scrabble them a little.

    Has anyone else experienced such a situation? We are wondering if, with time, whatever damage, whether physical, to his nerves, or the effects of shock, will wear off, and he will regain the use of his limbs.

    He doesn't seem to be in pain, and we're putting him through the exercises the vet recommended. I know that time will tell, but any advice will be appreciated.


  2. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Surely the vet is best to advise here? Cats are very poor at telling you they are in pain, so don’t assume he isn’t. If in even the slightest doubt another vet visit is in order IMHO.
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  3. Jimin

    Jimin pfm Member

    Yes of course, we are regularly taking him to the vet. He is on medication and being properly looked after. I was just hoping for some encouragement, really - the vet is very efficient but not hugely empathic.
  4. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Sorry to hear your mog has been in the wars. Hope he's back on his feet soon. I've found the folk on Cat Chat to be brilliant when I've needed a bit of help or support with our little house panther.
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  5. Jimin

    Jimin pfm Member

    Thanks! I'll take a look there.
  6. kevinrt

    kevinrt pfm Member

    Hi Jim

    one of our cats lost the use of 1 front leg completely (we never knew why, ?fall?trauma). After a week or 2 of pain killers/ anti-inflammatories he was back to normal. So recovery is possible in some cases.


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  7. Darmok

    Darmok "In Lation, Trans Lost."

    Remarkable sentient creatures...

    Talk to them, they enjoy it. :)
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  8. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 38yrs a Naim owner

    Hit by a car?

    You can usually tell by the claws being broken/chiped as they put them out upon impact
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2022
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  9. Durmbo

    Durmbo not French

    That’s no good. I wish your furboy a full recovery.
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  10. Jimin

    Jimin pfm Member

    Thanks for supportive words, all. We're trying hard not to speculate about the cause of the injuries, and are focusing on rehabilitation. For what it's worth, his only physical injuries are two fractured ribs - no broken or chipped claws, no missing fur, no abrasions.

    Part of the family, aren't they?
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  11. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Absolutely are. Sending positive feline vibes for a full recovery.
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  12. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    I hope your cat makes a full recovery. About 10 years ago one of our cats was hit by a car and lost mobility in his tail. For a week or so it was touch and go whether the spine damage would cause him to become incontinent (we would have had to have him put down) but he recovered OK, so the vet amputated his (limp) tail and he lived another 5 years. He was a lovely cat - 22lbs of tom cat muscle, but a big softy when in the house (fortunately - he could have inflicted some damage if he'd been aggressive).

    Our current cat is going on 16 and arthritis has slowed him down a lot, but he seems healthy. He ate a piece of plastic when just a year old and needed to have part of his intestine removed ($$$$) but he's been fine ever since.
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  13. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr neither here nor there

    Absolutely they are. We have dogs, but I completely empathise. Hope yours is on the mend and recovers well soon.
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  14. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    I hope your beast can regain a high quality of life.
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  15. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    op hope pussycat makes a good recovery

    thats big

    the brothers are sending good cat vibes

    [​IMG]20211108_110036 by uh_simon, on Flickr
  16. johnhunt

    johnhunt pfm Member

    Little starsky just came back with her first dead mouse. She patrolling my lounge with a certain swagger
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  17. Sean K

    Sean K pfm Member

    I had the same experience with one of my cats, Harry, when he was about three years old. His imperial majesty is now 12 and going strong, living a full, happy life and making the world a much more pleasant place to be.

    Best wishes you jimin your furry overlord making a full recovery.
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  18. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans

    Even though 99.999999999999999999999% of the time they pretend to ignore you.

    @Jimin - Fingers crossed your mog makes a full recovery.
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  19. Beobloke

    Beobloke pfm Member

    Just want to add my wishes for a speedy and full recovery for your furry fella. The little sods truly do leave pawprints on your heart.
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  20. Jimin

    Jimin pfm Member

    Hi all

    Thanks for all the good wishes, they're all super appreciated. I didn't realise how fond I was of the wee chap until he became so ill.

    Quick update, Tim's slowly regaining the use of his limbs, he can support himself on his front legs, he's grooming himself, there is movement in his tail. It's quite amazing watching him coming back to himself, though it's still not certain if he will be able to regain his mobility. He's fighting, though, and we're giving him lots of physiotherapy and pampering.

    Fingers crossed!
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