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cat limping

Category: general | Submitted: 29 May 2010 08:33PM | viewed 20228 times
Q Deborah asks:

My cat has come home limping and he hisses when he is touched. His paw is swollen .

Q Our vet says: He sounds as if he is in pain and there could be an injury to the paw.

Sometimes cats get bitten by other cats and an abscess will form due to infection of the initial bite wound (which may be very difficult to find). This can cause pain and swelling as you describe, and would need treatment from your vet.

An abscess is by no means the only cause of pain and swelling of paws, so you should get your cat checked by your local vet as soon as you can.

Your vet will be able to look for signs of injury and check your cat's temperature to ensure that the problem is treated effectively. If your vet is unsure of the cause of the problem he or she may need to take x-rays or perform other diagnostic tests to find out what the problem is.

I hope your cat feels better soon.

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