How To Treat A Cat Sprained Leg At Home

How To Treat A Cat Sprained Leg At Home


Sprains are one of the most common cat injuries that happen. If your cat loves to jump from high places and is a bit clumsy, then he is likely to experience this injury at some point in his life. The good news is that sprains are not serious and can be treated at home. Sprained legs can often go unnoticed, but if you know what to look for then caring for it becomes easy.

Be Aware Of The Signs

If your cat starts limping or even appears to be in pain, then he may have a sprained leg. A sprain is an injury that affects the ligaments connecting the bones of your cat’s leg. Ligaments are flexible bands of tissue that help stabilize and support bone joints. When they are stretched beyond their ability to stretch, they can tear away from their attachment site on either side of the joint.

This causes swelling in the area where it occurs and bruising around it as well (see picture). If you notice any bruising or swelling in this area, contact your vet immediately for further instructions about treatment options for your injured pet!

Get Your Cat To The Vet

Once you have treated your cat’s leg, it will be important to take him or her to the vet. The vet will examine your cat’s leg and provide treatment, if necessary. The vet may also tell you that your pet needs to stay overnight at the animal hospital so they can monitor his progress.

If this is the case, please follow all of the instructions given by your veterinarian for home care and keep them in mind when caring for your pet upon returning home from their visit.

Use Restraints

The second step is to restrain your cat. If you have a towel or blanket, you can use it to keep him still while you treat his sprain. However, make sure that the material is not too tight around your cat’s body; otherwise, this could make the injury worse. Also make sure it isn’t too loose either; if your cat gets loose while he’s injured and starts running around with his leg wrapped in a towel or blanket (which is unlikely but possible), he may injure himself further by running into furniture or other obstacles in the home. Finally, be careful not to wrap the towel or blanket too high on his body; if it goes above his shoulders, there’s a chance that it might get caught when he tries to move and cause more damage than good.

You should also put some kind of padding under whatever restraint device you’re using before placing any weight on top of it—this will help ensure that there’s no pressure placed directly onto any part of the body during treatment so as not to exacerbate any pain caused by inflammation due to sprains!

Give Them Anti Inflammatory Medication

If your cat has a sprained leg, you should give them anti-inflammatory medication. The best dosage of this kind of medication is 1 mg per pound of body weight every 12 hours for up to three days. While this may seem like an excessive amount, it will help reduce swelling and pain in your cat’s leg.

When giving your cat medication, be sure to check the label for potential side effects before administering it to your pet. If any are listed on the packaging or bottle of medicine, consult with your veterinarian about whether or not those side effects are likely in the case of your pet’s condition and how serious they might be. Also take note that many medications come with directions about how long they can safely be administered; if there isn’t any information about this on the packaging label (or inside), call up your veterinarian right away so he or she can provide guidance based on what kind of injury happened and its severity

Check For Other Injuries

While you’re checking for swelling and any other signs of injury, it’s a good idea to check for any other symptoms that could indicate a problem. For example, if your cat is limping but also has redness in his eyes or mucus discharge from the nose, this could mean an infection. In this case, you should take him to the vet as soon as possible so he can get antibiotics and pain medication.

If your cat does not have any obvious injuries after an accident—for example, if he fell from a great height without hitting anything on his way down—you should still consider taking him to see a vet because there may be hidden internal injuries that are causing him pain or discomfort.

Bruises on the legs and joints indicate a sprained leg in cats. If you think your cat has suffered such an injury, then you need to first keep him still for safety. Take him to the vet for treatment and care.

Bruises on the legs and joints indicate a sprained leg in cats. If you think your cat has suffered such an injury, then you need to first keep him still for safety. Take him to the vet for treatment and care.

The most common signs of cat sprained leg include:

  • Sitting or lying down with his legs stretched straight out behind him on one side of his body with no sign of pain or discomfort
  • Walking with a limp (a cat’s normal gait should be smooth)


Now that you know how to treat a cat sprained leg at home, hopefully your feline friend is well on their way to feeling better!

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