There was no improvement at all in Fight Cat's right back leg, despite having been taken to the vet twice and having received two anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial injections. After each visit, the vet assured us that Fight Cat would soon stop limping and walk normally again. It was difficult for us to get Fight Cat to the vet during the month of Ramadan as the vet was working irregular hours so we had to postpone a third visit until now.
This afternoon, we put him in a cage which I borrowed from a friend for the purpose of transporting him to the veterinary surgery. It was no longer possible to put him in a pillow case as we had done before. Fight Cat had understandably become weary of being bundled off into a pillow case so for the purpose of this visit to the vet we had to resort to putting him in a cage. We also took some advice from the same friend who had lent us the cage and changed vets.
Luckily, this vet was also close by to our house. First of all we went into the veterinary surgery and gave the vet a brief background into the story of Fight Cat and his limping. Then we came back into the surgery a second time this time accompanied by Fight Cat. The vet was very thorough and asked many questions and we answered them to the best of our ability. The vet said that he would keep Fight Cat in his surgery overnight and tomorrow morning he would put him under anaesthetic and with a syringe draw out some liquid from the swollen joint around his leg. The vet said, he would then be able to determine based on the colour of the liquid what sort of an infection and or inflammation it might be. The vet then said, he would inject the joint with either an anti-inflammatory or and antibiotic injection or perhaps both. Whilst Fight Cat was under anaesthetic, the vet said he would also examine its ears as the inside of its ears looked scratched and infected. The vet said it was all part and parcel of being a dominant, male cat and having to fight to defend its territory. He thought the name we had given him suited him very well. We were told to come again tomorrow afternoon to pick him up.
I ought to say, that it is not our wish to adopt Fight Cat. We want to help him to get better so that he can walk again without limping and lead a normal life. Instead of owning one cat, we would rather be in a position whereby we were able to help many other injured cats and dogs.
Figure 1: Fight Cat is on the left and he is staring at another stray cat whom we have named Slinky.
Here is a website which explains the common causes of cats who are limping http://www.vetinfo.com/causes-cat-limping.html
Strained or sprained muscles or ligaments
Strained or sprained muscles or ligaments are responsible for most cat limps. A limp associated with a pulled muscle may last intermittently for a day or two. Such an injury might cause a little swelling, which you can treat yourself with a heating pad or heat pack. Torn ligaments are a more serious source of cat limping. A partial tear to a ligament may result in intermittent limping, leading the owner to believe that the injury is less than serious. A partial tear may become a complete tear, making it impossible for your cat to put any weight at all on the affected leg. Torn ligaments are difficult to heal and often require surgery.
Foot and Nail Injuries
Foot and nail injuries are another common cause of cat limping. Glass, splinters, and other sharp objects can cut your cat's paw, or become lodged in the pads of your cat's feet, causing limping. Nail injuries can also be quite painful for cats. If your cat is limping, examine his feet carefully, and don't forget to look between the toes. Check his nails for cracks, tearing, and dried blood.
Infections, Abscesses and Bites
Infections and abscesses can also cause cat limping. An infection below the surface of the skin, or abscess, can cause redness, swelling, and tenderness. Any wound in your cat's skin can become infected, be it the bite of a flea, a puncture wound, an animal bite or an ordinary scratch. Check your cat's skin daily for such infections. Tick, spider, and snake bites can also cause limping. Redness and swelling will occur at the site of the bite. Extreme pain and severe swelling could occur.
Broken Bones and Dislocations
Broken bones and dislocations are among the most serious causes of cat limping. Depending on the severity of the break, the limping may be intermittent and your pet may continue to put some weight on his injured. In more severe cases, your cat will refrain from putting any weight on the injured limp and may experience extreme pain and severe swelling. In the case of a fracture or dislocation, your cat's leg may display improper alignment and may dangle abnormally. Splint the injured limb until your veterinarian can treat the injury.
Animals of all ages are susceptible to back injuries, which can cause limping and an abnormal gait. Elderly animals are particularly prone to back injuries due to spinal degeneration. Such limps may seem to come and go.
Arthritis is a common cause of limping, pain and join stiffness in older cats. Arthritic cat limping may seem worse in the morning and on colder days; a cat with arthritis may have difficulty sitting, standing, lying down and squatting. Cat limping cause by arthritis usually involves both rear legs and can result in a stiff, irregular gait. Limping due to arthritis usually gets worse with time.