Injured cat.

(78 Posts)
alistron1 Tue 23-Jul-13 20:47:04

I last saw my cat (killing a bird!) on Sunday. I was starting to get worried about him when he turned up this evening limping and with a maggot infested wound on his tail.

We've taken him to the vets and he's had his tail cleaned, anti biotics, fluids and pain killers. He's in a nice basket at home and he's not a happy chap.

He can't support himself on his back legs - vet thinks it could be a broken pelvis. He's not presenting as being hit by a car though.

What on earth has happened to my poor boy?

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 23-Jul-13 20:50:25

Fallen out of a tree? I'm sorry he's so poorly. Will there be any lasting damage?

alistron1 Tue 23-Jul-13 20:50:42

Should add he's back at the vets in the morning, we all thought rest at home tonight would be best - he's a nervy anxious boy at the best of times.

alistron1 Tue 23-Jul-13 20:53:09

It's like he's been trapped or something. He was really dehydrated and obviously he couldn't get to his tail cos an open wound developed maggots.

Obviously reading another missing cat thread on here makes me realise it could be worse. At least he's here. Feel so bad that he was trapped somewhere when it was thundering.

Could he have been trapped somewhere by his tail/leg? Poor soul. sad

alistron1 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:01:36

I wondered that. I'm going on a walk in a bit to see where he could have been trapped. His sad meow when he appeared in the garden was upsetting. He's out for the count now.

Melissakitkat Tue 23-Jul-13 21:06:11

One of our cats came home like that and had a broken pelvis. Vet said he thought he had been hit by a car poor thing - after X-rays etc we took him home and vet said no jumping lots of rest and the vet said he will heal by himself. He did just that and apart from a limp is doing fine.

Hugs, it's awful when this happens but so glad he got himself home and now vet can help him get better.


You wish they could talk sometimes.....

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:08:21

Maggots clean wounds though, at least it wasn't rotting.

There was a kitten on here with Broken pelvis and healed up.

alistron1 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:12:43

When he's better I will never tell him off for jumping on the work surface again.

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 12:50:34

Turns out he was run over on Monday lunchtime. He must have been lying injured in the heat and thunder until yesterday evening. He has got a broken pelvis the poor thing. I'm bringing him home tonight.

Oh no alistron. How did you find out? He is even luckier than we thought then. IYKWIM.

mumofone25 Wed 24-Jul-13 13:00:14

Oh no, how awful. Thankfully he made it home. Wishing him a well recovery. How did you find out he had been hit by a car?

cozietoesie Wed 24-Jul-13 13:01:25


I reunited a deceased cat with it's owner yesterday that had been hit by a car. sad Came home and gave Sparkling cat a big cuddle.

So pleased that he managed to get home to you. (( feline hugs))

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 13:03:34

A woman round the corner mentioned about a cat being run over on Monday and then disappearing when I was chatting to her this morning. She thought it was her next door neighbours black cat. But obviously it was mine.

The main worry is making sure his bowels/ bladder start to work again. If they don't then he'll have to be pts.

The fracture can heal by itself, but he'll be confined to one room for at least 6 weeks and he'll always have a limp.

Awww. Fingers crossed alistron. Do you have DC? Are they ok?

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 13:08:07

Yes, the DC are ok but worried. It's my oldest sons birthday tomorrow too!

So hard to explain to them when they are all questions and want everything to be ok.

bishboschone Wed 24-Jul-13 13:14:14

My cat came home with a limp a few months ago. After many tests and X-rays we found it was soft tissue damage . Vet recommended rest, I messaged everyone I could and managed to borrow a dog cage and had it in the front from so he could see us all. I think being shut in a room on his own won't be good for him overall so maybe try a dog cage too?

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 14:43:59

He'll be in our living room, so not alone. He does love his company! I think as he begins (fingers crossed) to get mobile again he'll need to be caged. I can see him wanting to jump around as he recovers. He's a very active 2 year old boy normally. God love him.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 24-Jul-13 14:52:33

Has he used his tray yet?

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 14:56:20

We're collecting him at half 5. As far as I'm aware he hasn't wee'd yet. But as the vet said he's sore, swollen and hasn't eaten/drunk properly for a few days. We're giving him until early next week.

Fingers and everything crossed alistron. x

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 15:19:38

Thanks all of you. Cat people are the best.

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 18:30:50

He's home and he's done a big wee!!! He's not impressed at the concept of cage rest!

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 24-Jul-13 18:37:56


I can imagine cage rest isn't popular

bishboschone Wed 24-Jul-13 18:59:39

No it wasn't popular for mine either but he is 14 and more happy to sleep. Good luck . smile

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 19:03:55

He's groggy and drugged up so is willing to sleep. I can see fun times ahead when he's feeling better!

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:25:20

New problem - younger cat is freaked out by big cat being in a cage and won't come in? What should I do?

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:39:16

Nothing, small cat will get used to it.

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:52:25

I'm now paranoid in case he runs off and gets run over too.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:54:11

Sorry, did you mean the cat is outside the house?

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:59:29

Small cat won't bloody come in. Tried treats and cuddles and he ran off. He took one look at poorly cat and ran outside.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:06:34

Ours freaked out one night and wouldn't come in we had to drive from the SW to the midlands to get him and he'd been asleep under a shrub all night.

Can you hide the injured boy so the house looks relatively normal? Does the cat flap have an in only setting?

cozietoesie Wed 24-Jul-13 21:26:40

Stay up and play some Bach or Handel on loud speaker. I know that sounds like madness but they like formal music.

Here's a sample.

(OK - it's Mozart.)

cozietoesie Wed 24-Jul-13 21:31:07

Sorry - was so upset that they'd removed Janet Baker's best one that I forgot to make that clickable.

Here you go.

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:44:47

Do you think Wagner might work?!

cozietoesie Wed 24-Jul-13 21:51:14


everythinghippie29 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:51:30

Hope your little guy gets better soon! Sending him lots of love. Think you might be referring to my sad post about missing boy above, as much as I wish I was looking after a banged up kitty rather than the real situation right now, it still must be awful for you seeing your cat hurting. Get well soon kitty.thanks


alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:55:05

Oh everything, that's so kind of you and I'm so sorry about your cat.

Little cat came in for food, took one look at poorly cat and ran out again. I'm going to try ignoring him pointedly instead of trying to make a fuss of him. Reverse cat psychology. And then I'll turn on the Wagner.

cozietoesie Wed 24-Jul-13 21:58:26

Hope you have nice neighbours.

alistron1 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:59:48

They're away, and even if they weren't its a cat emergency ;)

Squirrelface Thu 25-Jul-13 00:43:11

My cat had a broken pelvis earlier this year - I found her in the morning unable to put any weight on her hind legs (she managed to fracture it whilst shut in the kitchen overnight, so goodness knows what she was doing). As the fracture was on a non-weight bearing part of the pelvis, the treatment was 6 weeks cage rest. Apparently the bones start to knit together again quite quickly if their movement is restricted. She was a little bit wobbly when she first came out of the cage, as the muscles weaken when they are kept confined for so long. We gave her access to just one room to start with, but within a week of regaining her freedom she was back to her daft old self.

We had the same worry about whether the bowel was damaged as there was nothing produced for 5 days. She had to have an enema to clear her out, as she couldn't manage when it was painful to stand up. The vet sent her home with a bottle of lactulose and I've never been so pleased to see a little poo in the litter tray! I then had to phone the vet every morning for a week with a report on the latest bowel movement!

I hope your puss makes a good recovery - and that the other one has come in now!

How's the patient this morning?

kittykarate Thu 25-Jul-13 09:45:11

Could your little cat be freaked out because the other one smells of the V E T? Also it might see the other one caged and think "Shit we're all off to get jabs again"

Anyway I hope the patient is more chirpy this morning, and that little cat settles down.

alistron1 Thu 25-Jul-13 09:53:15

The patient is progressing well! The vet doesn't need to see him until Monday. We're just waiting for him to poo ( the cat not the vet) Little cat still spooked, I think it's just going to be a case of time.

So glad to hear of other cats recovering well from this injury.

Any tips on how to give oral pain relief to a cat?

Ooh so far so good. smile Hope for cat poo soon.

Have you got one of these gizmos? Got mine from the vet. Very easy to use.

cozietoesie Thu 25-Jul-13 10:09:09

What the heck is that, Sparkling? It looks like some Victorian implement of destruction.

grin It is a pill giver cozie. You clip the pill in at the end but the pointy bit in cat's mouth and push the syringry bit down, It jettisons the tablet down the cats throat before they have realised. grin I have had success with it, but it may not be for all cats.

everythinghippie29 Thu 25-Jul-13 10:49:54

Yay! glad he seems brighter today. I usually wrap a tablet in processed cheese roll it into a cat treat ball and they usually eat it up...probably not too healthy but gets the job done.

cozietoesie Thu 25-Jul-13 11:59:56

Ah right - I should have read the title on the bookmark.

Seniorboy wouldn't be doing with it, anyway.

no, I think I just have an amenable cat cozie. It's the speed that I like. By the time she's realised she's swallowed it.

That said I have to do her Advocate today. I hate all the parting fur, squirty malarkey as much as she does.

cozietoesie Thu 25-Jul-13 12:06:14

Now there I have no problems. All 'procedures' are done downstairs in the sitting room. Matter of factly. He knows that he just has to endure whatever it is and he'll soon get away and up to his bed.

cozietoesie Thu 25-Jul-13 12:08:12

That excludes pills. He won't be doing with pills so the vet and I don't even bother with those.

Sparkling cat has that double layer fur going on and finding a patch of skin to squirt is really difficult. I do it while she is asleep.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 25-Jul-13 13:48:23

I struggle with advocate, I tried cutting a patch of fur but that didn't work either.

It would have been an ideal product for the chinchillas we had though.

I do worry that there's too much not on her skin Fluffy. No that I can see her skin. i still don't get exactly how it works. grin

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 25-Jul-13 16:03:00

It must be absorbed into the blood and poison the fleas that bite them I suppose.

I've found the pointy end of a tail comb parts fur better than fingers.

alistron1 Thu 25-Jul-13 18:21:42

Oh my cats hate flea drops! They run when they see the box! This is a liquid and I have to syringe it into his gob. That should be fun.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 25-Jul-13 19:57:07

Poor cat.

alistron1 Thu 25-Jul-13 20:35:41

He's managed a little bit of roast chicken and some kitten milk tonight. He's been spark out all day, which I guess is only to be expected. Little cat has also had roast chicken and is now bloody stuck on the shed roof.

Squirrelface Thu 25-Jul-13 20:55:22

Op, I mix the liquid painkiller in with her food. Do you have to syringe it in directly? I wouldn't have any fingers left if I tried that!

cozietoesie Thu 25-Jul-13 20:59:11

Just get it into them, however.

alistron1 Thu 25-Jul-13 21:13:37

Right, we're about to go in. Little cat has also been rescued from shed roof.

alistron1 Fri 26-Jul-13 21:05:25

So much good news!!

Number 1 - he likes the liquid pain killer

Number 2 - its apt, HE HAS POO'D

Number 3 - little cat is coming in again!!!

Much cat happiness tonight. thanks to all of you with your thoughts, advice and happy stories!! It's going to be a hard few weeks with the cage rest, but my big boy is going to be fine!! He's so much more normal today, what a brave boy.

cozietoesie Fri 26-Jul-13 21:11:03

Great stuff.

I don't know what painkiller you've been given but the last one I gave Seniorboy I tasted (Yes - I'm that involved) and it was neutral so he didn't mind it and obviously liked the effect so had good thoughts about the procedure.

Well done all.


Fluffycloudland77 Fri 26-Jul-13 21:12:56

Phew! does the painkiller go into his food or do you squirt it in his mouth?

He is indeed a brave boy.

Ooh brilliant news. smile

alistron1 Fri 26-Jul-13 22:07:03

It's Metacam - we squirt it into his mouth and he licks it off the syringe. He's an addict isn't her?!

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 26-Jul-13 22:09:23

I'm pretty sure our cats had that from when he fell off the conservatory but it was an injection.

He'll be sending small cat out to score for him while he's cage bound.

Squirrelface Fri 26-Jul-13 22:18:02

Great news - I'm glad he's making good progress!

cozietoesie Fri 26-Jul-13 22:32:01

I think ir was Metacam that I tasted. Yep - you have an addict.


alistron1 Tue 30-Jul-13 12:56:43

Progress is still good - he had a check up yesterday and he's been upgraded from cage rest to having the run of the living room. He's walking really well, no obvious limp. But obviously he can't leap around like normal (yet!) We don't need to see the vet now for 2 weeks.

Compared to how he was a week ago it's nothing short of miraculous.

cozietoesie Tue 30-Jul-13 13:42:10

Good news.


gobbin Tue 30-Jul-13 16:13:50

That's great news smile

Brilliant alistron. he is such a lucky boy.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 30-Jul-13 18:52:29

It shows what resilient animals they are.

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