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Old 05-31-2010, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, hey there catforum, my cat Tiger appears to have a broken leg.

He just came in the house about 30 minutes ago, limping up the steps. Thinking he just landed uncomfortably, I didn't pay much attention. When he limped up into my bed though, I could see we had a problem. His fore leg, right before the knee(?) looked a little wider than it should be. Upon closer examination, I spotted what looks to be bone. Right before the joint, a little piece of bone is sticking clean out of the skin. I'm not sure if he just tore the skin over his knee, or if a shard of bone is sticking out.

I don't know how he got the injury, but I doubt it was a dog. He might have slipped trying to squeeze between the air conditioner in the dining room.

I'm taking him to the vet tomorrow morning, right after my high-school placement testing. Anyways to ease his pain till then? And no, I didn't give him any aspirin.
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Old 05-31-2010, 11:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If the broken bone is exposed, it is called a compound fracture.
This is considered a medical emergency and your cat needs to go to the emergency vet now.
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Old 05-31-2010, 11:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Problem is, there isn't a vet that takes emergency visits around here. The last one closed at eight.
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Old 05-31-2010, 11:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Personally, I would be taking him to the e-vet tonight as I'm sure he is in serious pain....wouldn't you be? The exposed bone also provides an opportunity for infection to set in. He needs to be confined to a crate so that he can't damage it further. He shouldn't be walking on it or jumping up and down.

As you already noted, aspirin is a big no-no. There are no OTC pain meds that are cat safe. Icing it may help.

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Old 05-31-2010, 11:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Personally, I would be taking him to the e-vet tonight as I'm sure he is in serious pain....wouldn't you be? The exposed bone also provides an opportunity for infection to set in. He needs to be confined to a crate so that he can't damage it further. He shouldn't be walking on it or jumping up and down.

As you already noted, aspirin is a big no-no. There are no OTC pain meds that are cat safe. Icing it may help.

ETA: E-vet locator website:

http://veccs.org/hospital_directory.php
Not one around here for a bit, plus my mother wasn't feeling good so I don't have a ride. He's sleeping right now, and looks to be only in minor discomfort. I'm going to try putting ice on it, if there isn't much else to do.
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Old 05-31-2010, 11:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Excuse the double post, but it looks a lot more serious than I thought.

You see, the break looks to be half way down his fore arm, not by the joint. It looks to me like the top part broke, and slid down past the bottom a little, breaking the skin. Definitely taking him to the vet as soon as it opens.
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi DTP, definitely vet *first thing* in the morning. Drop off either you or the cat, whichever place is open first, to get where everyone needs to go ... but he *must* see the vet ASAP. A compound (bone sticking out) fracture is very serious. It can be critical to keep that bone from drying out if you want to save his leg. If there were an emergency vet nearby, they would perform the surgery immediately. It is *very* important he be taken in right away so the vet can rearrange their scheduled appointments to care for your cat.
Let us know how things turn out.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Back from the vet, thankfully he said it was just an abcess. We'll be going tomorrow when my mom gets paid to get it removed. False alarm.
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