for this post but I value you guys' advice I just noticed my cats foot is swollen it is warm to the touch and the vet is not available til the morning there is an ER vet about 40 minutes awat but the fee is astronomical and well, I don't have that kind of money tonite...what could have happened? What can I do? Thank you in advance for your kind reply this is the only board pertaining to pets I know of
is your cat an indoor or outdoor cat? several things can cause swelling. it could be broken, or it could be infected and is swollen due to a builup of puss. abcesses are common in cats that get into fights, get bit then the little bite holes close up and trap bacteria and it builds up and forms an abscess. is your cat still eating? i would say it would be okay til the morning if it is one of the 2 things above. but definitely get him to the vet in the morning.
mostly indoor but likes to go sit out back during the day, when I touch it she doesn't cry, and I couldn't find any abcess...I am really concerned...I hope she will be okay til the morning, I am going to take her first thing...
how is she acting? is she eating and acting normal other than her foot? if she is then she should be okay til the am. noy for nothing but does she have anything around her paw that could be constricting it? like a rubber band or a string? i have seen kids put rubber bands as " bracelets" on their pets and forget about them and it causes their feet to swell.
yes, she is eating, I just gave her a clavamox and I am going to keep her locked in one area tonite, she is resting under the table. there doesn't seem to be anything obvious like a string or rubber band around her and no open wounds...ugh! she is really mad at me right now for gingerly giving her that pill : )
well sometimes cats foot gets swollen if it has a cut that got infected,he could have smached his paw,my cat has climed a tree and his claw got stuck and it pulled it out my the quick and it caused his whole paw to swell and i took him to the vet and they told me that is what it was and also it could be something stuck in his foot
The warmth typically indicates an infection (i.e. heat, swelling.... no pain is strange..... redness, etc.). Have you tried to see if he has a fever - if you have a little experience with it, you can take his rectal temp. - normal range is between 102 and 103. Undoubtably if he is acting normal otherwise - eating and drinking normally, active, doesn't have a fever, etc. then he will be fine until you get a chance to take him to the vet in the morning.
thanks for all the advice, I took Augusta to the vet and he gave her an antibiotic shot and something to bring her fever down, she had a 104 degree temp, he said she has blood poisoning. He gave me more antibiotics for her over the next 3 days and told me to soak her foot in Epsom salt twice a day, I did that when we got home and the swelling went down immediately. She is still limping but is feeling much better. The vet could not find any wound either...strange... thanks again, I can count on you guys for the best advice!
Thank goodness my cat loves me! I held her with a towell wrapped around her front paws and stuck her foot in the salt bath. I also took a cool clothand wiped her head at the same time and I told her what a good girl she was...she felt so bad that I probably could have done most anything to her. She did vocalize that she was not happy about it but let me do it anyway. I was surprised she didn't bite me...the puppy was jumping all over her too! And now that I think about it, I was doing this all by myself and I popped a pill in her mouth too... Gosh, I am good! Now, I can say my vet assist degree has paid off!!