When the cat’s paw hurts, the owner immediately notices this by the lameness that appears in the pet. The cause of this unpleasant phenomenon can be both trauma and inflammation of the composition. There can be pain in the paw of a cat equally at a young age, when the animal is only one year old, or in the elderly. For proper therapy, it is important to seek veterinary care in a timely manner. Only a specialist will be able to determine why a cat has paw pains and what kind of therapy she needs. The owner should have only a general idea of what to do if the cat has a paw sore and it is limping.
Many factors can cause a problem in which the paw hurts. Most often it occurs due to trauma, but it also happens that an animal develops a disease in which bones, joints or muscles are affected.
It is almost impossible to make a correct diagnosis on your own.
- Injury. This is the most common reason why a cat’s paw hurts. Most often, this phenomenon is noted in young animals, which are highly mobile and often, without calculating their strengths, get sprains, bruises, dislocations and fractures of their paws. With such phenomena, the formation of a hematoma and swelling is necessary. The paw may become less mobile. It is not uncommon for a cat, since the paw hurts, does not step on it at all. In especially severe cases with a spinal injury, the hind legs of a cat fail. Injuries can occur if a dog bites.
- Arthrosis or arthritis. Both of these diseases lead to joint inflammation. In addition to pain, the animal suffers from stiffness of movement. A cat cannot normally hold a paw that hurts, and does not confidently step on it. The animal practically ceases to jump and run. The disease is more common in older pets. The disease does not develop in a day and the animal suffers from a constant slow deterioration. The hind and forepaws are affected by the disease.
- Myositis. Inflammation of muscle tissue. Pathology may appear after hypothermia or due to bruising. Depending on the severity of the damage, one paw or even everything hurts. When palpating at the site of inflammation, there is a strong tension of the muscles and their soreness. If the cat’s paw was ill for this reason, then a recurrence of inflammation is possible. In older cats, exacerbation can occur several times a year. Helps prevent their cat from being kept warm.
- Osteomyelitis. Purulent necrotic disease, in which the bones of the paws are gradually destroyed and the bone marrow is damaged. With pathology, the general condition of the animal deteriorates sharply. There is a rapid increase in temperature to significant levels and severe weakness. Often there is a complete loss of appetite. The cat does not get on a limb that hurts. If the paw should still be involved, the animal is very limp and screams in pain. Treatment is urgent and should be addressed to a veterinary clinic. A kitten may also encounter pathology.
- Osteoporosis. A disease in which brittle bones increase and their gradual thinning occurs. Each paw may be affected. The general condition of the animal is deteriorating. Treatment is only supportive. It is impossible to completely eliminate the pathology. With it, you just need to do everything to alleviate the condition of the animal. The cause of the disease, as a rule, is age. Not only the forepaw suffers from the disease, but the entire bone skeleton.
- Thermal and chemical burns. They are not a rare cause of paw pain in cats that are able to walk freely on the street. In this case, a blister or ulcer is found at the site of damage. In the affected area, hair falls out severely. The damage site hurts and the cat licks it.
- Radiculitis. The disease occurs in older animals. The main localization of pain in the cat is in the back, but it is intensively given to the paw. Because of this, at the beginning of the development of pathology, the impression may appear that it is the paw that hurts, and not the spine. Begin treatment as soon as possible.
- Subdermatitis. An inflammatory disease of an infectious nature affects the paw pads. At the same time, the paw hurts the cat when the animal steps on it, and the animal tries almost not to use the inflamed limb.
- Foreign body in tissues. Even a small splinter can cause severe pain in the cat's paw. The cat almost does not get on a limb and often licks its paw. The cat's paw pain is especially severe.
If a cat has paw pain, the owner should necessarily show his beloved pet to the veterinarian. After the cause of the problem has been established and high-quality treatment has been carried out, as a rule, the condition of the animal can be normalized and pain removed.