in cats Although internal injuries are not as clear as external injuries, they will be evident if you familiarize yourself with some of the common symptoms. If you suspect your cat has internal injuries, contact your vet immediately.
Symptoms of Internal Injury
If you see your cat fall down, watch it carefully for a few days. Some injuries appear immediately, while others do not appear until hours after the fall. Even if you don’t see your pet falter at all, you should even suspect it will fall if you notice any of the following signs:
- Stiff gait
- Reluctance to stand or walk
- Pain upon lying down or rising
- Difficulty breathing
- Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
Lameness and Limping
If your cat appears to be limping or unable to walk, it may have an internal injury. A sprain or a fracture is a common cause of lameness in cats. Rheumatism, also known as arthritis, is caused by joint inflammation and may also be the culprit, especially in obese cats. Check for swelling and fractures in the cat’s legs.
Although it may be difficult to tell if your cat has internal bleeding, there are several common symptoms. Heavy internal bleeding will cause a cat’s gums to turn white and pale. Respiration will likely be quickened and in some cases, panting will occur, Said Dr. Hanen Abdel Rahman. Lethargy and physical weakness are commonly seen and movement will be minimal. Rectal temperature can also be taken, with a temperature, less than 100 degrees F indicating internal bleeding may be occurring.
Dislocation is commonly seen after accidents and usually occurs at the hip, lower jaw, or the knee. One leg may appear shorter than the other if the hip is dislocated, Said Dr. kristina.karelina. If it is a jaw dislocation, the cat may be unable to close its mouth and teeth will appear out of position. If the knee is dislocated, the cat will walk stiff-legged. The swelling will be present in all cases and your cat may appear to be in pain.