What To Do When Your Cat Has A Broken Bone

cat-broken-bone-Sage-Centers-For-Veterinary-Specialty-and-Emergency-CareCats are graceful and agile animals, which can make long and impressive jumps from time to time. Despite their precision, while making jumps, cats can at times miss the target and can land dangerously thus sustaining some injuries. Also, collisions with vehicles can lead to broken bones with the most common fractures being leg and rib breakages. You can easily notice when your cat has a broken bone since it will moan, growl and howl whenever the leg or rib is touched. The cat can also have some difficulties while walking, grooming, or eating. You might also notice some swelling or bruise around the fractured area. In some instances, the cat will have a compound fracture where broken bones poke through the skin leading to cuts and wounds around the fractured area.

Read on to learn about what to do if your cat has a broken bone.

Immediate care

You should note that a fracture causes pain and discomfort, hence the cat can bite you whenever touched irrespective of how gentle it normally is. Also, a severe fracture can cause shock and other undetectable problems to your cat, which calls for careful examination of the effect caused by the fracture. The purpose of immediate home treatment is to stabilize the injury and ease the pain before taking your cat to the vet. Below is a guide on how to conduct immediate home treatment.

  • Approach the cat carefully especially if it seems anxious or nervous. If necessary, you can restrain it to avoid bodily harm.
  • Examine the broken bone to determine whether the fracture is closed or open. An open fracture is one whereby the bone is protruding from the skin, or there is a wound near the break point.
  • If the fracture is open, wash the wound with clean water but do not use any antiseptics. After washing the wound, cover it with a clean piece of cloth or sterile dressing.
  • Do not attempt to splint the fracture since it can lead to more complications and pain. Just hold a folded towel under the un-splinted limb and take the cat to your vet for specialized treatment.
  • In case the fracture is closed, it will be difficult to splint the cat’s limb without the help of a veterinarian. Your goal should be to minimize the movement of the fractured bones to avoid further injuries.
  • After conducting immediate home care, put your cat in a carrier or a box and transport it to the vet.


If you spot the exact location of a leg fracture, you can apply a splint to ensure that your cat doesn’t hurt the leg more. A good splint should be long enough to cover the bones above and below the fracture. Also, ensure that the splint is rigid and tied firmly into position.
Just like humans, your cat’s bones can be subject to fractures, with leg breakages being the most prevalent. A cat has high pain tolerance, and in most cases, a broken leg will cause little pain. However, you should be gentle while handling it to ensure that you don’t aggravate the pain and suffering. You can restrain your cat before offering immediate home care to protect yourself from bodily harm. After giving emergency first aid, take your cat to your local vet for specialized treatment. For more information about our services, please visit our webpage.

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