Soft Tissue Injuries in Kittens
Kittens are prone to all sorts of injuries, but their growing bodies are especially vulnerable. Strains, sprains, and pulled muscles are all common injuries in kittens. Keep a close eye on your kitten, especially if they have many opportunities to jump – cat towers, high counters, and more.
Since kittens don’t know their limits yet, they can often try to jump up or down from areas out of their reach. Falling or jumping off wrong can cause injuries like sprains, strains, and pulled muscles. Overly rambunctious playing and jumping may also lead to injury. Be careful when playing with your kitten!
Limping, refusing to use the limb, swelling, whimpering, or excessively licking the injured limb are all signs of a soft tissue injury. If your kitten’s symptoms are relatively mild, apply ice to the affected area and keep an eye on it for a day or two. If their condition doesn’t improve, make an appointment with your vet; more serious injuries can lead to lameness and disability if left untreated.
Restrict physical activity, like jumping and playing, until the injury is healed; your kitten may refrain from activity on their own due to the pain. After your kitten has stopped limping for a few days, gradually reintroduce exercise. For severe soft tissue injuries, anti-inflammatory medications are sometimes prescribed, or your vet may splint or bandage the limb.
Don’t allow kittens to jump higher than three feet; they may be able to get up, but landing is the tricky part! If you’re worried about your kitten falling off their cat tower, wait a few months and entertain them with a “kitten playground” made of boxes.
Soft tissue injuries are fairly common in cats, especially kittens. Don’t let your kitten jump down from heights above 3 feet until you’re sure they can manage it. Most sprains, strains, and pulled muscles go away on their own with rest and ice, but if they appear to cause your cat severe pain or last longer than a week, contact your vet.
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