A cat with a broken leg or paw bone holds its leg completely off the ground and typically walks with a limp or places just a small amount of weight on a sprained or injured paw or leg, according to Doctors Foster and Smith. Depending on the severity of the fracture or sprain, a splint, cast, pins, steel plates or screws may be used to hold the bone in place for healing.Know More
Any fracture or sprain of a cat's leg should be taken seriously and treated promptly to avoid complications, according to Drs. Foster and Smith. The four types of fractures in a cat include compound fractures, closed fractures, greenstick fractures and epiphyseal fractures. In closed fractures, the bone is broken, but the skin remains intact, while compound fractures are those where the bone is exposed through the skin.
Greenstick fractures occur when the bone is cracked but not broken, and epiphyseal fractures are breaks in the soft plates at the end of bones and are most commonly seen in young cats. Healing time for fractures depends on the age of the cat; young kittens may take as little as five weeks to heal and older cats may take upwards of 12 weeks to heal. Less severe greenstick fractures may require rest, while more serious injuries require surgery.Learn more about Cats
To sex a cat, look under its tail. Most cats lift their tails if scratched gently on the back at the base of the tail. A male cat has a much greater distance between the anus and the urinary tract opening than a female cat.Full Answer >
Sudden attacks of sneezing, nasal discharge, eye discharge, spasm of the eyelid muscle that results in the eye closing, conjunctivitis, inflammation of the cornea, fever and general malaise are symptoms that indicate a head cold, or feline viral rhinotracheitis, in cats, according to PetMD. Some cats don't show any symptoms or show symptoms sporadically yet carry the disease and infect other cats.Full Answer >
A cat's age can be estimated by examining its teeth, coat and eyes. Teeth are especially helpful for determining a feline's age, since the presence or absence of baby teeth helps narrow down an age range. Older cats sometimes display more tartar build-up, but if they regularly see a vet for cleaning, this is less reliable. Senior cats can develop white or gray patches of fur.Full Answer >
The composition of cat litter depends on whether it is clay-based or clumping. Clay-based cat litter is made of an absorbent, granulated clay, while clumping or scoopable litter is made of bentonite and silica. Greener, more eco-friendly options include wheat, sawdust, pine and cedar chips, newspaper and baking soda.Full Answer >