Frankie’s Injured Paw


I came home from work this afternoon and noticed Frankie holding up his right paw when he moved. I could see he was in obvious pain when he placed it on the ground but I wasn’t sure what happened.

I took this photo when I noticed the problem. Sorry that it is a little out of focus.

Rose was home all day and she had not noticed him limping before then. I will admit that I do accidentally kick Frankie every now and then because he tends to walk in front of where I’m walking. This morning I almost tripped over him but I checked to make sure he was okay and he seemed fine. Perhaps I didn’t notice his paw. I don’t know. It can also be something entirely different.

I looked at his paw and didn’t see anything obvious. I then picked him up and brought him to Rose who also examined his paw. She didn’t see anything obvious either.

Since I’m not sure what vets are doing these days I decided to wait to see if he got better. Something like a sprain might show signs of improvement in a day or so. So far, after three hours, he is still limping.

What do you think? Do you think waiting a couple of days is okay?

37 thoughts on “Frankie’s Injured Paw

  1. databbiesotrouttowne

    dood….we iz sorree to heer bout thiz…..tell dad ta go with hiz gut; itz most lee all wayz rite….
    N make sure ya due knot jump off of…. ore on two anything… { well, tries} round heer peepulz haz ta wait in ther car N iz knot a loud in de building….if itz like this ther, thiz could be a problem if ewe due knot like de vet…..hope everee one iz healthee other wise 🙂 ♥♥

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  2. foguth

    We had a similar issue with Katsu – he made a bad jump and we think he sprained his leg. Two days of getting babied and he is back to jumping – carefully, but jumping. If this lasts for more than 3 days and/or you can see something obvious, like an infection or something, I’d call the vet.

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  3. loisajay

    Thank you so much for saying you occasionally kick the cat. Mine get underfoot sometimes (they like to hide around the corners) and I have done the same. I think it is OK to wait a day or two. It’s like in humans–you hit something and it hurts at first then after a couple days, the pain is gone. Poor Frankie….

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  4. kittiesblue

    Mom says she would for sure wait a day or two, especially as you don’t see any type of injury. We are sorry Frankie is hurt but also know you will do what is best for him. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

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  5. franhunne4u

    Get your fingers along his paw. If it is hot, visit the vet immediately, then he has an infection. If it isn’t hot and it does not look swollen – wait, unless it gets worse by the hour.

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  6. Brian

    We think it’s okay to watch him for a day or two. Our Dolly had that recently and it resolved on it’s own so we figured it was a sprain.

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  7. 15andmeowing

    Poor Frankie. I think you could wait a couple of days as long as he still wants food. If he was in too much pain, he probably wouldn’t eat.

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  8. onespoiledcat

    Going with the majority here – waiting perhaps until tomorrow to see if there’s some improvement…..kind of sounds like a sprain – especially when you aren’t SEEING anything wrong. I think like others – our “gut” tells us what to do. Yours was saying wait a day or two and I think that was wise. Hoping today he’s BETTER. 🙂

    Hugs, Pam

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  9. claire93

    probably just a sprain but what the vet will do, to make sure it’s not serious, is simply see if he’ll put weight on it. To do that, you put him on a table, then lift his back end, so rear paws are in the air, and see if he does take his weight on both front paws. If he can, it’ll probably right itself in a few days. If he doesn’t try to put weight on that paw at all, then it’s more serious. Have you checked higher up on the “arm”? Might also be a sprain at elbow or shoulder.

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  10. David

    Hopefully it is improving. I haven’t had any of my cats with a limp. The outdoor, visiting cats, they’ve had limps. Usually, their limps improved over several days (4-7 days). If you end up taking Frankie to the vet, ask them if they have any precautions in place. My vet, when you arrive, you call in, a tech comes out and collects your animal and takes them into the office. The vet called out asking the standard exam questions, etc. – pretty much a visit but w/o me in the exam room.

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  11. iamthesunking

    Maybe video it and, if he’s still doing it tomorrow, send the video to the vet, if they do that kind of thing? In the event that your vet is seeing non-emergency cases, you know full well that he won’t limp when required. Don’t ask me how I know this.

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