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The way to see if the injury is serious is to observe your cat for a couple of hours: if your cat is still limping and tries to avoid using the paw when she walks, you can start thinking about taking her to the vet. If the paw starts to swell, it is time to call your vet. You are saying "kitten" in your question, so I am assuming she is only a few ...


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If she’s behaving completely normally (other than probably avoiding your dad) rather than hiding, walking funny or being lethargic, she’s probably fine. I’d keep an eye on her for the next couple days and take her to a vet if you see any strange behavior, but if she’s running and playing as usual, it doesn’t sound like she was hurt.


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In short Untreated abscesses can heal on their own, but it's almost always a long, messy and painful process. Usually they heal without complications, but in bad cases they may lead to death, for various reasons. The healing Abscesses are encapsulations of foreign objects or bacteria and pus. This encapsulation prevents the inflammation from infecting ...


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Cats are surprisingly sturdy creatures. By your description, she doesn't appear to act anyway out of normal. She moves normally, eats normally, acts normally. You can keep eye on her for few days for any changes in normal behavior and take her to vet if she suddenly changes, but by all accounts it seems she is not hurt. Well, maybe her pride and she might ...


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I would second Yvette's advice for you to get a second opinion. You should also be able to call your vet and ask for clarification, if the treatment plan they gave does not make sense. Obviously we only know what we can see in the photos and what you have told, so your veterinarian likely had good reason for trying to treat this medically. However, with ...


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If you've ever watched a cat squeeze through an impossibly small hole (of course you have), you can understand that cats have extremely deformable bodies. This means their organs can move out of the way to some degree, and reduce the chance of damage. Really, I'd be surprised if a healthy cat that age would get much of an injury even by someone's full ...


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This is what might happen. Your cat gets sepsis (blood poisoning) and dies. The abscess ruptures, and your cat's immune system fights the infection. This is Lillepus, a feral cat I had a couple of years ago. He got lost for two weeks. This picture was taken the day after he returned. The abscess ruptured during the night. I did visit the vet for treatment....


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Male cats do not go into heat — this is a term referring to estrus which only females go through. There may be some seasonality to male cat sexual activity but in general a sexually mature male cat will not have a problem mating at any time of year. Aggressive behaviour between intact males is normal, it is dominance and territorial aggression, only the ...


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The ONLY responsible thing to do is to get your cats SPAYED AND NEUTERED. Intact male cats will fight and get hurt. You will save yourself a lot of money and problems by getting the cat(s) neutered. As Harry V. correctly says in his answer, male cats do not go into heat. What happens is the male cat has a powerful reaction to the female cat that is in heat....


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I wouldn't wait for a couple of weeks for a vet to look at her/his nail. The nail might be painful for her/him. She/he could have an ingrown toenail and if it gets infected, then you'll need an antibiotic. I had a cat that had a toenail start growing in the paw pad. We needed a wash for her and antibiotics, so you should take your cat to the vet as soon as ...


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It's not uncommon for wounds on the paws to get bigger, especially if the dog walks on hard or rough undergrounds. The protrusion is most likely the soft tissue of the paw that is infected and swollen. For a wound it doesn't look too bad and I don't expect any lasting damage once it starts healing. As for the white mass, although the picture quality is very ...


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I've worked with an animal rescue charity and seen cats who are in incredibly bad shape (think crushed hind legs, shattered pelvis, half skull caved in) and they have gone on to live amazing happy lives. Just don't do it. Seek advice from a vet every time


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In addition to what trond hansen said, an easy way to check is to play with them. Every time I thought I might step on the paw, I take laser pointer out and observed. My girls are always obsessed with it and it is easy to see if they are interested in it and if they limp when they try to get the red dot (for the record - they always are interested and never ...


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When a feather is pulled out, it takes 3 to 6 months for it to fully regrow. If it takes longer then it is due to his condition of life. To accelerate the growth of its feathers you must improve its condition of life. I don't know the conditions under which you live with your bird, but here are the different points to which you must pay attention and which ...


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A similar thing happened to my small dog at 6 months. She lagged behind me and her hind foot got trapped in an automatic door. (So much for flexi-leads!) She yelped loudly but then settled down. However there was blood so I took her to the vet. The vet carefully manipulated each of her toes and other parts of her foot and ankle - there was no further yelping....


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Very often cats get abcesses from wounds caused by bites and claws so you will have to keep an eye on any wounds your cat get. The cause for many abcesses is that the wounds are deep and you will not be able to see how deep they are. wounds caused by cat claws and teeth will often start to heal from the outside of the wound ,the skin heals first and this ...


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My bet is her toe got broken, healed a bit to the side. Likely the tendon that retracts the claw was damaged. As she's not in pain and it doesn't affect her quality of life, I would leave well enough alone. When you take her for her kitten shots, let the vet examine it. Looks great to me: my girl, who was declawed, had a tag of tissue on one toe similar ...


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Lots of things can make a cat fall/jump of a roof. Getting scared. Hunting attempts, for example trying to catch a bird. Overestimating his/her abilities. Getting distracted. Cats can get hurt if the fall is too short, because they haven't enough time to righten themselves. A cat can get hurt if it is overweight and it falls from great height. Wanting to ...


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My cat used to do exactly the same thing. We discovered it was probably from a sharp mirror in the bathroom that he loved to rub up against. Check with your vet first to make sure it isn’t another issue like parasites, but also check your house for anything sharp your cat may be scratching itself on. Additionally, if you do see a wound, keep a close eye on ...


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I tried different things including fleece and different kinds of bedding. I found the best one is solid bottom with absorbent paper bedding. Wire bottom will hurt their feet. Hope this helps.


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I'd say yes, it's a great idea to use cat nappies in your situation. It is because, sadly, given the circumstances, your cat's condition isn't expected to improve since the stroke-related disability is generally permanent and she most probably wouldn't stop urinating and defecating outside of the litterbox. Also you, as the owner, would have a peace of mind ...


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Ringneck parakeets molt just once a year. Clipped feathers are replaced like any others, at the next molt. Since your bird's feathers were clipped seven months ago, there is nothing to worry about yet. If the feathers do not grow back a year after they were clipped, consult an avian veterinarian. The diet you are giving your bird is varied and should be fun ...


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Adding to the already good answers here, I'd say whether vet or physician, they should give sufficient, if not comprehensive, explanation of what they see in a patients state and about the treatment, and how to expect the healing process to go (if you are inclined to get that). I don't know about your vet and about the person who took your dog there, maybe ...


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There's a lot going on here. The causes could honestly be anything you listed. The individual incidents could also exacerbate the others - i.e. the tail being stood on could make the shed worse etc. Geckos effectively have to be in a life or death situation to drop the tail and therefore I feel the most likely scenario was the other lizard caused it - either ...


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See the vet. Maybe get a cone collar so he can't reach his eyes to scratch until the condition clears up. Does the cat have fleas, mites, ticks?


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This wound doesn't look bad at all and you can probably cancel the vet appointment if it doesn't get worse. Looking closely, you can see some dry scab below the ear that is almost skin color. That's probably why you didn't notice it at first. Skin color means that the wound didn't bleed when it scabbed over. Just like in humans, healing wounds itch and the ...


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The wound does not look bad so the vet will probably not do anything about it exept to clean it and look for signs of an infection. The cat do obviously have an owner somewhere missing the cat,i hope you will find the owner soon it is a terrible feeling when ones cat is missing. To find the owner you need to use the local shops to hang pictures and notes ...


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If your dog is limping, it is not a small thing. He could be cut in a sensitive area. I would clean the wound with some soap and water and then hydrogen peroxide. I would put an antibacterial on wound and maybe wrap it if dirt would get in the wound. Then I would put a cone collar on him until it healed. That would prevent him from licking it.


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