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Hi, our 9 year old indoor kitty has just lately seemed to have pulled a leg muscle or something. She doesn't limp or display any other noticeable symptoms other than this one. If she jumps up or takes off running for some reason, she will then stop and will be shaking her leg as though it's spasming or hurting her alot. It goes away in a minute or two and she's back to normal. I've read online that sprains and pulls can take a week or two to heal. If this is what it is, will I need to cage her for awhile to get her to let it heal? Thanks.


If your kitty has seemed sore for more than a day or two I would suggest a visit to your family vet to confirm that she is indeed suffering from a sprain or strain and nothing more serious. There are a number of medical issues that can cause the symptoms you describe so I would feel much better about having your vet advise you if your kitty has been sore for more than a day or two. If your kitty is suffering from an issue like neuropathic pain then perhaps medical treatment will be necessary - kitties with nerve pain will sometimes shake a limb like you describe because nerves can create all kinds of odd (sometimes painful, sometimes just plain weird) sensations. Neuropathic pain can be an indicator of an injury to your cat's back, it often also shows up in diabetic cats as high blood glucose levels can affect nerve function just as they can in humans with diabetes. Ideally a good place to start would be with blood tests and an x-ray of your kitty's back and leg just to ensure that nothing is being missed. Another issue that concerns me is the fact that you are mentioning obvious signs of discomfort - cats are very good at hiding discomfort or pain until it is severe because they instinctively want to prevent themselves from becoming a predator's meal so obvious pain or discomfort should be addressed with a veterinarian as quickly as possible.

Hopefully this information helps. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me again at any time - I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can.

Kind regards,



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