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My cat's back paw is severely swollen - about double the size of the others. He also will not stretch it out, not even to walk, and there seems to be quite a bit of blood coming from it but we cannot see it as he won't let us stretch out his leg.

He is an outdoor cat, about a year and a half old. Long-haired. Easily irritated so he will gladly scratch us to pieces before letting us see the wound.

Unfortunately we cannot contact our vet at this time, so I would like to know if there is anything we can do in to meantime and what the problem may be.

PS, there was a lot of blood on the driveway this morning: whether this is from the cat or a victim of the cat we don't know, but it is A LOT of blood.
He is also doing everything normally, e.g. using the toilet, eating, drinking.

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Amanda,

How long will it be before you can contact your vet because this is potentially something that could result in a serious local (foot and leg) or systemic (throughout the whole body) infection if he's got an abscess or a foreign body lodged in his paw - this is not the kind of thing that I would suggest leaving for any extended period of time because it has the potential to be quite serious depending on what is going on.... The bottom line is that without knowing what is going on this should be considered a relatively urgent matter and the cat should be seen by a qualified vet within 24 hours because if things progress too far the cat stands to lose his leg or even his life due to complications of infection... Trust me when I say, the vet bill you'll pay now is nothing compared to the potential ones if this wound festers and becomes severely infected.

If this is a matter of waiting til your vet opens in the morning then I'd say just wait, don't give your cat any food overnight because if he is as touchy about being handled as you say the vet will want to sedate him and you don't want him vomiting under sedation as that could be potentially fatal...

Hopefully this information is helpful. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me again at any time - I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can.

Kind regards,

Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

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I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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