Can a broken leg on a cat heal on its own?

Young cats have particularly good blood supply in their bones due to growth and these bones can sometimes heal in as little as 10 days! Obviously, the day you take your cat home, the fracture has not healed yet and in most cases the cat will need around two months of rehabilitation and managing.

How can I treat my cats broken leg at home?

If the bone has broken the skin, don’t try to push bones back in or do any other home treatments. Instead, keep your cat as still as possible and cover the open area with clean gauze. See your vet as soon as possible for these more serious fractures.

Can an injured cat heal itself?

Minor abrasions will usually heal on their own without human intervention. If your cat does suffer a small injury, keep an eye on the wound site and watch for signs of healing. If swelling, redness, or oozing occurs, it’s time to seek professional help.

How long does it take for a cat’s injured leg to heal?

There are several ways of fixing a broken leg. Most commonly involving placement of surgical implants to provide stability while the bone heals. Which takes between six to eight weeks, but it varies from case to case.

What happens if you don’t fix a cat’s broken leg?

Typically, a cat with an untreated broken leg will show symptoms like noticeable limping. The limb may sometimes dangle as they walk, but some may bear weight on the limb if the fracture doesn’t render the leg unstable. Pain is difficult to assess in cats.

How can I tell if my cat’s leg is broken or sprained?

Common Symptoms of a Broken or Fractured Leg

  1. Refusal to put weight on the leg.
  2. Crying or howling.
  3. Wincing.
  4. Hissing or biting at you.

How can I help my cats injured leg?

If the cat has swelling associated with a sprain, bruise or tendonitis, apply ice packs to the area for 15 minutes, twice daily. Flowing water improves circulation, reduces swelling, and promotes healing. If your cat will tolerate it, place her in a tub and swirl water around the leg.

How do you know if a leg injury is serious?


  1. Severe pain, which may worsen with movement.
  2. Swelling.
  3. Tenderness.
  4. Bruising.
  5. Obvious deformity or shortening of the affected leg.
  6. Inability to walk.

How much does it cost to fix a broken leg on a cat?

Cost of Surgical Fracture Repair in Cats
Radiographs to assess the fracture would be around $140 upwards, with the actual fracture repair being anywhere from $850 upwards. For a basic fracture repair an average total bill is around the $1,500 mark, but for more complex surgery $4,000 plus is not unusual.

How fast do cats heal?

In a normal, healthy cat, properly healing, non-infected incisions typically heal within 10 – 14 days and a permanent scar forms within about 14 – 21 days.

Can cats sprain their front legs?

Cats can limp for many reasons whether they are limping from their back leg, or limping from their front leg such as getting something stuck in their paw, a sprain, a break, or even an ingrown claw.

How long does it take for cats to stop limping?

A broken leg is a serious injury, but with the right medical attention, your cat will be able to get back to their regular activities within roughly three to four months.