My Cat Has a Broken Leg and I Can’t Afford Vet?

A cat’s broken leg is one of the more common reasons for a trip to the vet. While not all broken legs require surgery, many do. Surgery is expensive, and your cat will also need aftercare, which can be costly. However, there are financial assistance programs for a cat’s broken leg when you can’t afford a vet.

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Financial assistance for a cat broken leg

Here are some programs and organizations that may be able to help you:

1. Payment plan

Call your local veterinarian’s office and ask about payment plans or credit cards. Sometimes these options are available even if you have no insurance. Ask if there’s a humane society or animal shelter that will take in your pet and work with you on payment plans or fundraising efforts.

2. Rehoming

Trying to rehome your cat may be the best option for everyone involved. If you approach shelters or rescues with this in mind, they might be able to help you find someone who can give your kitty the medical attention it needs.

3. Fundraising

Consider fundraising. This could be something as simple as going door-to-door asking for donations or organizing a yard sale to raise money for your cat’s medical care. Be creative; I know someone who organized a bake sale and sold cookies for $1 a piece!

4. Online or community bulletin boards

You can also look online or through community bulletin boards to see if anyone has posted about needing assistance paying their vet bills; they may have generous benefactors willing to help fund your cat’s surgery!

You can also post on Facebook groups that are specific to pet owners or animal lovers in your area to try and raise awareness of your situation. You never know who might be able to help or have advice for you!

5. Care Credit

Care Credit offers veterinary financing (similar to a credit card). You can apply online or through participating veterinary offices. There is no annual fee and you will get a statement each month detailing your payments and balances.

6. Humane Society

The Humane Society has a list of organizations by state that may offer grants or low-cost veterinary services. If there isn’t an organization listed in your state, call your local animal shelter and ask if they know of any resources in your area.

If there’s no other option, you might need to euthanize your cat. It’s not something anyone wants to do, but when faced with the choice of putting an animal down versus letting it suffer, most people choose the latter option only as a last resort.

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

A cat with a broken leg that is not treated will develop a limp and have trouble walking, running, and climbing. If a cat’s leg is not set in place with splints, he may not be able to stand up.

If the cat has a broken leg that goes untreated for too long, it may never heal properly. An untreated broken leg can result in all sorts of problems — blood clots, arthritis, and other long-term issues for the cat. If a veterinarian does not fix the leg, it will never heal correctly and will probably be painful for the feline for the rest of its life.

How much will it cost if my cat has a broken leg?

The cost of treatment for a cat broken leg differs according to the type of fracture, the severity of it, and the region where you reside. A minor fracture which can be easily treated can cost between $100 and $300, while those involving multiple fractures can cost from $500 to $1000. Those who suffer from severe injuries like a fractured pelvis will incur higher costs that range from $1000 to $2000. Some may even require surgery which can be very costly ranging up to $5000 depending on the complicated procedure that needs to be done.

How can I help my cat’s broken leg?

Treatment for a broken leg in cats depends on the severity of the injury and whether or not there is any damage to the bones, tendons, muscles, or nerves. Sometimes a cat’s leg will be placed in a splint to help immobilize the limb and allow it time to heal. Other times surgery is necessary to repair the break and realign and stabilize the bones with pins, wires, or plates.

How long does it take for a broken cat leg to heal?

The healing process for a broken leg in cats can last anywhere from six to eight weeks. The sooner a fracture is set and stabilized, the better chance there is for the bone to heal properly.

Most often, cats that break a limb will have surgery and then rest and recover at home until the leg has healed enough for them to regain their mobility.

How do you tell if a cat’s leg is broken?

In general, cats are very good about hiding their pain and injuries. However, there are some signs that can help you determine whether your cat has a sprain or a broken bone.

If the injury is at the lower part of the leg, such as the ankle joint, it could be a sprain. Sprains are caused by stretching and tearing of ligaments. A minor sprain might cause swelling and tenderness along with some instability in the joint. However, most sprains heal on their own within 4 to 6 weeks.

A broken bone will have more severe swelling and tenderness than would be found with a sprain. The injured leg will also be deformed and possibly swollen beyond recognition. The cat may limp or refuse to put weight on the injured leg at all.

Signs of a broken leg include:

  • Limping or refusing to put weight on a leg;
  • Swelling;
  • Inability to bear weight on the limb;
  • Tenderness when you touch or manipulate the area around the injury site;
  • A “popped” feeling when you try to move the injured leg.

If you suspect your pet has broken its leg, call your vet immediately for further instructions. Broken legs can become infected easily and cause permanent damage if not properly cared for.

Conclusion of cat broken leg

In conclusion, the only way to fix a broken leg is to take your cat to the vet. While you may be tempted to try and put your cat’s leg back in place yourself, this can cause further damage and cause additional pain for your cat. It also makes it more difficult for the veterinarian to reset the leg.

Bent bones are common in cats, especially the radius, ulna, and femur. They result when a fracture occurs at an angle. The severity of the bend depends on the degree of the angle. Most bent bones heal without surgical intervention. Surgery is recommended when they are severely displaced, rotated, or angulated.

At home, you can help your cat by keeping him quiet and applying ice packs to the affected area if he is suffering from pain.

If you suspect that your cat has a broken leg, get it to the vet as soon as possible. The sooner you can get treatment for your cat, the better its chances of recovery will be.

I hope this post has been helpful to you and your cat if they were unfortunate enough to break a leg. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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