Dislocated joints – also called dislocations – occur in cats when the ligaments and tendons that hold the joints together become damaged and move out of alignment. This leads to a dislocation of the joint.
If you see signs of a dislocated joint in your cat, then you have to see a vet for a correct diagnosis and treatment.
Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for joint dislocation in cats.
Symptoms of dislocated joints (dislocations) in cats
Joint dislocation is a serious problem for cats. In some cases, injuries can also cause cats to retreat into hiding for long periods of time.
The following symptoms may occur in cats with joint dislocations:
- Obvious pain
- Not being able to use a particular limb
- Visibly swollen area around the injury
- Unusual curvature of the limb
- Deformation around the joint
- Loss of sensation in the toes
Causes of dislocated joints (dislocations) in cats
Dislocated joints in cats are usually caused by injuries. The impact of injuries often causes the dislocation.
Some of the most common causes of joint dislocation in cats are:
In addition to injuries, certain cats can also have a congenital condition that can lead to joint dislocation. Hip dysplasia is a case in point.
Treatments for dislocated joints (dislocations) in cats
If your vet suspects your cat has a dislocated joint, they will do a full physical exam and most likely order x-rays of the affected area as well.
Once an x-ray confirms joint dislocation, your vet may recommend either joint manipulation – which tries to get the limb back into place – or full surgery.
After each procedure, veterinarians usually prescribe pain relievers to give the cats relief as they recover.
Has your cat ever suffered from a dislocated joint? What treatment did your vet give your pet? Let us know in the comments section below!