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post #1 of 28 Old 06-10-2010, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Barn kitty broke her leg.

I suppose I should say I TIHNK she broke her leg. She's been gone for a few days, which for the other cats is pretty normal but Dora is the runt, and honestly, she's a bit... off-center. Literally. She couldn't catch a mouse if her life depended on it. So she just chills in the barn and eats. If she can't be bigger, she's going to be heavier.

She hobbled into the barn last night, not putting ANY weight on her right back leg. With some gentle prodding, it's right above her foot that hurts. The whole leg is swollen, her toes are HUGE. So I put her inside with cozy accessible blankets to sleep on with a dose of tylenol.

Here's the thing; she's not MY cat. It's the barn owner's cat. So of course I called and left a voicemail, trying to express how BAD it was and how important it was she see a vet. If I had the money, I'd take her. Mine or not. But even if the owner does decide to take her, it'll take her DAYS, maybe WEEKS to get around to it.

In the meantime, do you think there's anything more I can do for her? She's going to be in the tack room from now on, and given a dose of tylenol [I get the infant's bottle with the dropper] twice daily. She has never-ending food, fresh water, and a litter box, with the heater on. But can I do anything else? =\

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with a dose of tylenol.
I believe Tylenol is toxic to cats!

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Cats are extremely sensitive to Tylenol. As little as one half of a regular strength tablet may be toxic or fatal to a cat.


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From what I read you really do not have to worry about the broken leg since the Tylenol will kill her if she is not treated.

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Ricci, I know you were only trying to help, but please do not give people medicine to animals ever again.

That's a sure way to kill them, Tylenol especially.
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Ricci, I know you were only trying to help, but please do not give people medicine to animals ever again.

That's a sure way to kill them, Tylenol especially.
A quick Google search will tell you this. Even Google challenged me found it quickly.
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I've given Tylenol to all four of them on tons of occasions for twice a day, several days in a row, and have been doing it for years. It has always helped, and never once caused any problems with any of them. They poop, they pee, they eat, they drink, they thrive. Going by the article, they all would have died two years ago. They are all either very much alive and healthy, or are impossibly realistic figments of my imagination. o_O

SO. In the meantime, what can I do for her leg?

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I'd say if she'll stay still for that long, try and wrap it (or at least the part of her paw) with some vet wrap thats cut in half. If you can feel that its really broken and the bones are moved out of place I wouldn't wrap it, but if everything feels okay I would.
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That's what I was thinking, just to offer a little support. But I haven't touched it yet, I just got close enough for her to growl at the most painful spot. I worry about hurting her by poking it too much, which is essentially useless since I can't actually heal a broken leg. This would all be so much easier if her **** owner would take her to the freaking vet. Ugh! And it's not like she just can't afford it. I know she can.

I will give my vet a call tomorrow and see what he says. And I'll ask about Tylenol too, but if it hasn't killed them yet, I don't think it's going to. Maybe if I gave them the whole bottle, sure. ::sigh::

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Please be very very careful administering human medications to animals. While it may have been "okay" here and there, please know that you could potentially kill your animal by giving them a toxic substance. Why take the chance?
You can get a pet-friendly painkiller from your vet. If you suspect a broken bone, the cat should likely visit a vet anyways.


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Please be very very careful administering human medications to animals. While it may have been "okay" here and there, please know that you could potentially kill your animal by giving them a toxic substance. Why take the chance?
You can get a pet-friendly painkiller from your vet. If you suspect a broken bone, the cat should likely visit a vet anyways.
Yes, she needs to see a vet. But this isn't my cat, and I love her, but I simply CAN'T afford to take care of her when I have my own animals with their own needs. If I had the means, she would have already been seen.

And I haven't used Tylenol "here and there." If they come to the barn limping [which happens fairly often] I lock them in the tack room, and give Tylenol in the morning and again at night until they are significantly better, although never longer than three days. I think the dose is like a mL? I have no idea, I'd have to look when I go back to the barn. It's the dose you'd give to a 5[ish]lb baby.

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I understand that, but please rethink the Tylenol thing.
You cannot give Tylenol to a 5(ish) Lb baby - first off, that would be a small, small baby to begin with and would need neonatal care, and secondly it is never advised to give children under 5 (I believe?) regular strength Tylenol without direct instructions from your GP or Pediatrician.


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