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    ringer can't walk

    perhaps someone on here can give us some help. sometime this weekend, we saw that our cat, ringer, was dragging his right foot. it looked like it was broken because of the way it was just hanging. the night before, Ringer, was trying to jump up on the couch and didn't make it. he usually comes into the living room with us and sits on the chairs or couch. well, he tried to jump up but didn't make it so he walked around the couch and came up the other way. we didn't notice that he was dragging his foot until Saturday. The foot was bent like backwards almost like it wasn't there. when we touched it he didn't cry out too much at all but we noticed he was dragging that foot.
    so we had to bring the litter box upstairs and one thing also, he started going into the closet to lay down which is not like him. we have a first floor bedroom and he usually has several places he likes to sleep but that closet has never been one of them. the other day i was home from work and calling him to come eat. i couldnt find him until i saw his little face peeking out from that closet. and he is like hiding in there now. its a change in his routine. but back to his foot. we started trying to help him into the litter box because of his foot and putting his food right in front of him. today he is at the doctor's because we didnt know what to do since he wasnt crying out in pain or anything except when you touched his foot, even then, he didnt seem like he was in pain.

    but my friend picked him up today because he was hiding from us and he went to the bathroom all over him. so now he is at the vets. my friends think he had a stroke.
    but do cats have strokes?

    kittypaws

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    Cats can have strokes, just like any other mammal, but it does sound he injured that paw. I am glad he is at the vet, let us know how it goes, okay? Poor kitty!
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    Poor Ringer. To me it does sound like he either broke, fractured, or sprained his foot. When cats are in pain they hide so this is probably the reason why he's been hiding out in the closet. Cats are also very good about hiding their pain. I'm glad that he's now at the vet and hopefully it's nothing too serious. Lots of prayers and positive thoughts are being sent his way.
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    thanks for answering:

    okay they are back from the vet. they took an xray but they want to do an MRI because so they can tell if he has a fracture in his foot. But he will need surgery. they went to the county animal shelter and they told them that. he has pain medication. but if he doesn't get the surgery, then, he will walk with the foot in that condition for the rest of his life. so kitty is in bad condition but he is well taken care of. so the next step is to get the MRI and then proceed from there. He didn't have a stroke or anything and we think he injured himself by trying to jump on the couch and missed.

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    Aww, poor kitty! Glad there was no stroke, brain injuries are hard to recover from. We'll be thinking of him, hope the MRI brings clarity!
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    We're glad there wasn't a stroke. Prayers for Ringer that all will be fixed up and he heals comfortably.

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