Cat paw injuries occur easily and are a result of a variety of different factors. For example, a cat can develop an injury from exposure to rough, uneven surfaces or by stepping on glass or other hazardous objects. A cat may also experience an insect bite on their paw. Diagnosing a cat’s paw injury is difficult. The cat may limp or be unwilling to put pressure onto the hurt paw. In many cases, a physical examination is required to reach the diagnosis of a certain paw injury.
If the cat’s paw if bleeding, or if there is an object in the paw, it is important that you stop the bleeding and remove the object before bandaging. Clean the wound thoroughly and then bandage. However, if the paw is bleeding moderately to severely, or if there is an object embedded too deeply to remove it safely, you should take your cat to the veterinarian ASAP. If you do bandage your cat’s paw injury, keep in mind that every time your cat puts pressure on the injury, there is a risk that the wound will open up again.
Cats are quite active animals; they jump, climb and run making them more susceptible to injuries on their paws. Paw injuries are more likely to occur in cats due to the fact that they jump from heights or land on hard surfaces. These activities can also lead to more serious injuries in your cat's legs and arms as they may get sprains, pulled muscles and broken bones.