Q. Kitten has a bent right front paw she's not using, how do I know its broken as opposed to merely hurt. She's not crying or anything.

A. It is difficult to check your cat's leg for fracture if you do not have experience doing it, even vets can sometimes miss fractures by palpation only.

you can try to feel the leg from the paw to the hip, very gently try to follow the bones. Usually obvious fractures can be felt this way and will also be painful when manipulated.

I recommend taking your cat to the vet, which might be able to tell you without an Xray, but bare in mind an Xray might be needed to be sure.

It could also be an abscess if your cat goes outside.

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A. An xray can diagnose a fracture. If your kitten is not using the paw, it is likely painful. Schedule an appointment with your vet for an exam and xrays. Pain management may be indicated.

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