Front Leg Injury in Cats

Brachial Plexus Avulsion in Cats

Cats can experience a forelimb issue after experiencing an injury due to jumping, being in a road accident, a traumatic fall, or after being caught in, or on, something. Prompt medical attention is advised, since the possibility of a spinal cord injury or other severe damage to the body will require that a proper examination and assessment be made. Injuries to the forelimb are sometimes referred to as brachial plexus avulsion.

Symptoms and Types

Cats that are experiencing this condition will often exhibit muscular weakness, absence of pain perception, loss of shoulder movement, and the inability to put weight on their paws.


The most common causes of foreleg injuries are road accidents, serious falls, or when cats get a foot caught in or on something while jumping or exploring.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computer tomography (CT) scans may be used to examine your cat's body for internal lesions. Your veterinarian will look for injuries to the spinal cord, or for any associated neurological issues.

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