I look after my folks' 15 year-old cat when they're out of town (say hi to Puddy
). Yesterday, I went in to feed him and he was fine. Today when I went in, I found him lying down in the room with his litter box and he had peed on the floor twice. I knew something was up when he didn't jump up to greet me. His right front paw was curled up in front of him and he can only move by shuffling around. He tried to get up and yelped and sat back down. However, after I'd been there for a while, I went to the washroom and came back out to find that he had climbed the stairs by himself and was moving around more, albeit with difficulty.
I called the emergency vet line and they had me feel around his paw and leg. While I did this, he didn't yelp or flinch, which they said was a good sign. If there was swelling, it was minimal. They told me he probably didn't need to come in to emergency, but that it would be a good idea to take him to his (fantastic, amazing) regular vet tomorrow.
So I'm going to wait until tomorrow morning to take him to the vet, but I'm going to sleep over and keep an eye on him until then. He has ample food, water, and his comfy bed in close proximity to his litter box and he can't get out of the room he's in. They also recommended that I ice his paw if he'll let me, so I'm going to try that.
Obviously I'll take him to emergency if the situation worsens but he seems to be better than when I arrived. Anything else I should be doing to keep him comfy and chilled out?