Cat limping after getting feline vaccines

I have a "cow hocked" cat that is limping following her feline vaccines, both rabies and distemper boosters, being done three weeks ago. We noticed yesterday that she is listless and is suddenly showing these cat limping problems. Could the feline vaccines have had a negative effect or is it just a cat injury?

My cat is a jumper and normally extremely active. She is eating her cat food but doesn't leave the bed to do it. I have to bring her to her cat dish.

How long should I wait to see if this cat limping problem clears upon its own before going to my vet?


Three weeks is far too long to be the direct result of a vaccine reaction, especially if your cat was fine for the three week period until just yesterday. However, if your cat has not been herself this entire three week period, this could be the result of a feline vaccine reaction.

The cat rabies vaccine is supposed to be given in the back right leg. Any feline vaccines can cause a lump to form at the injection site, which can be painful and restrict movement. If the lump grows, in very very rare cases, it may become malignant. So, although I am not sure whether your veterinarian gave your cat's rabies vaccine in the back leg, it would be very wise to have your cat examined, especially at the vaccine sites.

Feline vaccinations aside, however, your cat could have suffered any number of injuries and should be examined regardless. A cat that won't get up to eat is in pain and should be checked out by a vet.

All the best,
Dr. Neely

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