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Average Cost

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What is Tail Trauma?

Injuries to the tail, no matter how serious, warrant veterinary attention as there is no way for the owner to know the full extent of tail damage. Before rushing your cat off the vet, however, call ahead as the vet may be able to advise you over the phone if the injury is minor.

Tail trauma in cats is usually the result of accidental injury.  A cat’s tail extends from the spine. The tail is an important part of a cat’s body as it provides them with a sense of direction and balance as well as control over their bowels. There are no breed, sex, or age predispositions for developing tail trauma, although outdoor cats have a higher risk for experiencing tail trauma than indoor cats.

Symptoms of Tail Trauma in Cats

Tail trauma can range in severity. It may be as minor as a small scrape or as severe as complete paralysis. Other symptoms may also be present depending on the cause of the trauma. In any case, seek immediate veterinary attention as soon as you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Limp tail
  • Difficulty urinating and/or defecating
  • Lack of or no movement in the tail
  • Signs of pain
  • Hair loss
  • Skin damage
  • Bleeding

Types

Many types of tail trauma may occur in cats, including, but not limited to:

  • Abrasions
  • Fractures
  • Bone breakage
  • Dislocation
  • Nerve damage
  • Complete paralysis

Causes of Tail Trauma in Cats

The primary cause of tail trauma in cats is accidental injury. These injuries may range in severity, from the tail simply being shut in a door to being hit by a car.

Diagnosis of Tail Trauma in Cats

Call your vet as soon as you can to let them know what happened; they will be able to advise you on whether or not an appointment is necessary to evaluate the damage. During the appointment, your vet will be able to make a tentative diagnosis based on a thorough physical examination and presentation of symptoms. Be sure to inform your vet of the extent and duration of your cat’s symptoms, as well as any recent accidents that may be the cause of the tail trauma.

The appearance of the tail is usually sufficient for making the definitive diagnosis. However, in more severe cases of tail trauma, blood count, urinalysis, x-rays, and other standard diagnostic testing may be utilized, particularly if the tail appears to be paralyzed.

Treatment of Tail Trauma in Cats

Treatment may vary depending on the severity of the trauma.  Your vet will be able to advise you on a treatment plan based on your cat’s specific needs. 

In minor cases of abrasions, treatment may not be necessary. For more severe abrasions, a tail wrap, coupled with the use of antibiotic ointments, may assist in the healing process. In some extremely severe cases, tail shortening may be required.

If there is a fracture in the tail, treatment will vary depending on the severity of the fracture. Minor fractures may not require any treatment at all. If the fracture is more severe and the bones in the tail have been crushed, amputation may be required. If the tail is broken, it may be able to heal by itself depending on the location and extent of the break. Surgery may be required, although vets tend to prefer to allow the tail to heal on its own before taking this route.

Nerve damage may require more invasive treatment. Depending on the severity and extent of the nerve damage, surgery may be required to restore normal bowel and/or urinary function. If the tail has been completely paralyzed, amputation is generally required. In some cases, full nerve function may return after a month or longer.

Recovery of Tail Trauma in Cats

Recovery and prognosis may vary depending on the cause and severity of tail trauma. Always follow your vet’s post-treatment and/or post-operative instructions carefully. Never apply any antibiotic ointments made for human use unless specifically instructed to do so by your vet.

You may want to limit your cat’s outdoor activity during the recovery period. You may also have to assist your cat in urinating and defecting normally if the tail has undergone nerve damage, is limp, or otherwise unable to move.

If your cat has undergone surgery or amputation, do not allow them to irritate the surgery site. Ensure they have a warm, safe place to rest for the duration of the recovery period. Your vet will be able to advise you on helping your cat adjust following amputation.

Your vet may or may not schedule follow-up appointments as needed to monitor healing. If you have any questions, or if the tail does not seem to be healing with treatment, contact your vet immediately.

Tail Trauma Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Tia
short hair
5 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

above

Hello my 5mth old kitten possible sprained her tail, stuck between bed and wall for a second. Limp tail, tiny bump under side of tail about 2" from her bottom, No kink. She's walking normal, using litter box fine pee/pooping, eating fine and still playful. Gave her Homoeopathic natural remedy Arnica for pain and sleeping alot. Should I take to vet. Will her tail heal and move again? Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tia myself I cannot say how severe this injury is, however if she is using the litter tray normally it is a good sign since lifting the tail to defecate in these circumstances normally results in a lot of pain. You should visit your Veterinarian regardless for an examination and for pain relief if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Puma
DOMESTIC
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Involuntary urination
Not able to walk

Medication Used

steroids

Our local veterinarian initially said our cat (Puma) had a broken tail which is why he was unable to control his urine. A couple days later, after a few more X-rays, the doctor said Puma had nerve damage and suggested steroid medication. It has almost been a week and the involuntary urination stopped but Puma is now unable to walk because he has no balance in his hind legs. We don’t know what going on or what we should do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Puma has nerve damage to his back end from some event or disease, he may not regain use of those nerves that control his bladder, bowels, tail, and back legs. Without seeing him, I can't comment on what might be going on with him, but if his signs are progressing, he should have a recheck with your veterinarian, as they know more about his situation and can assess his function.

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Skittles
Persian
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tail Lump

My cat got into a scuffle with a stray cat and appears to have hurt her tail, it would hang down in a lump and post it she kept sleeping all day. We took her to the vet and he subscribe some anti biotics and if the pain persisted , he asked us to get an x-ray.


On physical examination of the tail , there appears to be a smal kink. Is this a sign of worry ? She has sensation in the tail , which is evident when we touch it. Should we be worried ? How long should be expecting to see a recovery ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the tail myself it is difficult to say whether there is subluxation of a joint or if there is just a lot of swelling; you should return to your Veterinarian if the kink is still there after treatment so that a x-ray may be done to get a better picture of the issue. There is nothing extra that I can recommend for you to do at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smoky
Persian cross
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tail

Hi, it was about a year ago now my cat had a tail pull injury..I was told to put her down as she couldn’t urinate or defecate on her own. To weeks into her recovery she started to regain her function and small movement in the top of her tail..
Now a year into, she can walk but limps/sways, move her tail but holds it low most of the time and has her functions... my issue is that she refuses to use the kitty litter... she slowly is able to hold herself up like she used to when peeing and pooing but sometimes loses it and her legs kick out from under her..(kinda like she is riding a bycicle..) :/

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Given that Smoky was given very little chance of recovery at the time of her injury, I'm not surprised that she still has trouble using her litter box, and am amazed that she has recovered the way that she has! It might help to give her a very flat litter box so that she doesn't have to step up and over anything to use it - that will probably be messier than a normal litter box, but may help her learn to use it again. I hope that she continues to do well.

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Polli
Bengal
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Limp tail
Pain
Urinating In House

Medication Used

Meloxicam

Hi, my cat fell from the first floor and landed on her back. It's been two weeks since the accident but her health doesn't seem to be improving. She's mostly crawling if she has to get somewhere or doesn't move at all. Her tail has been limp but the first dose of painkillers has helped and she was able to move her tail a little. But now her condition has gotten worse. She has lost control on defecation and urination and cries out in pain when she defecates. We have been taking her to the vet and they have suggested that she might have cracked her tailbone. Is there anything I can do that will help in subsiding her pain? And a faster recovery

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like an x-ray hasn’t been carried out yet and I would recommend it to look out for any fractures or another signs of trauma; medical management can only help so much, in some cases surgical stabilisation may be required. Without examining Polli I cannot give any recommendation on pain management, but I would recommend an x-ray. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Callie
Somali
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

tail will not move

My 6mth old kitten she quit moving her tail. Is it broke? Did someone hurt her when shr was outside? How can I tell when to go to vet? Im really worried and upset thinking something happened

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Callie’s tail, feeling the bones, checking for a pain response and possibly taking an x-ray I cannot say whether or not the tail is broken, dislocated or there is another cause; you should visit your Veterinarian especially if Callie is exhibiting any signs of pain or you’re generally concerned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Burton
Mixed breed
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limp tail

Hello!
So my cat just a little ago was doing perfectly fine. He jumped on the couch behind me and I gently stroked his tail. He suddenly grabs my hand with his nails and starts giving me that low meow warning sound, which he never does when I touch his tail. I decided to give him a treat to perk up his mood and thats when I noticed his tail. He got up to get the treat and I noticed that his tail is curved downwards. Its not straight down, or in a relaxed position. Its curved, like the half end is limpish. He can slowly wag it back and forth but it remains in a fairly concerning low position. Hes currently sleeping and seems to be doing fine, he does adjust himself a little more often while the tail remains low and slowly moving back and forth. Being a concerning cat mom, Im just worried that this is secretly an emergency and I should be doing something (you can thank the internet for that). He does have a brother cat, and they play fairly rough, so Im wondering if he might of injured it a little? I didnt hear him cry or anything, so I guess thats why Im caught off guard and panicking. He means a lot to me and Id hate myself if I didnt do something when I shouldve.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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While this doesn't sound like an emergency, it does sound like Burton needs an examination by his veterinarian to see what is going on with his tail and whether he needs any pain medications or other treatments. It is good that you noticed this subtle sign. I hope that he is okay.

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Shay
moggie
10 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

has had a tail trauma

Hi my cat Shay has had a tail trauma. There isn’t any break but the vet thinks he has nerve damage. He is at the vets as he can’t wee and has a catheter in until tues when he will be reassessed. The nurse has told us he had a poo yesterday and one today but she hasn’t said if this is a good sign or not. The vet isn’t back until Tuesday so we can’t get any more info on whether this is good news or not. Are you able to give us any hope he will be ok without being able to examine him ?
Thankyou for any help Justine

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A cat’s reluctance to defecate is due to the pain from the tail injury since cats need to raise their tail when they defecate, but I cannot say whether or not there is any improvement unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Bombay
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Distant

My cat has been acting odd lately. She’s stopped wagging her tail, hides under the bed all day and only comes out when my family is asleep. She is hesitant to sit down properly but she still eats and uses the bathroom effectively. Along with all of these symptoms her stomach has been a bit hollowed lately should I be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Behavioural changes may be the first indicator of illness especially if she is hiding away from you and others; another cause for hiding may be due to being scared of someone. If she is hiding and losing weight but is eating normally I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jaffa
moggy
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

Metacam
Cysticalm

My cat has a wound on his tail that's been bleeding .. We have been to the vets thinking it was a urinary problem as we think he's trapped it on the cat flap.. there is hair missing around the wound and is seeping and bleeding slightly but with think the hair loss is due to him trying to pick the area .. he is eating well thoigh and doesn't look to be any sign of infection but he has been prescribed cysticam and metcalm. Should I keep him on these or will they not help his tail?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing the wound on Jaffa's tail, I can't comment on whether those medications will help, but if your veterinarian prescribed them, it would be best to continue giving them. If you don't see an improvement, a recheck would be a good idea, as there may be a parasitic or other underlying cause, and often we can use response to therapy, or lack of, as a clue as to what might be going on and resolve the problem.

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Babu
Bengal
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My kitten tail is paralyzed. There is no movement at all. The vet has told me to cut of the tail. I just wanted to know that is it possible for the tail to return?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Once the cat’s tail is removed, it doesn’t grow back; there are coccygeal vertebrae in the tail and those bones will no reform after a caudectomy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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callie
calico short hair cat
17 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

open sore

Just noticed an open fleshy raw gash on our indoor cats behind near her tail. She is in pain and I don't want her to suffer until the vet in the morning. What can I do for her asap? What can I do for her apparent pain until the vet in the morning?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Most OTC pain medications are quite toxic to cats, so there are not a lot of options for pain control. if you are unable to get Callie in right away, keeping her quiet, putting her food and litter close by so that she doesn't have to move far, and avoiding touching the area will help until you can have her seen. I hope that she is okay.

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Eli
Dragon Li
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating,
Not eating, sleeping all day

Hi, my cat has been sleeping all day yesterday and did not move all day. He did not eat at all either. This morning he ate and moved a little bit I noticed his tail was kind of limp but it was high up and bent almost as if he saw an animal he did not like. He is having trouble sitting and finding a comfy position to sleep in. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms listed are a little vague, but Eli may have injured his tail but without examining him I cannot say for certain. You should try to keep Eli calm and restrict his movements, but you should visit your Veterinarian to have a look at his tail and for a general examination to be on the safe side as your Veterinarian may be able to prescribe some pain relief to make him more comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trick C
Domestic shorthair
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Can’t lift tail

We noticed today Trick C (spayed female) can’t lift her tail. No one in the home knows of any trauma that has happened to her. She is an indoor cat and there are no young children or other pets are in our home. She is still eating, drinking, but just cleaned litter box to see if she is going to the bathroom ok. Also, not yelling at us when we feel the tail, but will try to avoid it. There are no lumps or kinks in the tail & the drooping starts right at the base of the tail. She has lifted the whole tail for a second, but then lowers it immediately. Doesn’t seem to be in a huge amount of pain if you leave her alone or lift her carefully. She still purrs & rubs against your leg etc. So other than the tail drooping and guarding of the area, I really can’t find any other symptoms. It happens to be a Saturday, so I don’t know if this warrants an emergency or if she can wait until Monday to get her to the Vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that TrickC should be examined by a veterinarian to try and determine what is causing this strange loss of function with her tail, but given your description of her comfort level, eating and drinking, it does not seem to be an emergency. Unless she becomes very painful, lethargic, or stops eating, you should be fine to have her seen on Monday. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Winston
Don’t know
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Blood.

My friends cats tail got caught in a door and the end half ripped off with only bone remaining attactched she cant afford to take him into the vet for another couple of days when she’s paid is there anything we can do at home until then the cat won’t stop meowing, he’s not eating or anything but there is no more bleeding he currently has a cone on his head so he’s not bugging his tail.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should try to visit a charity clinic for assistance since I cannot recommend anything to do at home apart from to keep the area clean but leaving it a few days may lead to a severe infection in the long term which may lead to a much higher veterinary bill. You should try to reach out to charities and nonprofits for assistance, see link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Savage
Kitten
8 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cant poop

My kittens tail got bitten off by its mom, it can't poop and is very week because of it I think it might have tail trauma but I can't get it to go poop and I'm afraid it might die 😭

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Given what your describing with Savage, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, and the wound, and determine what might be done for him. I hope that he is okay.

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Luna
tabby
8 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Paralyzed tail, pain in tail bone

So we don't know how my cat broke her tail but it's paralyzed, she doesn't have a problem with the toilet but I'm worried if she's ever going to move her tail again. She takes good care of her tail and keeps it dry and clean but most of the time if I move her back legs or she hits the tailbone somewhere she cries really loud and hides under my bed. Should I really get her to thevet? It happened three days ago .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I would say that she should see a veterinarian, yes. She is painful, and her tail is paralyzed, and it doesn't seem to be improving. Your veterinarian may be able to give her some treatment, and be able to provide an idea as to what might have happened, and what her expected prognosis for return of function in her tail might be.

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Kiska
domestic short hair
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Holding tail low with arch at base

Hello, I have an indoor elderly cat who we noticed was holding his tail limply, but in a couple of days he seemed normal and was again holding his tail high when he seen us. Then again he was holding it limp, his tail does have movement, when he lays down, he moves it from side to side and holds his butt in the air, as if he is trying to find a comfortable way to lay without putting pressure on it. So it seems as if it is causing him some pain. But then the next day it will seem to be normal and he holds it high and I think it is Okay. This has been going on for about 2 weeks. He doesn't seem to have any problem using the litter box. And as he is a quiet indoor cat and it is just us two adults here, we have no idea how any trauma could have occurred. Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Given the signs that Kiska is showing, with his intermittent issues with his tail, he should be examined to see what might be going on with his tail, and his spinal cord. He may be developing a problem with his neurologic function that may need treatment. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him and determine what might be going on, and whether treatment might be needed.

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Ronan
British Shorthair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tail injury, bleeding

Stray cat I feed arrived this morning and had bad injury near end of tail, bleeding a lot and can see bone. He won't let me near him but seemed in a lot of pain so I gave him a 1/4 caprieve and he has gone again. It's bank holiday weekend so vets are closed

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that has happened to Ronan. Without being able to examine or see him, there is not much that I can do over an email, unfortunately. Caprieve is not licensed for use in cats, so hopefully he is okay and doesn't suffer any toxic effects from that medication. If he returns, the best course of action for him would be to try and confine him, and have him seen by a veterinarian as soon as they are open. I hope that he is okay.

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Bambi
Russian Blue
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tail wound

My cats tail got stuck in a closed door about a month ago, it caused a about a one inch deep gash towards the end of her tail. It doesnt seem to bother her and it scabbed over, a very thick large scab. Now the scab fell off (I actually thing my groomer unknowingly pulled it off) and it is open again, it actually looks a lot more open like an open wound now. Do you think I can let it heal on it’s own? What are the risks involved with doing that? What can I do from home? This is not a cat that goes to the vet easily.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ideally you should take Bambi to your Veterinarian regardless to make sure that there are not other injuries to the vertebrae in the tail or anything else; also after a month we would expect the wound to have healed or to be better than it was when the injury first occurred. The wound should be kept clean with a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment to the area as well; the biggest risk is infection if not managed properly. But, I still think you should visit your Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chewy
Domesti
1 Day
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tail

Hi,

My cat had tail injury, dont know what happened but his tail was ripped(. He is an indoor cat. Probably he went under wardrobe and there I keep roller blades.
He had surgery and got his tail stitched. They put E-cone on, he took it off, so I did try to put it back, each time he took it off.
Now he wiggled his tail so hard of the wall and it started to bleed(((. I am wondering can vet put some sort of bandage to keep his tail safe.
So stressed. I am in work and cant stay at home to look after him.
Any advice would be great.

Many thanks

Lana

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to get a cat to behave, but you just need to keep placing the collar back on him; it is difficult to bandage a tail successfully because there is nowhere for the bandage to hold on to. You can try to discuss with your Veterinarian about this, but I cannot think of anything practical to tell you unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Clutch
Bombay
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Kink in tail

My cat has a kink in his tail. He is pretty fatigued and tired. He can move freely.and doesn't mind it being examined but it's CLEARLY broken. I haven't given him anything for pain. But he seems to be in a little pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Clutch’s tail is ‘clearly broken’ you should visit your Veterinarian immediately to either have it amputated (partial caudectomy) or set; partial caudectomy is generally the quicker and less expensive option, you should discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/treatment/caudectomy

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Velvet
Domestic long hair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Swelling

I accidentally kicked my cat with my steel toed work boots on. I didn't think I kicked her very hard, but I must've done some damage. She can't lift her tail now and there is a swollen spot a couple inches from the base of her tail which is painful to her when I touch it. Her tail doesn't have a kink in it and it just drops when I lift it up. I gave her some pain medicine and her tail at the base raised up a little, but I'm not sure if she just was walking in a way so it doesn't drag anymore or if there was improvement. Today it's dropped back all the way. Do I need to take her in to a vet or will it likely heal by itself?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Velvet myself I cannot determine the extent of the injury, most likely an x-ray will be needed to look for any signs of fractures, luxation etc… Your Veterinarian will be able to tell you more after an examination, sometimes the swelling is just an inflammatory response and other times it is due to something more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pebble
Ca
11 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

My cat has been in pain for 5 days his tail is dragging he has no movement but is in extreme pain in just the tail area. I took him to the vet and he had a blood test and x-rays and they showed nothing... any ideas??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a tail which is hanging down, most of which would show on an x-ray; without examining Pebble and seeing x-rays etc… I couldn’t start to say what the specific underlying cause is however you should give Pebble some rest and not allow her to move, your Veterinarian should have given some anti inflammatories to help and it is really a case of wait and see. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Paco
Cat
8 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tail stuck downwards
Hesitant to jump

I think my cat has broken his tail. This morning he tried jumping to the window from the ground and fell. He seemed in pain when it happened and has kept it downwards the whole day. When he tries to jump on the couch he hesitates and I have to pick him up. I'm planning on going to the vet based on the symptoms. I gently felt along his tail and couldn't feel a break. I didn't want to hurt him further so I didn't want to press firmly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Even the smallest fractures can painful and wouldn’t be able to be felt when palpated, an x-ray may be necessary; you should restrict Paco’s movement for the time being to be on the safe side to prevent any further injury or issues. Without examining Paco, I cannot say whether he has fractured or dislocated anything; but restrict his movement until you visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Witcher
Mix
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Break

My 2 year old just accidentally shut my cats tail in the door, I know it's broken, I can see (kink in tail) and feel the break. The location is about an inch and a half to two inches from the tip of her tail, she's moving it just fine and holding it high when she walks. She is acting normal minus being a little scared but has allowed me to completely look her over and touch the break as well. What are the chances that this would be more severe than it appears?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Witcher is holding the tail up, it is unlikely that it is broken. To be sure, you would need to have x-rays taken, but if she is using the tail, lifting it, and seems comfortable, she may be fine to monitor.

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Wilf
Unsure
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limp tail

Hi my cat is just home last night after a week long stay in the vets after a suspected tail dislocation! He seems ok in himself, he's on loxicom once a day for the pain. But when he goes to get down off the sofa or goes into his litter tray he's growling and seems to be in pain! He's passing urine ok and small amounts of faeces. How long does it normally take for the pain to subside?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for you email. WIthout seeing Wilf, or knowing more about his injury, I can't comment on what his expected recovery might be. Since your veterinarian has seen him and knows what his situation is, it would be best to ask that question of them, as they will know whether he needs more pain medication, if he is recovering normally, or if he needs further treatment.

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Bengy
Tuxedo cat
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Pain when touched

My cat has had a limpidh tail, vut today he came back with a super big cut at the bottom of his tail close to his butt, where he poops. It was bleeding alot. I dont have the money to tske him ti a vet but i wrapped a gauge pad around his tail the bleeding stopped, but i touched his tail and apparently seems to have no tail feeling at all, and also if u touch the vrry top of the tsil close to his back he feels pain. What should i do? I have not money to afford taking him to the vet and they are not willing to do payments, i tried applying for a credit card they reccomended and i was denied. Im worried what should i do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Benjy has no feeling in the tip of his tail, but pain in the top, he may have dislocated or broken his tail, and he needs treatment. Unfortunately, there are some things that can't be treated at home, and some injuries are like that. Perhaps you can borrow funds from friends and family. It does sound like Benjy needs veterinary care, and cats who go outside can suffer from injuries.

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Gibson
Siamese
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cut on tail

My cat has a cut of some sort on the tip of his tail and my vet said that the end of his tail needed to be amputated. I'm a little worried about the whole procedure. Is it safe?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Tail amputation is often a good suggestion for a non-healing wound. Cats typically tolerate this surgery quite well, but if you are not sure about the surgery, it never hurts to ask more questions of your veterinarian so that you feel more comfortable, or to get a second opinion, as someone else may have a different idea once they see his tail. I hope that everything goes well for Gibson! Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/cat/treatment/amputation

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Mindy
tabby
18 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat was fine all day, and after using the litterbox to deficate I noticed the bottom 2/3 of her tail was hanging limply behind her. Her anal glands were just checked a month ago and were good, and she has been deficating regularly now that she is getting pumpkin puree every other day with breakfast. I’m worried that at her age, being sedated for an xray or amputation could kill her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A limp tail is normally attributable to a traumatic injury, without an examination I cannot say what the cause is; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as they may be able to palpate the bones in the tail (easy to do) and would be able to give you a better idea of what is going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Happy
mixed, part Maine coon
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

tail paralysis

My cat recently came home from the vet after a CHF crisis with a limp tail. It was not like that when he went in and now it hangs straight down and has no movement. He does not appear to be in any pain and he is still urinating and defecating. Should I take him to another vet to get checked out or should I wait and see if it resolves on it's own? I don't want to stress him out with an unnecessary trip with his condition.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email That is certainly strange. Since he was recently at your veterinary clinic, I think it would be worth a phone call or visit to let them know that you are noticing this problem - maybe they noticed it too, and with his larger problems, it didn't get discussed. If they are not aware of the problem or don't have a solution for you, it would be best to have him examined as soon as he is stable to see what might be happening and what your options are. I hope that he does well.

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Lilly
Maine Coon
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

I accidentally stepped on my cat's tail last night and now every time i touch it she meows and jerks her tail away... I am worried that it might be dislocated

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Lilly should be examined by your veterinarian for any signs of trauma or pain to her tail. I unfortunately cannot see her through an email, but your veterinarian will be able to examine her and determine any extent of injury. I hope that she is okay.

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Wendell
Domestic shorthair
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

We recently had to take our cat to the vet for constipation. Since then, his tail has been paralyzed. We're not sure how it happened, but it's completely limp and he doesn't seem to have any feeling in it. There are no injuries to it that we can see.

It's been about two weeks now with no visible improvement. He seems to feel well otherwise - eating well, purring, cuddling, defecating and urinating on his own. We're trying to decide when/if he needs to go to the vet about this. Might it still heal on its own?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what might have caused that loss of function to Wendell's tail - that is unusual. I would think that he would need to see his veterinarian, as that isn't normal, and after 2 weeks it is unlikely that the tail is going to get any function back. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, assess the nerve function to his back end, and make recommendations on options you have. I hope that everything goes well.

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Maggie
dsh
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No control of bladder, bowels, tail
No control of bladder, bowels, or tail

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

I rescued a stray cat that has a completely dead tail. It do move at all and she can't feel it. She can't control her bladder and bowels. She's getting x-rays next week. I'm worried she has nerve damage. If she does, what are the chances it can be fixed with surgery, medication, etc.? I know it will be very expensive and I'm willing to take a second job to pay for it, but I'm afraid there may be no point. Is nerve damage reversible? Thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Your veterinarian will be able to give you an idea as to the extent of the damage, and whether it may heal. Some nerve damage does heal, but if the damage is too extensive, Maggie may not be able to recover. I wish the best for her, and hope that you get good news at your appointment with her.

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Grayson
I don't know
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cut on his tail that bleeds

I have a 2 year old male "Grayson". He has a very long tail. He has an injury on his tail about 1 inch long that is a small gash. This originally happened about a month ago, and when discovered I took him to the vet. We were not sure if one of the other two cats had attacked him or what. The vet treated his tail gave him an antibiotic shot and gave us salve for the tail. Problem is now, he wont leave his tail alone, he chases his tale constantly, bites his tail until he bleeds again and has the tip of his tail furless. I have bought sprays, creams and salves and nothing works. Any recommendations? This behavior seems to have started shortly after we got a new cat and the two females don't get along. Do you think this is stress related and if so what can I do about that? He never goes outside and he does not have fleas. I have recently bought an diffuser, I have drops for their water and I have ordered a thunder shirt. Any other suggestions? I am at what wits end. I will take him to the vet again, but they hate the vet so badly that I have to sedate them to go...which is unpleasant and sometimes just doesn't work.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Grayson - it sounds like he is having a rough month! You have tried everything that you can do at home, for sure. At this point, he may need some anti-anxiety medication, at least short term. It is possible that he is re-directing the stress of the cats in the house to himself, in which case the anti-anxiety medication should help. If his tail is really still bothering him, and he is having nerve pain, there is a medication that can help with that too. Unfortunately, I do think that means a trip to the vet for him, as unpleasant as it may be for him - you might try calling your vets office or going in to talk with them about what is going on, since they saw him recently, they may be able to help you without seeing him, but they will have to decide if they need to see him or not. I hope everything goes well for him.

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Sunny
Domestic shorthair
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Our 8-month-old kitten, Sunny, recently came back inside with a noticeable kink roughly 6 cm from the end of his tail. He also had a 2 to 3 cm laceration at that point and an apparent gap in the vertebrae. We took him to an emergency vet who told his tail had been stretched but not broken. She added that she thought that the damage would reverse over the next month.

Unfortunately, we are not certain on recovery. His tail hangs limp from the point of injury with no movement whatsoever beyond the injury. He’s moving the rest of the tail somewhat (mostly raising it halfway vertically, no lateral movement at all) but the tip just hangs straight down. Everything else is normal--no issues with toileting or walking.

What are the actual odds of recovery from such an injury?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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To this extent, I am less optimistic about Sunny regaining function of that portion of his tail back; however, it wouldn’t hurt to take a wait and see approach or a month or so to look for any improvement before deciding on amputation. I wouldn’t like to put specific odds on the recovery, but I am not optimistic given your description. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Warrior
ferel
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Found a 4 week old kitten and saw his tail is eaten off and one of his toes on the back paw to him to the vet gave him a antibiotic shot and cream for his eye.what els can i put on the open wounds to heal and make sure there no infection

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should bathe Warrior’s wounds with a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment if the wounds are small; however if the wound on the tail is severe, a partial caudectomy should be considered. The most important thing is to make sure that the wounds are clean and that Warrior is hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Calico
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hello my kitty got her tail smashed in the door and cried pretty loud
. We think it might be broken it feels like it is bent about half way down. She is eating and playing normally. She is wagging her tail but it is pointing down now when she moves it. I ran my hand through her tail and she wined a little. Does she need to ne taken to the vet or will ot heal on its own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to have Luna checked by your Veterinarian as broken vertebrae can cause chronic pain if they don’t heal correctly and a caudectomy may be required (cutting the tail off before the fracture). Your Veterinarian will also prescribe pain relief for Luna as well as this is a painful injury for a cat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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