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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

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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Chio
mixed
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Iching

My 3 month old kitten climed inside the car from below, when the car got turn on it cut half of it's tail off,the doctor said he was lucky and is going to be alright.when we let him outside again for a littke bit he climbed back into the car.I have no idea what to do with him i thought he wouldn't go near the car after what happened.Im too afraid to let him outside again what would you advice to keep him away from the car?Also Since his so young how long is his tail will be when he's grown up?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Chio’s tail was cut in half, the tail would be half the normal length as an adult. As for stopping Chio going near the car, this is a difficult one as cats are generally not cooperative with training; either keep him inside or be extra vigilant each time you start the car. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Cat
4 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limp tail

My cats tail has gone limp but she seams happy in herself as she is eating & playing , she is an outside cat but comes in to eat & sleep ! I have stroked her & touched her tail & she seems fine just tail is limp.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Outdoor cats can have injuries to their extremities and tails that can cause loss of function, and the tail may need to be treated or amputated, depending on how severe the damage is. Without seeing Daisy, I can't say for sure what might be going on, but having her seen by a veterinarian will allow them to look at her, assess the damage, and recommend any treatment that she may need.

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Minou
Egyptian
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Incontinence
Tail pain

My 2 years old cat, minou, recently came back inside with a swollen base tail and he was limping then he spent the whole day spleeing, i wanted to inspect his tail but he didn't let me, it hurts him a lot, then he urinated on himself which never happen to him before, he seemed feeling so unwell, i think he broke his tail but i don't know how severe it is and how it will affect him in the future, Does he need to be taken to the vet or will ot heal on its own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the severity and at a minimum some pain relief; without examining Minou myself I cannot determine the overall severity or know if surgical intervention is needed or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stevie
Domestic shorthair
Seven Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pulling out dead clumps of hair

Medication Used

none

Just wondering my little 7 yr. old DSH has a bushy tail and over the last few months has been pulling out little clumps of dead fur! Then he leaves it alone. After each void he has left, the hair has come back (he's also pulled out little clumps of old dead fur from his belly and arms), most of it's blue! Pretty wild! Figured all was okay but wondered anything adverse to be on lookout for? Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There is normal shedding that occurs with cats, and if he isn't grooming well, Stevie may be having clumps of matted hair that come out that way. Without seeing him, I'm not sure if his skin and hair coat are healthy, but if it seems to be a relatively new behavior, it may be a good idea to have him examined to make sure that there isn't an underlying problem.

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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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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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Ellie
Short hair domestic.
Nine Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Broken tail, doubly incontinent

Hi ,
My cat Ellie was missing for 36 hours when we found her.
When we took her to the vet she knew Ellies tail had been broken and that she had internal injurys due to blood in her urine.
Ellie had an x-ray and the vet said that she has severed nerves at the top of her tail and the chances of her recovering and getting full use of her bladder and bowel functions as normal is practically nil.
I have done enemas and am getting trained on how to empty her bladder.
She is only nine months old, but my vet has advised getting her put to sleep as an option.
I have told her there is no way I am doing this .
I would like to know if you think there is any chance of Ellie regaining her continance or can cats live a normal life being doubly incontinent.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, am just distraught.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that happened to Ellie. From your description, it is unlikely that she will regain the use of her tail, or be able to control her bladder or bowels. I personally do not think that that is fair to a cat to have to have enemas and have her bladder expressed in order to function, and I would not subject my own cat to that for years. If you are not sure, it would be a good idea to have a second opinion to see what another veterinarian thinks once they can see her and assess her neurologic function.

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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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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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Maggie
dsh
4 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pebble
Ca
11 Months
Serious condition
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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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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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Clutch
Bombay
7 Months
Mild condition
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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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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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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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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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Barney
Bengal
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tail trapped

Hi, I swung a cupboard door shut on my cats tail. He ran off and his fur was ruffled where it was caught. He ate straight after (after me hugging him after today crying over what I had done) he then had a wee. He can move his tail and it doesn't feel swollen, I am paranoid that I can see a kink but he isn't reacting in pain when I touch it. (He's in stage 4 renal failure and now hates going to the vets so hoping he will be ok) should I be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Barney’s tail I cannot determine whether there is a reason to be concerned or not, you should keep an eye on him for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if any pain or discomfort presents. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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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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Tia
short hair
5 Months
Mild condition
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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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Boots
Turkish Van
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tender
Knot

My cat often tries to sneak out and is a fast as lightening. He tried to get out and my husband didn't see him and shut the door with his tail in it. He doesn't seem to be in pain his tail is sometimes a little bent and there is a knot. He can still move it all. Tried to call the vet no answer. How serious is this? Is there anything I can do in the meantime before vet I can get him an appointment?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the tail myself it is not possible to say how severe the injury is, however you should keep an eye on Boots for the time being and visit your Veterinarian when they are open. If Boots is otherwise alright and is able to defecate he should be alright until Monday morning; if he starts vocalising in pain or cannot use the litter tray you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
tabby
8 Months
Mild condition
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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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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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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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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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Winston
Don’t know
4 Years
Serious condition
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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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Eli
Dragon Li
3 Years
Fair condition
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pig
tabby
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limp tail
Numbness

My kitty doesn't seem to have any feeling in the bottom half of his tail and he can't seem to move it either. I can't tell if it hurts. What do you think is wrong with him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tail injury (trapped in a door or stood on) is a common cause for the loss of sensation in a part of the tail, however without examining the tail I cannot determine whether this is the case; keep an eye out for any improvement or other symptoms but I would recommend checking in with your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simon
tabby
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Tail was scalped and shredded.

I have been feeding two outdoor cats until the former owner is able to come back for them. About two months ago, Simon showed up with serious injuriesnto his abdomen and tail. It looks like a dog attack. His tail was totally scalped to the bone from the tip all the way to about two inches from his back. He had been missing for about a week and I guess was hidden somewhere due to the injuries. Neither his owner nor I had money to be able to take him to a Veterinary. About two days after he came with the injuries, his tail completely fell off. He left in the morning and when he returned that evening, he only had about two inches of tail left. Since then, the wound has closed and healed on his tail and his abdomen. And he is able to lift the nub of his tail. Since he is outdoors, I have not seen him go potty, but have seen him try to defecate....lift the nub and shake it. I have not actually seen anything come out. But he is eating very well. Am I fairly safe to assume he is healing well and may make a good recovery?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without examining Simon, I don't have any way to determine if he is healing properly and recovering, but if the wound seems to be healing and he is bright and happy and eating well, he may be okay. If he is not eating and you are concerned that he is having trouble urinating or defecating, he should be seen by a veterinarian to make sure that everything is okay with him.

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Binx jr
I don’t know
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble using litter box

Our kitten was born with a short tail that bends upward at the tip in a 90 degree angle. Every time he uses the litter box he gets poop on his tail and rear legs. Is this because of his tail? Can it be fixed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that deviations of the tail may cause issues when defecating; however without examining Binx Jr and looking at the overall curvature of the tail and the spine in general I cannot really comment. You should bring this up with your Veterinarian when you take Binx Jr in for vaccinations. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jynx
Bombay
6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

kink

Hi, I have a cat that is about 6 months old. I was getting grocerys out of the car and didn't notice that she had come close again. Her tail got caught in the door when I closed it and it took me a minute to get the door open. She ran off for a minute after it happened, but I was able to get her to come back over. She's eating and drinking, moving around, her tail goes up and down. There is a little kink (kinda) where it got caught, but she's acting normal. I've not seen her use her litter box yet, but she has moved her tail around like normal and doesn't seem bothered when I touch it. Should I take her to the vet or will she be okay to just keep an eye on for a few days?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Jynx I cannot determine the severity of the injury, you should keep an eye on her for the time being but if she is not visiting the litter tray you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side; sometimes the shock of the tail being caught and not being able to move is worse than any injury, but I cannot say for certain in this case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sky
Unknown
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Won't eat or drink
Still fluid is leaking from his bum
Still luid is leaking from his bum
Doesnt move much and spaces out
No movement in tail and is hanging limp
Was bleeding but has stopped about ago
lack of appetite

Recently my cats has been hit by a car, I believe his tail is broken and I know he should be taken to the vet since he has not eaten and drank anything since. It has been over a week and he should signs of improvement even though he wouldn't take much when I resorted to force feeding. Money is an issue and my father is refusing to go to the vet. How can I take care of my cat the best I can to help him improve without making things worse?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A visit to a Veterinarian is recommended regardless, there are charity and low cost clinics in many cities that you may try to visit; however without examining Sky I cannot determine the severity of the injury. All I can recommend for you to do at home is to ensure Sky is kept calm and rested as well as ensuring that she is fed and hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ozzy
N/a
3 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wetting himself can't pee

Two months ago I rescued my sweet kitten ozzy from underneath a neighbors porch once I realized they weren't taking care of their kittens. Ozzy was the only one that lived and he has some type of nerve damage to his tail. He has problems peeing and pooping on his own along with a bad infection on his penis. My vet said the tissue is dying around his penis and doesn't think ozzy would do good if we did surgery and suggested putting him down. I just want to make sure Ive done all that I can for my fur baby before going that route. Any advice??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ozzy it is difficult to determine the severity of any injury to the tail or the infection of the penis, surgery may be an option if your Veterinarian feels that Ozzy would benefit from the surgery. If you’re unsure it would be best to visit another Veterinarian for an examination to get another point of view. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat came inside about one month ago after having been in some altercation with another cat ( I think). I noticed she was agitated and her tail wasn't moving. Since that time she has regained controll of her tail somewhat, she can move it up, especially while yawning and stretching, but it doesnt have the flowing 'wag' it once had when I said her name. Her tail always reflected her mood, and it doesnt do that now. She doesn't go up on my bed since then either, and I really enjoyed her company. It doesn't seem to affect her ability to relieve herself, not at all, and I can't see any reason it should be amputated? If she didnt regain control, would amputation allow her to feel safe jumping back up on the bed and things like that? Her tail still looks nice and I wouldnt like to put her through something like that unless she were suffering. I dont notice any signs of suffering

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Kee la la
tabby
11 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

loss of tail movement

Medication Used

none

My cat came inside about one month ago after having been in some altercation with another cat ( I think). I noticed she was agitated and her tail wasn't moving. Since that time she has regained controll of her tail somewhat, she can move it up, especially while yawning and stretching, but it doesnt have the flowing 'wag' it once had when I said her name. Her tail always reflected her mood, and it doesnt do that now. She doesn't go up on my bed since then either, and I really enjoyed her company. It doesn't seem to affect her ability to relieve herself, not at all, and I can't see any reason it should be amputated? If she didnt regain control, would amputation allow her to feel safe jumping back up on the bed and things like that? Her tail still looks nice and I wouldnt like to put her through something like that unless she were suffering. I dont notice any signs of suffering

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without having a feel of the tail and possibly an x-ray I cannot say specifically the severity of this condition and whether the problem is truly coming from the tail or the lower back; it is important to be sure what the specific issue is and I cannot say whether a complete caudectomy would improvement things without examining her first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Afat
shorthair stray
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
loss of sensation in tail tip
heightened response to shadows
tail chasing

Medication Used

Metacam
Kalmvet

I adopted my cat last year and he is estimated to be 3 or 4 years old now. Before he permanently became my indoor cat, he was on the streets and I noticed he was chasing his tail and the tail tip was crooked. I touched his tip and he could not feel that I was pinching it. But over weeks, he stopped chasing his tail and started getting feeling in the tip.
He did not repeat the tail chasing for over a year and three days ago, he started again. He was spinning out of control, chasing it like a maniac. I could not find a way to stop him. My vet and I both thought it was hyperesthesia. The vet prescribed KalmVet which has tryphtophan, cammomile and valerian and I gave it for two days but it only made him slow and sleepy; he would still try chase the tail. I took him to another vet who felt his spine and tail and said he had no feeling in the tail tip and some pain in his spine and he was chasing his tail because he felt some pain in the back and no sensation in the tip of the tail and hence thinks another animal might be attacking his tail. He prescribed Metacam, an non-steroid antiinflamatuar.

I've also observed that all his tail chasing is triggered when he sees its shadow and can't identity what the shadow is. My kitchen floor is the most reflective and he goes there to wait for this shadow and if I turn on the lights he goes loopy.

I cannot tell what is happening.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that cats do have phantom nerve pain, similar to people, and it may be a matter of trial and error to find the right combination of pain medications that help him. Gabapentin is one medication that you can discuss with your veterinarian, as that has shown promise with nerve pain.

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Stormy
Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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My cat got out of the house for a few days. Upon returning part of her tail is missing. The stub is bright red but is not bleeding. She is functioning as normal other than part of her tail missing. How should I care for this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Stormy to your Veterinarian to have the tail checked and possibly to have a another caudal vertebrae or two removed, the skin debrided and sutured closed; also a course of antibiotics would most likely be required. This isn’t something you should wait and see. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Clover
Short hair domestic
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limp tail
Pain at base of tail when pet

My 6mo old female's tail has gone limp after a small scuffle with another animal. It only lasted a few seconds but she has been a different cat ever since. Her tail is limp with pain at the base when touched even slightly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Clover it is difficult to say specifically how severe the injury is, but you should try to keep her calm, rested and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement in the tail; if Clover is vocalising or is having difficulty visiting the litter tray visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roe
mixed
9 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limp tail
Bump on tail
Tail pain

The couch was being moved and my kitten got his tail caught between the couch and the floor, he is walking fine but his tail is hanging limp about two inches from the base, he also meows if we touch the tail. It only happened an hour ago so He hasn’t used his litter box yet but I am very worried should I be rushing him to the vet or hold off to see if his symptoms improve?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Roe to your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side, without examining the tail I cannot determine the extent of the injury; it would also be beneficial to visit your Veterinarian to get some pain relief for Roe as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oreo
Tiger cat
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cut on tip of tail

My kitten just knocked a candle votive over and it shattered and cut the tip of his tail.. I immediately cleaned it with peroxide but im not sure if it will heal on its own or if a trip to the vet is needed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A small cut should heal without an issue as long as it is kept clean and Oreo doesn’t keep licking or biting it; keep an eye on the cut and bathe regularly. However, if it is deep, wide or constantly bleeds visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cleo
short haired
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limp tail
Minor discomfort

My 4 month old cat’s tail has gone limp. Every once in a while she’ll move it a bit, but not as often as before. Also she is constantly holding up the base of the tail, it kind of looks like a horses tail, if that makes sense. Doesn’t look swollen, she gets a little uncomfortable when I touch it, but not much. She also seems to be acting normally.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cleo’s tail I cannot determine the severity of the condition or determine whether it is caused by a traumatic injury or another cause; from your description is seems that the tail is flaccid starting near the base. This would be something to visit your Veterinarian to take a look and possibly have an x-ray to look for any injuries. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

UPDATE:
Cleo went to the vet. Turns out her tail was only dislocated. He just gave us some pain meds for a few days and sent us on our way. We are hoping her tail stops causing her pain so he don’t have to push it back into place and cause more trauma. If she heals up well then she will just live with a kink in her tail, but a happy and healthy life!

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Tiny
Dont know
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Broken tail

Medication Used

none

My kitten half way down his tail it seems to be broken . In the other end it seems like the tail is dieing and he keeps bitting at the spot that's broke what can I do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Tiny should probably be seen by a veterinarian to have treatment for that tail. If it is broken, and the tissues are dying, it may become necrotic and infected. A veterinarian can look at him, see what is going on, and let you know the best way to treat it.

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Simon
Siamese
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

My cat was hit by a car two weeks ago. While his xrays showed no damage, his tail has been hanging limp ever since the accident. He has recovered in all other ways. It urinating and defecating normally. But he is licking all the fur off his drooping tail, and it is raw and bleeding. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There may be loss of sensation, partial paralysis or other issues affecting the tail; if Simon is licking the tail constantly it may be due to pain or a loss of sensation; placing a cone on him to prevent further injury would be a start and you should discuss with your Veterinarian whether you should monitor for improvement or consider a caudectomy (partial or full). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lola
Domestic Short Fur
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tail Trauma

Accidentally shut the door on my cat's tail. He hissed but the tail did not have blood or lose fur. When he walks, his tail can still stand up. However, he just pooped and he seems to have difficulty putting his tail up? He usually has his tail up when pooping.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Lola's tail was just traumatized, it isn't at all surprising that it is hard to him to lift it, as it might hurt. If he has use of the tail otherwise and continues to improve, you may be fine to monitor the tail. If it is getting worse or he isn't able to hold it up, he should be seen by a veterinarian.

Also, he seems fine with me touching his tail. When he walk, his tail stands up but droops a little at the top but the 'droop' can still move like from side to side, I don't know if I am being paranoid..

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Gorgi
Siamese
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

tail bent and upright

My cat's tail is permanently up and a bit bent. He can move it but it never goes back to a normal relaxed position. He does not seem to be in pain, has no problem urinating or defecating. Should I consult?

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Jasmine
moggy
18 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

Hi my 18month old girl went out as usuallast night. However it took me longer to call her her. She finally came back but this morning I have noticed she has a tender part at the base of her tail which is very slightly possibly swollen. She’s fine in her self, eating, moving jumping it’s just on touch she meows. Doesnst appear to be affecting her legs or tummy etc... do you think she just needs rest? Should I see how she goes? Or does it sound more serious? Many thanks for any advice

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Jasmine I cannot say for certain how severe the injury is; there are many causes for pain including trauma, dog bite, snake bites among other causes. If Jasmine is otherwise in good spirits I would let her rest and keep a close eye on her, but if there is no improvement or you notice other symptoms visit your Veterinarian especially before the weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Am.short hair
2 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

One of my feral mommas has a kitten with the last 1/2 of its tail hairless, dry and stiff. It is almost callus like with an actual "ring" around it where the hair stops. Any idea what happened? This babie is now about 2 weeks old and seems to be thriving.

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Ori Hime
stray
12 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shaved tail skin peeling bleeding

Hi I found this stray kitten think he is around 3 to 4 months old but someone shaved its tail hair now I have taken her in she is really great eats well seems potty trained and is very friendly but her tail hair isn’t growing and tail skins peeling off and when it does she bleeds and I need to help peeling it and it comes off like a glove from top to bottom I want to take her to vet but I am in Bangladesh and vets are rare here and there aren’t any proper pet shops as well from where you can buy stuff like moisturisers or something that might help please I really want to help this little fur ball whom I named hime my daughters loves her and she loves them too to be honest I get this feeling she was tortured or else why would someone shave her tail and throw her out in the streets but now she has a loving home where people loves and cares for her and we really want her to stay happy and healthy so it would be really kind if you could help us help her thank you in advance

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what might be causing the hair to come off on her tail, but if Ori Hime is bleeding when the hair peels off and it doesn't seem to be improving, she does need to see a veterinarian, whether that means that you need to travel or wait... it may be a parasite, or an infection, or trauma. If it is trauma, it should get better with time, and I'm not sure how long you have had her.

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Watson
Domestic long hair
5 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hello! I have a 5 month old male neutered cat who we have had for about a month. I noticed today that his tail was limp. I did a pinch test anf he has feeling all the way down i also didnt feel any fractures or obvious dislocations. He is holding th base of his tail up though but the rest is limp. Should i let it try and figure its self out or go to a vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That sort of thing doesn't tend to get better on its' own, and Watson may need treatment for that injury. It would probably be best to have him see a veterinarian to see if there is anything that can help him.

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Athalia
mixed
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

So I noticed my cat licking her tail alot and there was a little bit of fur missing on the end. I should have been paying way more attention to it but she has a weird habit of bitting her tail playfully, I noticed about a week later that the wound has healed but there is about an 8th of an inch of what looks like her tail bone sticking out. SInce there is no bleeding and it looks healed what should I do? SHe raises her tail up fully and she still has her very outgoing personality, she has left it alone for the past few days so it doesnt seem to be bothering her.

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Flop
stray
7 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dead end
Whines constantly
Dead tip of tail
Trouble defecating
Limp tail
No Pain

A kitten showed up at my houseboat last week. Old enough to survive but was obviously never weaned, so she cries for attention 24/7. Noticed her tail wasn't moving at all and checked It all out but it didn't feel broken compared to my other cats. We just figured something was wrong with her. she has trouble defecating but I thought it would be associated with the fact she's little. She has defecated normally at lead time once to my knowledge but she drips(?) constantly. Could very well be defecating normally more often but she stays outside and I haven't monitored it because I'm at school. The ever so often dripping is leading to buildup. On the backend which makes examining the base of her name very hard. But the top of her tail the past couple days has become thinner and has been increasing and upon inspecting her today i learned that it's dead. The tip indelible up to an inch and a half has dried up. So adding the symptoms together I've gotten worried and my mom isn't gonna take it to the vet because she doesn't care but I'm really worried on what could have happened. There's a knot where the dead piece meets the rest and there might be a knot at the beginning of the tail. I would be okay if we castrated her tail but I'm worried it might be more than a broke tail since she has defecating issues.

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Molly
Persian mix
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Depressed
Not eating much

I just noticed my cats tail is limp 3 days ago. I noticed something was wrong when she wasn’t moving as much or eating as much and not her usually attention seeking self lol. She had this look of depression and a cold stare to tell me something is wrong. I’ve monitored her bathroom habits she pees in her litter box but upon me cleaning it I only see urine I have yet to see her poop. I asked my brother to help me examine her while I held her he was gently feeling her tail and one particular part her eyes widened and meowed a little. He says he felt a little bump on her tail idk if it a abscess or if it’s paralyzed or anything. Fast forward to today she’s back to her playful self but her tail is still limp at the end I can tell she want to raise it cause the base lifts up fine just from the middle to the end of her tail will not move 😞

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Caeser
European Shorthair
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

no signs of trauma
no signs of pain
not using legs
tail limp

Medication Used

none

He's mainly an outside cat but he comes inside to eat, drink, and usually sleep. We got him to chase and kill mice, which he did in the first year he came and now we have no more mice problems. This week he went missing for roughly five days, sometimes he does this but not as long. He even comes back with maybe one scratch or so, this time he came crawling on his two front legs, meowing for help. I picked him up to bring him inside and he showed no sign of discomfort or pain. We looked at his legs and tail and they seemed uninjured. Once we brought him inside he ate and drank. He kept crawling around as if his legs worked, but the hind ones do not. We watched as he was eating, his tail made zero movement unless he was dragging his back half. Above his thigh area is where we saw some muscle movement; like normal, but when my brother softly pet his leg he didn't react to it. Not until he petted above his thigh, that's when my cat reacted. We don't know what caused this or what it is, we believe he's gotten paralyzed from the lower spine down.

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Figaro
Cat
1 Year
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

No symptoms.

My cat was involved in an incident with my dog and the tip of his tail has be degloved part of his tail bone is showing. He is not showing any signs of pain he is still running and playing like normal. My question is, is there any way to avoid going to the vet meaning will the end of his tail die and fall off he has no signs of an infection. I have never experienced this but he is showing no signs of pain still my lovey dovey cat

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Dippy
Dlh
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

tail limp

So my sweet Dippy boy has been acting a little of for the last day, tonight I noticed that his tail looks limp. Normally he is all about "tail communication" wagging and flicking it around and no it it just hanging down. I convinced him to let me check it out and I didn't notice and bumps, lumps or kinks, but does seem to be causing him some discomfort. It seems to go limp about 2 inches from the base of his rump. I did notice as he walked away he was slightly flicking the end of it, but not nearly the normal amount of motion. I know he is being Macho and doesn't want to show any pain but I know it is hurting him. I know that I should take him to the vet, but it is after 1 in the morning and ned to know If i should take him to an emergency clinic or if it can wait till the morning.

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