Is My Cat's Tail Injured?

What to look for and what to do if you suspect a feline tail injury.

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Cat Expert Dr. PlotnickQ: How do you tell if your cats tail is injured?

A: Cats with an injured tail can show several signs. Certainly, a cat that cries out in pain when you touch or manipulate the tail is likely to have suffered some type of tail injury. Some cats with a broken tail may have an obvious kink in the tail at the site of the injury. Visual inspection of the tail will often reveal a cut or scrape on the tail, although not always. Sometimes the fur (especially in longhaired cats) will camouflage the injury. Neurological damage to the tail can sometimes be seen as an inability to lift the tail or a lack of sensation in the tail when it is touched or squeezed. If you suspect that your cat might have suffered a tail injury of any kind, have your veterinarian take a look.

Arnold Plotnick, DVM

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CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

12/16/2013 4:12:53 PM

Deanna -- If you'd like to consider an alternative, contact another vet. A vet is the only person who can tell you what will be right for your cat's health. Good luck

Deana binder    San Antonio, TX

12/15/2013 12:11:04 PM

Need advice. Something happened to our indoor/outdoor cat. She is 8 yrs old. Her tail was smashed about halfway up and it had a laceration and it just hung there. We took her to a vet. They gave her pain meds and X-ray. No break but said to watch. 3 weeks later the end of her tail fell off and is bloody. Took her to emergency vet. Said it was a tourniquet injury and necrosis made it fall off. Gave us more pain meds and some antibiotics and said to take her back to the vet to have it amputated. As you can imagine, it's gotten quite expensive already and I believe it going to be at least another $500. Can we just give her the antibiotics and keep wrapped to have it heal?

rebecca    Wellington, AK

10/30/2010 5:47:18 PM

my cat just got bitten on the tail by a dog and has bleed quite a lot but has now stopped. i rang vet and they said to put a towel around tail and put pressure of it? i would take her to vet but am unable to at the moment

justin    los angeles, CA

8/27/2010 8:02:12 AM

not what i was looking 4

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