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Archive for December 30th, 2009

tail-less-catBelieve it or not, feline tail injuries are common. Unfortunately, it is very easy for a cat to get its tail caught in a door or stepped on. Mine got hers caught in her cat carrier and was crying until I helped her out. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve accidently stepped on my cat Mollies’ tail. She will let out a loud cry and I always feel so bad. I even try to apologize to her! (Like she understands!)  Feline tail fractures can be very dangerous to a cat especially if they occur close to the body. The nerve damage that can occur with a tail injury, may hinder movement in the cats hind quarters. It can also prevent your cat from urinating properly. Sometimes the best option is to amputate the tail. This sounds very frightening to many pet owners but cats are very resilient. Most tail less cats will get along jsut fine. The amputation is major surgery but ultimately will not hinder your pets mobility. If fact, you will be surprised how tail less cats will jump and play. So be careful not to step on your cats tail or get it caught in the cat carrier like I did. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in both cases.