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How do you tell if your cat's tail is broken?

Old 10-25-04, 06:09 PM
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Snap it in the opposite direction of which way it's tilted. If the cat flips out and cries, it's broken.

Bring it to the vet. It's the best thing you can do. If it's showing infection, you can't put it off. Otherwise if it were broken, a cat can tough it out - like they do in the wild.

My cat Penguin was born with a genetic kink in his tail. I thought it was broken when I first got him from the SPCA, but the vet said otherwise. Now, because of that crooked kink his tail is longer than average. That's probably why he's a Porn Star now.
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Actually, there is. But with what that costs, it's really only for the wealthy or crazy to purchase.
holy shit .. I didn't know that existed..that's funny.. (I think)
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Originally posted by WhoGirl
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I had a cat with a kink in her short tail. It just sorta ended at the kink.

I don't know if you need to snap it the other direction, but that was basically good advice If it's broken the cat will let you know if you touch it.
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Eh...just go get the kitty checked out and bite the bullet.
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You're familiar with your body and what could be a serious injury. But most people, unless they are vets, are not experts in feline anatomy, and so wouldn't have much of an idea of what could be serious or not to a cat's health.
Well, I'd imagine that this would be the reason he asked asked the question in this forum. Honestly, it's a little excessive to take your animal to the vet if there's a good chance you don't need to. It's throwing money away. If the problem is serious enough, obviously most pet owner's would notice and visit their veterinarian.

Let's try to get a grip here. I honestly don't think a bad pet owner would take the time to go online and get others' advice on the proper course of action in this circumstance, they'd just say "fuck it." So let's try to give Green Jello a break and wrap that judgmental, bleeding heart in some gauze.
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Originally posted by Roto

I had a cat with a kink in her short tail. It just sorta ended at the kink.

I don't know if you need to snap it the other direction, but that was basically good advice If it's broken the cat will let you know if you touch it.
I'm thinking of opening up a pay site for him. Titling it 'Hot black and white pusshy' will get it a ton of hits alone.

Here is the kink in Penguin's tail. He wasn't too cooperative in having those kind of photos taken.

But after a little coaxing and Ringo entering the room, Penguin was ready for *anything.*
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Originally posted by WhoGirl


Omigod! He's deformed! How can he walk dragging that thing around?


*runs off to see if kinkytail.com is registered*
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Well, I'd imagine that this would be the reason he asked asked the question in this forum. Honestly, it's a little excessive to take your animal to the vet if there's a good chance you don't need to. It's throwing money away. If the problem is serious enough, obviously most pet owner's would notice and visit their veterinarian.

Let's try to get a grip here. I honestly don't think a bad pet owner would take the time to go online and get others' advice on the proper course of action in this circumstance, they'd just say "fuck it." So let's try to give Green Jello a break and wrap that judgmental, bleeding heart in some gauze.


Some of the critical comments here have been pretty bizarre, imo.
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Originally posted by The World is Square
Well, I'd imagine that this would be the reason he asked asked the question in this forum. Honestly, it's a little excessive to take your animal to the vet if there's a good chance you don't need to. It's throwing money away. If the problem is serious enough, obviously most pet owner's would notice and visit their veterinarian.

Let's try to get a grip here. I honestly don't think a bad pet owner would take the time to go online and get others' advice on the proper course of action in this circumstance, they'd just say "fuck it." So let's try to give Green Jello a break and wrap that judgmental, bleeding heart in some gauze.
Thank you very much Square. That summed things up perfectly.

I'm taking her in to the vet in an hour. I'll report back later on the findings.
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Well, sometimes I really hate being right all the time.

I just got back from the vet visit and the outcome was that she has some severe bite wounds on her tail and hip. They appear to be clean and free of infection. They should heal on their own in a about a week. If anything seems to change I'm supposed to bring her back in.

That will be $75 please.
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Originally posted by tasha99


Some of the critical comments here have been pretty bizarre, imo.
This is nothing! I'm still waiting for someone to blame him for his cat's broken tail because he let it outside.
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Originally posted by Roto
This is nothing! I'm still waiting for someone to blame him for his cat's broken tail because he let it outside.
I was waiting for that one too. I love these cats people who feel it's inhumane to let the cat go outside because of the risks of Cars, Dogs, etc. They keep the animal locked in a house and I'm the one who's inhumane.
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YOU LET YOUR CAT OUTSIDE?!?!?!?!?!?!


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I can help. Just don't expect it to tango...
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Glad to hear kitty is okay. Did they give mild pain killers, or is he/she pretty much past that point?
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Originally posted by Green Jello
Well, sometimes I really hate being right all the time.

I just got back from the vet visit and the outcome was that she has some severe bite wounds on her tail and hip. They appear to be clean and free of infection. They should heal on their own in a about a week. If anything seems to change I'm supposed to bring her back in.

That will be $75 please.
$75 for an office visit? Either they did some other tests or you have a really expensive vet and I'd find another.
My office visits are $30(the vet examines my dog and talks with me. tests or any meds are more, of course)

But glad its nothing serious. And bite wounds can get infected and cause problems, so its good that the vet said they weren't infected or anything.
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Originally posted by DonnachaOne


I can help. Just don't expect it to tango...
Great reference...
Don't mean to post another pic of me, but this one has a celebrity, and it's in context!!
Me and Jeffrey Combs
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The cheapest way to keep a cat (and presumably a dog) is to get the shots at PetCo, or some similiar place. When I got my stray cat I took him there and got all the shots and test for Feline Leukemia and they looked him over and said that he was OK and the whole thing was like $65. And since I won't need the testing of the Leukemia shot next time it will be real cheap, like maybe $25 or less. Actually all you really need is the rabies shot every three years, assuming that your cat doe not go outside. If it goes outside it needs everything. Anyway, I'll only take him to a vet in an office if he's sick. I learned all this from someone I know that has 14 cats.

The problem with your situation is that any flesh wound will be hard to judge because the fur covers it up or otherwise makes it hard to see so sometimes you just have to get it looked at by a vet like you just did.
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Originally posted by Vryce
$75 for an office visit? Either they did some other tests or you have a really expensive vet and I'd find another.
My office visits are $30(the vet examines my dog and talks with me. tests or any meds are more, of course)
This was a new vet from the last one I used. I guess I just can't win.

I don't get the Tango reference. What is it?

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