Cat with a broken tail: what are the symptoms? How to act?

A calm cat at home can be very intrepid or endowed with such curiosity that he turns into a real daredevil during his escapades outside. But this sometimes results in a injury, even a tail fracture. Sometimes, too, a cat can sneak out quickly and get its tail stuck in the door that its master closes a little too hastily. Either way, we can easily see that something is wrong. Let’s discover them main symptoms suggesting that the tail of the kitty is broken. Let’s also see what absolutely not to do and what attitude to adopt while waiting for the time of the appointment with the veterinarian which, of course, must be taken quickly.

Broken tail: symptoms in cats

If you have the impression that your cat has a broken tail, you have to quickly get to the bottom of it. For this, a observation session is necessary in order to verify the possible presence of the main possible symptoms in this case. The signs to look out for are:

  • A change in the position of the tail:
    • it points down and seems abnormally curved,
    • it drags on the ground when the cat moves.
  • Palpation of the tail shows that it is soft or swollen and it is not uncommon for the master to perceive a kind of fluid layer under the skin,
  • The cat’s tail presents for example:
    • redness,
    • hematoma,
    • a wound,
    • an abscess,
    • a discharge of pus
    • edema …
  • The tail of the little feline is unglued, that is to say that a bony part appears where the skin has been torn off,
  • The cat feels pain, especially when one auscultates its tail,
  • The animal adopts a hesitant gait or poorly coordinates the movements of its hind limbs,
  • He hesitates to jump on the sofa, although he usually comes to sit there very quickly,
  • He has diarrhea,
  • He urinates anywhere in the house,
  • He sulks his bowl.

At the slightest doubt, do not hesitate to have your cat checked by the nearest veterinarian.

Cat and tail fracture: what not to do

The owner must be very delicate when he wants to check the condition of his cat’s tail, and he is even strongly discouraged to touch it. It is highly preferred that the palpation be performed by a specialist in animal medicine.

Indeed, certain gestures are to be avoided because they represent an immediate danger for the cat whose tail is injured or even broken. Thus, under no circumstances should you attempt to remove a small part of skin that has been severed, for example, as this can trigger excruciating pain in animals. It is also taking the risk ofto damage even more its tail because it can simply be a tendon. If the owner pulls on it, then the animal may suffer from very significant neurological impairment whose repercussions can be felt at:

  • Intestines,
  • From the bladder,
  • Hind legs …

Even more serious, a manipulation error may be the cause of hemorrhage can cause the cat’s death. These recommendations are therefore not to be taken lightly.

Cat and tail fracture: the right attitude to adopt is an emergency consultation

If the symptoms presented by the cat leave little room for doubt, it is essential to transport your cat as quickly as possible either to the veterinarian’s office or to the veterinary clinic.

The master must be reassuring by word but also stroking her cat (without touching his tail). The important thing is to avoid any additional stress in the animal. It can be comforting for the kitty to be placed in a very soft blanket before being introduced into its transport cage allowing it to be taken without difficulty to the consultation. Do not hesitate to give him his favorite toy, the presence of which may calm him down during the journey.

Once at the vet, the animal is examine according to the rules of the art, then the practitioner checks whether the accident caused any neurological damage but also bony or even muscular, which should not be ruled out in the case of a broken tail. To do this, he performs a functional exploration by means of an electromyogram (EMG). This painless examination allows to send an electric current of very low intensity in the fibers of the peripheral nervous system and in the various motor, nerve and sensitive fibers.

During the examination of the cat, the veterinarian also makes sure that the sphincters are functioning correctly as well as the muscles located at the origin of the tail and which allow all its movements.

He then decides on case by case treatment. For example, an antibiotic can be essential to prevent any risk of infection, which is common when a cat is the victim of an open fracture of the tail but also when the latter is not broken but beautiful. and badly banged up and has a major wound. But in the presence of a ungloved tail, the practitioner may be required to carry out a amputation, total or partial, depending on where the bone was broken.

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