My cat had his tail amputated :-(

(16 Posts)
GirlWithOneEye Wed 01-May-13 21:31:46

My poor cat had his tail amputated today...

He came home last week and it looked broken - was just flopping behind the break. We took him to the out-of-hours vet and they confirmed it so he had to have it amputated below the break today.

Feeling soooo sorry for him!!

He has the plastic cone around his head so he can't eat, my boyfriend just held food in his hands and let him eat out of that.

How can we help him with water? He can't get his head inside the bowl but it's a bit tricky trying to bend it so he can get drink! Also what about during the night when he needs to get to some water :-(

Really feeling so sad for him!! sad

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 01-May-13 23:44:42

I have the beautiful tail less wonder who lost her tail 11 months ago. When I amputated her tail she had no external sutures so didn't need a collar (I am a vet). I would suggest having periods of the day where you supervise to stop licking and have the collar off.
You need to prepare for a cat whose jump is unpredictable as the tail is the rudder when they jump. Sometimes tail less doesn't make the jump other times she had too much momentum in the jump.

cozietoesie Wed 01-May-13 23:47:46

Out of interest - do they adjust to the loss of the rudder or is that a permanent weakness in direction etc?

Mendeleyev Wed 01-May-13 23:51:20

We see a cat regularly round our way who had no tail. He seems to cope well. He is quite ungainly but I assumed he had been in an accident that had resulted in other injuries too. I'm sure your cat will adapt well given time.

cozietoesie Wed 01-May-13 23:57:34

I was thinking of Manx cats who can jump very well. I know they can have a slightly different rear conformation but they seem to manage OK.

One of my cats had to have her tail amputated probably about ten years ago, she manages absolutely fine. She adapted very quickly and I honestly can't even remember what she looked like with a tail anymore!
Hope he has a speedy recovery.

One of my cats when I was a child was tailless. His mother bit it off trying to bite the umbilical (young mother, first litter, he was lucky, two of his littermates didn't survive her ministrations sad).

He was always clumsy and never really became much of a jumper. He was nervous and pudgy but I loved him grin

Panzee Thu 02-May-13 05:16:02

My lovely old childhood cat lost half his tail when he was hit by a car. Absolutely no problems with direction, jumping, climbing etc. held his own in the hard cat stakes too! grin

Lonecatwithkitten Thu 02-May-13 07:04:11

Cozie she can and does jump it is not the best a bit ungainly, scrambly and sometimes she just doesn't make it.

bonzo77 Thu 02-May-13 07:29:42

When my cat was spayed we took the collar off for a few minutes so she could eat, drink and groom. Then distracted her if she went for her stitches.

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 07:56:30

Seniorboy was supposed to have a collar when he had stitches a couple of years back. It quickly became a resignation issue so I had to bow to (in that case) the stronger will and take the thing off. At which point he went to bed and fell asleep.

Not best practice I know, though.

Cats are pretty sensible, vets don't tend to use collars on vets round here and I've never heard of a cat biting their stitches out.

They tend ti give the wound a good lick and then ignore it.

GirlWithOneEye Thu 02-May-13 11:17:36

Thank you for your replies.

I think we'll take it off for short periods of time to give him a bread; eat/drink etc and see how he is. He's got a check up appt on Tuesday.

He has about, half of his tail left - maybe a bit more....they seem to have shaved the whole thing of what is left. It looks like a long bone. Will the hair grow back? How long does it take?

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 11:19:18

Yes it should grow back fine - maybe a couple of months for full coverage? (Judging by shaving on other parts of the body for my boys in the past.)

Yes the fur should grow back, my cat only ended up with two vertebrae left on her tail so she's got a tiny rabbit like tail bump but she still manages to climb and jump and the fur grew back over it very quickly. When she's stalking things she still wiggles her back end like she thinks she has a tail, it's very cute! I'm sure he'll be fine without the collar on when you're watching him, just make sure it's on overnight when you can't supervise.

GirlWithOneEye Thu 02-May-13 11:29:20

Thanks for all the advice.

Poor thing. We weren't expecting his tail to look like that! My boyfriend took him out of the box and was like ahhhh look at him!
My heart is just melting for him at the moment!

Our DD, is 14 months and she's obsessed with him! Keeping her separate while he recuperates too, she will terrorise him!

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