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My beautiful cat due to have tail amputation

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arghhhhhhhhhhh Sun 01-Jul-18 14:38:29

Hi all

After a truely shit year when you think things cannot get much worse my lovely cat Bella arrived home last night in so much pain and her tail was completely limp sad
Off we went (at midnight to the emergency vets who said that the tail had completely come away from her back and she has no feeling in it they gave lots of painkillers and she is due back to our regular vet tomorrow..
Can anyone give any positive stories of a tailless cat and also as she isn't insured 😬 a rough idea of the cost?

Thanks in advance 🐈

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ididyeah Sun 01-Jul-18 14:45:12

I'm sorry I don't know about prices but our neighbours cat had his tail amputated (neighbours from years ago) and he lived happily years after that. We used to see him rolling about in the back garden all the time! I am really sorry this has happened to her but it sounds like you are making all the very best caring decisions you can for her. Wishing her and you well

arghhhhhhhhhhh Sun 01-Jul-18 15:11:30

Thank you for your reply! That's good to hear about your neighbours cat 🙂
We will of course do the surgery just putting off booking a holiday until we know how much it will be 😬
She is so fed up/drugged up today just hiding under the bed and isn't eating at all poor thing 😞

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ididyeah Sun 01-Jul-18 15:30:10

Poor little thing sad I hope she gets on okay at the vet tomorrow. Mine was on painkillers after a knee operation for quite a while and he used to spend ages asleep or doing very little, just needed the rest really. He's right as rain now, I'm sure they'll look after your Bella

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sun 01-Jul-18 15:32:55

I see a neighbour's cat and he lost his tail as a kitten. It hasn't dented his lust for life and she says he is 10.

villainousbroodmare Sun 01-Jul-18 15:34:22

Just observe her to make sure that she can pee and poop. Sometimes those functions are also damaged in a severe tail pull injury (but can improve). A tailless cat will be fine once she adjusts her balance.

arghhhhhhhhhhh Sun 01-Jul-18 15:37:06

Thank you.. she weed in the cat basket at the vets last night but hasn't had a wee or anything since 😬 I'll try and post a picture pre tail injury 😔

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arghhhhhhhhhhh Sun 01-Jul-18 15:38:08

Pre tail injury

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IHaveBrilloHair Sun 01-Jul-18 15:39:18

I'm so sorry OP.
I don't know about tails but I've a cat who had her leg and toe amputated and manages just fine 4 years on.

WindyWednesday Sun 01-Jul-18 15:42:28

That’s so sad.
My mums cat lost her tail. We don’t know how, but possibly the back door blew closed on her tail.

She had it amputated and is fine. It’s totally gone now. She’s affectionate as ever and doesn’t seem to miss it. She was young when it happened.

It hasn’t ever caused further problems.

MinaPaws Sun 01-Jul-18 15:43:41

OP - please hold on! Our DCat injured his tail. He wa sin pain and his tail dragged on the ground. He couldn't move it and had no feeling in it when we touched it as its tip. Vet said it had become dislocated and should be amputated. But DH said lets wait. We waited and within a week he'd agined more moveent in it. Bit by bit it healed and it's now as upright and jaunty as it ever was. No unneccessary operation or vet's bills.

May be worth giving him a bit of time to see if it heals. I'm so glad DH refused the op on DCat's behalf.

MinaPaws Sun 01-Jul-18 15:44:42

Sorry for typos!

arghhhhhhhhhhh Sun 01-Jul-18 15:47:56

Hi minapaws thank you for your message I will definitely do some research before heading back to the vets tomorrow xx

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fluffypudcats Sun 01-Jul-18 16:25:56

My boy never had a tail, he's manx. He's also gorgeous. At the minute, he's a hell of a lot more straight forward than his sis (see my post below yours)

arghhhhhhhhhhh Sun 01-Jul-18 16:29:32

Aw fluffy he is beautiful! My best friend has a ginger Manx cat she looks like a ginger rabbit from a distance 😁

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Lonecatwithkitten Sun 01-Jul-18 16:34:55

We specialise in black cats with who have had their tails amputated. Tailless girl cat had a tail injury that was horribly infected when she first entered my life ( with 5 kittens too). 6 years since her amputation. Boy cat came home one day with a degloving injury of his tail ( probably caught in a door). Both have lovely active lives they are slightly clumsy, but they climb trees and fences and both are very successful hunters. Girl cat prefer shrews and boy cat likes slow worms.

arghhhhhhhhhhh Sun 01-Jul-18 16:40:55

Holy crap lonecat they are lovely 😊 do you happen to have any idea of the cost involved at all? X

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arghhhhhhhhhhh Sun 01-Jul-18 17:36:16

Hopeful bump x

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Lonecatwithkitten Sun 01-Jul-18 17:40:38

In my hands a tail amputation is going to be so where around £250, but my practice is not a 'high cost' practice.

arghhhhhhhhhhh Sun 01-Jul-18 18:25:07

Thanks lonecat she's still not peed yet getting a bit worried 😟 she's in the vets tomorrow at 345 do you think it's ok till then or should we get her seen sooner? X

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ShutTheFridgeUp Sun 01-Jul-18 18:36:13

One of my cats had his tail amputated a few months ago. He was back to his usual self after about a week.
Thankfully he was insured as the vet bill we saw came to around £600! Although hopefully yours will be less (no idea if we are at a particularly expensive vet) our bill did include x-rays as well.

arghhhhhhhhhhh Sun 01-Jul-18 20:00:37

Thanks fridge so glad your cat is doing well 🙂

Bella is fuming with life right now she eaten some chicken but still not peed or pooed ☹️

Is hiding under the bed literally not moved all day 😢
Had to get her out for her medication but she's gone straight back

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lynmilne65 Sun 01-Jul-18 22:15:35

Yes my last cat had her tail amputated and went on another 10 years 😁

Toddlerteaplease Sun 01-Jul-18 22:36:56

Friends of mine have a cat who had his tail amputated. He doesn't go out as he's too anxious. But totally rules the roost and it doesn't seem to bother him.

TheSpottedZebra Mon 02-Jul-18 14:35:33

How is she today?

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