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Oo-er! My kitten's tail is a bit bent!

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crazynanna · 20/03/2012 10:39


Just noticed my 5 month old kitten's very tip of tail is bent. I am 100% sure it wasn't like that yesterday!

She's not going out yet as we are awaiting her neutering and she's tiny and I am scared of bully cat next door,no yelps from trapping it..I have not stood on her.

It is just the tip..about 2 inches is bent. She is fine,playing and eating and toileting fine. She lets me touch it,but she is licking it and 'nibbling' it.

Has she broken it? Is she ok? Will it always be like that now?


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Sparklingbrook · 20/03/2012 10:42

Oh no crazy. Sad Is it broken do you think?

Sparklingbrook · 20/03/2012 10:43

Stupid question-you already asked that. Grin I would pop her to the vets just to check it out, if she's nibbling it it may be bothering her.

crazynanna · 20/03/2012 10:44

Dunno Sparkling

She seems absolutely fine...lets me stroke it,she is bombing around the house as normal,eating and weeing all normal. She seems fine.

Really don't know what has happened.

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Sparklingbrook · 20/03/2012 10:46

Possibly a bite? Bit of a mystery. Confused If she lets you stroke it she can't be in pain.

crazynanna · 20/03/2012 10:51

I think I will pop her to the vets..just to make sure.

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Sparklingbrook · 20/03/2012 11:07

Probably for the best. Smile

ExitPursuedByABear · 20/03/2012 11:11

Years ago I had burglars and the bastards trapped the cat's tail in the door and broke the end of it. He was fine. Well, until he died of some weird poisoning but that was unrelated to his tail injury.

Pinot · 20/03/2012 12:22

Oh poor Poppy! I've had this too - my Mums cat years ago got it shut in a door as it was closing. It was a bruise I think, puffing it to one side. She was fine after a few days.

I hope she's alright mate.

crazynanna · 20/03/2012 12:26

Thank you lovely Smile

She seems fine...right as rain. Which makes me think am I actually imagining it Confused

Got appt tomorrow at the vets...and will wait for DD to come from school to make sure it's really there Hmm

But...looking now...she's not swishing it as much as she usually does...

will let you know how we get on xx

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Pinot · 20/03/2012 12:29

Does it feel swollen? Can you run your fingers down it all the way with a little bit of pressure without her yelping? I'm just thinking about imagining what examination the vet would do (to save a few £ y'know). Have a fiddle and lemme know mate

crazynanna · 20/03/2012 12:33

ok well there is a little nobble where the bend starts,and it doesn't hurt when I squeeze it...but if I hold it at the nobble,the rest of the tail just droops...

she's broken isn't she Sad

but how? when?

ok vets tomorrow

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ripsishere · 20/03/2012 12:34

I'm with pinot on this, see if you can feel any puffiness near the site of the bed. It could indicate a bruise.
Looking on the bright side, Thai cats often have a kink/bend in their tails. Apparently they were bred like that to enable the Siamese princesses to store their rings on the cats tails.

ExitPursuedByABear · 20/03/2012 12:38

If she is not in pain then I really wouldn't waste your money on the vet. I mean, if it is broken then what can they do?

Get away rip - really???

crazynanna · 20/03/2012 12:40

Do you think Exit? I don't want to neglect're right she isn't in any pain and is acting normally...'cept the tail isn't swishing with excitement much like it usually does.

Shall I just wait and see?

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Pinot · 20/03/2012 12:55

Having spent an absolute fortune with the kittens back and forth to the vets when they were little, I personally would leave it to heal itself.

If it was swollen, they could give an anti-inflammatory injection, but it's not.
If she was showing signs of pain, they could give her pain-killers, but she seems OK - just a bit sore?
They can't make it straighten, they can't splint it. Hmmm.

Ooh I'd leave her and keep an eye on it yourself. Odds are it's a tiny fracture which will heal and she'll be fine in a week. I'd only take her if she was swollen and/or in pain. Just give her extra special kisses :)

crazynanna · 20/03/2012 12:57


Ok thank you...will cancel appt and keep my eye on her...but will keep the money aside just in case.

Poor wonky Poppy

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Pinot · 20/03/2012 13:00

wonky poppy :o Bless her!

Beamur · 20/03/2012 13:01

My old cat had this, just near the end, probably as a result of trapping it somewhere (it was already like it when I got her) it didn't cause her any distress.
A friends cat had a similar problem but it near the base, so the tail was all droopy and it had to be amputated as it had no feeling in it and would just get manky and damaged.

ExitPursuedByABear · 20/03/2012 17:50

Hope Poppy is OK.

crazynanna · 20/03/2012 17:56


Thank you Exit yes she seems ok....seems to droop her tail a lot atm,but when it's been feed time,has come running in the kitchen with tail upright and just the end bit bent.

Absolutely no pain at all,happy as Larry,murdering her teddy bear as usual!

have cancelled the vet...and will keep an eye on her.

Poor perfect kitten is a bit wonky.

Adds to her character! Grin

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ExitPursuedByABear · 20/03/2012 18:01

Nothing in life is perfect - and you can always use it to keep your rings on. (I still don't believe that.)

crazynanna · 20/03/2012 18:39
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SecretNutellaFix · 20/03/2012 19:19

Crazynanna, my girlcat also has this, but only the top 1/2cm. I only noticed it when she was about 5 months old.

She's fine. Never given her any bother.

mycatsaysach · 20/03/2012 19:23

my siamese has about 3 kinks in his tail

Sparklingbrook · 21/03/2012 09:17

How's the kinky tail this morning crazy?

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