The cat's tail is an extension of the spine and helps it maintain balance and its keen sense of distance and proportion. There are several ways a pussy can hurt its tail (someone can step on it for example) and this can be extremely painful and cause problems, including incontinence. By identifying a potential problem and seeing a veterinarian, it is possible to treat the animal.
Part 1 of 3: Identifying if a cat's tail has been pulled or crushed
Step 1. Recognize the symptoms
There are several ways he can get hurt like this, including:
- Pressing his tail into the door.
- Getting a footstep from a person.
- Bitten by another animal.
- Hit by a vehicle.
Step 2. Observe physical symptoms
Usually, you'll notice that there's something wrong with a cat's tail just by looking at it. To get treatment, first look for the following signs:
- Trailing the tail;
- A bend or twist in the tail;
- Paralyzed tail.
Step 3. Pay attention to the cat's behavior
It may be that the cat does not exhibit any physical symptoms of a pulled or crushed tail. However, there are some behavioral signs, the main ones being urinary or fecal incontinence, as the tail helps control the bladder and bowel. Other behavioral symptoms are:
- Reduced leg reactions to external stimuli. You may not even realize it at the time, but a neurological exam can check.
- Lethargy and slow reflexes.
- Walking afraid.
Part 2 of 3: Seeking immediate veterinary care
Step 1. Contact your veterinarian
At the first sign of trouble with the cat's tail, seek medical attention for the cat. Usually, the tail heals itself, but only a veterinarian can give a definitive diagnosis to decide what the best treatment will be.
Call your veterinarian's office and let them know your cat has a sore tail. Give details and inform if the cat is moaning with pain and urinary incontinence. Thus, the diagnosis and treatment will be accurate
Step 2. Submit the animal to examinations
The tail is essential for many functions, including bowel and bladder control and balance. Therefore, several tests will be needed, including X-rays and blood count.
- Tell the cat's symptoms in detail. Answer the veterinarian's questions about the cat's behavior and physical signs so that the diagnosis is safe.
- Allow the provider to perform a general physical and neurological examination of your cat. This will ensure that potential problems – including column displacement – are detected.
- Be aware that your veterinarian will be able to do blood tests, urinalysis and X-rays. They will be used to rule out problems not related to a pull or crush of the tail, but similar symptoms.
Step 3. Let the tail heal itself
In most cases, the cat will heal on its own. Therefore, many veterinarians wait a while before moving on to more invasive treatments such as surgery or amputation.
To heal, the cat must get enough rest
Step 4. Repair broken bones through surgery
If your cat's tail is broken, dislocated, or not healing, it's natural for your cat to suggest surgery. The procedure can help the cat heal more quickly, as well as restore balance and control of the bladder and bowel.
- After surgery, let the pussy rest a lot. Thus, it will heal faster and with less risk of infection.
- After the procedure, follow the veterinary recommendations. This includes rest, pain medication and a course of antibiotics. It may also be necessary to give medicine for constipation and bladder control.
Step 5. Amputate the cat's tail
If an animal's tail is severely broken or with spinal or pelvic damage, it may suffer from permanent loss of sensory and motor functions. Therefore, amputation is highly recommended to prevent worse problems with its nervous system. Amputated, the cat is not handicapped.
- Be aware that tail amputation due to injury is common in cats. It may take both of you to get used to the idea, but this is unlikely to have any major long-term consequences on your pussy's behavior.
- After the procedure, follow the veterinary recommendations. Even though it's not uncommon, the amputation procedure is still a significant surgery. Among the recommendations will be pain medications, antibiotics, stool softeners (stool softeners), and a urinary catheter, the operation of which will be taught by the veterinarian.
- If you notice any signs of infection, contact your veterinarian immediately. Symptoms of infection include: bleeding or leakage at the site, swelling, bruising, pale gums, body odor, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing.
Part 3 of 3: Treating Home Injury
Step 1. Create a cozy atmosphere
It can take up to a month for the cat's tail to heal after the tail is amputated. It can be lethargic and somewhat lacking in appetite and it is important that it rests a lot. Put the food, water and sandbox bowls in a quiet place where he has peace.
- A good idea is to create this space in a separate room or, at the very least, inside a box. Watch your recovery closely.
- Put warm sheets for him. So the pussy is encouraged to get plenty of rest.
- Give him food and fresh water every day, even if he doesn't seem to be hungry. So he will have less risk of infection.
- Know that cats are very picky about the litter box. Instead of sand, fill the box with shredded paper, which is more hygienic and with less risk of infection.
Step 2. Limit the cat's activities
The feline may have few symptoms after treatment. Even so, it's important that he get plenty of rest for at least a week. Don't let him run and jump and play around until he's healed. This helps to avoid problems.
- Let him do light exercises like playing with a ball in the rest area.
- Keep the cat indoors. Doing so will prevent injury, infection and attacks by other animals.
Step 3. Take care of pussy incontinence
Because of the desensitization caused by the surgery, he may have fecal incontinence. Pay attention and help him in this regard. About 60% of cats regain the ability to control their bowels, but if yours doesn't, manual catheterization or emptying of the bladder will be necessary.
- The veterinarian will know the best way to deal with incontinence. Manual emptying of the bladder may be necessary. The provider may also recommend a cystotomy, which is a surgical incision that deals with urinary incontinence.
- Give fecal emollients to treat constipation.
- If incontinence continues or worsens, see your veterinarian. He will be able to suggest some alternatives.
Step 4. Schedule callback appointments
It is likely that you will need to return to the vet several times after tail surgery to assess the cat's health. Therefore, be sure to schedule additional appointments.