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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-02-2008, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Tail Problems?

I have recently had my kitten spayed. She recovered wonderfully from the surgery, so I am not entirely sure this is related to the surgery. The last couple of days, she has been holding her tail strange - kind of straight out and then lets it fall. When I checked her tail out, feeling for lumps/bumps, she growled and hissed at me. Has anyone experienced this before? Could it be some type of infection or maybe a bug bite?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-02-2008, 03:04 PM
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Re: Tail Problems?

in 1996 my kitten Marmalade (1996-200 had that happen to his tail when he was about 6-8mo old. It was like his tail was 'broken', it could be moved by him, but the last 4" or so just hung limply and he was unable to move the end of it. The vet said it wasn't broken (couldn't/wouldn't splint it), but it could have had something fall on it, step on it or a chair leg come down on it and inflamed the nerves. When the inflamation went down/away, he regained full use of his tail.
We never did learn how he injured it.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-02-2008, 03:41 PM
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Re: Tail Problems?

Had a similar situation with Holly when she was a kitten. Her tail was just hanging off her butt like a limp piece of rope. Took her to the vet and the diagnosis was a soft tissue injury. Put her on anti-inflammatories and she was better in a couple weeks. It did actually take a couple months until she could raise it completely, but I think that was because her tail was huge and she was too little and didn't have the muscles to control it.

Anyway, the fact that your kitten is hissing and growling when you touch her tail says that there is definitely something wrong. I recommend a vet visit as a tail broken down towards the base can cause a variety of issues (nerve damage, incontinence etc.) going forward if it isn't addressed.

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