tail removal? thoughts? prices?
Hey guys, so recently I adopted a two year old seal point siamese cat from the local shelter. He's super sweet and loving, and super special (he's got an extra toe on each paw!). However he also has a stubbed tail, but not a full stubbed tail, its about 3 inches long and its lays firmly against him. He doesn't seem to be able to move it , so i'm not sure if perhaps it was a birth defect or maybe he had an accident and got part of it removed (although I would find that unlikely since they did not remove the whole thing). Anyways, the shelter we got him from didn't know what happened either, but they did inform us that because it lays right over his anus, it tends to get poop stuck on it every time he uses the litter box and has also caused him skin irritation in the past. However its begun causing even more problems since we brought him home. not only do we have to wipe him after each poop, but if he goes when we aren't home he kind of tracks it all over the apartment and anywhere he sits. I think it's also interfered with his grooming, because whenever he begins grooming he stops as soon as he reaches his rear end, and its caused him to develop a certain nasty smell. In general its all kind of frustrating and unhygienic for both my family and the cat.
We've come to the conclusion that the most effective way to solve this would be to remove the remaining 3 inches so that he can carry on about his business without any complications. I feel bad about getting it removed but he doesn't seem to have any feeling in it, since i poked it a few times and he makes no reaction. I'm also a bit worried about the price. I looked up some other peoples stories and I've seen prices ranging from $90 to well over $1,000. What would be a fair price for this? any information would be great!