So this cat, orange tom cat, has been hanging around outside our apartment for about six months. When he first came to visit his tail was freshly cut off. (don't know how) We tried taking him to the vet a few times but he would never let us get a hold of him. (Although he is very friendly, he doesn't want to be picked up and when he sees you are trying, he runs) The tail has, however, never really healed. It's always bleeding and pussing. VERY nasty to look at. I finally caught him today and took him in, where they gave him an antibiotic shot, I gave him some advantage (for the HORRIBLE fleas) and I released him again. They recommended that in two weeks I bring him back in for "cosmetic surgery" where they would take off another segment and fold the skin over so the fur would cover the nub and it wouldn't get scraped up anymore. It would only cost $65 dollars, so I can afford it. Now if the antibiotic does work and in two weeks he has healed properly, this surgery would be purely cosmetic. It would make him more appealing for anyone wanting to adopt him, but as far as a stray goes, cosmetics are not really necessary and I know it would be painful and uncomfortable for him. What should I do?