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Need help with a cats tail (not a joke)
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sHan, TN    Posted 06-08-2004 at 22:58:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
my wifes cat got snached up by a hawk by its tail and the hawk must of sliped off and droped him (dont know how far) but he couldnt walk with his back legs for a few days but he is up and walking some now just not to good, the big trouble is when he sliped loose from the hawk it slit his tail open from one end to the other and the cat has cleaned it up and pulled/removed the fur and skin from his tail, but now it has dried out and is stiff as a board and he cant move his tail at all. NOW my question is can i use one of those rubber bands that they use for livestock to remove his tail ????? thanks in advance and sorry for the long post....shan


KellyGa    Posted 06-09-2004 at 08:47:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would see a vet. Might be or get infected. If it smells bad, its infected. That infection can get into the bloodstream and make the cat very sick.


slim    Posted 06-09-2004 at 05:35:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with Fern. Sharp axe will do fine although my aim is not too good, might hit him on the neck.

Sorry, little attempt at humor, I know very little. But I really would use an axe if it gets infected or if it looks like it is going to be useless or even a bother to the cat. Put a board or stump (something solid) under the tail, put the axe on top of the tail and hit it with a big hammer. This way you can have good control on the cut. But I would try to let it heal first.

Good luck

slim


DD    Posted 06-09-2004 at 05:17:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
OOPS! Sorry sHan, reckon I was wrong, the banding sounded like a good idea to me. Listen to these folks ; )


Fern(Mi)    Posted 06-09-2004 at 04:27:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cruel as may sound. Good gripping gloves, save scratches. Get extra fir grip knap of neck. Cat canít struggle against this. Then, Lop it off with knife between joints (or quicker with an axe) soak tip in salt water number times day. Salt wont hurt cat. Good luck to all of you. Note: Loose of tail will unbalance catís gate may tend to hope like bunny in future.
Fernan


Texas    Posted 06-09-2004 at 04:17:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a cat with no tail. Have yet to figure out how to pick him up.

I agree with Fawteen. Let it heal or go to vet.


Fawteen - NO!    Posted 06-09-2004 at 04:12:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
The band castrators are for soft tissue only. It won't get through the bones in the tail, it will prolly get ganrenous, and the cat will be in agony.

Two options: 1) Let it go and see if it heals up on it's own after a while, it may just be stiff from the swelling during healing, or; 2) Take it to a vet and have it amputated properly.


DD    Posted 06-08-2004 at 23:04:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
sHan, most everybody has gone to bed now but check back in the morning, I'm sure somebody will have an answer for ya. Maybe make a post to Fern, he'd know fer sure probably but like I said, Somebody will tell ya something in the morning : ) Sorry to hear about the cat too, I hope it get's better soon.


Aprille the layman's vet!    Posted 06-09-2004 at 04:39:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi Shan..hope this will help..first..is the cat's tail limp? It may be broken..Take the cat and get a glass of nice warm to hot water..dip the WHOLE tail in and swirl the water quickly in the glass..like a whirlpool treatment..take gauze and wrap the tail in the gauze..taping the outside..do this once or twice per day..also do NOT be afraid to call the vet for advice..which is free! I have had 2 cats get their tails broken and brought the first one to the vet who held the tail straight up..let it drop and said..YUP It's BROKEN..then had the nerve to charge 20 bucks!! I did the whirlpool thing just on a hunch and within 3 days the hair was growing back healthy but everytime my child walked by the cat would drop the tail AGAIN!! Lol..yes it was the same child that BROKE the tails..lol..good luck and keep me informed..If you notice a bad smell after 24 hours of this treatment, please consult a vet..


Fern(Mi)    Posted 06-09-2004 at 05:45:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
A jem Of an ideer just poopedinto my head. As lazy as I likes to become under the saloon's pool table, do you supose one them cats could go with me next I drop in on the beer-tender, and that cat's tail work as or fill in as my swizel stick.
Hic
Fernan


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