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My cat has a tail injury and I can see her flesh

By: Dr. Jon Rappaport

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Our question this week was:

My female cat may have gotten attacked by a dog because she is an outside pet and her entire tale is amputated to where you can see her flesh. Is there any way I can treat her myself or is it a necessity to see the vet? I really want to take her to see the vet but I'm afraid that I won't have enough money to pay for her visit.

Jasmine Mandujano


Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote that your indoor cat has a tail injury and you can see her flesh (but you don't know why or how it happened). Tail injuries are common in cats – they can be bitten or they can be caused by cats getting them caught in doors (very common). If the flesh is torn back or it is amputated – the best thing is to take her to your vet. I'm not sure if it can be sutured or what treatment would be best for your cat.

An article that might be helpful to you is Tail Injuries in Cats.

Best of luck!

Dr. Jon



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