Tell-Tale Signs of a Broken Cat Tail

Cats use their tails for a wide variety of actions, and a broken cat tail is unpleasant. It's important to see your vet promptly if you suspect your cat's tail is broken, as it may lead to a number of serious problems.

Most breaks can be healed, and it is very rare that a tail will be splinted. Sometimes the break is so severe that there is nerve damage, and the tail must be amputated. Broken tails can cause bowel and bladder problems, as well as damage to the anus.

Signs of a Broken Cat Tail

There are a number of tell-tale signs which indicate your cat may have a broken tail. These include:

  • Limp tail
  • Tail held low to the ground
  • Involuntary urination
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty walking
  • No feeling in the tail
  • Sensitivity or pain to the touch
  • A visible kink or break

One easy way to check if your cat's tail is broken is to run your thumb and two fingers up and down the tail without applying pressure. If you feel a kink or a bump, it may be broken.

Your cat's tail is necessary for many things such as balance and expressing his mood. A broken tail is painful, and severe breaks may cause additional problems that can threaten your cat's health. Knowing the signs of one is important to ensure proper medical attention.