A Complicated Tail of Improper Healing

A little black & white kitten that came into the shelter was very friendly, so it was no surprise that she passed the shelter’s behavior evaluation. When it was time for her physical exam with the veterinary team, she was happy and healthy, or so it seemed.

The veterinary team noticed that her tail was somewhat thickened in an area, and she did not have normal movement in her tail. When we palpated the thickened area, a small amount of pus emerged from it.

Suspecting an injury with infection, we started the little kitten on medications to keep her comfortable and fight the infection, with the hope that we might be able to save her tail. Over a week or so, her wound was healing but in a way that it was strangulating the rest of the tail, as if her body was rejecting it. At that point, we conceded and decided that it would be best to remove the end of her tail.

Uncovering a Tail Injury Kitten San Jose Animal Care Center Amputation

After surgery, the little kitten was happy as ever and so was her little tail nub – standing straight up or moving every which way. Once the incision healed, she was placed up for adoption and quickly found a forever home!

Uncovering a Tail Injury Kitten San Jose Animal Care Center Amputation

Lounging around while recovering from surgery.

Uncovering a Tail Injury Kitten San Jose Animal Care Center Amputation

All healed and ready for adoption!

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