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Kitty Finn broke his tail last week!

Poor kitty, he walked up to me and I noticed right away that his tail was practically dragging on the ground and he couldn't seem to raise it.  He was still tearing around the house in his usually demented way, and jumping on sinks and tables, so I waited a day to see if he had just bruised it somehow.  The next day it was obvious he was in some pain, so I took him to the vet and they shot an xray.  Broken tail, just up by his rump.

Not sure how he did it--I suspect he tried to jump onto the top of the refrigerator and missed, possibly hitting something on the way down.  When I had come home from work that first day I noticed all the chip clips that are usually stuck to the sIMG_2198ide of the refrigerator were on the floor. 

The vet gave me a combination pain/anti-inflammatory medicine, and he perked right up.  The vet said there are 4 possible recovery scenarios:
  1. The tail heals just fine; maybe a bit of reduced motion
  2. The tail heals but is crooked
  3. The tail heals but droops
  4. The tail does not heal and has to be amputated

Yikes!  Luckily, Mr. Finn (that's what the vet called him) will be ok, even if his tail is not.  However, after just a few days he can already hold it at half-mast, so I'm hoping for the best.

I swear, these kittens (very large kittens who weigh over 12 pounds each at 10 months old) have a Death Wish. 

Date: 2013-02-05 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aged-crone.livejournal.com
12 pounds at 10 months? Are you sure they're housecats and not, say, mountain lions?

Date: 2013-02-07 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
Not sure at all! And Peggy has me terrified about cats who may be Maine Coon cats, with this picture. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/pictures-of-the-year/9767631/Animal-pictures-of-the-year-2012-part-one.html?frame=2244900)

My Charlie looks a lot like that monster. Charlie doesn't have the ruff or the ear tufts, and he has a tiny pinhead in comparison. But still.

Date: 2013-02-07 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aged-crone.livejournal.com
That ruff! That's no Maine coon cat, it's a *lion*!!!

Date: 2013-02-08 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] willow-41z.livejournal.com
Aw, poor baby. Give him a consolatory cuddle from me. :)

12 pounds at 10 months! And I thought Ben, and my parents' demon kitten, were big!

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