My cat has a genetic deformity-a short tail with a little hook at the end. Is this common? What is it called?
I noticed another cat in the neighborhood has this same short tail, but he is also polydactyl! Anyone know anything about this curious trait?
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That's usually called a tail kink. They are pretty common. I've seen them in a couple of tortoiseshell cats, and it is a common trait in Siamese cats and others with Thai ancestory.
A severe kink could potentially lead to problems, but most of the time, it doesn't seem to bother the cat. My Odo has a kink near the end of his tail, and my mom's tortie has one as well.
Odo answered on Feb 16th.