Can Kittens Survive With Broken Tails?


We found a tiny stray kitten at our house
yesterday. It has a broken tail in several places.
It seems to have already healed. Will the kitten
have to have its tail removed or will be okay just
with a tail that healed wrong?

Jonesborough, TN

Kinked or broken tails are very common in cats and kittens. The tail may be traumatized during the birthing process. Myriad injuries are possible after birth as well.

Broken tails almost never require treatment. The kinks (which usually are a form of joint luxation rather than true fractures) generally are permanent. They cannot be fixed. But they generally do not cause pain or affect quality of life in any way.

If your kitten’s tail is not painful, then it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. However, I’d recommend that you get him or her to the vet for deworming, vaccines, and FIV and FeLV testing.

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