Cat trauma

One of our cats had an accident tonight. Or maybe I did. Or maybe we both did. Shit.

He was attempting to be all alpha cat and, instead of going through a door, he decided to linger to prove he was the boss instead of continuing on to the room where he was going to get fed.

I have one cat who is on a special diet and had just fed her. He was trying to try to let her know her dinner was his if he wanted it.

I was distracted. He usually goes straight towards his food after I feed her and I went along with what would have been the routine. He just has to make some kind of show about his domination every single meal. But this time he wanted to really be the bully and hovered near the door. But that wasn’t his MO, so I…


I shut the door on his tail, which caused what they call de-sheathing. Just a small amount, but by the time we caught him, the fur and skin on his tail had rolled up to expose quite a bit of bone.

I rushed him to the ER. They said the only thing they could do was amputate.

So I let them.

I feel horrible tonight. Like gut-punch sick about it. He’s got a bandage, a cone and a stub, only about half of his former tail.

And what is he doing right afterwards?

Purr purr rub rub purr purr purr

Which makes me feel even worse, somehow. I am feeling the self-loathing mightily about now…

9 thoughts on “Cat trauma”

  1. A sad tail. Not entirely your fault.
    It will be interesting to see if his behaviour changes now.
    I don’t know how you manage with 4 cats, I have enough trouble with one.
    I’m sure the feeling will pass next time he butt drags along your pillow.

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    1. Six cats. And he’s the biggest troublemaker.

      Awake right now because I felt bad and took off the cone do he could drink some water (I’m still trying to figure out how they expect him to eat and drink with it on). I out it back on and now he’s decide this is guys new challenge: get it off at 4am… I’m getting payback as we speak.

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      1. I must have misread. 6!!!
        6 of anything seems excessive.
        I’ve never had a coned animal but I’m guessing the novelty would wear off within days. It’s like having a baby in the house again.
        How long does it have to stay on?

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