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Question [Apr. 18th, 2008|10:32 pm]
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This is going to sound really weird, but it's just research for an RPG, I swear. I like my realism.

What effect does it have on a cat's ability to walk if its tail gets broken? Just while it's all bandaged and healing, I mean?
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From:parcae
Date:April 18th, 2008 - 09:36 pm
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I have no idea if this is accurate or not, but I feel like it would throw off their balance somewhat if the tail couldn't move freely?
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From:indiana_j
Date:April 18th, 2008 - 09:38 pm
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This is why the internet is great. If a cat's tail is busted you might see this: "You may notice some of the following symptoms: involuntary urine dribbling, dragging of the tail or never holding it high, incoordination of the rear legs, and a dilated, flaccid anal sphincter which may be accompanied by diarrhea or fecal incontinence."
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From:avariel_wings
Date:April 18th, 2008 - 09:39 pm
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...yeah, I don't want to go that realistic. It's not a cat.
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From:indiana_j
Date:April 18th, 2008 - 09:43 pm
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Since I think I know who you're talking about now...;) Basically, I don't think it would affect the balance all *that* much. The added weight of the bandages would be off-putting, perhaps.
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From:frito_kal
Date:April 18th, 2008 - 09:51 pm
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I'm pretty sure that would annoy more then just your subject. Wanda would probably be like "You are not touching me until you fix that."
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From:diamond_dust06
Date:April 18th, 2008 - 11:13 pm
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"Kurt! Not on the carpet! Someone get the spray bottle . . ."
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From:viridian
Date:April 18th, 2008 - 09:41 pm
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In practice, it never affected our cats at all. One of them had most of her tail chewed OFF accidentally by her mother as a kitten, and it didn't affect her really, and another had hers slammed in a door (not by us) and all that happened was the end of it was crooked. As far as I know they don't bandage broken tails, but I guess they might if it broke further down and seemed to cause the cat pain.
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From:essayel
Date:April 18th, 2008 - 10:44 pm
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They are off balance, fall off things, and tend to swear a lot because it really hurts.

If the break is close to the bottom of the tail they often amputate because it can't be splinted but a midway break they splint sometimes.
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From:adiva_calandia
Date:April 18th, 2008 - 10:51 pm
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As a total shot in the dark, I'd say it wouldn't affect their ability to walk much, but might mess with their ability to jump distances?
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From:mogget_cat
Date:April 19th, 2008 - 12:17 am
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Yrael blinks slowly, seriously. "If a cat's tail gets broken, it causes quite a bit of pain. In most cases, the cat can't walk again until healed by near-constant scritches and feeding. Preferably fish."

"Preferably tuna."

"...to speed the healing process, of course." *shifty* Miaow?