|Date:||April 18th, 2008 - 09:36 pm|| |
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?
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."
...yeah, I don't want to go that realistic. It's not a cat.
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.
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."
"Kurt! Not on the carpet! Someone get the spray bottle . . ."
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.
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.
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?
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."
"...to speed the healing process, of course." *shifty* Miaow?