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Weird Tail

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by Siameezers, May 16, 2018.


  1. Siameezers

    Siameezers PetForums Junior

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    So I messed up..

    I took a week off work, as I have done with the other two litters. I took rectal temps as I have done in the past and on the 10th her temp was 37.8, so I was up every hour and a half checking for two nights. The third night I slept on the floor by the birthing pen with my hand in it (I had to get a pen because her first litter she decided my bed was the spot to have her kittens), up every hour. By the 4th night I was exhausted... like really freaking exhausted. So I curled up beside her pen, hand in for comfort and decided that I would just shut my eyes for an hour, alarm set. I thought that I would hear her or feel her move if she started having the kittens. I was wrong.
    I woke up 2 minutes before my alarm to the sound of a kittens cry. One kitten was pushed toward the front of the pen and was dead, she had chewed the umbilical cord so close there wasn't anything left and the kitten has a hole in it's stomach The one kitten that was crying was fine and another was born shortly after. So we have two healthy kittens, which I am thankful for but the first one has me gutted, because I should have been awake to monitor her...

    I noticed one of the kittens has notches in his tail, like it almost looks like something was wrapped around it so tightly that it cut in and caused a scab. There was nothing in the pen that could have caused this, and I have never seen this before...

    They have gained 14-15 gram each since yesterday morning
     

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    lymorelynn UN Peacekeeper in training
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    Sorry that you lost one of the kittens :( but best wishes for the remaining two.
    The umbilical cord could have been wrapped around the little one's tail or maybe mum has accidentally bitten it in mistake for the cord. I would keep an eye on it in case of infection and bathe with warm saline solution.
     
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  3. SusieRainbow

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    In humans there is a condton called amniotic band syndrome , where the membranes wrap round a digit such as hands, feet, fingers, toes, sometimes leading to full amputation before birth. That's what it looks like to me , and quite superficial so should heal OK.
    So sorry about the lost kitten , you're only human. I hope the others thrive.
     
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  4. Siameezers

    Siameezers PetForums Junior

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    Thank you for your replies. I will definitely keep an eye on it, I have never heard amniotic band syndrome but that very well could be what it is.
     
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    Siameezers PetForums Junior

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    So my kittens tail began to turn grey, I really didn't think any thing of it as they are blue point kittens and their ear tips and nose had stared to change color at the same time. The mark on the tail didn't look any better or any worse.

    About two days later in the evening I noticed that the tip of his tail looked smaller from where that mark was up. I called my vet first thing the next morning, and explained what was happening.

    They were all booked up but agreed to squeeze him in at the end of the day. Well I went to place him in the carrier to bring him to the vets and noticed something under him on the blanket. Pick it up... It was the tip of his Tail!!! It fell completely off, in a perfect circle all the way around.

    The vet had no idea what could have caused it, I mentioned the amniotic band syndrome but he had never heard of it. The vet explained that he may have to amputate more of the tail if it doesn't heal properly and to keep a close eye on it as it could easily get infected.

    I am happy to say that it healed up with no issues (the skin and hair have grown back around the tip) and he has full use of the remaining part of his tail!

    I am seriously baffled as to how this could have happened...
     

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    Siameezers PetForums Junior

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    He moves it around and everything, and it never really seemed to bother him. But it does look rather odd when he walks...
     

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