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Tail Injury

Postby Aponivi » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:39 am

Hi, My cat bit off the very end of my rat's tail.  There is no bone sticking out and it does not appear to be bleeding anymore. However, there is about 2 inches of something that looks like fiber or hair coming straight of the end of the tail, like a tassel.  What are the fibers?  Do I cut them off?  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  

Thank you. Branden Murray

ANSWER: No dont cut them, that is part of the spinal cord. A rats tail is an extension of the vertebrae. The inside of that tail is also full of arteries that could bleed profusely and if you cut that, she could really bleed badly. This injury can be painful as well as dangerous should infection set in.  The end of this should be taken care of surgically by a vet that is qualified working with rats.

However, chances are it may dry up on its own, but it may also turn black and necrotic and possibly gangrene may set in, which may be even a bigger problem in the long run.

Do you have a vet and if not, let me know and I can help you find someone to see this rat right away!

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

I really think we lucked out and the cat just got the tip of the tail.  There were no signs of significant bleeding and I never even saw the wound ooze anything.  The fibers are very strange, however.   (I wish I could send a picture.)  Are these tendons or nerves?  

She is acting fine, eating, not picking or licking her tail and she is acting normal.  I am trying to figure out the urgency of her situation.  I am supposed to be out of town for one night tomorrow and really don't want to cancel the trip unless necessary.  (Not trying to be a bad rat mama but it does not appear to be an emergency to me, but I am not a vet.)
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Tail Injury

Postby Goddard » Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:30 am

If its not real severe and just sounds to me worse than it is, it may dry up and fall off. It may turn black(necrotic tissue) and a rat in pain will not eat and act normal. Ignorance is bliss, they say, and because of what I do, I know the urgency of situations like this, however, I havent examined your little one so I can only get a visual and imagine the worse. I dont want to tell you to let it go and have something happen. I would feel really really bad!  The fibers, let them dry out. Again, they are probably part of the vertabrae since the tail is an extension of the rats spinal cord.  There are lots of veins in the tail, but if these fibers were anything like that there would be significant amounts of blood.  They could be severed tendons. I would let them dry up and fall off, because they will. For now, rub the area with neosporin to prevent infection and just keep a super close eye on it.  If you want to send me a photo, that would be great. I am curious now!  Send it to [email protected]  If I cant identify it, I have a friend that is a pathologist that I can forward the photos to and have a definite answer by tomorrow for you, but if the rat is acting ok, all is probably OK and its ME being paranoid!
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Tail Injury

Postby Pelham » Fri Dec 16, 2016 2:19 am

Hi, My cat bit off the very end of my rat's tail.  There is no bone sticking out and it does not appear to be bleeding anymore. However, there is about 2 inches of something that looks like fiber or hair coming straight of the end of the tail, like a tassel.  What are the fibers?  Do I cut them off?  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  

Thank you. Branden Murray

ANSWER: No dont cut them, that is part of the spinal cord. A rats tail is an extension of the vertebrae. The inside of that tail is also full of arteries that could bleed profusely and if you cut that, she could really bleed badly. This injury can be painful as well as dangerous should infection set in.  The end of this should be taken care of surgically by a vet that is qualified working with rats.

However, chances are it may dry up on its own, but it may also turn black and necrotic and possibly gangrene may set in, which may be even a bigger problem in the long run.

Do you have a vet and if not, let me know and I can help you find someone to see this rat right away!

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

I really think we lucked out and the cat just got the tip of the tail.  There were no signs of significant bleeding and I never even saw the wound ooze anything.  The fibers are very strange, however.   (I wish I could send a picture.)  Are these tendons or nerves?  

She is acting fine, eating, not picking or licking her tail and she is acting normal.  I am trying to figure out the urgency of her situation.  I am supposed to be out of town for one night tomorrow and really don't want to cancel the trip unless necessary.  (Not trying to be a bad rat mama but it does not appear to be an emergency to me, but I am not a vet.)
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