Why Do Cats' Tails Fall Off

A fungal skin infection that causes crusty lesions and hair loss. The tail often snaps off at the lesion site.


Cats can lose tails by getting them caught in doors, windows, or by vehicular accidents.

Injury or Accident 

In severe cold climates, exposure can cause tissue damage leading to tail loss.


Damaged, infected tails are sometimes surgically removed to control gangrene and sepsis.

Medical Amputation  

Compulsive disorders, stress or neurological issues can cause cats to lick, bite, or chew off their own tails.


Tumors affecting the tail bones or surrounding tissue can necessitate amputation.


Seek prompt veterinary care. Pain control, antibiotics, wound care and sometimes surgery are required.

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