The Mystery of Mimi’s Missing Tail!

When Mayhew Animal Welfare Officer Libby Cannon went out to trap, neuter, and return feral and semi-feral cats living in a local colony, she was shocked to discover one young Tortie had a missing tail.

Although the wound did not appear to be fresh, there was old hair stuck to it, and the skin surrounding the stump looked dirty, dark, and sore – naturally Mayhew were concerned it could be necrotic.

· Libby brought Mimi straight into Mayhew’s Community Vet Clinic, where she was assessed by the vet team.

· Mimi’s wound was discovered to be “several weeks old”, and although no further injuries were found, she was quickly settled into Mayhew’s hospital ward to be monitored.

· Steph also prescribed some pain relief for Mimi, and booked her in for a full tail amputation a few days later to remove the remaining stump, and to ensure that surrounding skin could heal effectively.

Unusually for a cat trapped in a colony, Mimi was affectionate and friendly with both Libby and Steph, which led Mayhew to conclude she was likely to be an abandoned or lost, pet rather than a feral cat herself.

Luckily, Mimi’s amputation went smoothly, and Mayhew also neutered her whilst she was under anaesthetic. Mimi was then settled back into her warm and cosy cabin in the hospital ward, where her recovery continued without a hitch.

Steph Panayiotou, one of Mayhew’s Vets, said “Mimi’s tail amputation was very successful. I had to amputate quite low down to ensure there was enough viable tissue for closure, as what was mostly remaining of her tail was ulcerated.

“She then recovered very well, and was very comfortable post-op, bouncing around and purring, with no more signs of pain or discomfort. I am happy she will now go on to lead a normal happy cat life.”

Two weeks later, Mimi was readmitted into theatre for some dental work – Mayhew’s vets had noticed that her upper right canine was fractured on intake, but hadn’t wanted to add to her distress by carrying out three different surgeries at once.

Fortunately, Mimi’s tooth extraction also went exactly according to plan, she continued to recover quickly, and was soon eating and drinking normally again.

Once Mimi’s gums and tail area had fully healed, she was placed up for adoption – whilst suspected to be domesticated, she had no microchip or means of identification, meaning Mayhew were unable to locate any previous owners.

Thankfully, somebody fell in love with Mimi straight away, and although she is now missing a tail, she has found her very own forever home full of love, care, and attention – just what she deserves.

It’s impossible to be sure exactly what happened to Mimi or her tail before she was brought to Mayhew, but luckily she doesn’t seem to have suffered any lasting effects from her ordeal.

To find out more about Mayhew’s Community Vet Clinic and the work of their vets and vet nurses, please visit Mayhew’s website here.

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