My 5 month old kitten is behaving oddly- could she have a broken tail? If not, what could possibly be wrong?
YANMV, she will be going to the vet as soon as we possibly can, etc.
Our 5 month old kitten Ellie (obligatory blurry picture
) suddenly began acting really strangely about an hour ago. She had been running around the house and playing as usual, and then I lost track of her for a few minutes. When I found her, she was laying in the dog bed with her entire front half flattened out and her back half doing a strange kind of half-kneading motion. She was also making a constant broken mrowr-type sound. This isn't unusual (she is the most vocal cat I have ever met) but it is usually not continuous or quite so pathetic sounding. She got up a minute later and walked away. A few minutes later, my roommate noticed that she was continuing that same sound.
We picked her up to try and check her out, and she didn't seem to have any kind of tenderness in her legs, back, or paws- but her tail is curved up and to one side, and she won't let it lay flat. Her tail is still moving, though, and she wasn't making any cries of pain while we were prodding her- but she has continued making that sad sound, and has advanced to crying loudly, as well (which is new- she has never made these sounds, which makes me think she may be in pain). She also had what some leaking, although I am unsure if it was urine or what. She's also been hopping around and playing with toys, as well.
We called the emergency vet when we first noticed her behavior and they said that as long as she was walking, she was ok for now. We will be taking her in as soon as possible, but we are really short on money for the next week or so, and I would at least like a vague idea of what could be going on and how much we would need to take care of it. It seems like her tail is too mobile to be broken- can cats have dislocated tails? If not, is there something else that could manifest in this way?