||Three years old|
||Black & White Shorthair|
||Newton Le Willows, England, United Kingdom|
the best. He's highly intelligent, and loves being brushed.
Just the other day he was walking past and I held his brush out to
him to see if he wanted to be brushed - he stood up on his back legs,
grabbed the brush with both paws and rubbed his face against the
brush!!! I swear!! I have witnesses!! He lost his tail in an accident
last year, so it's harder to tell his moods - he just has to purr
louder, I guess. There's definitely something in his eyes - he's very
We lost Des for almost a day last year, and when he finally showed up
he was like a wild animal, growling and hissing. We got a vet out
late one night, and he told us that he seemed to have broken his
tail, near the base of his spine. He had to have the tail amputated,
and it was touch and go whether his bowel functions would ever be the
same again, due to the close proximity of vital nerves in his spine
near the fracture - a classic (and extreme) "tail-pull" injury
commonly caused by Road Traffic Accidents and other impactful
It's almost six months since the injury now, his bottom has healed up
nicely, and his fur has grown back. I've recently noticed that there
is a small tuft of fur covering the "stump" (Actually the one
remaining protruding vertebra of his tail) - and I've since noticed
that sometimes the tuft is flat, and sometimes it's a bit spiky, so I
think that this is the only remaining evidence of the "tail-lift"
used as a greeting type of body language in cats. So he's 100% fit,
happy, and spoilt to death (as before). The vet said that the only
reason he pulled through was because he was well looked after, so you
can imagine how good that makes us feel!!
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