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1) When did the injury occur? 2) Is the cat still able to move the distal most portion of the tail? 3) Do you have a picture of the injury?
Your vet has asked you to bring her in not to just collect a fee but because they are required to perform an exam on any animal they assist medically. It's the same reason you cannot walk into a doctors office and simply pick up medication--they must see you for an exam first. Your vet is simply following protocol set forth by their licensing board.That being said, it sounds like the tail may be broken and may require amputation. If you cannot catch her by hand, you're going to need to use a humane trap. You can find these at feed stores and might also check with rescues and shelters in your area. They will often loan them out for usage. Then, all you must do is place food in the trap and for the cat to walk into the trap for the meal. Once they depress the action plate, the doors will fall securing them in the trap and allowing you to take the cat and trap to the vet together. Your vet will then be able to examine her and offer treatment based on her presentation. If she does require amputation, your vet can use sutures that do not require removal and can give an antibiotic injection to prevent infection.
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