How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Lori Your Own Question
Lori, Feline Healthcare
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 4131
Experience:  16 yrs health care mgmt & issues relating to cats, reproductive issues and multicat environments
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Lori is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My cat is very very sensitive at the base of her tail - if

Customer Question

My cat is very very sensitive at the base of her tail - if she is gently touched there, she cries, and will even attempt to bite.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Lori replied 8 years ago.


Has she always been like this, or is this new behavior?

Is she spayed?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
No this is new behaviour, and yes she is spayed - the behaviour started - as I noted above, after her grooming
Expert:  Lori replied 8 years ago.

The first thing I would recommend is having your vet do an xray to ensure nothing is broken. Many cats are very sensitive in this area and will not allow their owners (or anyone) to touch them there. Although this is new for her, it may be a problem that has been developing over time and just now is to the point where she doesn't want to be touched at all. We have a selkirk rex male who reacts the same way when touched in that area, and he has been evaluated many times by the vet (and by a veterinary college) with no problems found. There is a syndrome some cats suffer from called 'rolling skin disease' or feline hyperthesia syndrome. Here are links that discuss it more. Many vets feel this is a 'mini'seizure' disorder, but others feel that cats are in pain. Treatment IS available for the disorder, which you may want to discuss with your vet after other problems have been ruled out.


Please let me know if I can help you futher in any way!

Lori and 4 other Cat Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you very much - I am thinking she may be like the rex male, as there is no skin rolling or any other strange behaviour except she truly does not want you to touch that spot - every other spot on her body is fine. Thank you again - I feel better now, and just won't go near the forbidden area.
Expert:  Lori replied 8 years ago.

The next time you take her into the vet, ask them to xray the area - just to make sure there isn't a break or problem with the tail or spine. Better to be safe than sorry.