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    So I only have my little ones because this guy I went to school with was chopping down a tree and unfortunately killed four others and the momma.... SO SAD.
    and he was just going to release them how they were. they would have died but he didn't care. however, I can not leave any animal in danger, ever.
    so I pleaded with him and he finally brought them to me.

    he didn't even notice some of Dixons tail missing!!!??? wtf.
    but when I got him his tail was already beginning to scab over and showed no indication of infection.
    but now that its completely healed, the end is a tiny perfect ball.
    someone said it could be puss trapped in there, however that would mean infection.
    and wouldn't it hurt him when I touch it or when his brother chews on it(when hes trying to catch him haha) if it was infected?
    I really don't think its infected because it has never seemed to bother him.
    and when an area is infected its usually warmer than other parts of the body, that's not an issue either.
    this might sound a little mean but I even pinched it and all he did was turned to look at me like "whyd you do that for??"
    but still it did not bother him. physically anyways, im sure he was annoyed lol.
    someone said I should go ahead and stick it with a needle just to see if puss comes out.

    but I don't want to do that if its perfectly fine. I don't wanna risk giving him a wound and then it getting infected if hes fine!
    so my question to anyone who has dealt with a missing tail (there has to be SOMEONE else out there), whats it supposed to look like?
    is this normal/healthy
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    Default Re: Advice needed! about an old injury

    It looks similar to my cat that is missing most of her tail. I would think it's fine looks healed to me. It will probably always bug him a bit. My cat chews on hers and I can tell it bothers her. Probably similar to phantom pain people experience after losing a body part.

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    Oh my gosh. I didn't even think of considering that.
    But from what I can tell it doesn't bother him.
    He just ends up rolling over and over trying to clean it... so sad, but can't say it isn't cute. His brother cleans his tail for him.
    Thanks for replying!
    I have 2 cats and 2 squirrels.
    Love the cat/squirrel combination!

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    Default Re: Advice needed! about an old injury

    You do know that cat saliva carries a bacteria that's deadly to sqs, right? A bite can be fatal.

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    yes i do!!
    my cats and squirrels dont play with eachother.
    but when the cats are laying down asleep in the living room, my squirrels will run by and jump on their face or slap their face....
    It is SO naughty, but so funny.
    i mean how else are they going to get a their bluff in on a cat?
    my cats are 6&4 and are terrified of baby squirrels.... love it!

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    AND my cats are inside cats so they arent used to seeing and catching live animals... they wont even eat chicken if i boil it for them, only cat food.
    Their used to me bringing home rats, hamsters, and ferrets..
    i think theyre waiting for when the squirrels get their new home, but they are in it for the long haul with us!
    btw, i am not a rehabber. i just cant stand seeing animals living in poor conditions because their owner didnt think about the responsibility of the animals all the way through. so i'll take them in, get them pretty, and healthy and find them a home!

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