An uncommon case: feline tail post-traumatic osteomyelitis

Muhamed Katica1, Žana Stanić2, Mehran Shafie3, Muamer Obhođaš4, Muhamed Očuz5

 *Muhamed Katica: 

05.07.2018,  Accepted: 05.10.2018,  Available online: 09.10.2018

  1. Department of Pathophysiology, Veterinary Faculty, Sarajevo University, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2. OBGY Clinic, Clinical Hospital Center Split, Croatia. 3. International Organization for Migrations, Zagreb, Croatia. 4. Surgery Clinic, Veterinary Faculty, Sarajevo University, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 5. Private Veterinary Medicine Practice „Uvorići d.o.o.“ Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Post-traumatic osteomyelitis (OM) is an uncommon event in cats, usually affecting distal phalanges of extremities. Tail injuries seldom cause bone infection, but often result in neural damage with subsequent tail paralysis, and occasionally in urinary/fecal incontinence. We present a case of old stray cat which developed post-traumatic tail OM, and endured it for years. It was an immuno-compromised, neglected, animal strongly infested with larvae of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus and oocistae of Isospora felis. Ultimately, it was treated by tail amputation, with without any health consequences. Relevance and novel information: This report describes the management and outcome of a rare and a life-threatening case of feline post-traumatic tail OM which was previously not reported in literature.

Keywords: Cat, osteomyelitis, tail, injury