Originally Posted by Kumbulu
I have cared for kittens that came from domestic cats that had either a little stump (stumpies) or no tail at all (rumpies). It is considered a birth defect but it usually doesn't affect the kitten's development. Sometimes a kitten born without a tail will have bladder and bowel problems because of the shortened spine (the tail is just an extension of the spine) and therefore shortened nerves going to the bladder and bowel. Apart from being a bit different and extra cute, your kitten will most likely be fine.
This is very true. My cat The Sammycat is one of those that has a small bladder and bowel problem. Sometimes he doesn't know when he has to go and use the box and will wet himself before he realizes that he has done so. On occassions he will leave a present outside the litterbox and I will just clean it up since he can't help it.
I have had a few of my so-called "friends" suggest to me that I get rid of him because of this defect
To me The Sammycat is my baby and I can't get rid of him because he has a birth defect. I just clean up his little accidents and love him all the more.