I once called my EMT certification (Emergency Medical Technician) "When to panic". That's all it reallly is; how to identify an emergency and maintain until you can get the person to a hospital. It's damn useful, particularly with a baby in the house, and I figure has saved us at least two or three embarrassing ER visits over the years.
Unfortunately, the current worry is the cat, and I don't know jack about cats. They're cute and furry, that's the sum total of my knowledge on the subject.
Today I shut the cat's tail in the door, about four inches down from the end. It pulled out a big wad of fur and she swore at me as she ran away but there was no unusual amount of yowling; I get similar noises when I make her get off my office chair. When I saw the hunk of fur in the door, I chased the cat down and carefully ran my hand along her tail; once the fur smoothed out, there was no other obvious damage. No blood, no lumps, no weird bumps or kinks. At first, she walked with her poor little tail drooping down and wouldn't use it at all. Within about fifteen minutes, she was holding the tail horizontally, but now, about an hour later, she's still not lashing it back and forth like normal, she's still holding it still.
I've got NO money for a vet's visit unless it's a real problem.
So is it a real problem? Do I panic? Anyone?
(And I'm still knitting on the damn sleeve of the Husbeast Gansey.)