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Bladder control issues due to tail injury

Discussion in 'Cats - all breeds / types' started by catmagnet4, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. catmagnet4

    catmagnet4 New Member

    As my username states, I am a magnet for stray cats. Have 6 of my own that I've taken in and try to adopt out the new ones that come around. One has been coming around for about a year, always put food out for him but he never let me get close. Knew something was wrong when he approached me last Saturday meowing and rubbing against me. He smelled awful and had clumps of feces attached to his rear and his tail. Took him in cleaned him up and gave him his own room and warm bed for the night. Next day tracked down his owner a few blocks over who said this was a stray he'd been feeding but never took to the vet, no money for it. Told him the cat was sick and at my house, again said he couldn't take care of the cat but seemed truly grateful that I might be able to. He said the "poop" problem was because of a paralyzed tail that was caused by a disease. Went to vet next day who said no disease, cat healthy, considering, but probably got barely clipped by a car and tail was yanked and mostly paralyzed. Said that also leads to lack of bowel and bladder control. We're in "wait and see" mode and he seems to be getting a little better each day with rest and proper diet and meds. But found out this has been for about 6 months now and vet said that means this is probably as good as it will get. Vet had to express the bladder a couple of days ago and the cat seems to have some control, not much, over bladder but better bowel control now that we are toughening up the stool. Anyone ever been through this before? He's a loveable cat with a healthy appetite and playful spirit. Seems truly grateful to be taken care of but I'm at a loss with the bladder/bowel thing. ANY help, advice, similar stories will be GREATLY appreciated.
  2. Mary_NH

    Mary_NH New Member

    I've met manx cats who have bladder and bowel problems but they were born that way. I have a friend whose cat lost its tail due to well she doesn't know but the tail basically fell off after an untreated injury (let's just say I'm glad she doesn't have cats anymore) but the cat remained continent.
    Can you have the tail surgically removed? Perhaps it's the unworkable tail remaining that is causing the problem
  3. catmagnet4

    catmagnet4 New Member

    Thank you for taking the time to post a reply. My vet says the tail is no longer the problem. He said it absolutely needs to come off, but that will not help the situation. Right now it's only getting in the way but not causing the problem. Says the damage is already done .
  4. HDrydr

    HDrydr New Member

    Sad to hear about the kitties tail!! and it's need to be removed what a shame it happened. Their tails are so part of their communication!!

    Did the vet think that the bladder issue was from the initial injury or maybe a bladder infection??
  5. catmagnet4

    catmagnet4 New Member

    Apparently, as I am learning from my Vet and the internet, when these types of tail injuries happen, this is the result. His tail is paralyzed but he can move it slightly. But the nerves in his tail are gone. I watched as the Vet did the "sensitivity" test to the tail (clutching the tail with small pliers and applying more and more pressure up and down the tail) and the cat had absolutely no response. He does not feel his tail at all and those nerves go along with the "sphincter reflex" and the bladder reflex. My Vet thinks that kitty may not even feel when his bladder is full so it just naturally releases on its' own. Doesn't make for a nice smelling home and I've had to wash his bedding everyday since I've had him. More importantly though, the more he holds onto his urine, the better chance it has of re-releasing those toxins back into his body and causing constant bacterial infections. I've actually been in touch with "Holipet.Com" and have ordered an alternative Chinese herb that their Vet says may help in getting some of that bladder control back. My theory at this point is we'll try anything to save this little guy, we have nothing to lose. Thank you for your response and I welcome any more suggestions or thoughts from anyone out there. He is an affectionate kitty with lots of personality and I want to give him every chance I can.
  6. allisha

    allisha New Member

    Bladder problems are seen among a majority of people including men, women and children. If you are not having natural bladder control you will face various types of health issues.Lots of medications and supplements are available in the market to help you overcome your bladder problems.

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