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.