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Hello. Does anyone know where I can purchase a diaper for my 9 week-old, tailless kitten? It has been confirmed that he has Manx-Syndrome and thus lacks the proper nerves to his rectum. For that reason, he will occasionally need to be diapered. I made a little denim overall thingie for him that I line with maxi-pads; but I would prefer to have something commercial since that way I can buy a few and he can wear one while I wash one, etc. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I understand that 90% of people when presented with a kitten like my Harry decide to euthanize. All life is sacred and I refuse to consider this option. He is an otherwise happy and healthy little guy.
thank you for caring for this little guy! premie diapers for human babies work very well, and as he grows you can use regular baby diapers. If he has a nub of a tail you can cut a little hole in the diaper.
Diapers can be hard to keep on a cat and many of us have devised different means of keeping them on. Onesies work well, the kind that snap at the crotch.
We had an incontinent boy here (from a spinal break) and he wore diapers some of the time.
Feel free to read his webpages on my site, but you might want a box of tissues with you.
Diapers do present another potentially serious problem - urine scald. It is important to keep your furbaby very clean. There is a protective spray made by 3M "3M barrier spray" for incontinent people that works wonders. I think thre is a thread on it further down on the board.
thanks again for giving this guy a chance at life!
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Thank you so much for responding. Where can I buy preemie diapers? Harry only weighs about 1.25 lbs so I would need specialty micro-preemie diapers, I think. I tried Huggies Preemies for up to 6 lbs but they were too big. I am presently using a baby mitten with two holes for his legs (he has absolutely NO tail) into which I have placed a maxi pad. I am affixing it with VetWrap which doesn't hurt his skin. What are some if the make-the-diaper-stay-on tricks you have tried? I made some little overalls for nightime but I am worried that the straps might choke him so I am going to design a better pair.
Also, I tried to click on the site but I couldn't access it. Is www.alittletlc.org the right address?
Sometimes you can find preemie diapers in the store, but your best bet is a hospital, pharmacy, or medical equipment supply place who can special order them from a catalog. They should have a range of sizes available, although picking one will be tough. For a 1-pounder I'd probably try the smallest size; in my experience, they need a smaller size than the human weights would suggest because they don't have butts shaped quite like ours.
Jan found this idea, if you know a knitter. http://www.woolsoaker.fsnet.co.uk knitted diaper covers
Yes, that's Bendy's addy, but I can't get it or her old addy either.
The 3M Cavilon Barrier Spray referred to is now available at Walgreens, Eckerd, and Wal-Mart in the first aid section under the 3M consumer line brand name, NexCare No-Sting Liquid Bandage. Best price is at Wal-Mart, $4.26. Wash and dry the little bottom, then spray on the spray and hold kitty in mid-air for 30 seconds while it dries. It stays on and protects the skin from liquids for 72 hours, then you have to apply it again. I've used it on my bunny's rear where he dribbles urine and his pink skin improved within 2 days.
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