Scatman wrote:I just don't know if the one key pee nerve was damaged, or is there anything else I can try or anything I should know??
Here is an article that helped me understand the process of urination better. http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Pr ... R00442.htm
I like your description of the kitty apartment you have for him. So you are saying even when he is in his apartment with a box nearby, he still does not use his box? I was going to suggest (did you try this already?) putting additional boxes around. Maybe when he feels the urge to pee, he has little time between the signal and the time his bladder releases (especially on medication relaxing the bladder) so if there was always a box handy, he might have a better chance to make it? But if he doesn't use it even in his own room, maybe that won't help.
I agree with your idea of checking to see if the medication is contributing to this problem. I wonder if you have a referral hospital in the area? Perhaps your vet could refer you to a specialist who could determine what would work best in terms of medication. I'm not sure what to think of your vet when he puts the cat on PBZ, then kind of shrugs his shoulders and doesn't try anything else when that doesn't work.
I do not think your idea of trying acupuncture is silly, it has helped a lot of pets here. I would only want to be sure the person doing it was qualified. If you have a vet in your area who is trained in acupuncture, you might just call them and see if they think it would help. But I think I'd want to try to get the medication straightened out before I tried that.
I can relate to your story since not long ago I found a cat with a similar problem. It had been beaten severely, was bleeding internally, had a broken tail and a spinal injury. In about a week the vet managed to stop the bleeding but in all that time it never urinated or defecated on it's own, at all. Soon enough it started dripping urine all the time, while sleeping, playing, eating and so on. (I have to mention also that other than the tail paralisys and the incontinence the cat is healthy.) The vet recommeded some pills from the human pharmacy for urinary incontinence in women, DRIPTANE. I've had her for two months on that treatment but nothing happened so we raised the dosage and now, while under the effect of the medicine, it doesn't happen that often even though the emptying of the bladder is still done unconsciously and so is the defecation. All in all, it's been almost 5 months and I really don't know what to do anymore. On one side I have the vet telling me that if the cat doesn't recover in 6 months it never will, on the other side everybody else is telling me to put it to sleep and the truth is I don't want to, I really can't give up. Good luck with your cat, don't lose hope!
Did the vet show you how to express the bladder? Here are some instructions, and in particular here is a video demonstrating it.http://www.handicappedpets.com/mediawik ... dog_or_cathttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdIBtw8_7No
(you'll love this video)
There have been a lot
of cats in diapers here.
You might be able to put her in diapers for free play around in the house, and then give her her own easy-to-clean room or kitty condo at night and leave her without diapers during the night. Here is some info on diapers, with a chart to give you an idea of what size to buy.http://www.handicappedpets.com/mediawik ... male_wraps
Here is a story about Fripple, looking very cute in his diapers. http://www.handicappedpets.com/gallery/ ... /index.htm
I don't know anything about the medication you mention. I would keep an eye on her and monitor her colon to be sure she does not get constipated, it can be a problem with this type of injury. I know you are seeing her eliminate, but I think it might be a good idea to learn to squeeze her abdomen and feel her colon to check it for size from time to time. (It's really easy to do with a cat.)