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Hi I need a little help please. I have a kitten . The only surviving kitten from a rescue cat. He was born with swimmers in his back end. He has now, with help learned to walk. But he still walks funny. He also pees anywhere. He sleeps in a cage with a puppy pad and blanket one end and litter try the other. But always pees and poos on his blanket. In the day time he pees where ever he is. I have been looking in to expressing. But im worried I could hurt him. Or squeeze his tummy by mistake. Any tips or help please he is 17 weeks old
Well, I don't think you need to worry about squeezing his tummy too much, it's located up more under the ribs and the bladder is farther back toward the tail, so you'll probably be all right on that part. Expressing is a good idea. It would probably be best to have the vet show you how to express him. I would call them first and explain that you want a demonstration and be sure they have someone who can show you.
You may have already seen this, but it's an article on expressing with videos at the end.
http://handicappedpets.com/mediawiki/in ... dog_or_cat
I would also ask the vet's opinion on his bowel incontinence. Cats without normal bowel control can be susceptible to constipation which can lead to a condition called megacolon. You are probably going to want to monitor him to be sure he is eliminating well enough, and possibly use a combination of diet, medication, and massage to keep him regular. I guess what I'm saying is, even though he is passing stools, the bowel continue to works in paralyzed pets but tends to be slower, and with cats especially it can lead to megacolon.
Here is some information on bowel care, including a description of massaging the abdomen of a kitten to encourage elimination.
http://handicappedpets.com/mediawiki/in ... inent_pets
I bet he has cerebellar hypoplasia, what they call cerebral palsy in critters. He might also have spina bifida, or something like it.
Stimulating him is a good start! If it starts to not work as well you might try expressing then. He'll be bigger, and you might be less uncomfortable about doing it.
it says that the simptoms of C.H are
• Head bobbing ------he dose not head bob
• The trunk of the body may seem unsteady or sway ............he dose do this from time to time
• Exaggerated movements – the pet may lift the feet high when taking steps...................he dose this with his back feet
• Limb tremors - Tremors are rhythmic, to and fro involuntary movements that persist through the waking state................he dose not do this
• Wide based stance................dose this from tme to time
• Walk may appear "spastic" yes he dose walk strange
• Incoordination – may fall over.............not seen him do this.
i will have to do a vido of him walking
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