Sethsfaerie wrote:We were just offered yesterday an abandoned rescue kitten with no tail at all and the long hind legs. She walks, but hops when trying to run. She's very young, probably 5 weeks. She's been pooping the litter box when placed there but so far I'm not sure about urinary issues, as I have noticed her peeing. She urinated on my son, while bring carried, and her bottom is slightly damp sometimes. I don't want to jump to conclusions but the lady who found her said she could find a new home if she didn't work out for us. What are the earliest signs of Manx syndrome? Should I give her time? I'm not sure that the special needs are something I'd have the ability to manage, with my hands full with two toddlers, and if there's a chance of severe issues, it would be easier to place her in the right home while she's still so tiny and not yet bonded with us. I hope I don't sound heartless... I just know my limitations! She's wonderful and loving and I want what's best for her.
Hi there. I was hoping someone with actual experience with manx kittens would reply, and hopefully they still will. I can give you my
not based on actual experience. That's great if she is using the litter box. But I do think you are right to consider your limitations, and you absolutely do not sound heartless. Obviously you have a big heart because you are considering her, but common sense is important, too. Having any new pet when you have your hands full with small children is a big enough challenge.
You might want to wait a couple more weeks to decide, because 5 weeks is just beginning to use the box and it is possible she just hasn't learned to get there soon enough every time. She is probably not doing as much grooming as an adult cat yet either, because she is so busy playing. At this age in an ideal world, her mother would still be looking after her. But if you've noticed her little bottom being wet, that might continue and it would be better to know before you decide so you can make an informed decision. A couple more weeks might give you a better understanding of whether she is leaking and how much.
You would need to decide whether you are comfortable having the kids handle her and maybe get it on their clothes, and how will you respond if parents or inlaws have a fit about you raising the grandchildren with a "messy cat", also be sure how your spouse would feel about it longterm, and are you willing to perhaps cover the furniture or bed to keep her comfortable and your house tidy. If she honestly is a little leaky, diapers may be an option, you would need to find her size and adjust it as she grows. If you could get the rescuer to do that
legwork for you, find the right diapers and train the kitten to hold still while it is put on, then you would be ahead of the game. I don't think I'd try that until she has had more time to learn using the box.
This might be an easier kitten to have if you had grown children or at least the kids were in school. If the rescuer actually knows of another home that can take this kitten, it might be better in the long run, but you also have to go with your heart. Raising a disabled pet is such a good lesson for your children about accepting and valuing differences, and you need to try to think if you will regret it the rest of your life if you pass her up. But sometimes we give up a pet if we think the pet can have a better home at that particular time. It is hard to know if the other home is really going to be better, that would be something to try to question the rescuer about. Either taking her or not taking her could be the right answer. If you are worried about this kitten, you might want to tell the rescuer, "I don't think this is the best time for me to take this kitten, but if you absolutely can't find another home, let me know, I wouldn't want anything to happen to her."