CH and urinary incontinence? (Young male)

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CH and urinary incontinence? (Young male)

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Hi, I have a 3y/o male w CH. as of recent, he’s been having some urinary incontinence.

He’s been checked for crystal’s and was already in UTI meds but it’s still an issue. His kidneys look healthy. At first i thought it was litter box access issues but I’m starting to suspect that while that’s a contributing factor, it’s not the full issue.

I’m thinking of adding yet another litter box (turn a a carrier into a litter box bc low front and high sides w removable top and ventilation) but can’t take diapers out of the mix at this point.

Anyone have experience with this? Suggestions?? I’m committed to my sweet boy but unfortunately my apt is starting to smell like cat piss!! 😭
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Hi CHmama,

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I'm not sure why he started having issues now after 3 years. I hope someone else will know. I haven't had a CH kitten but I've seen a lot of rescues advertising them for adoption, and they are often pee pad trained. Here are some examples.
https://handicappedpet.net/helppets/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=23555&p=114752&hilit=hypoplasia#p114752 wrote: Meet Baby Rocky
He is a moderate to severe CH Cerebellar Hypoplasia kitty special needs. He is what they call a wobbler. He has seen a neurologist. They do not get worse. He is capable of eating on his own and uses the pee pad. Wobbles and head shakes some
https://handicappedpet.net/helppets/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=23454&p=114604&hilit=hypoplasia#p114604 wrote: Hard floors are too slippery, so I NEED CARPET. I’ve been trained to use litter boxes lined with doggie pee pads because litter is too slippery and messy. I am a good boy about using the box! I have some head tremors, which makes eating messy,
https://handicappedpet.net/helppets/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=22790&p=112938&hilit=hypoplasia#p112938 wrote: Neurological condition possibly congenital, possibly due to poisoning, Toxoplasmosis, or cerebral hypoplasia. Has wheelchair, uses washable pee pads or diapers
https://handicappedpet.net/helppets/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=22647&p=112612&hilit=hypoplasia#p112612 wrote: She is considered severe so she needs help eating and drinking. She does not walk, however she gets around quite well. She is good with other animals as long as they leave her alone. She does not use a litter box, but does use washable pee pads.
https://handicappedpet.net/helppets/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=22615&p=112492&hilit=hypoplasia#p112492 wrote: She has a great appetite and is excellent at using our customized litter box with pee pads.
https://handicappedpet.net/helppets/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=22534&p=112279&hilit=hypoplasia#p112279 wrote: Spirit is a 7-month-old kitten with severe Cerebellar Hypoplasia- wobbly cat syndrome. His cerebellum is not fully formed so he has no sense of balance. He cannot walk on his own, but is doing well in his new wheelchair. He stands to eat, sleeps in a pen and uses potty pads.
Here is another example. I'm glad we copied it because the original link to the Petfinder ad no longer goes through. I really like this idea, if you don't mind some laundry.

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=22585

Here is an adapted box I made for my cat who had trouble walking but was not CH. It's a recessed box, with the entry basically at floor level. The 8th picture down shows the finished project.

https://web.archive.org/web/20201018022 ... _litterbox

It sounds like you are wanting a box with high sides for him to lean on? They do make some low entry boxes, but I'm not sure if they're low enough, or the sides high enough. Here are examples.

viewtopic.php?p=105156#p105156

For urine everywhere, you probably already have enzyme spray like Simple Solution or Nature's Miracle. Enzyme spray doesn't just cover the smell, it actually breaks down the urine so it is gone. If you don't have a black light, that's what you need to find where to spray. Close your curtains and turn off the lights so the room is dark, then walk around shining the black light on the floor and everywhere you think might be peed on. Urine spots will glow under the black light. You'll love it! :D

Here are 2 examples. I don't know what's on the market now.

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=19962&p=102512&hili ... ht#p102512
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=16986&p=89066&hilit ... ght#p89066
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Re: CH and urinary incontinence? (Young male)

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:whale: Hmm. If it were me, I'd try expressing him, as if he were spinal cord injured, but not everybody's willing to learn that. Is he willing to use a pee pad? My Ares never used a litter box in his life, but he was willing to use a pee pad. For him, the bigger, heavier human ones were best because while he had no pee-in-a-box in his head he had a triple dose of dig-and-cover. :D
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Re: CH and urinary incontinence? (Young male)

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It sounds like a thoughtful suggestion to consider adapting to the cat's needs, especially if it has a medical condition like a spinal cord injury. The idea of using a pee pad is practical, and the insight into the cat's behavior, preferring larger and heavier pads for a dig-and-cover instinct, adds a touch of humor to the situation. Sharing personal experiences, like the example with Ares, can be helpful for others facing similar challenges with their pets. Overall, it's a compassionate and practical approach to address the unique needs of the cat in question.
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:welcome: OliviaLorelei
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