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His tail is limp and he is incontinent.
Vet showed us how to express him, offered us a stool softener and wished us luck. He hinted at euthanasia.
Expression is going ok. He doesn't like it much. We don't use the stool softener much because tootsie rolls are easier to deal with than diarrhea.
I express him before we go to bed (and several times a day), but he still leaks when he is sleeping.
Diapers have been interesting.
Suggestions? What do I have to look forward to long term?
His quality of life seems good, so I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet. (just a bunch in the wash LOL)
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Cats with Lack of Tail Mobility and Sensation and Diminished Anal Tone
This group of cats has about a 75% recovery rate, meaning 75% of the cats that fit this description should recover.
Cats with Lack of Tail Mobility and Sensation Plus a Dilated/Flaccid Anus (ie Zero Anal Tone)
This group of cats has about a 50% recovery rate, meaning about half of the cats with this description will eventually recover.
He wasn't shocky, not in terrible pain, so we crated him and took him in on Monday morning. I was leaning toward pelvic injury, and hoping it wasn't spinal. How long can recovery take?
He is still a bit unco-ordinated, but able to run and jump up to a chair. Grouchy too.
Is his tail broken, or does he have only a spinal cord injury? I'd think it'd take longer if the bone(s) are broken. Did he take pred? Buddy's SCI was a lot higher, but he took pred for weeks, which helped him regain function.
Be careful with skipping a stool softener; it's not uncommon that SCI critters develop megacolon. We found that laculose was cheap, yummy, effective, and not so strong as to cause diarrhea, which is truly an adventure when it comes to incontinence!!
If you choose to try diapers, you will want to keep the pee off his skin since I'll put cat pee up against ANYTHING for corrosiveness!! You can shave his butt and use a barrier spray like Cavilon, which is now widely available as the 3M first aid spray (I'll get the link later--gotta go).
"Designed to protect intact or damaged skin from urine, feces, other body fluids, tape trauma, and friction."
Many internet sources..as well as local drugstores.
We currently are using the diaper only at night. I wash his butt good in the mornings. (He loves that- NOT!) I can monitor where he is all day, but can't at night. He's miserable being confined so we figured the diaper was a good alternative.
Has anyone here done long-term care for a guy like this?
They can be difficult to find, but for your situation, it sounds like maybe a great option. The acupuncture helps increase nerve stimulation to the injured area, which helps with the healing process and increasing muscle tone, among other things (you'd have to ask an acupuncturist!)
I don't know where you live, but if you happen to live in the Seattle area, I can give you my vet's information (all vet acupunturists must be fully acredited veterinarians.)
Is your baby on pred or other steroid? This is, in my opinion and the vets', the reason my Buddy got back as much function as he did. Yes, they drink, and pee, more, but it reduces inflammation in the spinal cord. Buddy took it for months, but your baby probably wouldn't need it nearly as long.
Nope, you don't have to at all. It took Buddy months to get his pee control back, and, even then, sometimes it was iffy. As long as you're committed to expressing 3 or 4 times a day, as MANY people on this bb do, he should do well. That doesn't mean he'll never get a UTI, because even able-bodied critters, including humans, do. I never had to do poop-on-demand with Buddy, because expressing pee would express poop first about 50% of the time. I expressed him into a baby diaper for convenience.SushisMom wrote: I am just praying right now that he regains function b/c my vet told me if he doesn't regain it at all then putting him down might be the next step and I am NOT at all ok with that. .