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Anyone have experience with an incontinent cat?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm just wondering if anyone on here has an incontinent cat, or has had experience with one. I adopted one a few months ago with bladder and bowel incontinence. I just want to bat ideas back and forth, as I'm trying to take the best possible care of this kitty. I also have questions about the bowel incontinence...does your kitty have diarrhea a lot, or are the stools solid? My vet doesn't have any experience with incontinent kitties.
post #2 of 11
I think the first thing I might investigate is the food. The kitten may have allergies to the current food and is causing the problem.

I'm going to move this thread to our Health and Nutrition forum where you may receive some better answers and possible help.
post #3 of 11
You mentioned a vet, has the cat been checked for worms? You're not giving it milk are you because it will go right through a cat.

If you feed a low quality cat food with a lot of fillers that can also cause loose stool or even diarhea. What are you feeding the baby?

Oh and welcome!
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Not to worry folks, this kitty cat is being well-cared for by an experienced cat owner and rescuer. And yes, she's been assessed by the vet. She's had everything she needs, doesn't have worms, etc. Yes, we are still working on diet, although most of the time she's fine. Less than perfect stools is common on occassion with bowel incontinent cats because they don't have the means to "hold" their stool, so sometimes it runs through faster than we'd all like. But the vet thinks she's doing well. She's healthy and happy.

I'm just looking for other care-givers of incontinent cats. There are so few out there and I haven't met any others. Since this is my first incontinent kitty (and she's awesome!), I want to learn from others that have had this experience. From bathing to cleaning to health of incontinent cats...I just want to toss ideas around and learn. So far, I've learned this is a bit different than the typical cat. And there are few websites to learn from.

By the way, she's incontinent because some idiot thought they'd try to cut her tail off, and ended up mutilating her tail instead and left her for dead in a dumpster. A wonderful woman saved her and had her tail amputated, but she has since passed on, and this beautiful kitty came to live with me.
post #5 of 11
This is a pretty harsh statement and I think we need to be helping here rather than judging. From my perspective, every cat needs a chance at a good life, particularly those that have gone through a major trauma like this cat has. I applaud anyone that has the patience to do this.

Sorry, but I have limited experience with incontinence and only for a short time when my senior girl went thru a series of strokes. I kept her relatively confined and close to her litterbox and put extra padding under the places she slept.
post #6 of 11
Thank you for how you put that Momofmany, I was speechless at the one (imo) negative post.

I am sorry also, I understand why you need to hear from others who've dealt with this. My experience is limited to an old dearling of mine who would lose control at night only..so we simply confined him at night, and the rest of the time he was with me and fine. I used catpaper and a towel atop that, this way nothing soaked through as the catpaper caught it all.

Fwiw, I can recommend a cleaner that I love - xo plus, safe enough to be used to clean around a colostomy bag, safe to use around animals, and it really cleans & deoderizes well. http://www.xocorp.com

I think it is wonderful that you are giving this kitty a good home.
post #7 of 11
Whoa! I've got a housefull of "unaptables". Two are deaf, one blind, one is "mentally retarted", one doesn't like to be touched, one attacks randomly, & one may or may not need $$ surgery. They still deserve homes!

Off my soapbox. Black Cat, thank you for taking in this kitty. I hav eno experience....but my only thought is have you consulted multiple vets? Not that yours does not know what s/he is doing, but perhaps other vets might have ideas?
post #8 of 11
I have no advice, but I feel that you need a through "thank you" for helping this cat, without you, she probably wouldn't be with us anymore. )))hugs(((

Hopefully there is someone on here who can help though.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your support. She's healthy and has quite an adorable personality, so she grew on me quickly. My family and friends thought I was nuts to adopt her until they actually met her...then I never heard antoher word about it. She's a normal cat, but just needs a little extra clean-up! And she wears diapers when she's out and about in the house. Special needs kitties need love and homes too, so as long as she's healthy and happy, she has a home here.
post #10 of 11
Bless you for caring for her.

Just a bit off-topic, my BIL has a mini dachshund and he lost the use of his back legs, had an operation, etc., etc. He has to wear diapers too so SIL used baby undervests, cut out the arms to help fit over little Jacob and he remains the sweet little fellow he always was but wears baby clothes . A lot of people would have had him PTS or given him up. I'm proud of them for their love and caring for this little fellow and I feel the same about you.

You should be very proud of what you are doing and you have our complete support and I think I can speak on behalf of our wonderful members.
post #11 of 11
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By the way, she's incontinent because some idiot thought they'd try to cut her tail off, and ended up mutilating her tail instead and left her for dead in a dumpster. A wonderful woman saved her and had her tail amputated, but she has since passed on, and this beautiful kitty came to live with me.
That is terrible..... Bless your heart for taking her on.... She is one lucky little kitty...

I don't have any experience in this but I wish you the best!!

And she wears diapers!!! Please please post us a pic...... I bet she is adorable.....

And welcome aboard!!!!!!! You will come to love this forum. The support is fantastic!!! I have a few health issues with my animals and without TCS, I don't know what I would have done.

And I agree with Yosemite. You should be very proud!
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