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post #1 of 27
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Since Mittens' surgeryhttp://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72381, he's had his ups and downs. The vet said that the urine couldn't be anymore perfect. Problem is...now he pees like a "girl" and he leaks because he is not use to going to the bathroom this way. He is constantly licking himself and making himself raw. He has already a hard time cleaning himself because he is 18 pounds...does anyone have suggestions on what products I can use to clean him everyday and help the area "back there" heal from all his licking?.....

Thanks!
post #2 of 27
Did the vet suggest having him wear one of those elizabethean collars???
Did they say he would get used to "peeing" this way??
I wonder if you could use baby wipes???
post #3 of 27
I use fragrance free baby wipes all the time for my foster babies. Works very well with no adverse reactions.
post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by leesali
I use fragrance free baby wipes all the time for my foster babies. Works very well with no adverse reactions.
I have a small container in every room of these for the kids..
post #5 of 27
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Thanks...I have some I just need to start using them again. Also, should I put some Neosporin on his back side to help heal him since when he pees I think it really burns him and is very uncomfortable....I do have a e-collar, but he hates it. Both of my vets didn't say anything about this issue because he doesn't have an infection anymore. Also, I have to keep him in a crate during the day so he doesn't have accidents every where because he is still urinating out of the box (sometimes) and I use newspaper for the lining. Could this be irritated him more? I just need some good advice because I sure am not getting it from the vet and specialist. It makes me think they are sick of seeing me (keep in mind, we've been to both about 10-20 a piece since October due to Mitten's surgery and complications before and after).
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by GailC
Did the vet suggest having him wear one of those elizabethean collars???
Did they say he would get used to "peeing" this way??
I wonder if you could use baby wipes???

Gail~they did say that would work when "I" mentioned it. I really don't know if he will ever get use to going to the bathroom this way. I used baby wipes after his surgery to remove excess blood, so I am going to try this again. I am fresh out of ideas and strength...
post #7 of 27
Hi,
I am so sorry that you and Mittens are going through all this. have you tried warm water to wash him? When I had a similar situation, mine seemed to find warmth comforting. I used kitchen paper made damp with warm water.
Best wishes Anne
post #8 of 27
Hang in there.
You and Mittens have come so far together.
I wouldn't have him wear a collar. It would make him miserable.
Call your vet's tech. and ask what they use. It is a legitimate question.
I am sending lots of calming vibes to you and sweet Mittens.
Please keep us updated.
post #9 of 27
Hi, Just looking in to see how you are all doing.
Anne
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Anakat
Hi, Just looking in to see how you are all doing.
Anne
Mittens is doing about the same. He's still peeing inside and outside of his box. I've been using baby wipes to clean him up and using pee pads in his crate. When he runs around in the spare room I have to Clorox the floors because he pees everywhere. I really don't know what else to do. He uses his box pretty good, but he leaks. When he doesn't use his box, it seems like it catches him by surprise. I guess with the surgery he had, he doesn't have great bladder control anymore. He has no infection--so that's not it. The only option now is to make him wear a collar all the time...which I find more cruel because he hates it tremendously. I've come to a realization he is a special needs kitty...
post #11 of 27
Why not invest in one of those huge cat condo cages?

My ex did that for his elderly cat that became incontinent.
He didn't feel that was a reason to put her down.
He just lined it with pee pads and bought disposable shower curtains to set it on.

After he is completely healed inside and out, he may regain full bladder function again.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
Why not invest in one of those huge cat condo cages?

My ex did that for his elderly cat that became incontinent.
He didn't feel that was a reason to put her down.
He just lined it with pee pads and bought disposable shower curtains to set it on.

After he is completely healed inside and out, he may regain full bladder function again.
If I had the room (I live in a 500 sq. ft. duplex with my husband and dog) and the income (won't have a job in a few weeks) I would highly consider it. I just have to do what I can, I guess...it's been a long 9 months with this battle. I really don't think he'll get much better, his surgery was in December.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by caprice
I've come to a realization he is a special needs kitty...
and what a handsome boy he is at that!!

sorry to hear that these issues are still continuing. Your doing the best you can for sweet Mittens. I do hope that this situation does improve over time
post #14 of 27
Candie...I agree with Dan. Mittens is such a handsome boy.
I pray that Mittens will regain at least some bladder control.
post #15 of 27
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Ok...things haven't gotten any better. I can't keep the E-collar on him for more than a few hours and he peels it off someway...I guess since he had one on for so long this is a thing he learned to do Let me describe to you what is happening:

He urinates on the floor (sometimes looks like he is surprised), when he pees it's like it drips, but there is a lot coming out, so he isn't blocked. Then as he keeps peeing, he thinks he is done and always lifts up his right back leg and lets it continue to drip, so in the meantime I run for papertowels to clean up the pee while he starts to lick it up. And, while I bend down to start cleaning, he starts growling REALLY loudly. I think he is in a lot of pain when he goes now, so that's why he doesn't use the box. What do I do? Is it time? How can I tell? I am totally stressed about this
post #16 of 27
Candie my heart goes out to you. Have you brought him back to the vet for them to check out the condition of his bladder? Lucky had the same operation last year. He doesn't have the peeing issue but he does have the cleaning issue that Mittens has. I would definately go back to the vet to have his bladder walls checked out. My grandmother had this problem & it the walls of her bladder were too weak and thinned out. It basically wasn't functioning anymore. Please keep us up to date. I am sorry you are going through this. *hugs*
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by crazyforinfo
Candie my heart goes out to you. Have you brought him back to the vet for them to check out the condition of his bladder? Lucky had the same operation last year. He doesn't have the peeing issue but he does have the cleaning issue that Mittens has. I would definately go back to the vet to have his bladder walls checked out. My grandmother had this problem & it the walls of her bladder were too weak and thinned out. It basically wasn't functioning anymore. Please keep us up to date. I am sorry you are going through this. *hugs*
The lining of the urethra has scared over is what they said last. There is nothing they can do for him. Possibly another surgery which would cost @ $1,800...not going to shell out that much or put him through another surgery. Does Lucky seem like he is in pain after he urinates? Mittens has started to growl afterwards if I get too close to him.
post #18 of 27
Oh no Candie...
Does your vet think that Mittens is in pain when he urinates?
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by xocats
Oh no Candie...
Does your vet think that Mittens is in pain when he urinates?
I think he is or he wouldn't made a weird face or growl afterwards. After a few mintues, he is fine and purring....
post #20 of 27
I really feel for you.
You and sweet Mittens will be in my prayers Candie.
post #21 of 27
I would get a 2nd opinion. I wish you had a vet like mine. When something like this happens they help us out with the cost. Lucky acts that way when he gets an infection. Only happened 2x after the surgery. They say why there is so much scar tissue?? How old is Mittens? What kind of procedures did they do before the surgery?
post #22 of 27
How about getting some stud pants and lining them with panty liners????

Like kitty diapers..

Just a thought.


Healing prayer to you and Mittens!!!
post #23 of 27
Perhaphs he's having spasms? They do have urinary muscle relaxants that could help calm this down. After the surgeries, the scaring and such maybe something like this would help? I know this is so frustrating not knowing what to do....

My prayers are with you both!

Karen
post #24 of 27
How is Mittens doing?
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by crazyforinfo
I would get a 2nd opinion. I wish you had a vet like mine. When something like this happens they help us out with the cost. Lucky acts that way when he gets an infection. Only happened 2x after the surgery. They say why there is so much scar tissue?? How old is Mittens? What kind of procedures did they do before the surgery?

I've used two vets already. They aren't 100% sure if it is scar tissue because they would have to do open him up again (which is way more than I can afford and my vet won't do the surgery again because of his weight--18 lbs.) Mittens is about 8 years old. Before the surgery, they actually had to stick a needle through his backside to drain the bladder since he was totally blocked. And then the next morning (Dec. 14), they performed the PU surgery.
post #26 of 27
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Mittens is doing the same...
post #27 of 27
Mittens...we love you sweetie pie.
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