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Will my cat regain use of bladder??

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Crisyc, Apr 17, 2011.


  1. Crisyc

    Crisyc PetForums Newbie

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    My cat was ran over. She had no bladder or bowl control, please help...... It has Been horrible. As Vet & myself are having to express her bladder! She has nothing there, no flinching or anything. Must be servere nerve damage. It has been really upsetting as it will be exactly a week tomorrow since she was ran over! The Vet said to give it a week (tomorrow) then id have to make a horrible descision! :-( I can't cope with loosing her. But I can't bear to let her go through any more pain. Please can you help??

    How likely is it she will regain use of bladder & bowls??
     
  2. jill3

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    I am so sorry to hear what your poor cat and you are going through.
    I cannot give you any advice as i have no experience in this.
    Hopefully someone on here will help you as i think i have seen this kind of thing on other posts and the Bladder started to repair on the 2nd week.
    But every injury and cat is different. It also depends on the damage too.
    How old is she?
    Is it hurting her when you empty her bowel and Bladder?

    If she was mine cat I think i would give her another week then think again. (Providing she is not in great pain)
    You could always get a 2nd opinion from another vet.
    I hope and pray that she will make a full recovery.

    Please keep in touch.
     
  3. gloworm*mushroom

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    Oh the poor thing :( Again I have no experience nor advice, but I really hope your kitty is feeling better soon :(
     
  4. Crisyc

    Crisyc PetForums Newbie

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    She is 5 years old, but she is the most beautiful cat! I have been crying every time someone says u need 2 prepare yourself for putting her down. I can't think about that as she is totally normal apart from this. Her tail is completely limp to, due to the tail pull (from the accident) but she happy & purring away! She hates having her bladder expressed! Mainly I think because she has to be held under her will.
    And it is unfortunate how hard you actually have to squeeze the bladder. I don't think it is particularly comfortable as she can feel all around me squeezing! :-( I really don't know what to do, as the vet said 3 days it should come back a week maximum! But what if she did regain use after 2 weeks or so & I didn't give her the chance. It's a tiring & expensive process but she is my 'baby'! I love her so much! It is just heartbreaking!
     
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    My cat was run over some time ago now and had a smiilar problem.... please view my previous threads regarding Scarfy my cat ... not sure how to create a link direct to them on here but if you click on my profile, statistics and then all threads created by ... and go to the very start, you should find them.

    It took Scarfy about a week before she did a wee, and a lot of laxatives before she did a poo, but got there eventually ... I would say if that is the only thing wrong, that she is moving around and mobilising and "happy", then give her more time... however sometimes nerve damage may be there and nothing can be done then ... The vet also removed Scarfy's tail - that may be an option - as it relieves the pressure on the spine and therefore the pressures on the bladder/bowel ... might be something to discuss with your vet before you make any decision. It was the deciding factor for Scarfy.

    Please read my threads and if there's anything you want to ask about, please PM me.

    Clare x
     
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    Hi, just read your post, thinking of you and poor puss, keep us posted xxx
     
  7. Erzs

    Erzs PetForums Member

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    I am so sorry about your cat. What a tough time for the both of you! No experience here but I like what the others have said:

    Getting another vets opinion and also aslong as she is in no pain giving her another week.

    Keep us updated and try to stay positive!
     
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    So sorry to hear about your cat, again no experience of this but other posters have given useful links. Hope everything works out for you, please keep us updated.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your cat!

    A week is far too soon IMO, I would give it a while longer to see if any improvement before you consider anything irrevocable. These things can take time even though I understand your wish to minimise her suffering.

    I would also ask your vet to consult with a specialist or even refer you to one to give your cat the best possible chance.

    I do hope you see an improvement really soon!
     
  11. Wundy1

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    Hi Crisyc
    I am in the same situation as you were when you posted some time ago. I am wondering how your journey went. My puss Elvis is still at the vet after being it by a car- back legs are fine, tail is broken but can not currently empty hr bladder. I am not in a financial position to keep her at the vets but would like to give her more time to see if her control will repair after a week or 2 and am prepared to learn how to express.
    I would be grateful to hear any news.
    Thanks Jane
     
  12. maisiecat

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    It can take a long time for nerves to heal, if you have the patience and love I would give as long as you can as long as there is no pain. To be told a week is not right.

    Some cats can live good happy lives and have their bladder expressed regularly, it is also possible to empty the bowel manually (externally).
     
  13. CaninoAnimalRescue

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    Hi there,
    I know it is a different injury altogether, but my cat Jack was 8 years old when he slipped a disc in his back. I found him paralysed from the waist down in the litter tray. He had lost all use of his back end and legs, we just thought that was it for him, the vet said that it was dependant on his bladder control as to whether there was any hope at all. He didn't go to the toilet for nearly 48 hours, but when I took him to the vets to get his bladder expressed he wet himself, bless him. Eventually he was going by himself several times a day on a dry nights sheet (as he couldn't stand up at all). As he improved we went from just going on dry nights, to having litter on a dry night mat in the corner of his cage, then when he could stand up slightly, my mums (best!) tea tray with a bit of litter in it, then up to a shallow kitten tray and so on.
    After 3 or 4 months of cage rest and a strict diet (he went up to 9 kilos being in the cage as he couldn't move!) he slowly started to improve and now you would barely know to see him now. Just over a year later he is on gabapentin twice a day and is down to 5.5kg and runs around better than ever. We didn't realise how much pain he was in even from a kitten until seeing him pain-free.
    He does however still have a small problem with the fact that he can't bend his legs to go to the litter tray, he doesn't care so much, it just means that I have a big puddle to mop up as his aim goes straight over the top of the tray lol.
    I've attatched a photo from when his back first went, then two months down the line in his cage (doing his playboy pose) to now.
    Don't give up hope just yet, cats will never stop suprising you, just when you are giving up hope you will see a milestone. It might only be a tiny one, but try to keep going, you'll know when/if it's time to make any difficult decisions.

    I know that I probably have just bored you more than anything, but just know that cats can always suprise you x
    Best wishes and if there's anything that I can do to help please let me know xxx
     

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  14. Wundy1

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    Hi,
    Thanks for your thoughts and posts. Elvis is very happy to be home- just need to get a handle on this expressing thing. It's a bit harder than I thought. When I saw the vet do it I could see it takes quite a lot of force on his bladder. I hadn't thought of dry nights so will get those. Amazing pics that you posted. I am an avid animal lover so will do everything to help him get through.
    Jane
     
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