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crzyfrmkids
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posted 05-18-2003 07:36 PM           Edit/Delete Message
our cat is in the emergency vets for another 2 days with a broken tail--or traumatic tail injury--it is broken at the tail bone---the dr says he is confident he will walk in 3-6 months, but will never be able to use the litter box without help--someone has to express his bladder, etc--has anyone ever had a cat with this problem? did the cat ever fully recover? how as it affected the cat? any help would be greatly appreciated--the cat is greatly loved by a large family and a goofy golden retriever---thanks!!!

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woofdoggy
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posted 05-18-2003 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for woofdoggy     Edit/Delete Message
I haven't had that same experience with my cats, it seems you will have a lot of nursing to do. Just a thought, have you discused with the vet the possibility of removing the tail? Only if it would help the cat of course, and sometimes it can. They can live without tails, look at the Manx cat (born without them).

Also just another thought, they say cats have 9 lives and from my experience they do. With the right amount of love and care they can recover from the most horrible accidents. Best of luck.

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Greypaw
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posted 05-18-2003 11:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greypaw     Edit/Delete Message
Hi

Yes I have seen this before. I know some people that have a bengal cat which was hit by a car. Their cat made a complete recovery but needs their help for the toilet side of life. He loves life and gets on great in their multi-pet household. I think this shows that you can do it if you really want to.

Good luck
Greypaw

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ruples
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posted 06-02-2003 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ruples     Edit/Delete Message
My cat has a similar problem,which I posted on the 1st may (is it kinder to let them go).
Her cat wasn't exactly broken, but she has disc seperation of the third vertabrae of the tail which still looks like her back to me.
At first she was incontinent, but now I squeeze her bladder a couple of times a day to empty it.(I wasn't to good at it in the beginning and would take her in to the vets and they would do it for me free of charge to make sure I was getting it all, but now I can do it )She can't use the litter tray at all although she still tries.Her faeces just drop out, and with gloves on and her laying on her back in my arms I find if I push gently on either side of her anus I can help..I am hoping she will get this function back. Doesn't sound very nice but it isn't so bad..
It has been ten weeks now and she looks and acts perfectly normal except for her bodily functions.
At the moment I am trying accupuncture, my local vet is doing it cheaper for me as she hasn't treated a cat with this problem this way before. A friend has also suggested reike.
I was told to give her two months and if she wasn't better by then maybe I should think about putting her down. It has been 10 weeks now and I am still hoping. I have read that some cats have come good after 4 months and others after 6..The vets here can't help me with a decision as they have not had any one to persevere this long, but say she may be suseptable to infection and I need to think about that.I will cross that bridge when I come to it.
I kept her confined to the bathroom for about 4 weeks but now she is out most of the time and goes in the bathroom of a night or if I am not home. If she were an outside cat it would be easier, but she came and went as she pleased and slept on my bed.(I can't let her do that now)
Some people ask why do I bother, but I don't listen to them...
I hope you this helps you and you have good results with your cat...I will be interested to hear how you got on with him..

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mandeee
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posted 06-02-2003 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mandeee     Edit/Delete Message
WOW!! I am sure with all the love you give her, she will be just fine! ) You are! an angel!
God bless you and your kitty.
Mandeee

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crzyfrmkids
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posted 06-03-2003 07:47 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Thanks to everyone who responded to my cat with the traumatic tail injury. He has done remarkably well in the past several weeks. He just returned today from having his tail amputated. I know it sounds horrible, but several vets said that the tail is now just in his way, will get soiled and may get caught on things. He is all shaven and stitched up and resting well. He has been outside a lot with the kids and I watching over him. The bladder and bowel functions have not returned, but since he is primarily and outdoor cat, it is not too much of a problem for us. We just express his bladder for him, and the poop just falls out wherever he is. The first 2 weeks he did, however, decide to take up residence on on of our couches, and needles to say, we need to have it cleaned now!! The vet said he is walking well enough that probably within another month he can go out unsupervised. He is one determined kitty, but I think he has just about used up his 9 lives on this adventure of his. Thanks again!!

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Isis
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posted 06-03-2003 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Isis     Edit/Delete Message
A happy ending. I am sure it was your love that helped him get through

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ruples
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posted 06-04-2003 03:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ruples     Edit/Delete Message
Pleased to hear you cat is doing well crzyfrmkids.I have been wondering about getting my cats tail amputated.. She was a stray I found under the shop about 8 years ago and had been run over then, as a result she lost a part of her tail which is a good thing now as it is up off the ground.I usually give it a bit of a wash after I squeeze her bladder, as it has no feeling she doesn't mind it.
Like your cat I feel she too has used up a lot of lives..
I would be interested to know if he ever regains his bladder or bowel functions...

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