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Cat Incontinence

We have a beautiful kitty that has feline herpes and it has come to the point that he is incontinent. He does not know he is peeing or pooping when it happens. We have purchased puppy training mats to put over his beds so we don't have to wash them everyday.

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We would like to find a diaper that would work for him when he is roaming around so we don't have to follow with paper towels and a cleaner. He is still moving around with some difficulty, but he has no pain. He is the most lovable kitty; someone threw away, and he is a pure bred black pointed Himalayan.

We tried a diaper with a hole on it, but it was too small. We did buy a larger size, but he yells at us when we try to put it on him. He does not make normal sounds, he will fight us and yell at the same time and use his big paw to try to smack us, no claws. He is very gentle, but he lets his feelings be known. Any help is appreciated and if you are going to say put him down don't bother answering please.

By Jan

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October 5, 20110 found this helpful

If possible, supplement the kitty with Manatec Ambrotose. It is a glyco nutrient. Get any company, doesn't have to be this one. There are Feline Immune products by Standard Process. If you get the kitty's health better you might get an improved potty situation. There are homeopathic remedies for this. Please find info on Natural healing for kitties. If you can afford a consult, find a homeopathic vet. if not, research the internet. We had to set up "home" for my incontinent kittie (the guy on the right) in the garage. We could not put anything on his bottom. I made it really homey. It was easy to scrub the cement and he was never alone except for the night.

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October 5, 20110 found this helpful

Mine passed last spring with a similar problem and she was old and our carport we had heated and cool for my 2 older dogs with the same problem and they were quite happy. The only one left now is the doberman and she has cancer and like you said if the only thing you can say it put it down. Don't reply. Easy for them to say. I keep my Tasha out of pain with homeopathic pain med and she is almost normal and not depressed and I let her in when I am in the living room to watch her and make sure she doesn't have an accident. Good luck and follow up on the homeopathic meds and some health food stores carry stuff for animal illnesses too.

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October 5, 20110 found this helpful

I will not tell you to euthanize your fur baby because that is a choice only you can make when your heart is ready to but I will ask a couple of questions after telling you a story. And I am not trying to be mean to you with what I am writing here.

My very first kitty cat, Niki, came to live with me as a kitten and was diagnosed with liver disease when she was fourteen. Even though the vet told me she wasn't suffering I knew in my heart that she was miserable but I couldn't bear the thought of making a decision of her no longer in my life and I chose to pretend her problem wasn't that big of a deal.

A few months later she came up to me with a funny look on her face and barely able to walk. In just one day all of a sudden the inside of her ears and mouth were orange from the liver failure. I knew she was suffering (suffering is not only in the form of pain but also confusion and frustration of things not working as they should) but I waited even one more day that I shouldn't have to make the decision because of my own selfish reasons. I will never forgive myself for not having made a decicion even just weeks before.

One thing to know about cats is they hide very well their pain and suffering. They will still play, cuddle, purr like crazy and act as if nothing is bothering them physically. Unless you are actually in their own little bodies neither you nor I or anyone else will know if they are actually in pain or not.

My questions are: Are you taking into consideration the dignity of your fur baby and are you going to extremes because of your own emotions?

With that said, since your baby seems not to want diapers on then please don't do it. Just continue cleaning up after him and allow him to have what dignity he has remaining.

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October 5, 20110 found this helpful

Just a thought but perhaps design a diaper that you think would stay on and sew it together like a cloth diaper, perhaps with a thin harness type to hold it on. If you could get the little guy use to something now, it may work for awhile.

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October 5, 20110 found this helpful

I assume you're talking about disposable diapers. Even if he doesn't like it, I would still continue to try putting one on him. After a few times of putting it on and wearing it, he'll realize that it's not hurting him and he might learn to trust you enough to allow it.

One of my cats is on steroids and she drinks a lot of water and then pees a lot ... and I mean a lot! Litter gets stuck on her back legs and butt area and it's hard to remove with a wet cloth or even a soft brush. So I started putting her back end and legs into a sink of water. She fought and fought in the beginning but has learned to trust me. She now lets me do it without putting up much of a fight.

Since you don't want to put him down and you can't let him ruin your home, the best options are to be consistent and persistent with the diaper, or just keep him confined to a small area that you can protect. I really think he could learn to trust you if you just keep trying. Good luck!

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October 6, 20110 found this helpful

I had a dog with this problem. I put a carpet of newspapers all over my floors. Your friends and family will understand why they are walking on newspapers when they come to visit, if they love you, they won't care! It's very easy to just pick up, dispose of the soiled paper, and replace it! You won't have your baby forever, so a little paper underfoot is worth not fighting with him over diapers!

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