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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2005, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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No bowel control.

I have a kitten who is about 11 weeks old. She was born with what is known as "twisted limbs". It's a mild case involving one of her back legs. She's unable to use it properly and just drags it along. She's beginning to get better with it and walking on it some, but loses strength and begins to drag it underneath her.
She gets around fine.. runs, jumps, climbs, etc...

My question is..

She can't seem to control her bowels. She urinates and drops feces anywhere and everywhere. It's like she has no idea when she has to go. She does this mainly when she's sleeping, though.

I'm not sure if it may be because her hip is laying on her bladder, making it impossible for her to control when and where she goes or if this something different and has nothing to do with her hind leg.

Some type of disease or something?

This is driving me mad because I love this little cat so much and I want to help her in any way I can.

I'm taking her to vet soon but any advice or knowledge is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-31-2005, 04:23 AM
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Sounds like she should see a vet. I've seen something like this before and it was caused by nerve damage in that case. But if she has a birth defect in her back legs maybe it's also affecting her ability to control her bladder and bowls? Poor kitty, I hope it's solvable.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-01-2005, 03:25 AM
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It certainly does sound like nerve damage. The nerves coming off the spinal cord above the pelvis control the hindlimbs as well as both bladder and rectum control. Thats why cats with pelvic injuries often suffer temporary or permanent loss of bladder control. This is not likely to improve.
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