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Hi. I’m Jill and I have a 6 year old Manx tabby rescue. I got him at almost 10 weeks. I have just joined because I’m having a problem with my kitty and have been to the vet numerous times. I believe he has incontinence. I really need some advice!
 

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Hi Jill,

I'm sorry that your kitty is having health issues. What's his name?

I assume your kitty has been checked for a UTI? Has he had x-rays, and possibly an ultrasound or other imaging, that might show if there's some kind of neurological issue?
 

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Hi Jill,

There he is! What a cutie, with that big white ruff and big round, curious eyes!

I'm glad you're for an x-ray. You might consider requesting that it be sent to a veterinary radiologist for interpretation. It wasn't that much more expensive, somewhere around $25-$50 extra, but I thought it was well worth it to have an expert read the images.

I was taking care of a stray who somehow ended up with a tail injury where he couldn't lift his tail for a while. That got better, but he was incontinent after that, and x-rays showed some kind of lesion that somehow affected a nerve. I didn't pursue it, so I don't know if something could have been done, but I hope you get an answer and a solution.

Please keep us posted! :)
 

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Need help! Nothing working!

I posted months ago about my kitty and not going pee in the litter box. This has been going on for 6 mos. he was diagnosed with a slight uti. Antibiotics, put on kitty Prozac, waited 6 weeks for that to kick in, didnt work, went in for X-ray, found arthritis in last vertebrae (Manx), started on Cosiquin, also was prescribed phenylpropanolamine, couldn’t get that in by crushing pill into food, or liquid into food, finally started on transdermal over a week ago and he still won’t go in box. He only pees when he sleeps or resting.
 

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Some Manx are born with a spine that is too short, that can result in elimination problems of urine or fecal matter. This is often evident in a very young kitten, and most responsible registered (CFA, TICA or CCA)breeders would have the kitten euthanized. A Manx with any kind of urinary/fecal problem should not be used for breeding by a good registered breeder, regardless of its type, even if it had won titles at a cat show. As a longtime registered breeder of Manx, a problem of this kind is rarely fixable.

Here is an article you may find helpful.

https://pets.thenest.com/manx-cat-problems-incontinence-9517.html
 

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Hi Jill,

I am so sorry. I know how frustrating pee problems are.

I'm not sure what (if any) additional information the vet may have given you, but it seems, based on what catloverami said, that this could be a congenital deformity that caused early arthritis? He's only 6, so pretty young for arthritis.

I wasn't familiar with phenylpropanolamine, which is apparently used to treat incontinence due to weakness of the urethral sphincter. Some meds are not as effective given as transdermals, so maybe you could try getting the pills compounded into magic chicken-flavored (or whatever flavor) "treats." That's what I did for one of my kitty's meds. Or you could try hiding the pills in a Pill Pocket, Temptations treat, or something similar.

Or...maybe his incontinence is due to something else, like a nerve issue? In my completely non-expert mind, it seems like this has to somehow be related to the arthritis in his spine and possibly a nerve being pinched or damaged. Maybe if you bring catloverami's info to the vet, it would give her some other avenues to explore?

The other thing that might be a possibility - but this would probably only be the case if he's also not using the box to poop in - is arthritis pain making the peeing and/or pooping position uncomfortable. A simple way to test that would be to give him pain meds for a few days to see if that helps. Buprenorphine is the best. It's a liquid that you would need to syringe into his mouth, but it's very quick and much easier than other meds.

Are you possibly close to a university with a veterinary program that might have a specialist you can see?
 
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