I have a five-six year old cat who, about two years ago, had a mysterious accident (found him on the front porch, don't know how he got out or what happened) that broke his back low, near the tail. When it happened he couldn't move from about the middle of the back down and was very sick. My boyfriend and I took care of him and in a few months he was walking (and jumping!) again. Unfortunately he can't walk normally, run, or jump more than about a foot high. But, most importantly, he never regained the ability to control his peeing and pooping. We have to "express" (squeeze) his bladder twice a day and the poo, well, kinda comes out whenever it needs to . Otherwise he's a healthy and very happy cat. He's so affectionate and cheerful! But now my boyfriend and I have a baby (3 months old) and we're really concerned. Picking up a little cat poo wasn't such a big deal before we had the prospect of a little baby getting to it before us. I've tried diapers that were designed for small dogs but they just slide right off because his back slopes down since he walks flat on his hind feet. I even tried to make my own but I'm not that talented with sewing. We can't really give him up because no one else knows how to squeeze a cat's bladder and a shelter certainly wouldn't be able to find him a home either. But he's otherwise so happy it's not justified to put him to sleep. We certainly feel responsible for this cat since we kept him when others might have put him to sleep but we didn't know at the time if he'd fully recover or die--the vet never explained the possibilities (I learned later that he never expected Ivan to live). And we actually didn't plan for this baby who has changed everything. We don't know what to do. We'd like to find Ivan a new home, but how? Are there any vets out there who could adopt? Any kind of shelter for crippled cats? Any cat diaper makers, at the very least? We're completely stuck!
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10/28/06 at 1:21am