I am so sorry about your cats injury.
Has he been given any steroids or pain medication?
Is he able to walk?Would you try to express him yourself if I sent you detailed instructions?
I have seen several spinal injuries. A two year old kitty has a chance to heal so I would not give up on him just yet.
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Sometimes amputation of the tail will help.
Steroids to reduce inflammation may be necessary.
You may as well try to empty his bladder yourself. It should not be painful to him.
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Please let me know how things go.
Best wishes and prayers for him,
You may have to do an MRI to ascertain if it is healing or not.
Ask about steroids as well.
I do not think you have allowed enough time. Nerve damage takes months to regenerate.
Steroids can reduce inflammation and hasten the healing process.
I have seen spinal injuries improve but in several months (not weeks).
Try to empty his bladder and give him more time. He is young and cats are great healers.
I would also try to limit his activity.
Please let me know how he is doing.
Best wishes and prayers,
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I am sorry your baby is having difficulty.Terri has given some good advice I just have a few thing to add
With an injury this far up it is very likely as your vet has said that the nerve will not regenerate. I have seen many of these cats live happy lives.
There could be a few things contributing to your vet having to use anesthesia to empty the bladder.
First if this is only being done every 2 days the bladder is extremely full causing pain when expressing and also increasing the risk of rupturing the bladder if the cat is not cooperating.
Cats also tend to stress during trips to the vet with makes expressing even more difficult.
In these cases the bladder should be emptied at least twice daily preferably three times per day. This keeps the bladder from getting to full and reduces the pain. Most of these cats will adjust to having this done and if you can do it before the bladder gets full that will be helpful. Once you get down a routine you may find that he lays there and allows it . The key is to do it before the bladder becomes to full
In our clinic we do not prescribe steroids , however, we may give anti inflammatory and always prescribe valium. The valium will relax the bladder prevent spasms and relax your kitty.
I would ask about the use of Valium and try expressing 3 times a day and see if he adjusts
I hope this has given you some additional insite to what may be making this difficult for your baby
This can be tough, the best way to do this is on his side.
When you put him on his side you should be able to feel the bladder in the lower abdomen between the hind legs. If you can not feel it easily it may not be that full try waiting about and hour and try again.
You can try using Benadryl this often has a mild sedative effect. This can be dosed at 1-2 mgs per pound of body weight.
Rescue remedy which is an all natural calming agent that is tasteless and can be added to the water so he gets a small amount every time he drinks or dropped on the tongue 10-15 minutes before expressing.
This is going to be very difficult to do on your own, if you can get someone to help you that can hold him on his side by the scruff this may be better. Scuffing with one hand and holding the hind feet with the other is easiest but this does require someone to help you.
If you can get your vet to give you Valium that would be the best route, you may be able to simply give them a call and they can call in a script for you.
Another option would be to see if any of your vets technician staff lives close to you, we often go to clients homes to help and they may be able to work with you to find the best position for your kitty and help you learn how to locate the bladder more easily.
I am sorry this is so frustrating, it is not an easy thing to do which is why unfortunately a lot of these kitty are euthanized. You are doing th best you can for now it will take some time for both of you to get used to doing this
Yea I am so glad to hear he is going on his own, I know it was tough for awhile but you did great and got him through.