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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
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I have a 6 mo old kitty who had a tail pull injury - he's

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Hi - i have a 6 mo old kitty who had a tail pull injury - he's gone for acupuncture and laser treatment - he is walking much better. But he doesn't use the litter box at all - i express him 2x a day and he poos whenever he feels like it -- I read about the bethanechol and other drugs - is there anything newer on the market - is this going to be permanent at this point
thank you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hello Hope,

I am so sorry the fur baby was injured. As you know the tail contains bones, discs and vertebra.

If any of these were damaged it can take weeks for him to get return of feeling in the area.

Bethanechol is commonly used to get the spinchter to contract.

Onsior may be a viable alternative:

Worst case scenerio is amputation of the tail. We do this if nerve fibers are injured.Or if he is in pain:

Most cats do recover. They do not even miss the tail.

Please let me know how he is doing. I hope he feels better very soon.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He was swung by his tail and I rescued him when he was 8 weeks old - his mobility is better - he has been for acupuncture and laser treatments but is incontinent and has zero fecal tolerance -- his tail will not be amputated - is surgery or medication indicated