Post # 1
Six months ago, our indoor/outdoor cat was injured and now is completely paralyzed in one lef and not really able to use his other back leG. Since his injury he cannot use the litter box. He has no real control of his bladder and will basicallu start to leak if his bladder is full. My DH has to expel his bladder for him twice a day just to save our carpets.
We were going to put him down when it first happens but ultimately decided to give him through the summer at least to try and heal. Now that it’s six months down the road and there hasn’t been any improvements, we are unable to make a descision.
He loves playing with our dogs but I can tell he is so bored. He used to go outside all the time and now obviously he can’t. We have to keep him contained in his room most the day because I don’t want cat pee all over the house.
Many of you know we have been TTC for sometime now and the way things are now, we can’t have a baby and this poor cat. The room he lives in is the future nursery and we are already going to have to replace the carpets and throw out an armchair because of him.
Its all around a tough decision and I want to hear your thoughts. I just don’t know if his quality of life is good enough to justify keeping him alive.
Post # 3
This is so hard, but I know what you are going through. My brother’s friend accidently closed a door on one of my kittens as he was trying to get out. The poor thing was in a worse positoin than yours was, losing complete control of the back half. It was hard, but we put him down. I would like to say that you could rehome the cat, but, likley, no one will take him.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
Would it be possible to amputate the leg he lost use of so that it might be easier for him to get around?
Post # 5
He can’t be living a happy life, especially compared to before. I know it breaks your heart to think about, but I would put him down and I am the biggest cat lover ever. It sounds like he is suffering with the bathroom situation.
ETA: I think it would be super hard to find someone else to care for him. People have a hard enough time giving away kittens, much less cats with litterbox problems.
Post # 6
I don’t doubt that there is someone out there willing to take care of this cat. It would at least be worth looking into before you decide to put him down.
Post # 8
What options have you looked into? Are there any surgery options, as PP mentioned, maybe amputation? Dogs & cats actually adjust very well to amputation, more than you would think. Any other surgery to help the bladder issue? Does a vet give an estimated life span? What about seeing a naturopathic doctor or pet chiropractic. Chiropractic on pets can actually be very beneficial. I had some work done one of my dogs and his intestinal issues were resolved, I know, a different problem, but you never know. At the very least you should try contacting some animal rescues to get some advice, if money is an issue, sometimes they may be willing to assist, or at least take the kitty in to try and help.
Post # 9
@nataliegrace90: agree with PPs, try to find someone :C there HAS to be!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley
He may also be peeing everywhere because he feels unable to get into the litterbox with a paralyzed leg. Talk to your vet to see if he feels that amputation may allow the cat more mobility, and with any luck, it might help with the litterbox issue!
Post # 11
I honestly don’t know how he can live a fruitful life.
If there is no chance of repair through surgery, my vote is to put him down.
He sounds like he’s in constant discomfort, and like he really has lost all independance. Cats are usually such self-reliant little creatures. Is he in pain from the injury? If he is then I’d call it.
It’s hard to say without seeing/knowing the cat.
Post # 12
what a difficult choice to have to make, no matter which way you go the situation sounds heartbreaking. i think the best place to start would be a honest conversation with your vet.
Post # 13
Oh, poor baby. I would check to see if there is anything that could be done as far as surgery goes. I guess you could look into amputation but I have no idea if that would help. I had a really traumatic experience with a cat who had one leg amputated. She kept getting repeated (large) tumors on her leg so the vet recommended amputating it or they would keep coming back and interfere. The poor cat completely gave up the will to live after that amputation, it was the most depressing/sad thing I’ve ever seen with a pet (it was a roommates). She didn’t last more than a week after the amputation but it was possible the amputation was botched in some way (I don’t remember the full story). But many cats/dogs do very well with only 3 legs so it might be worth talking to a vet about.
Otherwise I would have to put him down. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself watching him be miserable the rest of his life
Post # 14
Oh what an awful decision… I don’t have experience with this kind of injury, but earlier this year we put our 16 year old cat to sleep because she was declining so much. It’s a different situation though when you know they only have (at most) weeks left to live versus potentially years, just not great ones.
I would consult with the vet again and see if there are any options such as surgery or something that could improve his mobility. If not… man, I don’t even know. If you really think he’s unhappy and miserable then it might be the best thing for him. But I definitely do not envy your situation, what a tough choice. Good luck.
Post # 15
@nataliegrace90: Animals deserve their dignity, and as hard as it is, sometimes the only way to let them have that, is to bite the bullet and call the game, because being alive and miserable, is no life at all.
Post # 16
poor kitty 🙁 It makes me so happy to hear that there are people out there like you and your husband who will care for an injured pet like that.
It’s super tough. I’d definitely research options for amputation or surgery – as other bees point out the litter box issues could perhaps be resolved – maybe he just can’t get into the box properly. I’d check with the vet before making any further decision. But unless you could actually improve his life quality (by him gaining more mobility which could or could not be a possibility – no he’ll never be the same but there are chances that he could adjust) I would put him down and know I did my best. Those are the difficult choices I guess…. I feel bad because it’s so easy to write this – I’m just looking over at our own cat (washing her bum haha) and I can’t even imagine how much hurt it would cause to see her in that situation. But rationally I think if there’s nothing to be done, and nobody is willing to adopt him, putting him down is the most humane thing to do. After feeding him shrimp and cuddling him non stop for a full week. It can’t go on like this forever.