Part Manx kitten is incontinent

by Lynda cat mommy
(Colorado Springs)

Our part Manx kitten, is incontinent. Occasionally dribbles, but almost always, when he's sleeping. Covering his sleeping areas with the waterproof pads is something I'm getting tired of washing. Help, our vet is looking into it for us. Tomorrow is the neutering day, so the vet seems to think he can check things out a little further then.

My Thoughts:

I can't say whether or not this is your kitty's problem, but some Manx cats may suffer from neurological issues which are said to be related to a deformity with respect to the spine and the characteristic Manx "taillessness."

Some experience more problems than others, and there may be treatments depending upon the situation.

Although this has been refuted, some sources indicate that one of the possible symptoms of these problems is incontinence. I've posted a couple of links below which tell both sides of the story, but your vet is going to have to be the one to diagnose this.

"It is hypothesized that the problems associated with the tailless condition such as spina bifida, urinary and faecal incontinence and locomotor disturbances of the pelvic limbs may all be related to a disturbance affecting the development of the central nervous system in the early embryonic life."

Karello Cattery Manx cat myths

Med Help -- Scroll down to "Manx Syndrome"

I wish I could be of more help. Please come back and tell us what your vet says about his condition. I wish you the best.


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Apr 09, 2015
by: Sameer

Thanks for your valuable information! I have a kitten in my home and I love him very much. I agree with the statement that you have shared. Is there any way to change this nature of Manx kitten?

Jun 16, 2014
Manx syndrome kitten
by: Anonymous

We, too, have a manx syndrome kitten. She is 3.5 months old. She is completely incontinent of both bowel and bladder. Her hind legs are useless so she pulls herself around by her front legs. Our vet gave us the option of trying to care for her or put her down. We decided we would try as long as she has quality of life and is in no pain. She eats like a little pig and enjoys being loved. We do have other animals and they don't know quite what to make of her. I don't think, based on what our vet told us, that we will have her fixed since we don't know how she will respond to anesthesia. I am curious to know what your vet discovered and their feelings on this heartbreaking issue. Best of luck!

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