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Expressing cat bladder?

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marvinthewonderhorse Sat 08-Feb-14 10:47:10

Our poor little cat has had a road accident which has damaged his tail/spine. He is staying at the vets currently, where they are waiting to see if he can wee by himself. If not, then one option is that we may need to "help him express his bladder"...which sounds both difficult and slightly terrifying.
I am just wondering if anyone has had experience of looking after a cat with such a condition.

PinklePurr Sat 08-Feb-14 10:50:32

You tuck the cat under your arm, aim his bottom end at the sink and squeeze gently on his tummy. The vet will teach you how and where to squeeze properly.

Dare I say it's piss easy grin

marvinthewonderhorse Sat 08-Feb-14 11:25:53

Heh heh.
Thanks for your advice.
I have watched a few videos on line, etc about how to do it. I guess i am just anxious about looking after an animal with extra needs. Right now our family/work life is totally stretching us, and I am worried we may not be able to manage with anything extra on top of what we are already doing.
Do you have a cat who needs this doing? have you found it has led to an increase in kidney/medical probs?

cozietoesie Sat 08-Feb-14 11:29:23

Is the vet thinking there will be permanent damage or is it just a 'wait and see' at the moment?

marvinthewonderhorse Sat 08-Feb-14 11:38:04

It is wait and see...happened on Thursday night, but as yet no wee sad

PinklePurr Sat 08-Feb-14 11:42:51

It wasn't much extra work at all tbh. My cat lived another 7 yrs after his accident and he didn't cost a lot extra in vets bills or anything. No kidney problems for him at all.

He was a grumpy bugger, but I don't think that was because of his accident!

PinklePurr Sat 08-Feb-14 11:44:55

Sorry, I forgot to mention that he was 'de-weed' twice a day and it took a few minutes each time.

marvinthewonderhorse Sat 08-Feb-14 12:12:35

Ah...thanks. That sounds encouraging.

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