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bobdylannumber1 Sun 14-May-17 17:47:23

My cat 9 months old got knocked down this afternoon, the person stopped and called my neighbour who knew was my cat, brought him to vet he was dragging his back legs, vet said he's bad thinks pelvis and tail broken but could only tell by X-ray cat was in shock so couldn't X-ray he had perked up a bit vet said was my call he wouldn't hold out much hope I didn't know what to do he also said that he'd lost his bowel function my adult so no was with me he adores animals he asked to give him a chance the vet gave him painkiller and putting him in an oxygen tent stay for the night has anyone any advise I don't want to leave him suffering I suppose he won't as he'll have pain killers but if his bowel function is gone the vet said that's something they can't fix, he has seen young cats come ok from looking like him but not if bowel function is gone he put something up the cat and he said he didn't clench I was hoping cause he was in shock has anyone had any of this I'm really upset I looked after the cats kept them in at night and he still got knocked down.

GRW Sun 14-May-17 19:26:37

I'm sorry this has happened to your cat. I would expect the vet will be able to tell you more once they have X rayed him. Or it may be a case of keeping him comfortable with pain killers, and seeing if function of his back legs might improve with time. I had a young cat who fell off a roof and she couldn't move her back legs at all, but the X ray showed no bony injury. She made a full recovery with cage rest for a few days and painkillers, so the nerves to her legs must have been bruised rather than permanently damaged. She didn't have any bladder or bowel issues though. I hope your cat will be OK.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 14-May-17 19:55:36

I am sorry, it can happen to any outdoor cat. You did all the right things.

I'd give him a night, he's young & otherwise healthy so he deserves a chance.

I hope he pulls through.

GardenGeek Sun 14-May-17 20:05:26

Oh no! sad

flowers for you and your cat OP

My cat also had a leg injury, it was debatable whether car or bad fall and he lost all use of his back legs dragging them around. They thought shattered pelvis but after x-ray there was no damage. As a PP said it was serious bruising of the nerves or something because 3 weeks later he was slow but fine.

Is the loss of bowel an issue for the x-ray? Because with mine they did tests before to check as they cannot metabolise the anaesthetic if it was damaged, but I thought that was kidney.

If the bowel is okay for the x-ray then I would try to get an x-ray first.

Also what area are you in? It sounds serious so I would try to find the very best vet specialist you can afford. I recommend Willows if you are near Birmingham.

cozietoesie Sun 14-May-17 20:06:10

I'm so sorry he was knocked down - and at least the person stopped and you could get him to the vet. All will likely be clearer in the morning. Fingers crossed.

Toddlerteaplease Mon 15-May-17 08:37:56

How's he doing this morning?

bobdylannumber1 Mon 15-May-17 09:28:17

I have to get him put to sleep this morning he can't stand on his legs at all he hasn't peed and his bowel control vet said that is 100% if by some miracle his pelvis wasn't broken or they fixed it he would not be able to gain control of his bowel function I said are you sure he said he's never seen a cat recover said perhaps if it was an outdoor cat you could leave him. I'm so upset I waited years to have a cat, we had a big dog who hated cats he died in January so we got 2 kittens the other cat his sister is looking for him.

cozietoesie Mon 15-May-17 09:33:56

He's in no pain at least.

How are the DC - and are you alone through this, this morning? When do you have to go to the vet's? (If you do, personally.)

ElizaDontlittle Mon 15-May-17 09:51:42

Oh I'm so sorry. It sounds like the damage to his spinal cord is just so severe. It's so hard to let go - I hope you aren't by yourself this morning. flowers

Vinorosso74 Mon 15-May-17 10:31:56

How horrible for you all. I'm sorry this has happened, poor little guy. flowers
I'm no expert but apparently it can help the surviving cat see the body (sorry I hate typing this) to understand. Maybe ask the vet/nurse about that.

bobdylannumber1 Mon 15-May-17 10:52:32

DS 9 is upset he used to bring him to bed he wanted to know if he'd see him again, he was very upset about our dog he cried for weeks and still does a bit DD 7 is ok she loved the other cat best I want to keep her in and never let her out again I'm on my own husband was working away yesterday today back tonight my sister is next for she'll come with me I don't want to be there when he gets put to sleep but I told the vet I'd call at 10 I'll bury him in the garden.

Kokusai Mon 15-May-17 10:54:25

Oh I'm sorry bobdylannumber1 that is so sad :-(

cozietoesie Mon 15-May-17 11:07:59

Many people here - likely most people even - have had to intervene on behalf of a much loved animal friend. We're here to talk to if needed, anyway.

bobdylannumber1 Mon 15-May-17 12:58:19

Thank you I collected him they were very matter of fact in the vets its teaming rain so can't bury him today I left him in my mums to bury tomorrow, he was everything you'd want in a cat friendly etc, the worry now is how to keep his sister from getting killed, there's nothing I can do is there really.

cozietoesie Mon 15-May-17 13:07:34

You already kept them in at night if I recall?

bobdylannumber1 Mon 15-May-17 13:30:58

Yeah cozietoesie, I always kept them in at night I got them neutered thought they be fine but sadly not that's sad part the other one will probably have same fate it's so upsetting, my adult son minded them last week I was awake for the night told him after kids most important thing was cats to not be let out.

bobdylannumber1 Mon 15-May-17 13:40:13

Away for the night not awake

cozietoesie Mon 15-May-17 13:41:50

If they're neutered, chipped and kept in at night, I reckon there's little else you can do - or should have done - realistically. It's a savage pain.

Want2beme Mon 15-May-17 15:09:57

So sorry this has happened to your lovely puss. It's a dreadful thing to go through. It's very difficult to keep some cats inside all the time. Some of them just want to go outside and explore and they would find it very hard to cope with life if they couldn't get out there.

Thinking of you.

Toddlerteaplease Mon 15-May-17 16:01:27

Oh. So sorry you've lost him. flowers

cozietoesie Mon 15-May-17 16:09:58

My old Seniorboy was an indoor cat when he came to live with me right enough. (My mother had lost maybe half a dozen cats to the road. She lived on a 'quiet country lane' but the problem was that those few cars that did come down it, saw a quiet road and went like bats out of hell along it.) He had never known anything else, though, had roomy old houses to live in and people around nearly all of the time to play with him. A cat that is used to going outside - or badly wants to go outside - is a very different matter.

MsMims Mon 15-May-17 16:20:27

I'm so sorry for the loss of your cat. You did well to keep him in at night but sadly being hit by a car is the number one killer of cats. flowers

In terms of keeping your other cat safe, I can highly recommend cat proofing your garden or giving her an enclosure for fresh air but making her an otherwise house cat. Cats don't have to go outside free roaming - it's just a choice most owners make from a cultural perspective. In some other countries indoor cats are the norm. I have converted many cats from free roaming to only having access to safe cat proofed areas, they have all coped well and enjoyed a high quality of life. Indoor cats are often more affectionate and bonded to their owners too.

cozietoesie Mon 15-May-17 16:26:31

Well to be fair, .Seniorboy was a bonded Siamese. His idea of a good time was cuddling next to me and just..........gazing. grin

GRW Mon 15-May-17 17:13:49

I'm so sorry to hear that you lost him. RIP beautiful boy.

GardenGeek Mon 15-May-17 22:04:16

Sorry to hear this OP
My thoughts are with you and your family


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