Did you know that 10% of cats will stop using their litter box if it isn’t odor free? That’s why it is important to scoop out their boxes at least twice a day and use the best odor control cat litter available. Even cats who suffer from incontinence are particular about their litter box.
Like paraplegic dogs, cats with paralysis are prone to urinary tract infections due to incontinence. And like dogs, the best way to keep those infections at bay is to learn how to express your cat’s bladder. One of the most popular techniques is to empty their bladder over their litter box. Cats are more relaxed in this position because it makes the process as normal as possible.
One point to keep in mind is that expressed urine is highly concentrated. That makes it important for offensive odors to be quickly absorbed by the litter.
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Here are tips to express a paralyzed cat’s bladder.
Cats should be expressed a minimum of three times a day. This can be done while they lie on their side or in the “ragdoll” position where your cat is held under the armpits and the bottom legs hang free. Cats in the ragdoll position need to be positioned over a toilet or litter box. Help your cat relax by rubbing their back.
The next step is to find the bladder. This is done by tracing your finger to the bottom of their ribcage and moving downward toward the hips. You’ll know you have found the bladder when you feel a “squishy” or “firm” oblong golf ball shape. The firmness depends on how full the bladder is.
Gently squeeze the golf ball between two fingers until the cat pees freely. You may have to move your fingers lower on the body as you go.
The process takes practice so don’t give up if it doesn’t work the first few times you try it. If you keep at it you and your cat will figure out a system that works. It just might need a little tweaking.
I was taught to express my dog’s bladder with her lying down. The position was unnatural to Sophie and made her anxious. After working together we found that a standing position worked best. I supported her hind legs with one arm while pressing on her bladder with my free hand. We used this technique for five years.
Cats can become incontinent for a variety of reasons in addition to paralysis:
- Bladder stones
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney stones
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