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Special needs kitten – manx syndrome

Hello, I am in desperate need of any help/advice you may be able to provide.

I have a 9 week old kitten who was diagnosed by a local vet with ‘manx syndrome’. He was born w/o a tale and as a result, he has no control over his bowel movements. He walks on the sides of his back legs also. The vets only suggestion was to put him to sleep- but I refused to take that option.

He is very playful, and seems to enjoy his life- he also has a great appetite. I notice that his belly is swollen though, and he does bleed from the rear at times.

I am currently using baby socks for diapers and when I change him I apply betadine solution to keep him clean and a little antibiotic ointment as well.

I want to help this little guy have the best quality of life as possible- any help you can provide is appreciated.

Major concerns: Loose stools, bleeding, swollen tummy.

Thanks, God Bless

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99 comments on “Special needs kitten – manx syndrome

  1. Now on Feb. 16, 2011, will be one year since my male Manx, Lelu, died in my arms at approx. 8:00 A.M. He was almost 12. To give you an idea how similar our love for these angels is I’ll write part of my experience here in hope that some will find consolation. It was in August 1997 when I adopted Lelu from a shelter. He was a 4 month old black and white rumpy riser, so very cute, yet so covered in dust and very, very sick. He was rescued from a ravine just prior to my visit to the shelter. I adopted him on the spot and I took him home. Lelu adopted me back instantly, as his best friend for life. After some treatment with antibiotics, eye drops, and some detailed washing and brushing, Lelu turned into a glorious elegant and proud Manx. He was healthy all his life, even during seniority. The only year of discomfort was the geriatric stage, approx. one year before his death. Due to his size (17 lb.) he had “some problems,” mainly constipation and sensitivity to heat. Being senior, he also was on soft food, home made food, pumpkin, etc. Lelu had a wonderful life and he was very healthy and loved. He also had Mitzy, a Chocolate Point Siamese, the love of his life. So in love were these two that it would be difficult to describe in a few lines. But I can tell you that when Lelu died, we were devastated. Mitzy … refused to eat, etc. In my grief I started writing the book “Forever Loved,” now all over the world from: http://www.amazon.com , etc. What I was shocked to discover after Lelu’s death, was the enormity of photography I had about every step of his life, from adoption to the day he died. Crying, I took some pictures of him as I waited for Mitzy to recover from the devastation and the shock of experiencing his death. Then, the last view before cremation. Poor Mitzy … Lelu with his great love, intelligence and charming nature, forever changed my belief system. Look how we do everything we can to help. We sacrifice enormously for love. Often we minimize the parts that would scare others from adopting or loving the animals. I see that many of you developed expertise in every sense, as I did. If prior I read informative books, after Lelu died, I wanted to read sincere experiences from Manx lovers. I too went on internet and searched for everything I could find in regards to Manx and Siamese cats. I wanted to know, to verify my skills. It is true that some Manx cats are lucky and healthy, like Lelu. I was also consoled to find even on: http://www.purina.com that the life expectancy in Manx is between 10-12. Lelu lived the maximum, thank God. On http://www.amazon.com you can search inside the printed book “Forever Loved,” and see some of the 84 pages in full colour. The book is also available in electronic format. In fact I realized Lelu’s presence in “The Mind of a Poetess” my memoir (written long before he died) and in “Oprah! Before You Leave …” (novel) as I was describing the time when I lost my dog, Lelu, from whom my Manx inherited his name. Also I tell how my Manx Lelu took care to keep me up all night long after my vagus nerve collapsed and I nearly died. Cats and dogs can be angels. I know Lelu was. Here I just have to say thank you for sharing your stories of love. Because I understand and care, I stop and read. I wish you all well and success in solving everything that is important. I also believe that the photographed story of my Lelu will positively inspire others who have not yet meet their friends, the Manx of the future. Elysse Poetis, Award Winning Canadian author. http://www.elyssepoetis.com Find Elysse Poetis on: Twitter TwitPic Facebook Google http://www.alibris.com etc. (most of my books available on every continent).

  2. Leslie on said:

    has anyone tried Feline PU Surgery on your manx syndrome cat?

    Does that surgery really improve life quality of a cat with manx syndrome?

  3. LeaAnn on said:

    We recently lost our manx Syndrome kitten after two years. He lived a short but happy life. He played outside, climbed trees but his favorite thing was sleeping in front of the fire with his big dog friend. When we discovered he had this problem we decided to keep him as long as he was happy and healthy. He had crippled back legs and was incontinent. It was a great decision. Now I have several of the little diapers I made for him to wear while he was in the house to give away. They are washable, durable, seemed to be comfortable, but not a fashion statement. I would be glad to mail these to anyone who has one of these little guys in their home. He didn’t have a tail so they would need a little alteration for a cat with a tail.

  4. Renee on said:

    LeaAnn, I have a kitten with severe Manx syndrome, also incontinent and crippled in the back legs. We are having touble finding a diet that works for her. I was wondering if you had any suggestions? I would love to hear any tips you have or any of your stories. Feel free to e-mail me at rbridget_2007@ hotmail.com. Hope to hear from you.

  5. Shelly on said:

    LeaAnn –

    I also have a kitten (around 8 months) with Manx Syndrome who is just the sweetest little boy – I do not want to have him “euthanized” because other than his incontinence, he seems to be very playful and content. I would be glad to use the little diapers that your sweet boy used if you still have them. Just let me know at wilsonhoot82 at AOL, OK? I hope to hear from you soon – It breaks my heart that there is nothing really that can be done for these big-hearted no-tailed kitties…..

  6. Someone recently dumped four kittens on my daughter. One of them was a little female with manx syndrome. The vet wanted to put her down but I took her. She is very cute and I would love to have the diapers. I want to make some for her and would love to have one for a pattern. There is NO WAY I am going to take this happy little girls life away as long as she is happy and not in pain. Send me an email and I will send you a photo.

  7. LeaAnn on said:

    Hi Renee,

    Tried to send you an email today but it wouldn’t go. Do you have a different address I could send it to?

    LeaAnn

  8. LeaAnn on said:

    Hi Candy,

    I would be glad to send you a one for a pattern. Send me an email at: rlgraham@lakemac.net to let me know where to send it.

    Good luck!

    LeaAnn

  9. Tegan on said:

    Hi I have a 6 month old female manx kitten that suffers from Manx sydrome. She has no strength in her lower back n legs which has left her unable to use her legs properly n as a result she drags herself around, especially when tired. Due to bad incontinence she is bathed regularly throughout the day – more so when she was a younger kitten. As she got bigger n more resistant to the baths, i started filling up the bath tub an washing her that way. This proved to be a good idea as while having a bath she would TRY n swim. Although very cute it proved to be good physiotherapy for her n over the last three months since bathing her this way i have noticed signicant improvement in the strength of her back n legs. Yes she still does drag herself – again especially when tired, but she is starting to hop around like a little rabbit.
    I got her at a week old when I saw her owners trying to feed her to a dog just becuase she was ‘crippled’.
    My kitten is hard work but very enjoyable an valued member to our family. Everyone in my street knows of my kitten n most people have positive feedback but few are nasty n say she should die.
    She is an extremely happy cat loves attention, very playful n adventurous n loves my dogs…. to the point i sometimes think she believes she is a dog as she will often run to the door an growl wen someone is there just like the three dogs.
    No way would i ever euthanise my little girl as was suggested by the vets. I was told she would have no quality of life but she seems to be loving every minute of it.
    She is a very special member of my family an i wanted to let everyone who has a manx kitten that suffers this syndrome know that whilst it is hard work it is extremely rewarding.
    Also if anyone has any ideas on how to make a diaper for her (no tail at all) i would be appreciated. I am in no way s sewer.

  10. Heather on said:

    I work at a shelter and we just got in a kitten with Manx Syndrome. He is super playful and healthy. Does anyone know of a rescure that would take him on? He is not that bad, he gets around well and can urinate and defecate on his own, but does not use a litter box cause I don’t think he knows when it is happening. He loves other cats a lot. Please help! He deserves a life full of love and compassion.

  11. Jolie on said:

    Heather,

    Try contacting Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. They have much experience with Manx syndrome kitties. nmhp@bestfriends.org OR (435) 644-2001.

  12. Stephanie on said:

    I just adopted a manx kitten at a local shelter. She had full function of her back legs but is completely incontinent. I live in austin texas. I cannot take care if her due to my work schedule. She is happy and playful and I don’t want to put her down. HELP!!

  13. I have a Manx syndrome cat that is 3 1/2 years old. His sister who was also incontinent passed away 3 months ago due to mega colon that wasn’t treatable. Jack has had problems with bladder blockage and I did have the PU surgery. We are still working on some issues with the blockage but it does seem better. I am now also having problems with his stools being very large and hard. He is on Cisapride and Lactalose which so far haven’t seemed to help. I am also looking at adding Pumpkin and or mineral oil. Does anyone have any natural remedies they have tried? What foods are you using?
    Jack has worn pampers since he was 7 weeks old along with an altered baby onesie. I love this guy so much and wouldn’t trade him for any perfect cat. I miss his sister Jill so much and wouldn’t change my decision to let these two have the best life I could give them for as long as possible.

  14. tabinmt on said:

    Was glad to find out I wasn’t the only one with a kitten like this. My family is saying I’m nuts for keeping Daisy Duke, especially when trying to make diapers that will fit a 1.5lbs kitten. The one thing that I noticed is the smell, any suggestion on tricks to help with that or raising her & keeping her healthy would be greatly appreciated. thanks

  15. Amanda on said:

    I have a wee girl, Kallie, now about 14weeks, a Manx Rumpie.
    I found some info that said “a diet that is highly digestible and will result in less fecal material should be used instead of the fiber-supplemented diet. High fiber diets should not be used in cats with chronic constipation or megacolon; instead all-meat diets are recommended. ” article at : http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2122&aid=3471

    my experience so far is that is best NOT to feed any fibre, – i tried pumpkin – not a good idea as it was too heavy on her system.
    Kallie has already had three constipation buildups, first at 5 weeks!, the second one heading towards a Megacolon…. at 6-7 weeks. In order to get the mass broken down, i used a mix of AloeVera products (Georges for the constipation and one i found at the health store called “Herbal Aloe Force” which I now use for good minerals vitamins enzymes etc, and it has no Aloin in it- so a bit gentler on the system) I actually mixed up both – but if there was just constipation i would use more of the Georges. Once we were over the constipation – i dropped the Georges and just use the Herbal Aloe Force- 0.3ml before each meal 3 x per day at the moment.

    The vet did give me some stool softener (Lactulose) – but after reading more about this medication, and wanting to go a more natural way!

    As for food options with low fibre (AND no grain , no flax seed, no pumpkin etc):
    1.Gerbers baby food – turkey and turkey gravy – feed her this to begin with when trying to clear the megacolon…kept her blood sugar up…but not good to rely on this long term- as not enough of what a cat needs in it.

    2. Hills perscription a/d (from a vet)- has only 0.5% fibre and no carbs, grains in it. Started bringing this in to her diet soon after. worked well.

    3. I found a wet food called “Life Abundance”Instinctive choice 3oz cans – only has 1% fibre – AND no grains, fillers, carbs or even veges fruit – it isn’t raw, but is ok for now. healthier than the a/d as some organic in it.

    I have been slowly moving from the gerbers and hills mixed together, to all 3 in the mix plus extra water. Am now trying to include a raw based mix by “Feline Instincts”. I basically think that a raw natural diet would be better for her health in the long run…. so will head i that direction.

    To actually move the constipation we had to do some wee enemas (Poor Kallie wasn’t keen) but they helped…when stuff was slow to move. I even put a small amount of the Herbal Aloe Force in the warm water mix to syringe in there….(the vet showed us how to do these- with CARE!)
    Originally she also developed a bloated bladder too , on top of the constipation…things weren’t looking good…before we started down the aloe vera etc path. Vet offered to put her down. We just couldn’t do that, so we kept trying.
    I also turned to both Jin Shin Jyutsu for animals – is easy to do – and really helped too – go to : http://www.jsjforyouranimal.com/index.php and get her book.
    And homeopathy.
    Seemed that the colon thing/ possible nerves effected in spine had some role in this. I am not certain that she has the “Manx Syndrome”
    (http://www.fabcats.org/breeders/inherited_disorders/manx.php)
    and to be honest – i didn’t get her fully checked to determine this… it was a possibility.

    As for the Homeopathy:
    When the Bladder was all bloated, and only a dribble coming out now and then..
    my interest in Homeopathy, led me to have a go at trying out a couple of things – firstly thinking that it is looking like nerve damage is causing the weakness in her elimination process… so I gave her a dose of hypericum 30c. the next day – her bladder had come down and she was eliminating urine when she wanted to (in the litter box) Yay! Phew…

    Then we were in contact with a homeopathic holistic vet by phone for a consultation.
    (Jonathan Wright, DVM in Valleyford, WA) Aiming to deal with the fact that even with some of Kallies poop moving – she was unable to finish the job herself – we were wiping up and having to wash her every time…
    So the holistic vet gave us a combination, to work more from a cause point of view – not just about the constipation. Well it really helped!!! She know has well formed poop and it lands in the litter box without us helping!!! what a relief. She is a pretty normal cat now. Just got to continue to monitor her diet..in put and out put. and make any changes VERY SLOWLY!
    I have also added an Animal Essentials EFAs (Omega 3+6) supplement to her diet.
    I tried some plant enzymes and probiotic – but this made her throw up….her system is too sensitive it seems for that ..yet?.

    Hope that helps any Manx cat lover out there…. ! They sure are wee angels…we LOVE our Kallie kitty.

  16. Betty Grammer on said:

    This is for Amanda, You stated that you have given your kitty hypericum 30 cc. I have a manx kitten named Trouble, I took him to the vet and was told that he had Manx syndrome and that he would eventually need to be put to sleep and I just cannot do that right now. He is so playful and full of life and the only problem he has right now is that he is not urinating all the way and that has caused a UTI infection. The vet gave him a shot of antibiotic and some to give him every day for 14 days. I read your comment and wanted to see if you could give move information about hypericum and where to get it. My email is: 6866@bellsouth.net. If you could please contact me I would be very grateful!

  17. Thanks to all you dedicated manx syndrome owners out there! They are just great cats. For those of you whose cats have the bladder problems often associated with manx syndrome i.e. being unable to urinate at will and/or urine building up in the bladder an spilling out. A compassionate vet can show you how to express the bladder to keep it from stretching too much and leaking. We have three manx syndrome cats. I manually express their bladders twice a day. It’s not hard and not a bother. It keeps their bladders from getting too big, which is can damage the bladder and eventually destroy any control over it they might have had. You can express the colon too, but my cats generally don’t need that even though their defecation is not normal. I feed them soaked kitten kibble (even though two are adults, for the extra nutrient boost to compensate for their inability to digest nutrients well due to the manx syndrome damage) and give them the juice from tuna cans for extra fluids.

  18. Thank you all so very much for all the education on these sweet angelic babies. I am fostering a little girl, 3 months old with Manx Syndrome. This is the second week and I finally got the knack of emptying her colon with the help of our wonderful, patient and loving vet, Dr. Vergel. I named her Angel and she is such a sweet and smart little girl. Working on getting a routine established where I feel completely comfortable knowing I am taking the best care of her. Great advice on the diet. God Bless all who so generously shared their experiences, I feel so much more hopeful I can give this baby a good quality of life.

  19. Does anyone know if diapers for premature babies will work on little Manx kittens if they have no tail? My little foster baby is 3 months old, weighs 3.5 lbs. Bought some
    for pets at Petsmart but they prevent her from walking and also have an opening for a tail, which allows seepage of urine and fecal matter. Also other than bathing her and dabbing her little butt with a bit of antibiotic ointment, does anyone know what would be good to help soothe her skin in that area? She is sore from the seepage and I was kinda wondering if I could use a little Desitin cream like I used on my babies for diaper rash….

  20. Hello everyone,

    I was happy to find this Q & A, although I see more Qs than As. I am wondering if anyone has any info on signs of spina Bifida or manx syndrome for newborn kittens. Four days ago I had a kitten born with a tiny hole at the base of its spine. She does have a tiny bone of a tail, but might be a rumpy. She seems normal so far, having movement of her hind legs. My friend told be to euthanize her right when she was born, but I cannot do that without being sure and I dont trust any vets near me as the hospitals are going through them like flies around here. I came home today from work and she had a wet strip from the tiny hole to about 3/4 inch up her back. The hole is looking better, but still not healed. Mom is still causing her to go potty and poopies so I will not know about incontinence for a while. I read it takes 4 weeks to 4 months to really know what you are dealing with.

    I am not sure if I should euthanzise her. She will be a dark mink/sepia Highland Lynx (curled back ears) and I would hope that if she does develop problems that I could find her a special needs home that would adore her. She will definately be cute!

    So is there anyone with info on newborn kittens and a hole in the skin at the base of the spine? Also, it sounds like its the general consensious that people would like to know more about diapers and ideas for them. I would be happy to post them on my Facebook if someone would like to send pictures to me.

  21. TexasCityKitty on said:

    Hello, I have several single and double vertebra manx kitties and one half-tail. They are all approx. 4 months old, and one sibling (fully tailed, barn cat/feral) apparently got toxic megacolon and died from the syndrome. Of the 3 in the house, Cotton was constipated with prolapsing rectal tissue when my son found him to be friendly, so my son “squeezed it out of him like toothpaste from a tube” according to my husband. Bob and Lefty are still incontinent, but try valiantly to get to the box before the most of their mess is evacuated…small but smart. Lefty is sort of smallish, and has long hair over the right side of his nasal bridge and fur on the right side of his nose where it should be leather…this all suggests underlying anomalies.
    If a baby is born with an open area on the base of the spine it is kept as sterile as possible and closed as soon after birth as is possible. This is to keep from getting meningitis or encephalitis, central nervous system infections from the openness of the spinal tissues to the outside world. I would see if there’s a vet who would do a rudimentary closure of the hole for you, acknowledging that you know that the cat is at high risk for infection despite the treatment. Someplace such as Texas A&M University’s vet school is a reference point for unusual problems in animals of all kinds, and they do have veterinary care available there. I guess I would prep it up and sew it up myself with a 5-0 absorbable suture if I had to face it myself as an animal owner. I’ve had to take pot luck on so many veterinary issues on the farm that I have had to learn to survive. Of course, do NOT use betadine directly on the hole as it is considered neurotoxic…I would hesitate to use any type of bacteriocidal agent directly on the hole if it communicates with the spinal canal and is leaking spinal fluid. If it’s just serous fluid (no glucose in it-borrow a diabetic test strip from someone) then it’s still at risk for infection but you’ve bought yourself a thin chance better of this kitten’s doing well…still needs antibiotics by mouth and a closing of the hole.
    Hope your kittie does well, and remember, God does amazing things with healing little animals…but I know He has more kitties in His house than I do in mine…I also have a cat who at an early age rolled off of the rear axle of a truck which was going 70 mph down the road…and he rolled for maybe 30 yards. It took 3 days of looking for him before we could bring him in out of the South Texas rain. He’s strong and welll now, living proof of how miracles do happen.

  22. Hi, I have a 10 month old kitten with Manx syndrome that I found at a little under 5 weeks old. She was crying in the hedges outside of my apartment, dirty, her tummy waa very swollen, and her rear end was covered in poop. We thought she just had a parasite infection causing diarrhea and that the diarrhea was causing irritation to her little butt, however, the vet confirmed that she had Manx syndrome with atresia anii and the early stages of megacolon. He told us that the liquid leaking out was what was escaping around tennis ball-sized mass of feces inside her colon. He recommended that we take her home and keep her comfortable, and that in a week or two when she showed signs of Wong unwell we take her in and he euthanize her for us. I went home and cried myself to sleep, as I had already fallen in love with Kali. The next day I scoured the Internet, and ended up giving her a 3 ml oral dose of mineral oil, 5 ml of olive oil, and a 3 ml dose of turkey baby food mixed with water and a drop (literally, a tiny drop) of liquid from inside of a ducolax gelcap. This was a last ditch effort after feeding her nothing but baby food and Hill’s A/D diet, giving her mineral oil, and attempting to give her an enema (she didn’t comply, Kali is very feisty). The next morning I awoke to loudly mewing Kali with a normal-sized tummy in her cat carrier with a very large, very dark and smelly pile of poop. She continued to poop that day.i immediately called the vet, who wa pleasantly surprised that I had gotten hr to pass the fecal mass without surgery, and he suggested I continue the soft food diet.

    As time went on and Kali gained more bowel control and awareness (but still no real bladder control) I learned that she has trouble knowing when she needs to poip if it isn’t firm enough, but can’t pass them if they are too firm. I feed her Authority (the petsmart brand) due to the low corn content and higher protein content than most other brands. I would feed Blue Wilderness if I could afford it, but I have 3 other cats that need to eat too, and I’m disabled as well. Kali initially wore diapers made of panty-liners held on by soft terry hair ties. I tried liner in a sock method, but she bit and scratched too much. That’s actually how she got her name. After 2 weeks we started using maxi pads instead of just liners. As soon as she made 3 lbs we managed to fit her into Pampers preemies. She’s almost 5 lbs and I’m about to size her up to Luvs size 1, she’s getting a little long for the preemies, and she’s escaping them more easily (I still use a hair tie to hold them on, she’s too small for suspenders).

    Despite her feistiness at diaper change time or when she needs some ointment or a bath, Kali is the sweetest cat I have ever known. My brother once said that all the cuddles in the world would never be enough for Kali. She burrows under the covers at night to sleep with us, and she doesn’t budge, other than to maybe move to my pillow, until we get up in the morning. She doesn’t have mobility issues, but she does walk with a bit of a rolling step in her left hind leg. She runs like a rabbit, and can jump very long distances compared to my other cats, and climbs more than they do. She also perches more. I’m very glad I didn’t give up on my “Itty Bitty Shitty Kitty” as my husband calls her – he claims he dislikes her but I’ve caught him snuggling her on more than one occasion. I’ve never seen a more loving or trusting cat.

  23. We have a 2 yr old male,Achilles, he has MXS,he bunnyhops and has bowel and bladder issues.We took him to our vet 2 days ago for an enema;its only the 2nd one since we took him from a neighbor that was going to leave him behind cos of his problems;he took his other pets,the jerk was just going to leave him.We already had 3 indoor and any number of abandoned outdoors we were feeding so we said whats 1 more,the MOST HIGH made sure we had enough food for all of them but Achilles has his special diet. We give him pumpkin, tuna fish oil and wet food with less grain that our natural food store orders for him. He doesnt wear diapers; we just follow him around w/baby wipes and we use alot of carpet cleaner and enzyme cleaner too. As far as any advice on food; you just have to try until you find what works best for yours. Ive read alot of info on manx and that seems to be what everyone does, but whatever you do, unless yours is suffering terribly; dont let the vet talk you into putting them down; if you are unable to care for it try to find someone who can .I know they need alot of special care and are not for the faint of heart but they are worth it

  24. Darlene on said:

    My manx cat has 3 kittens. They are now 4 weeks old. 1 stumpy 1 long tail and 1 rumpy. I think that the rumpy has manx syndrome. She was born her spine was exposed with skin instead of fur. She is the smallest weighing 1/2 lb while her brothers weigh 1 1/2 lbs each. I feed her because she doesn’t have good suckle skills. She doesn’t seem to get around well and rolls end over end when she tries to walk. She still doesnt have fur around the tail section and instead has a sort of scaby healing wound. She is the sweetest thing and purrs when I hold her or when she knows I’m there. I am concerned for her quality of life and I would like to know if anyone else kitten was born this way.

  25. I have a been blessed to have two half manx brothers join my kitty family. One of them has a very long tail, but has the other appearances and traits of a manx. Then other, has no tail and manx syndrome. They are both my sweet boys who love to play fetch and chirp and mew at everyone.

    The one with manx syndrome first only wattled a little as a kitten. Not ever having manxes before, we just assumed this was because of his lack of a tail.

    When he moved in with the rest of my cats after a few months at a different home, he started having more and more problems walking. In fear of a broken bone we rushed him to the vet. The vet told us that there was nothing wrong with his xray and nothing to be done.

    We moved all of our kitties to a new home about two months later. There I started to notice his difficulty to jump on the bed and couches, and that’s when he stopped using the litter box. He was falling a lot just when walking from one room to the next. Also his tesicles haven’t grown in a while and he shows no signs of wanting to pro-create, unlike his brother with the tail.

    It took us a while to find ways to help him with his problems. It started with us just carrying him around more and placing him on beds and such so he didn’t fall when he tried to jump.

    I put a mat in front of the litter boxes to collect loose litter, but soon it became his personal business mat, he has two total now.

    I bought this old almost shagish chair to go in the living room, and now he uses it as climbing practice and he really loves going crazy on it. I think it is helping him build up skills and muscles.

    He recently taught himself to climb up and down our hardwood stairs.

    He is improving, but I still don’t want to let him outside, because when he gets scared that’s when his back legs are the worst. He has good days and bad days, I’m grateful that there are more good than bad lately.

    Reading that some Manx’s like mine only live to be two years old made me cry my eyes out, then share this story that they can lead happy and normal to them lives.

    My manx syndrome cat is loved by my other cats, and is everyone’s favorite. He is a sweetie and a snuggler with cats and humans. I want him to live as long as he can, but I worry because he is the smallest of my cats and so skinny.

    My special kitty’s name is, Bogart and he will always have a special place in my heart and soul. Don’t give up on these special kitties, they just might be the best cat you’ve ever known.

  26. Katie on said:

    I have a 1 year old manx syndrome cat! I love her to death but she is also a rumpy..and incontinant of bowel and bladder. The most loveable cat ever but she spends a lot of time in the kitchen! I have tried diapers but had to hold them on with onsies and she seems SO unhappy! I would appreciate any help with patterns for diapers or diets? Thanks

  27. Katie on said:

    My manx also only weighs 4.5 lbs full grown..the vet says she is healthy! other than her manx syndrome!

  28. Have a sweet rumpy with incontinence. she is six mo. and only two pounds. Have any of these kitties grown out of the incontinence? she gets in the litter box. (so cute with a diaper on) Her smell is awful so I’m going to add chlorophyll to her food.

    any thoughts on the subject welcome.

  29. im looking to addopt a half tortise-shell/ half manx kitten. she is nine months old and has mild to moderate manx syndrome. the people at the shelter say that she has no control over her bowel movements. i know that, but what else is manx syndrome?

  30. Candy on said:

    My Manx Stink Bug is over a year old now and has brought nothing but JOY to me and everyone she has touched. She is a Rumpy with all the issues that come with it but enjoys life so much we gladly make adjustments for her. My daughter brought her to me as a kitten after her vet said to put her down. I have not had many problems with her, she is getting over a UTI at present but nothing serious. (1st one) She has the muscle spasms but not that often and they do not seem to bother her. She has unbelievable upper body strength, climbs the stairs, cat tree and runs as fast or faster than any of my other four cats.

  31. Becca on said:

    I have a young male cat, I would like to know how to make diaper

  32. Dee Anna on said:

    i rescued a 8 week old kitten that had been dropped off in the parking lot of my work he is a minx he had been bitten by some type of animal so i took him too the vet got antibiotics and stool softener because he wouldn’t poop but now he seems tho be havinf trouble using his back legs

  33. I rescued 2 days ago a small 3 months-old kitty with no tail (Rumpy) and incontinence.She too has deformed back legs.She looks like a one-month old kitten. Her first owner did not take care of her. I only knom there was another kitten in the litter who was deformed and died.
    I tried to put on her baby diapers but they are too large.
    I have an appointment with my vet on next monday.

  34. Katie F. on said:

    Today I would out my 10 week old kitten has manx syndrome. She runs and jumps and does not act sick in any way except for the fact she can’t control her bowel movements and bladder. Since she can walk/run/jump now does that mean she will be able to for the rest of her life or can she lose control of her back legs as she grows up??

  35. Alyssa c on said:

    I have a 8 week old kitten with Manx syndrome from a litter of a cat we found. He is so happy playful and loving. I’m not sure what the best way to care for him would be. We have made the decision that the best place for him is to stay with us so we can make sure he gets the care he needs. Any advice is GREATLY appreciated. We are currently having issues with incontence which has been the first hurdle to overcome. He also doesn’t have very good use of his back legs but can get around fine. He plays with his siblings like nothing’s wrong with him. We love him very much and want to give him the best life possible no matter how long or short it may be.

  36. firewolf3251 on said:

    i have a rumpie manx cat 6 years old she was doing fine until she fell off the bed, she is a little over weight, she was limping on her right leg,but started getting better, the next day,but now she doesn’t go to the box to pee, she does to poop, does anyone think this will get better too? thank you in advance

  37. sue36105 on said:

    I have a beautiful 6 month old female kitten, she has manx syndrome and would sometimes wet herself while sleeping. I took her to the vet who prescribed PROIN DROPS for her but he made no promises, there are side effects.
    Happy to report the medicine is a miracle for her & me! She does hate the liquid medicine but a dry kitty makes a happy house.
    Hopefully it would help other kittens affected.

  38. we just lost our manx at 16 yrs old he died of cancer.He developed kidney stones at a young age.after getting that taken care of at 10 yrs old developed stones again this time no matter what the vet did he kept getting blocked up so they took his male part off reattached so he went like a girl,did great but this yr about 3 weeks ago had blader infection thats when vet felt a lump did test only to find cancer.He past Nov15,2012 at 3:30 pm at vets.He was my friend talked to me all the time said hi when I came home,good night when I came home.said hi to my hubby when he called.Now its too quiet & his female cat friend is also mourning his death as am I

  39. I fostered a mommy cat and her 8 kittens since their birth, including one female with Manx syndrome (spina bifida). She started out with the hole in the spine and fluid leaking out, but with mommy cleaning her as a kitten I didn’t realize that she was completely incontinent until she was about two months old. She has trouble with her back legs (walks on the whole foot instead of the toes), and actually just “three-legs” it when she goes up and down stairs. She gets around very well anyway. I am overwhelmed with the incontinence – I have 8 other cats, including two others that are incontinent from tail injuries. I do express her urine but there is always a sludge of urine and feces mixed on her butt. I wash her daily and apply Vasoline or AD ointment, but her skin gets sore and it is now changing texture – getting rough and bumpy. My vet suggested an MRI, but too expensive. I’ve been in contact with a rescue that said their Manx syndrome kittens’ urethra and colon are attached – just one hole. I’m sure that is the case with “Deb.” She is a beautiful kitten, quite small, very affectionate and smart. Any chance any of you would take on another Manx syndrome kitten? I live in Virginia but would drive quite a length to find her a good home. So far no luck with any rescues, including “Best Friends” in Utah.

  40. Hi, I have a 8 week old Manx kitten named Jim! He was from my sisters cat,
    He was one of five and all other kittens have no issues! He drags his back legs and I have helped strengthen them a lot, I noticed he had the problem from birth but from the moment he could get up and move he started hopping like a bunny! He has not seen a vet due to that I am a student and have been saving my money to take him and no vet will see me unless I have full payment. In the mean time I’ve been giving him Metamucil powder in his food and that seems to help a lot, he has a swollen belly and doesn’t have much control over his bladder, he has a lot of trouble pooping, it’s as if he has trouble pushing, I’ve also found that his bum bleeds a tiny bit when he’s really struggling! I’ve called every vet in my area and not one said they will see him because I can’t pay the full amount. I was just curious if anyone else has had a problem like this? Any input would be greatly appreciated!!! I love this little man like he was my actual son, so I’m willing to try anything!!! P.s: he will be seeing a vet in five days, I will have the money by then but I was just wondering if there’s anything I can do in the mean time to help him??

  41. if the kitten can walk at all even if its side ways they will lots of times grow out of the incontinance or at least its livable. Our cats are allowed outside when they want so this is easier for us .we make sure they’re parasite free, good food, and lots of healthy exercise .I always keep an eye on them but they usualy live healthy happy lives.

  42. Joe Sullivan on said:

    I have a manx cat that turned up one day on my farm. We took her in and fell in love with her. We noticrd she had severe Manx syndram. She was also deformed in the rear and walked like a rabbit. she gets around and is faster than most cats and dogs.She was using the litter box but it doesnt always make it directly in. i put a plastic sheet under it and that took care of that. then i noticed she sometimes didnt make it to the litterbox. i then put it in the area she was going and now she goes in the box. the next problem was very smelly diharea which stayed on her rear. very unsanitary.We couldnt keep her under those cercumstances.I changed her diet to a dry natural diet. it started to take shape and be well formed. most of the time her rear is clean and dry. I made the mistake of givlng her treats . bad move instint diharea. so dont make the same mistake. believe me its hard but in the long run everyone will be happier. I give Katy chicken and vegitables with no grain or corn fillers. Remember, DRY. I hope this helps you

  43. jeanette on said:

    I have a Manx syndrome cat . He lost the use of his back legs 3 months after I got him . He was also unable to deficate or urinate . What worked with him was giving him physical therapy . I did this myself . He now runs walks jumps ( only 2 ft ) and uses the potty on his own . Don’t let your cat drag their legs . Balance them don’t give up !

  44. VetLocator Staff on said:

    Jeanette, your cat is very lucky to have you as his mom. Most would have given up on him…and you didn’t. We applaud you and thank you for helping other Manx owners.

  45. eleanor on said:

    I have a manx with syndrome and he will be 5 yrs old april 1, 2013. I found him under shrub and took him to animal emergency, he was barely breathing. after 3 days the drs literally brought him back to life. He is the most fun loving sweet thing ever. He is now 14 lbs. I do have to express him several times a day I also found out how to POD poop on demand. He gets cisparide twice a day and lactaluse 3 times a day. . Sometimes it is tough going but Im happy that I kept him. It can be expensive in the long run, but you cant replace the love he has in his eyes. I try to keep him confined at night to a bathroom, my other cat doesnt like him shes is jealous and older. I have heard that manx with the syndrome doesnt live very long,because of infections, but so far so good. I intend to break the record that I read of 5 1/2 yrs. good luck to everyone who takes in a manx with syndrome . they are a great cat.

  46. Go to facebook and check out Sheldon, the Special Needs Kitten. Perhaps they can help you out. Sheldon also has severe manx syndrome and is the most loveable little guy. He wasn’t expected to make it to 6 months. Today he is celebrating his 1st birthday.

  47. I just adopted a rumpy manx kitten from the humane society yesterday. He seems just fine, but now I am worried. How likely is it that he will develop manx syndrome? I have never heard of it, and him and his littermates were very strange when I was visiting with them. They were stiff and not moving. The one I brought home was the only one who stood up and started playing with me. I am scared to take a chance at keeping him. This will be the third cat I’ve adopted from the humane society that has some strange disorder. I just had my 3 year old cat put to sleep 3 weeks ago because she had pancreatic cancer. The one before her had FIP (feline infectious paritonitis) and had to be put to sleep after having her for only 1 month.. :-( Please someone tell me what you think.. It seems like all rumpy tailed cats are at high risk for this disorder.

  48. It sounds to me like the humane society steered you wrong with the cat that had FIP, that they should have known. I am terribly sorry that you had to go through both of those experiences. I just recently lost a cat to pancreatic cancer and know how horrible that is. As for the manx, please give him a chance. I was in the same position, had various losses before adopting a manx and was very terrified of going through yet another loss. Mine has issues, no doubt, but when the house is quiet, the cats aren’t trying to play rough with him, he is just fine. Stress will cause constipation and sometimes a tiny bit of urine leakage, but they are the sweetest cats. I can’t look at his face without smiling because you can see his sweet soul. You may have to deal with more vet bills and living where you watch him closer than you normally would, i.e., watching to ensure he doesn’t get constipated, but if you have a good vet, they can help you to use Miralax and fiber to help him to be regular. It mixes right in and they don’t even notice it. You are obviously chosen in this life to help cats in need. Take your role with an open heart. There are never guarantees in life. He may be fine, or you could return him for what you think is a healthy cat, and they won’t be. Just give the love to the cat and let life run its course. He deserves a good life.

  49. I would love to have a pattern for diapers for a female with incontinence and no poop control. She does not get constipated very often. Would also like information on any natural medications and also diet information that would be helpful. She does have a bit of a tail and hops around like a bunny—she can really move fast. She is truly a joy to have. Any help would be appreciated.

  50. cecilia on said:

    I would love the pattern as well please. We Rescue a kitten with the same problem. Thank you.

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