Cat anal incontinence. Can I fix this?

Hello. Recently our cat Tigger was hit by a car. He had terrible swelling and bruising in and around his bottom and a fractured vertebrae just above his tail. He had no obvious damage internally but the vet said there was more than likely nerve damage as his tail is lifeless now. He has not been able to regain full control over his continence and is dripping urine fairly constantly and the feces comes out randomly and he doesn't seem to have any control over it at all, or even know when it is coming. What can I do to help?

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    By: Erika Raines El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Nerve problems such as this can be difficult to impossible to treat with conventional medicine. It is likely that there was severe damage done to the nerves that control the anal and urethral sphincters. You may wish to seek alternative treatments to address this problem. Acupuncture can be helpful in encouraging nerve healing and regrowth in damaged areas. At this point the acupuncture may not be able to cure the problem, but there is a chance that it could improve the condition. Additionally, you may wish to consider putting a diaper on your cat and changing it a few times a day. This will help keep your house and your cat clean. This is particularly important with regard to the urine. Urine is an irritating substance and can cause skin damage if the urine is constantly in contact with the skin.

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