It is very rare for me to diagnose a cat with Manx Syndrome. For almost a decade of taking care of animals, I can only remember 4 clients who had pets with this condition. That makes 5 people whom I know personally, because I, too, have a cat that is suffering from that illness. Out of these 5 cats that were diagnosed, 2 owners resorted to euthanasia and the other 3, including me, decided to give the cat another chance to live.
One of my favorite topics when talking to cat lovers is the excitement and challenge of finding kitty diapers. It can be very challenging for anyone, because all cases will be diagnosed on or before the cat turns 4 months old. What this means is that they are still too small to fit into any diaper that is available in the market, but is already in need of something that can help them make life easier. TThis stage was one of the most memorable for me, after having my cat diagnosed with this condition. Not because it was fun and easy, but because it was exciting and challenging. It was the first time I experienced being a parent, because I had to try hundreds of different diapers for 6 months just to find an exact fit. An easy kick would’ve taken the diaper out and it has to be always perfect – tailor-fit perfect.
11 months later, he is now using 60 pampers swaddlers size 2 diapers every month. Healthy and happy with a chance to live a normal life. More than the reward of seeing my pet on his second life, I really enjoyed the part where I became a first time parent to a cat that requires twice – or even thrice – the attention that a normal cat would’ve needed.
It was challenging but I’ll never regret that decision, because it was one of the best things that happened in my career as a veterinarian. I’ve spent years taking care of animals’ health, but it only lasted for a few hours or days – lucky if you can get the chance to stay with them for weeks. Shadow, was the first animal that I’ve spent hours everyday for months, personally taking care of everything that he needs.