Reader: Help! My CH Cat’s Diapers Leak
No one likes a leaky diaper.
Unfortunately, that’s the situation Ghada faces daily with her CH cat, Pepa.
Pepa, a 7-month-old cat with severe CH, cannot walk, stand, or control her bladder.
“I have started using diapers on her and she obviously hates it,” Ghada says. “The worst part is they always leak. I have to use reusable diapers because since she flip-flops around the disposable diapers would eventually slide off. Luckily the reusable diapers have a strong velcro hold. She has also been managing to get that off as well. Any suggestions on the leaking problem or any suggestions in general? I would just like as many suggestions or opinions as possible because I feel a little stuck over here!”
First off, Ghada, I commend you for keeping it together during this tough time. It speaks greatly of your love and devotion to Pepa! That said, I’m sure you agree it would be nicer to spend more actual quality time with Pepa than worry about her diapers.
Second, I’ve been thinking about this a bit more, and I’ve come up with a few suggestions that may help. At the end of this post you’ll also see that I’ve asked this blog’s readers to chime in, too. Hopefully we’ll be able to come up with a solution for you soon!
If you haven’t had a chance already, I recommend looking through this post: Should My Special Needs Cat Wear A Diaper? About a third of the way down, there are some specifics about how you should choose a diaper for your cat. While weight is an important factor, experienced owners say other factors, such as your cat’s hip size and the length from your cat’s hips to tail can also impact the size you choose.
I’d also recommend watching both videos and reading the tips under the videos. Two tips that may help in your case: Consider putting the diaper on backward (this can make it more difficult to take off), and reevaluate the tail hole size (if it’s too big, you may get leaks).
In May, Natalie was gracious enough to send us step-by-step photos of how she diapers her CH cat, Dimity Jane. Perhaps going through Natalie’s photos will give you ideas of how you can modify your process.
As I thought about your problem more, I decided to look into how parents solve this problem with their human children. Here are a few reasons why leaks occur, and what you can try to stop them:
- Some diapers can’t hold a lot of liquid: Choosing more absorbent diapers may help.
- Some diapers are too loose: Consider tightening the diaper.
- Some face a combo of both of the above problems: Those parents suggest going with a diaper one size bigger, and tightening it.
There are even products out there called “diaper doublers” – pads that you insert into a diaper that hold extra liquid. Perhaps you can use a little creativity to modify one for Pepa or come up with something similar.
I know you also mentioned that it’s been hard to keep your carpet clean with Pepa’s leaks. Perhaps as you start to experiment with different types of diapers, you can confine Pepa to a smaller area. That way you can test diapers and see how they do before letting her lose.
It’s an extra expense, but perhaps a playpen would be a good way to keep her confined. You can find out more about playpens here. I’d recommend laying down old towels and/or a waterproof pad in the playpen for easy cleanup.
Readers, do you have any suggestions for Ghada? What have your experiences been like diapering your cat? If you have faced something similar, how did you solve the problem?