Kitten with Manx Syndrome
Answered by: Kerry Hackett
Question from: Chris McCarthy
Posted on: November 06, 2006

I read with great interest your posting regarding a Manx with nerve related incontinence. I too have a similar issue. Three weeks ago I brought home two 6 week old mackeral tabbies born of a black Manx mother and a stray tabby dad. The female has her tail and is a litter box champ but her brother without a tail clearly suffers from what I’ve learned is widely known as Manx Syndrome. He clearly doesn’t have any sensation or control of his bladder or bowel so he’s now perpetually diapered. After reading your recommendation of 30 C Hypericum I ran straight to the health food store and purchased some. Bobo’s received two doses so far and we will continue dosing twice daily and pray for improvement in the days ahead. Should you have any further insight or recommendations, please let me know.

Given Bobo is still a kitten, he may grow out of this condition. The first year of life is a window of opportunity for the ongoing health of any animal, so the best place to start is with a good, homemade diet. Please see the work of Richard Pitcairn, "Natural Health for Dogs and Cats", "The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat" by Juliette de Bairacli Levy and "The Barf Diet" by Ian Billinghurst for further information and recipes. In particular, these books will include the use of oils in the various recipes which are important to healthy nervous tissue. You may also want to consult a qualified practitioner who has experience with both animals and herbs. Such a person may be found on the website listings of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association ( In addition, 6 weeks is quite young for a kitten to leave its mother. There may be some residual emotional trauma that may also be contributing to Bobo’s condition. If the latter is involved, lots of love and possibly the use of flower essences may be useful as well.

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