Amelio, a sweet male Ragdoll cat, was born with everything going against him — a congenital malformation of his spine that rendered the rear half of his body non-functional. He has no use of his rear legs, and he is unable to defecate or urinate on his own.
Lucky little Amelio found a good friend in Judy Scherer, who took him under her wing. For the past six years, Judy has been expressing Amelio’s bladder and helping him pass stool from his colon three times a day. Other than that, Judy treats him like a normal little cat.
Recently Amelio’s anus became more and more constricted. Inflammation and scarring had narrowed his anal opening down to a pinhole. Judy brought him to Riverbend, where we sedated the kitty and stretched his anus back to its normal width.
Amelio did well for two weeks; then the anal tissue began to stricture once again. So we repeated the sedation and stretching. This time, however, we followed with laser therapy treatments. Twice a week for the past three weeks, our physical rehabilitation nurse, Melinda Harris, has treated Amelio’s anal region with our therapeutic laser.
What a difference the laser treatments made! At a recheck last week, the anal tissue was smooth and healthy, and the anal opening had remained wide. We are all thrilled. Most importantly, Amelio appears happy too.