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Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Elousarah, Aug 14, 2019.


  1. Elousarah

    Elousarah PetForums Junior

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    Hi sorry for long post, feeling a bit desperate. We have 2 cats, 8yr old feisty tortoiseshell and 5 yr old male. Returned from holiday Thursday evening and our male cat extremely poorly looking (mum and neighbour had been popping in to feed etc). My daughter picked him and he immediately weed on her and the floor, pinkish in colour. Rushed him to emergency vets who said he was very lucky as had probably been almost blocked. He weed quite a bit on her table and she expressed a bit as well, also gave him blood test, some painkillers and fluid for dehydration. Took him to our normal vets Friday morning. Had various tests, urine blood etc. Vet emptied his bladder again, said urine came out easily but that he’s in pain, that he wasn’t dehydrated, and that sediment was clear but he believed there to be oxalate crystals. He prescribed dry struvite food, painkillers and metacam. After a very worrying night (he didn’t use the litter tray but droplets of urine leaking) we took him back to the same vets again on Saturday. Saw a different vet who said that his wee was smelly and strong with some white blood cells so advised an antibiotic shot, and Hypovase to help with bladder spasms. Back to vets again Monday, saw a different vet who seemed more thorough. Said there’s no blockage as urine still dripping out and he expressed some and advised about the possibility, pros and cons of an operation. He also upped the Hypovase dose from 1/2 tablet twice a day to 1 tablet twice a day. We then returned yesterday and saw the same vet. He was happier with Teddy and said he was able to express his urine much easier, said to carry on with Hypovase and Metacam. Today Teddy is still dribbling teardrops of urine and miaows sometimes when it comes out so it obviously still sore. He does have periods of walking around and he is playing with toys for ten minutes or so in between sleeping. He is eating the struvite food little and often, I am warming it up and adding water. He is also drinking a lot (the vet said this was good and that the food would make him drink). We are also sprinkling vetpro urine function support capsules on his food which the vet recommended, I think these are like Cystease. We are emptying litter trays regularly although he isn’t using them to wee in. Vet advised not to let him out as he might disappear but he has been miaowing to go out so we’ve set up a secure area he can wander around in but not escape. Just feeling very upset that it happened while we away so blaming myself. We have been away every year but he’s always been ok. Is there any other things that we haven’t thought of that I could do to help him? We’ve set up numerous water bowls, he has quiet areas he can sleep in. We are checking him regularly to make sure there’s wee coming out as I’m terrified he will get a blockage. We don’t have insurance either so it’s costing a fortune (I have learnt my lesson!) but I just want him well again. Is there anyone that has been through this with their cat and had a positive outcome please as at the moment it feels like I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. (Although it has been only 3-4 days since he started all meds and my partner has said he thinks we need to give it time). Thank you for taking the time to read this and I appreciate any help or advice anyone can give.
     
  2. LindaPW

    LindaPW PetForums Junior

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    I went through this with my previous cat Oliver. If it's any help he never "blocked" again. I too remember the vet squeezing his bladder on his next visit. Stuck with using hills c/d both wet and dry and used cystease or vet uk equivalent as well for a number of years. I did give him the odd treat as well. Naughty I know. Oli lived with it for just under 10 years. It was hard at the beginning trying to get him to eat the new food. He never had a problem using the water bowl. Buying food online much cheaper than the vets, always look out for special offers with various suppliers.
    Unfortunately Oli developed aggressive lymphoma last year unconnected I would imagine.
    Hope this helps and Teddy feels better soon.
     
  3. Elousarah

    Elousarah PetForums Junior

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    Thank you so much for your reply @LindaPW
    I just wish he’d wee a bit normally again in the litter tray so I could feel he is getting better. Visited vets again today as still worried. They said his bladder didn’t seem as big as last time and squeezed his it again to empty it and gave him a painkiller injection. They’ve said they can refer us to a more specialist vet so think we will go with that. Lovely to hear that you could manage the condition with Oli and sorry that he’s no longer with you.
     
  4. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    As he’s under the vet, being monitored and receiving treatment I’d give him a few more days for things to settle tbh
     
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  5. LindaPW

    LindaPW PetForums Junior

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  6. LindaPW

    LindaPW PetForums Junior

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    I'm glad to help. Hope Teddy settles soon. It must be worrying for you.
     
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