Some background information. 3 years ago Sooty was straining to wee, one morning he was in so much pain he was gingerly crawling low along the floor. I took him immediately to the vet, and he had a blockage in his urethra. His bladder was so full it almost ruptured. He had emergency treatment, an abdominal drain to his bladder and they tried to catheter him to free the blockage. Unfortunately they couldn't unblock him, over the course of a few days they tried to catheter him to unblock his urethra but without success the only way to drain his bladder was abdominally. On their last attempt, I was told that there was nothing else that could be done, if they weren't successful. This was because of the damage and risk of infection to his urethra. Fortuntely they were successful but they were reluctant to remove the catheter because of the amount of crystal build up, there was fear of another blockage. In view of the severity of his condition and after having lengthy discussions with his vet it was decided the best option for him to have a normal life would be for him to have a Perineal Urethostomy (PU) operation. After the operation I was told I would have to watch for signs of infection from now on. Not long after moving here, I noticed he had an infection (straining to wee, cleaning himself more than usual, blood in his urine). I took him to our new vet and on our second visit was given the correction medication for him. I assumed it was the stress of moving here that triggered his behaviour of over cleaning causing him to bleed resulting in infection. Unfortunately he is presenting the same symptoms. This is now two infections within a year. He is 5 years old, he is currently being treated but I just wonder what his long term prognosis is. My original undertanding was that he would live a full normal life, Has anyone got any experience of the long term prognisis for cats after a PU. The little chap is very uncomfortable, but very loving and affectionate. I am now questioning whether having the PU was the right decision. I'm feeling a bit upset at the moment, he is on my lap purring away, bless him.