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Urinary blockage.. after effects?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
(sorry I posted this in two forums, I posted in wrong forum last time)

Okay, I had to take my cat to the vet 3 days ago because he couldnt pee, and wasn't moving he seemed paralyzed. I took him in, and now; 3 days later he's back with me.

I observed him urinate and he could only pass a little amount of urine, then he tried to again about 30 minutes later and couldnt again. Are these simply after effects? Or has the treatment not been performed correctly (I sure hope not because it was VERY expensive!)

post #2 of 9
If he is not peeing, he needs to go back in ASAP. A blockage is very serious.
post #3 of 9
I would call the vet and tell them what you are observing.

I'm curious, what medication(s) did they send home with him? Did they suggest changes to his diet?

Being catheterized, while it was definitely absolutely necessary ...does have it's own possible complications...bacteria and scarring are 2 that come to mind. So there is some discomfort there, for sure - just because of the catheter, plus what he already had going on.

Littleraven is right, a blockage is very serious. It is possible for him to re-block very soon after being "unblocked". You probably already know this, but a urinary blockage can be fatal. The extreme lethargy that you witnessed is a very serious sign that comes in the later stages of the blockage.

If you are able to monitor him constantly, that would be best. If *some* urine comes out each time, he should be on the road to recovery but it is still a very touchy situation and I would not hesitate to call the vet back anytime.
post #4 of 9
Take him back right away!! I had a cat with a stone that blocked his urethra. He was already in uremic shock when I found him after being gone for the day. Cats have something like 24 hours before they could die from a blockage. It is very possible for him to reblock so soon. Also, make sure they test the stones to find out what they are made of. Depending on the type of stone, you will have to put him on special food so it will prevent new stones from forming.
Also, make sure you continue to monitor his urination patterns in the future. Once they have stones, it is possible for them to return, even with the special food. whenever I would go on vacation, I would make sure someone who I could trust would come over every day to make sure he had been urinating.
post #5 of 9
I agree with the others - take him in to the vet immediately. My Pumpkin had the same thing several years ago. The vet catheterized him and he was ok for a day or two but then he blocked again. They had to do bladder surgery on him and actually open his bladder. They found stones that were to big to pass through the urethra which they cleaned out of his bladder. He had to stay at the vet's for 7 days with a catheter in place in order to give his bladder time to heal (which is the reason why he is terrified of going to the vet now, and I have to take him tomorrow....yeah). That's been 3 years ago and he's been fine on Hill's c/d diet, but I'm always sure to keep track of whether he's urinating or not.

If your cat is squatting on the litter box straining like he's trying to urinate but can't that means he's blocked and you can't waste time...you have to take him in because this could kill him very quickly if left untreated. Seeing them strain at the box like this is pretty dramatic and would be hard to miss/mistake.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thankyou for the very quick responses.
I am sorry for my 'late' response.
We called the vet late at night and he explained that it couldnt have blocked so quickly because he had only checked him that afternoon.

We did take him back, the very next morning. The vet said he was still fine, and that he might have a little trouble urinating but will get better.

The vet gave us no special diet, only some antibiotic pills. Which is why I came straight here to seek help, we are still without any specific diet only the antibiotic pills... (I really wish there was a better vet around here)

He seems to be doing fine now, but I am still keeping a very close look at him, and looking in his kitty litter constantly. He is urinating larger and larger each day which is a good sign, right?

Thanks once again!
post #7 of 9
Did the vet say what the problem is? Was it crystals or a urinary tract infection?
Did he do any tests?
You definitely should keep an eye on him. Watch his behavior to see if he is hiding or trying to urinate frequently. As others have said, blocking again is definitely possible.
When Pippin was blocking, he ended up getting bladder spasms which made it hard to urinate. He still gets those at times and the vet gave me some valium to give in very low dosages to help him relax.
I was also given Metacam (which has some mixed reviews because of potential kidney issues) to help with pain and inflammation. It helped him a lot.
If you are concerned about your kitty because of continues issues, you may want to get a second opinion from a different vet.

Good luck!

post #8 of 9
When Pumpkin got blocked the vet sent the stones for testing and found that they were oxalate stones. Apparently the more common crystals/stones are struvite. So, Pumpkin was put on a special diet for this kind of stone. He has just been switched to another diet because Hill's has now combined their dry food for oxalate and struvite crystals (canned food would have been better because of the water content, but that little rascal just would not eat it not matter what I tried; fortunately he drinks plenty of water). We haven't had a problem in 3 years. My kitty I just put to sleep blocked at 2 years old. The vet just had to unblock him with a catheter and without a dietary change or anything he never blocked again, and he lived to be 19. I'm certainly no vet, but it seems that finding out what kind of stones or crystals the cat is forming and then doing things to prevent those makes sense.
post #9 of 9
If the vet said he is not blocked, then if he had a catheter, he might still be sore from that, and it will subside. Did your cat have struvite or oxalate crystals? I would think that the vet would tell you to feed him a prescription diet, at least for a little while. Henry at Hill's c/d, but I now have him on a urinary acidifier and things seem much better now.
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