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Going to the litter box but not "going"

post #1 of 12
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I've noticed today that my youngest kitty Jack, who is a year old, has been visiting the litter box several times today but he's not actually going to the bathroom. He goes through all the motions...squatting and covering up but nothing is there. He doesn't appear to be straining or in any pain. Both times I saw him do this today I stood there and watched to see if he was going so I don't know if he got stage fright when he saw me watching him or if I should be concerned? He doesn't act like he's sick or not feeling well. He's been energetic and playful like he always is. What do you think I should do?
post #2 of 12
Is Jack trying to poop or pee? Either way, you should keep a close eye on him. He might have a urinary tract infection, or be constipated.

If he's trying to poop and can't, give him 1/4 teaspoon of plain canned pumpkin (make sure it doesn't have spices in it). Mix it into each meal of his wet food. You should get results in a day or two. If he still can't poop after 2 days of pumpkin, take him to the vet.

If Jack's trying to pee, and goes to the litter box often but can only pass tiny amounts or is unable to pass any urine at all, he needs to see the vet *ASAP*. He could have a urinary blockage, a condition which is life-threatening, so don't delay.

Hope little Jack will soon be back to normal. Please let us know.
post #3 of 12
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I don't know which one he is trying to do. I have another cat too and when I scooped the litter boxes this morning there was both in there. I didn't notice anything coming out when he was doing this. I will keep a very close eye on him. Thank you!
post #4 of 12
He might also try to go on in appropriate places outside the box. Good luck. Prayers and that its just a little constipation.
post #5 of 12
Get him to the vet pronto. He probably has a UTI. Charlie was acting the same way - not sick sick, but kept going in the litter box with nothing. If a male blocks and cannot pee he will be dead in a few days.

Don't wait. Get him checked out.
post #6 of 12
Get to the vet fast. It could be a Uti or he could have crystals and block.
post #7 of 12
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I kept a close eye on him yesterday and noticed that he did go to the bathroom but just a little bit. I called the vet first thing this morning and they said they didn't have any appointments until tomorrow morning but I could drop him off today and they would work him in. I was kind of upset as I told the receptionist on the phone his problem and she didn't act too worried. Anyway, I loaded Jack up and took him to the vet and told the receptionist (a different one than the one I talked to on the phone) what was going on and she said they would have him looked as soon as possible because he could be getting blocked. She realized how serious his condition could be thankfully. So I dropped him off and they said the vet would check him out and that they would call me when I can pick him up. I hope my poor baby is doing ok. He's only a year old and this is only the second time he's been to the vet and he was hunkered down in the back of the carrier. I felt so bad for him, he was so scared. Please keep your fingers crossed that he is ok. I will post back later when I find out more.
post #8 of 12
Looking forward to hearing what you learned at the Vet. Please be well, little Jack
post #9 of 12
Yeah Charlie was a little over a year old when he got it. He's on Royal Canin for Urinary (dry) and I get a few select cans of food. So far, NO reoccurances and I hope it stays that way.
post #10 of 12
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I called the vet a little while ago and they said that he just has a UTI, he's not blocked!! The vet wanted to look at his urine sample under the microscope and he should be able to come home this evening!! Thanks everyone for your support and good vibes!!
post #11 of 12
Is he going to get food and antibiotics. My Cat is on C/D and Royal Canin Urinary for her bladder problems. I hope he feels better soon.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
Is he going to get food and antibiotics. My Cat is on C/D and Royal Canin Urinary for her bladder problems. I hope he feels better soon.
They said he would get antibiotics. They didn't say anthing about food. I've got a few questions I want to ask them when I pick him up and that is one of them. Thanks!
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