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Here's the long ordeal with my kitty, Spaz..... (male, 2 1/2 years old)

About a month ago, I noticed my kitty squatting and trying to do something. Not owning a cat before I thought perhaps he was constipated, so I put him near the litter box and kept an eye on him. That's when I noticed he was actually trying to urinate and was dripping blood. So I rushed him to the 24 hour vet hospital (it was 11pm on Sunday night). The next day I took him to the vet and they kept him. Turns out he was becoming blocked by crystals, so they catheterized him for a few days and gave him medications. I brought him home three days later, only to find him blocked again six hours later and dripping blood, so back to the vet he went. Four days after that, the vet called and said he would not stop blocking... at this point I'd had the procedure explained to me where they widen the urinary tract (basically cutting off part of his penis) I can't recall the name of this procedure, but they said it should be a consideration if he continually blocked up, which he obviously was. So anyway, they knew money was an issue for me so they offered me the procedure at 70% discount, so I went for it.

Spaz came home from the vet about three days after the procedure and was given anti-biotics. Immediately after the surgery he had difficulty urinating in the litter box, but that was understandable as it was probably very painful.

It has now been over four weeks since that surgery. Since then he has not really peed in the litter box, on very slim occasions. The major issue now is that he constantly drips urine all over the place, and then will pee bigger spots on the floor. It drips out when he's laying down, so now it's all over his tail and legs. It's near impossible to clean him because he tries to bite me. I have him couped in a small area with a linoleum floor that's easy to clean, but I can't do this forever. I've taken him to the vet multiple times since then, but they can't seem to figure it out. They did a urine culture but it came back negative. He's been put on more anti-biotics, a steroid, amitryptaline (cat prozac?) and phenylpropanolamine. In addition he's been put on a special diet. But still, same results, he continues to drip urine constantly.

Here's my dilemma.... he's not happy at all couped up in the small foyer/bathroom area. I can't keep this up forever because the smell of cat urine is going to eventually cause damage to the property, and I currently rent my home. With the numerous vet trips, I've spent over $2,000 on this and I can't afford much more. I'm torn for what to do at this point. I doubt there's anywhere I can give him away... and it seems like the other option is euthanyzing him. It hurts to think of doing that, but I'm about all out of options I think.

Sorry to make this so long. Has anybody experienced their cat having these same symptoms? I'd love to hear your input or advice..... thank you!!
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Im going to send you to a group I am in that can help you.
They ahve helped me with Coco.
Tell the mews2much sent you.http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/F...guid=148984634
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Thanks for the link. I'll give it a shot and see where it goes....
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They have helped me so maybe they can help you.
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My Bear had to have that surgery, vet said the 'dribbling' was normal... and sure enough it slowly got less ans less until it stopped. She did that "95% of cats will stop dribbling in one month." Bear stopped (or nearly stopped dribbling) at a little over a month and a half after surgery. You can PM with any ?'s if you want. The surgery is called Perineal Urethrostomy (or P/U surgery for short). If you google "Feline Perineal Urethrostomy," you will get a couple good vet web sites with info.

BE AWARE that the 'hole' can heal over and close in rare occasions... it really concerns me that he isn't peeing much in 4 weeks, but if he is dirbbling really bad-I guess he wouldn't have to use the litter box for pee much.

Stricture of the urethrostomy site can occur if the urethra has been badly damaged. In this situation the urethrostomy site closes down as the tissues heal and the pet will then have difficulty urinating. If stricture formation of the urethrostomy site has not occurred by 6 weeks after surgery, then it is not likely to occur.
Straining to urinate may be a recurrent clinical sign and usually is due to a problem with the bladder (inflammation or infection) and not the urethra.
The patient should wear an Elizabethan collar to avoid licking the new urethral opening as it heals. Trauma to the new opening could cause it to scar and close over, necessitating further surgery.
Scar formation occurs in some cats and leads to closing off the urethra. While the overall complication rate is low, a serious complication can result in death or the need for additional surgery.
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