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post #1 of 43
Thread Starter 

My baby boy, Baxter, will be three in August. He hasn't been neutered and is an inside cat . He's been meowing loudly and hissing in the litter box. He has a history of chronic UTI's in the past, but I can't seem to get rid of them! He strains to the point where he vomits. : [

I've tried changing his wet food to a special diet that helps regulate their urinary tract. We give him Friskies Special Diet wet food and urinary tract regulating dry food. We mix in a teaspoon of water into this mixture so that he gets extra water. He also gets a half tablet of vitamin C as we've been advised to do that as well as a teaspoon of Methigel to acidify his urine. 

I've never found blood in his urine and the last time we went to the vet for this, our vet told us to massage his lower belly to see if we can feel a mass or blockage and I can't feel anything. He's letting me touch it no problem, but wasn't before when he came out of his litter box. He's been peeing on all kinds of things.

I've recently read that dusty litter can have an effect on cats urinary tract health. When cleaning his box, I HAVE noticed that his litter is very dusty. Should I change it to a pine or paper litter? His box is also covered. 

Are there any other factors that I'm not taking in to account? We've brought him to the vet for this three times already with little to no results. What am I missing...?

post #2 of 43
You need to take him to the vet NOW.
A blockage can kill him and can kill him FAST. Please, please do not try to do anything as far as diet, or home remedies before taking to your vet - if your baby is straining to the point of vomiting, he IS very likely BLOCKED.

This is an EMERGENCY. You have NO time to spare trying to do anything. RUSH him to the vet - NOW. Carrier, on the car, VET.

post #3 of 43

I agree rush him in TODAY. Go to a 24 hour hospital if necessary. Do not wait on this. Make sure the vet does x-rays or ultrasound. Do not just accept antibiotics again without those tests. 

post #4 of 43
If your vet has not done an urinalysis, then you need to request one or find a vet who will do one. The urinalysis will help identify what is causing the chronic urinary problems. It could be struvite crystals, calcium oxalate stones, a bacterial infection or inflammation. It sounds like you are treating for struvites by lowering the urine pH but I don't see that mentioned in testing or diagnosis. Are you testing his urine pH at home which is generally recommended when usind urine acidifiers to make sure the urine doesn't become too acidic?

If you have the results of the urinalysis, please post them here, and I can give you ideas of standard treatment that you can talk to your vet about.
post #5 of 43
Thread Starter 

The vet has not yet done a urinalysis. I have had it to my wits end with this vet because as I said before, I have taken him and recently, but he keeps giving me the same thing over and over and it is absolutely not helping. 

I feel horrible as a vet visit today is not going to be able to happen as we only have one car and my boyfriend is at work. I haven't the slightest of what to do. He just tried peeing again with no luck, hissing and what have you. And we literally JUST got moved in to our new house today and are short on funds. 

I gave him another can of wet food just now to get some fluids in him. I'm at the end of my rope here. 

post #6 of 43
Hun, get some money from someone..... Your dad, mom, anyone...... Get a cab. Call a friend and get a ride..... Take him to an emergency vet. I can not say enough how much of an emergency this is. If he is blocked, and it sounds like might be...... He can die a horrible death. On the same token, he can be easily saved if you take him in.

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post #7 of 43
You NEED a different vet. As you have seen, you can't treat without knowing what the problem is.

However, you are in emergency mode now. If he can't pee at all, he is most likely blocked. That can be life threatening in a pretty short period of time. He really needs to see a vet now. Can you call a friend or relative for a ride?
post #8 of 43

We just went through the same thing with our 4 y.o. boy, Moe.  Fine one day, completely blocked the next.  He had a bladder stone that had to be removed surgically and he is now recovering nicely.  Please get your baby to a vet right away!

post #9 of 43
Thread Starter 

Working on finding a ride. If worse comes to worse, we're able to take him first thing tomorrow morning, but I'd rather not wait that long. I thought he was fine for a while as he's been using his box regularly and urinating with no problem, but this morning took a turn for the worse.

post #10 of 43
Excellent clap.gifclap.gifclap.gifclap.gif

No matter what you have to do, don't wait until tomorrow..... Blockages act terribly fast frown.gif
I wouldn't go to the same vet either.
If you have any records with you, take them.

If not, it's alright.
If it is after hours, look up the nearest emergency vet - the easiest way to find is calling the closest vet to your house - they will have the information to the nearest one on their answer machine agree.gif

For now, if you know someone you trust who has pets, call them for a referral. In most emergency situations you can just walk in. vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif
post #11 of 43

I am wishing you luck on finding a ride FAST. heartpump.gif

post #12 of 43
I'm so glad you're trying to find a ride. And yes, you clearly need a new vet. frown.gif

Unfortunately, as has already been mentioned, if your kitty can't pee at all, he is most likely blocked. You would not be able to feel a blockage in his urethra, I have no idea why the vet told you this.

A blockage means the urine cannot pass out of him, ,so it backs up into his system, which, simply put, is highly toxic and will cause him to die if not addressed. That is why everyone is telling you to get to an emergency vet - or ANY vet - today, tonight, because he either needs knowledgeable hands to express the blockage in his urethra, or he may need to be catheterized to release the urine from his body. This is a very, very, very painful condition, and a horrible death. frown.gif

Many, many vibes for your boy. vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif
post #13 of 43
Thread Starter 

Oh, believe me, we've been through this before with him. I know exactly how deadly this can be. I've called every vet in town and they're closed, but thankfully there is one emergency animal hospital. I called my boyfriend hysterical only for him to just pretty much tell me that he never wanted the cat to begin with. : [ We'll be on our way to go to the emergency vet as soon as my ride gets here but the visit itself will be $105 and I only have $200 to my name that was supposed to last me two weeks. 

This is gonna be pretty rough, but it's not my cat's fault and I'd empty out my bank account if it means he's gonna feel better.

post #14 of 43
hugs.gif I'm so sorry about your boyfriend's attitude. frown.gif

We can help you with how to manage your boy's problems with crystals/cystitis. hearthrob.gif But as mentioned earlier, we need more info about what the actual problem is: results of his urinalysis, the type of crystals, his urine pH, what you've been feeding him, etc. rub.gif

More vibes on the way! vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif
post #15 of 43

I'm so glad you're getting your boy to a vet.

An emergency vet is also very likely to run the urinanalysis so that you can figure out what's causing the issue and will be equipped to immediately handle whatever treatment he'll need to clear up the blockage.


Lots ofvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.giffor you and your boy. Hopefully they can get him sorted out.

post #16 of 43
Please update us as soon as you can! vibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gifvibes.gif
post #17 of 43

Please update as soon as you can about what is going on with your cat.  One of my cats, Angus, had a bad bout with a UTI that lasted six months.  It was crucial that the vet did a urinalysis on him to discover that his pH level was elevated, he had blood in his urine although you could not tell that by purely looking at the urine sample, he had struvite crystals and they found white blood cells in his urine.  All of this information lead to a successful treatment where he was placed on food specific for cats with high pH and struvite crystals.  He was given a shot of antibiotics.  And, I did eveyrthing and anything to increase his fluid intake.  Since his intial urinanlaysis, he has had two more as well as an x-ray to ensure he has overcome the UTI and that the crystals have not turned into stones.  It is really crucial to find a vet willing to do these tests.  Good luck in finding a vet and in finding transportation.  You are in my thoughts and prayers!




post #18 of 43
Thread Starter 

Well apparently it wasn't a UTI at all but a disease called FLUTD. Egh, $200 later, they used a catheder and he's fine. XD

post #19 of 43
FLUTD is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder. It is caused by UTIs, crystals in the urine, stones in the bladder, or inflammation, to name a few things.

Self treating with vitamin C and other urine acidifiers is very dangerous. You run a very real risk of causing the urine pH to go too acidic (too low) which creates an environment for oxalate stones to form. These can only be removed by surgery.

Your male cat needs to be on a canned only diet. No dry, not one bit of dry food ever. Feed a food that is high in meat protein, low in carbohydrates.

I recommend you find another vet if this vet has never done a urinalysis. A urine culture would be better. And once he is stabilized, please get him neutered, especially as he is allowed outside.

Here is a website that can help you understand what is going on with your boy
post #20 of 43
Originally Posted by DearAmbellina View Post

Well apparently it wasn't a UTI at all but a disease called FLUTD. Egh, $200 later, they used a catheder and he's fine. XD
That 200 saved his life. If he needed a catheter, he was blocked.
Do you know WHY he was blocked? Was it crystals? Were any tests done?
post #21 of 43
Thread Starter 

Yes,  I know he was blocked. The vet told me. Apparently, it's a stress related disease that causes them to do this. I was advised to give him a pheromone collar and keep him away from friends coming over.

post #22 of 43
Yes, stress can cause a number of things: inflammation of the bladder; it can raise the pH of the urine which allows struvite crystals to form. With an inflamed bladder, cells can slough off, a "mucus" plug can form....

If you've been using methigel, as others have said, if not using pH test strips to keep track of his urine pH, it could have caused his urine pH to fall too far, which could have caused calcium oxalate crystals.

The pheremone collar may help.

The most important thing will be eliminating dry food from his diet completely. You should also mix some water into the wet food you feed him, to keep his bladder well flushed.

Whatever you do, if you're going to use anything that can acidify his urine, please purchase urine test strips to keep track of his urine pH. It should be 6.5 - 7.0.

Others have provided the link, but I'm going to reiterate it. There is no more informative thread on FLUTD and blockages than this site, written by a vet:
post #23 of 43
Originally Posted by DearAmbellina View Post

Yes,  I know he was blocked. The vet told me. Apparently, it's a stress related disease that causes them to do this. I was advised to give him a pheromone collar and keep him away from friends coming over. 

Stress can cause flare-ups, but a pheromone collar alone is not enough. What was the physical cause of his blockage? Was it from inflammation, struvites or stones? Did the vet run an urinalysis? Given your boy's history, it is very important to get to the cause so that it can be treated, and it is treatable in the vast majority of cases.

Yes, absolutely diet is important. As LDG said, getting him off of dry and onto an all wet meaty diet is critical. There are other things you can also do at home. Please let us know what the vet found and the results of the urinalysis.
post #24 of 43
Thread Starter 

Yeah, the vet gave me like a 40 page packet all on FLUTD. It's really helpful, I'm going to scan it for anyone else who might need it. 
He always gets a tablespoon of water mixed in to his food. I am going to eliminate dry food from his diet completely, however. 
We also purchased his second litter box today and filled it with pine litter. So far it's a no go, hahaha. He did go straightaway to his other box, which I uncovered, and urinated. Took him a minute, but it was a good amount and no crying. 

The vet told me it was a frustrating disease and to expect this or something like this again and that the goal of treating his disease is to decrease the severity and amount of his episodes.

post #25 of 43
That is great that he is peeing again. He will be uncomfortable from the catheter, and there's probably still quite a bit of inflammation.

So what is the treatment plan that the vet is recommending? And is the new ER vet, not the old vet?
post #26 of 43
Thread Starter 

Yep, the ER vet. He's on a dose of anti-inflammatory medicine (one pill every day by mouth, after the second day half a pill) and we're picking up a script from Wal-Greens for him today. 
As I said, the rest is making sure his anxiety levels are down, switching litter, cutting dry food out, and getting him a drinking fountain.

By the way, has anybody had luck with the drinking fountains? I'd love to get him one, if he'd use it. 

post #27 of 43
Originally Posted by DearAmbellina View Post

Yep, the ER vet. He's on a dose of anti-inflammatory medicine (one pill every day by mouth, after the second day half a pill) and we're picking up a script from Wal-Greens for him today. 
As I said, the rest is making sure his anxiety levels are down, switching litter, cutting dry food out, and getting him a drinking fountain.

By the way, has anybody had luck with the drinking fountains? I'd love to get him one, if he'd use it. 

My cats love their fountain and all four will drink from it. I still have several other bowls throughout the house though just in case. I have a Hagan Catit fountain; it is quiet and elevated (good for seniors). I got it from Amazon and only paid around $20. I wasn't sure if they would like it or not, so I didn't want to shell out the money for a Drinkwell. The Catit fountain is plastic, so it requires frequent cleaning or algae can grow. It is really easy to take apart and put back together. I clean it 2-3 times per week and change the filter once a month.

I have only been using this fountain for 2 months so I don't know how it will compare to the higher ticket fountains in regards to longevity. 

post #28 of 43

Catit fountains are fairly cheap and my cats love it. I have tried the more expensive stainless steel ones, but they love the catit the most. It is kind of a pain to clean and fill but is pretty low maintenance. 

post #29 of 43

I'm so glad he's okay. FLUTD can be frustrating, but fortunately, as others have mentioned, there are definitely things you can do to ease it for him and it sounds like you're on the right track.


We have a drinkwell fountain that has been great for our guys - we set up up and they were all over it. from then on standing water was beneath them. laughing02.gif

I'd recommend a stainless steel one - easier to keep clean.

post #30 of 43
Which anti-inflammatory med did your vet prescribe? Probably something like Onsior and hopefully not Metacam. Ok, so this is addressing his current symptoms but what's the plan going forward to help prevent flare ups? I'm not trying to be pushy, but I'm still unclear as to the cause of the blockage. Was a urinalysis done?
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