Originally Posted by cloud_shade
What they are treating her for is probably cystitis (that's how it's spelled, so you can do some research, if you want), which is an inflammed bladder. My cat, Willow, was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, meaning they don't know the cause. Sometimes it can be caused by stress or not drinking enough water. Did your vet do a urinalysis? Some cats get crystals in their urine that can cause irritation. If that is the case, they often need a special food to dissolve the crystals. Since you said your kitty was not retaining urine, it sounds like she wasn't blocked. Some kitties with crystals get a blockage (more common in males, but it can happen to females too) that can be life-threatening.
If they didn't do a urinalysis, they probably should. You could call your vet and ask. Sometimes they will have you bring the cat in for a urine sample, and sometimes they will have you collect it yourself. Antibiotics are often given to cats with cystitis. Sometimes they help, and sometimes they don't. Often the problem can clear up on it's own. It also sounds like Kirim was scared by the vet visit. If she is normally a cuddlely cat, you might try talking to her in a soothing voice, and seeing if she will come out to be petted.
Finally, cats with urinary problems are often in pain. Sometimes they will think that since the pain happens when they use the litterbox, the litterbox is bad. You might want to get a second litter box and put it in a different location, so that she has something that she doesn't associate with the pain.
I had to take Kirim last night to an emergency animal clinic. When I got home from work she was a her litter box, crying and the litter was dry.
There they took a blood sample, I should know the results today after 7 P.M., they gave her a shot of Lasix which is a diuretic, a shot of Baytrill for a bacterial infection and fluids (she was dehydrated and running a tempeature).
After 2 hours I was able to take her home with a new prescription of an antibiotic called Augmentin and with two big balls on her body from the fluid which the doctor told me her body will absorb little by little.
As soon as we got home she went to the litter box and did it!!! My God I was so happy. She went 3 more times during the nite (needless to say I did not sleep last night), but she is doing much better. THis morning her body was back to normal (no big balls any more on her side). The doctorrecommended Hill prescription diet c/d dry food for her from now on, which I already bought and can't wait to get home to try it and see if she likes it.
My husband had to go to work, but I have my mother at home with her and she is sleeping, which is the norm for her during the day.
I am just praying now that the blood work comes back normal. I would not know what to do without my Kirim.
Thank you for all your help and support