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post #1 of 26
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I've had my 2 year old cat for a year and a half and within the past week he has peed on my floor and couch about 5 or 6 times. I took him to the vet 2 days ago, and was told he has a UTI infection. I took him off the wet food( because i was told that conrtibutes to the problem) . He was getting a can every day at dinner time, with dry food available all day for him. He's been on the medicine for 3 days now and it seems like yesterday his problem got worse. Marking up my house with his smell (it smells horrible, far worse than normal cat pee). He still uses his box though, just sometimes he goes other places. I just want to know how long does it take before this gets better? i think the medicine he is on is called clavamox or something like that. Also is it ok to still give him the wet food or continue to stay off it? he loves it. Thanks alot
ps. oh yes yesterday i bought new cat food made by Dad's for Urinary Tract Infections. Hope this helps too!
post #2 of 26
Did your cat have crystals in the urine? I'm surprised your vet recommended taking him off wet food, since the right wet foods can help. You might check with the vet to see if there is a better brand of wet food for him. Also, I would recommend getting another litter box. The UTIs cause pain, and sometimes they will avoid the old box because they associate it with the pain.
post #3 of 26
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The vet didn't say I had to take him off the wet food, he said just to reduce the amount I give him. but someone else told me it's bad for them( not a vet, that's why i questioned it). I usually give him friskies wet food, is that a better brand? He loves his wet food so I feel bad taking that away. He is still using his litter box for his bowel movements and some urine just not always. although i came home from work today and he hadn't peed anywhere so it's looking better!
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by chickhitscar
The vet didn't say I had to take him off the wet food, he said just to reduce the amount I give him. but someone else told me it's bad for them( not a vet, that's why i questioned it). I usually give him friskies wet food, is that a better brand? He loves his wet food so I feel bad taking that away. He is still using his litter box for his bowel movements and some urine just not always. although i came home from work today and he hadn't peed anywhere so it's looking better!
Well, Friskies is like the McDonald's of cat food, so it actually might be behind all of these health issues. I'd reccommend swtiching him to a super-premium such as Innova, Felidae, Wellness, Evanger's, Merrick, etc.
post #5 of 26
I also recently took Micky in for a UTI. She also had crystals in her urine, which the vet attributed to her diet of Friskies.

In the last day, even, the Clavamox seems to have worked (but I'm still waiting for her to use the litter box at all, for anything... kind of worries me there, but hopefully sometime today I'll see results... if her old litter box is associated with pain, as someone said, then I'll get a new one). I even got a new couch yesterday, and Micky has, so far, not tried to urinate on it.

With the food, though, the doctor gave Micky a prescription diet -- I'm to ween out the Friskies, and in place of it, feed her c/d. Maybe you should check with your vet about the c/d prescription brand. After she goes through this food, I'm going to buy something higher quality -- I'm thinking Royal Canin. I had no idea that Friskies was such junk food (I'm broke and 21, so I went with the "better deal"... but the vet visit was $67.50 anyway, so I could've avoided that).

Maybe you could call the vet and ask about c/d. I think maybe the food or crystals in the urine could be the problem, as opposed to the Clavamox.
post #6 of 26
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Yeah I didn't realize Friskies was so bad either. I'm 23 so I also went for the bargain and he liked it so I thought it was fine. I will find a better brand like lionessrampant suggested. My cat hasn't gone to the bathroom all day today either in his box and I don't think he has gone anywhere in the house. I have him limited to only 2 rooms until I see him getting better. He did urinate on my couch 2 days ago and I've been cleaning it and hopefully can get the smell out because it's not even a year old, not time to be replaced yet! haha
post #7 of 26
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Today when I came home i noticed my cat has not gone to the bathroom since yesterday afternoon, which concerns me. Also now I notice one of his eyes is draining and he can't stop sneezing. Poor baby. Do you think this is a cold on top of the UTI or is it happening from the medicine or the UTI? Thanks
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by chickhitscar
Today when I came home i noticed my cat has not gone to the bathroom since yesterday afternoon, which concerns me. Also now I notice one of his eyes is draining and he can't stop sneezing. Poor baby. Do you think this is a cold on top of the UTI or is it happening from the medicine or the UTI? Thanks
Get to the vet asap
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by sharky
Get to the vet asap
I'm taking him to the vet this afternoon. I called first thing this morning and made another appt. I'll keep you updated! Thanks for all the help everyone.
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by mickys_PC
I also recently took Micky in for a UTI. She also had crystals in her urine, which the vet attributed to her diet of Friskies.

In the last day, even, the Clavamox seems to have worked (but I'm still waiting for her to use the litter box at all, for anything... kind of worries me there, but hopefully sometime today I'll see results... if her old litter box is associated with pain, as someone said, then I'll get a new one). I even got a new couch yesterday, and Micky has, so far, not tried to urinate on it.

With the food, though, the doctor gave Micky a prescription diet -- I'm to ween out the Friskies, and in place of it, feed her c/d. Maybe you should check with your vet about the c/d prescription brand. After she goes through this food, I'm going to buy something higher quality -- I'm thinking Royal Canin. I had no idea that Friskies was such junk food (I'm broke and 21, so I went with the "better deal"... but the vet visit was $67.50 anyway, so I could've avoided that).

Maybe you could call the vet and ask about c/d. I think maybe the food or crystals in the urine could be the problem, as opposed to the Clavamox.
Make sure the food you pick is certified for urinary tract health... to put it on the label they have to be...
post #11 of 26
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Yeah i got some of the food for urinary tract health made by Dad's. Which my vet said was good. Today is the last day of the medicine and he is still having accidents. This morning he went to his box and had a bowel movement then walked out of the room and peed in the corner. I don't understand. We are going back to the vet today for new medicine but soon I'm not going to have any choice but remove him from my home because my landlord is going to get made and kick us out if it starts smelling! This is very upsetting. Also we are going to get a new litter box today too to see if that helps.
post #12 of 26
Some cats like to have separate boxes for each bodily function, so definitely try adding another box. If you can, put it in the corner where she peed. Don't put them right next to each other, because they'll associate them as one box.
post #13 of 26
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I'm going to try that if I have to, I'm going to wait a couple more days because for two years he only used one box. And a few days ago it seemed to be getting better but it's not. I switched his wet food to Iams, he said Friskies was ok but I felt better going with a better brand. He seemed to be doing good for days. He had been urinating about once a day but Monday he went 4 times! I was so happy. Then this morning he tried to urinate on my bed! I just don't get it. This is the 2nd day on the new antibiotic. Hopefully it gets better.
post #14 of 26
My poor Spicey has had UTIs. He was on Clavomax for a good month or so, maybe longer. I do not now and have not fed my cats wet food, always dry. Now I'm feeding prescription Science Diet that is low in magnesium and other nutrients that promote bladder problems. I'll probably have to feed him that from now on.
post #15 of 26
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Yeah I did get dry food that is for urinary tract infections made by Dad's. My vet said that would be good. I can't afford the science diet, I'm 23 and newly married, lol. The first antibiotic he had was clavamox, I can't remember what this one he takes now is called but they are fairly large pills- a brownish color. He won't take them whole so i have to cut them in half and give them to him that way. Hopefully he gets better because it's starting to drive me crazy!!
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by Monarda
My poor Spicey has had UTIs. He was on Clavomax for a good month or so, maybe longer. I do not now and have not fed my cats wet food, always dry. Now I'm feeding prescription Science Diet that is low in magnesium and other nutrients that promote bladder problems. I'll probably have to feed him that from now on.
It seems strange to me that you've always fed your cats dry food but the vets are saying wet food contributes to UTI!!?
If you only feed dry and your cat has had problems with UTI, that tells you somthing.
post #17 of 26
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My kitty seemed to be getting so much better. He's been playing and running around more and using the litter box usually twice a day, sometimes three. Then yesterday morning he went into my bedroom and peed on my bed. I could tell he is still swollen and hurts when he goes because he got very round and hard in his belly area. Tomorrow is his last day on his 2nd antiobiotic. At this point I don't even know what to do anymore!
post #18 of 26
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Thursday when I came home from work my cat was very bloated and hadn't gone to the bathroom all day , I called a different vet, who my friend goes to and i have heard great things about, said i should take him to emergency care right away, so we did and they said he had major blockage and couldn't go to the bathroom. he had this white slime like stuff blocking his penis. very gross... the vet said he had never seen it so bad. he said they could do surgery and put a cathedar type thing in him for a few days and try to flush his system, it may work, may not but it costs 2000 and up depending how many days he would be there! we were thinking this is nuts, we are young and recently married, not much money here... so it was a sad day for us because our only alternatives were to take him home and let him die a slow death, or put him to sleep. sadly we had to say goodbye.. it was very sad, lots of tears.. i'm still crying now.. he was only 2, but we had a good year and a half with him. he will be missed sadly.

now a weird conicidence? yesturday when my husband was working, he works for a lawn care company, he was talking to a lady and she said that her daughter left her cat there when she moved out and she can't keep it because her cat doesn't like it, lol, she's 4 years old, and spayed.. so we were thinking we may get here. my husband wants, now i just have to decide. i don't want to replace thunder but i think getting a new cat would help heal some wounds with me.. what do you think?


RIP THUNDER
post #19 of 26
I guess my only thoughts would be can you afford her if she ends up with health issues of some kind as did Thunder.
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by chickhitscar
now a weird conicidence? yesturday when my husband was working, he works for a lawn care company, he was talking to a lady and she said that her daughter left her cat there when she moved out and she can't keep it because her cat doesn't like it, lol, she's 4 years old, and spayed.. so we were thinking we may get here. my husband wants, now i just have to decide. i don't want to replace thunder but i think getting a new cat would help heal some wounds with me.. what do you think?


RIP THUNDER
I'm sorry about your Thunder. My boyfriend's cat had a blockage a few years ago. All of their cats have to be fed a special food (since they free-feed) to keep it from reoccurring. It sounds like you did the humane thing by putting him to sleep since treatment was too costly.

As for the possible new cat, I think that sometimes cats come to us when they need and when it becomes a possibility to add them to our lives. When my roommate moved out last year, I considered whether to get another cat to keep my first kitty company. Exactly a week later, I found a half-starved stray who desperately needed someone to care for him. If you are still deeply grieving for Thunder, you may want to wait, but if you feel ready to open your heart to a new animal, I think that would be a good thing too.
post #21 of 26
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well... the surgery that was costly that we could have done for Thunder wasn't even 100 %. The doctor said it could fix his problem or he may be sick again in a month. To me that wasn't a gamble I was willing to take. If I'm going to pay thousands of dollars to get my cat better, it better work. So please don't judge me because I couldn't afford the treatment. It goes further than that, being that it wasn't 100 % like I said before..

We did end up getting the other cat... Thanks for the great thoughts SHARKY>. she seems to be a great cat, very loving. I will post a picture soon!!
post #22 of 26
My cat was diagnosed with a UTI--he had Triple Struvite Crystals. Previously, I used to feed him Friskies or Whiskas, but I've been told that it is the ingredients that companies use that can lead to UTI's. Something about the level of magnesium in the food...i think the less the magnesium, the better. If you look on the food labels and compare Friskies with Science Diet or Royal Canin, you'll notice the magnesium level difference...major! Anyway, the vet put my cat on prescription Royal Canin S/O for urinary health. He's been on it for about a month and his latest urinalysis shows that his crystals have all cleared up! *yayeee!!!* But he is still on the prescription diet right now. So, just to be on the safe side with my other kitty, I'm feeding her Science Diet (a little pricey, but worth it if it lessens the chance of another vet bill!) Also. another thing my vet told me was that cats who are prove to UTI's must drink lots of water because water flushes out their system. I bought my cats a drinking fountain ("the Petmate" i think) at Petsmart *i think it was like $40* and my cats love it! They drink lots of water now! Now that my cat's UTI is cleared, if only I could get him to stop spraying!!!....
post #23 of 26
I'm sorry for Thunder, but please learn from this experience. I would strongly suggest you set up a special "Medical Emergency" savings account for this new cat that you just acquired. As you now know, pets can suddenly develop very costly health issues, and - just like in humans - the older they get, the more issues they will develop. Taking a pet into your life involves much more than food, playing, and litter; they depend you you for all they needs, both physical and emotional. It is your responsibility to care for them in every way; having a special savings account for your new cat will help ensure you can provide her the medical she needs and deserves over the course of her life.

Additionally, no medical procedure is ever going to carry a 100% guarantee; lack of a guarantee shouldn't be a reason to not consider treatment.

Finally, I would seriously consider finding a new vet - perhaps going to the one that was recommended by your friend. It sounds like the vet you were using did not give you adequate guidance or help, and a vet that thinks Friskies or Dad's is good food to feed any cat - much less one with urinary issues - is not one I would want carrying for my pets.

I don't mean this to sound harsh; it just saddens me to hear when animals are lost because of financial issues. Now that you are aware that something like this can happen, you have the opportunity to be better prepared for you new kitty; please use the opportunity wisely. Best wishes with your new girl.
post #24 of 26
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thank you.... we are taking the new cat to see the vet my friend goes to. I will no longer be going back to the old one. We also just looked into pet insurance, which we are going to get, it's going to be about $25 a month and in the long run can help if this cat gets sick. I didn't know anything like that was even available! so that's a good thing.

and as far as the money thing goes, i didn't take it hurtful or anything that you said, but 2000+ is alot for anything, including a pet. Alot of people I have talked to said they probably would have done the same thing. So everyone is intitled to their own opinion.
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by chickhitscar
thank you.... we are taking the new cat to see the vet my friend goes to. I will no longer be going back to the old one. We also just looked into pet insurance, which we are going to get, it's going to be about $25 a month and in the long run can help if this cat gets sick. I didn't know anything like that was even available! so that's a good thing.

and as far as the money thing goes, i didn't take it hurtful or anything that you said, but 2000+ is alot for anything, including a pet. Alot of people I have talked to said they probably would have done the same thing. So everyone is intitled to their own opinion.
I do agree with you. We spent over $1000 on our Simba before we realized he was not going to make it and rather than prolong his poor quality of life and just spend more money to line the vet's pockets, that the humane thing was to let him go in peace. We now also have pet insurance for Mika and Bijou and with any luck we'll never need to use it, but it is worth the monthly fees.

I'm glad you are taking your new baby to a new vet and wish you all good things. When you have a chance, post some pictures in the Fur Pictures section as we'd all love to see your new fur baby.

And by the way, I think there are a lot of people out there that wouldn't have spent as much as you did trying to help your kitty.
post #26 of 26
Health insurance can be a good thing, but be sure you read all the fine print before you commit to it. Some insurances have a lot of caps on how much they'll pay for various illnesses, won't cover certain things, and - just like humans - have the dreaded "pre-existing condition" stipulations. For example, when we adopted our last 4 cats they came with free insurance for a couple months (adopted then through a PetFinder rescue group). This particular insurance did not cover wellness visits or shots, and it had something like a $2000 cap on cancer treatment. The year prior, we spent $7000 dollars treating our cat's lymphoma (yes, you read that right!). If we had paid for the insurance all his life (he was 12 when diagnosed), plus the balance of what the insurance wouldn't cover for his treatment, it would have cost more to have the health insurance than it was for us to pay for his treatment out of pocket.

So that's just a couple things to consider when shopping for insurance, just to make sure you get the best and most appropriate deal. I personally feel that setting that $25 or so a month aside in a savings account gives you more flexibility in how it can be spent, but everyone has to choose what works for them.
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