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Male cat UTI [Apr. 14th, 2013|12:05 pm]
Vet Care and Advice


I am taking my male cat to the vet tomorrow for a possible UTI. He is going to the litter box every hour or so and just sitting there trying to go, and he pees a couple of drops and gets out.

It's sunday and I live in a small town with no emergency vet service. Is there anything I can do to make him more comfortable until in the morning? He's not crying when he's in the litter box, and he's not lethargic or anything, but I know he has to be hurting.

[User Picture]From: fwickee
2013-04-14 07:42 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately there's not much you can do at home for this kind of situation. He'll probably continue to be uncomfortable for a few days even after he gets on some medication - it takes a little while for the swelling and irritation to go down.

Do keep a close eye on him, however. Male cats can develop what is called a urethral obstruction. This is caused either by stones lodging in the urethra, crystals and sludge from a bladder infection lodging in the urethra (most common), or swelling from the infection closing off the urethra. When this occurs male cats are able to urinate either not at all or only a few drops at a time. The build-up of toxins in their system makes them become ill very rapidly, and can even result in death.

Common signs of a blockage include being unable to pass urine even when straining, becoming lethargic, not eating, and vomiting. Should he begin to act lethargic, it is an emergency and can be fatal within 24 hours. It is important to seek veterinary aid immediately should this happen, even if it requires a bit of a drive.

Hope he feels better soon!
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[User Picture]From: robinchristine
2013-04-14 09:38 pm (UTC)
As of right now, he's still the same. Still alert and very interested in the birds outside and not crying when he goes to the litter box. He did vomit a few minutes ago but I think that's because he'd just eaten some grass and he tends to do that.

I just got him some urinary health tablets off of amazon that had good reviews so that he can start taking those as well.

He's going to the vet as soon as they open their doors in the morning. I live just across the street. Thanks for your help!
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[User Picture]From: robinchristine
2013-04-15 09:01 pm (UTC)
Took Mikey to the vet this morning. He felt around on his abdomen and said he didn't feel his bladder at all, which is good because he has to be peeing and that means no blockage. They gave me ten days worth of antibiotic for him (which he HATES) and told me just to watch him the next couple of days to make sure he's still peeing. He told me to go ahead and give him the cranberry suppliments, it certainly couldn't hurt.
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