(Closed) anyone owns a cat with FLUTD??? HELP

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i’m sorry! our cat get UTIs a few times a year. she has crystals a lot. we always take her to the vet for antibiotics and sometimes pain meds, and it clears up within a couple of days.

we feed her mostly canned food and water it down a little to make sure she’s getting enough water. we also keep a few bowls of water around the house to encourage her to drink more. one vet said we could put a little chicken broth in her water to get her to drink more. other than that, we have to make sure and clean her litter box a few times a week.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Like Kitzy said, adding warm water to some wet food is a good way to force kitties to drink more water.

I strongly recommend (if your vet didnt’ already) switching your cat to CD for long term and maybe SD for the short term. 

Back when I was going to school (veterinarian’s assistant school sadly enough) I had just paid rent and was super broke, so I bought a box of cat chow from the corner store. The switch to that cheap crappy food gave my Siamese a horrible case of FLUTD. 

These foods from Hills are fantastic

http://www.hillspet.com/products/pd-feline-cd-multicare-feline-bladder-health-dry.html

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Sound exactly like what happened with my cats recently. One has the same problem and is on urinary prescription food. Water is so important to dilute the cats urine and stop the build up of crystals. We put quite a bit of water in with his canned food and mash it all up so the water tastes of the food. 90% of the time he laps it all up. Also recommend a cat fountain water bowl. No idea why but it really does get them drinking more as cats by nature often don’t get very thirsty- but they do need the water.

When we brought our cat home from the vets the other cat (who is the alpha male I’d say and apparently it is usually them who react this way) reacted really badly to his brother, when they loved each other so much before. It was a horrible time and we had to seperate them for nearly a week, only supervised encounters allowed. Tried lots of different things to get the ‘vets smell’ off him (rubbing baking soda in his fur etc) but really time is what was needed and they were back to normal within a week.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@FutureMrsMaher:

My boys go nuts for their ‘kitty soup’, but when I first started doing it, they were none to pleased! :p

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

You should switch him to Royal Canin cat food. It is supposed to be very good with prevention of UTIs in cats.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Oneeleven:

haha my poor kitties get it literally all over their faces, which does not impress them, but you have to be cruel to be kind!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I put my cat on antibiotics and switched her to CD, had xrays, everything all to no avail. She was literally dripping blood everywhere from the crystals in her urine, just little tiny drops of blood. One day in the vet’s office a woman said her cat had the same issue so she switched her to distilled water and it took care of it. The same thing happened with my cat. I switched her to distilled water and it took a few months but the blood finally stopped and she’s been fine for a year. I’d suggest also getting a water fountain, it really encourages cats to drink a lot more water. My cat was always begging at the sink but once we switched her to the distilled water obviously we couldn’t give her tap water so she simply wasn’t drinking enough. The fountain took care of that.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Be careful with the CD (It’s Hill’s Science Diet prescription that they give you at the vet, about $18 for a month’s worth) because my vet warned me it’s VERY fattening. I leave food out for my cat at all times and they said I absolultely couldn’t do that with the CD.

It can happen again but it probably isn’t just stress. If you take all of the precautions that the vet tells you to, and explore some of your own (I highly recommend distilled water, there’s no minerals in it like there is in tap water and spring water) hopefully you’ll find something that works. It cost me a ton of money and vet visits but we finally figured it out and haven’t had a relapse at all.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Spent the same amount on just one cat, it was awful. I hated that they put her under general anesthesia and catheterized her (though I told them not to because I can easily get a urine sample from her using non absorbable litter and a syringe) for her xrays and found out no more information. She was clearly suffering and it was horrible.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh my goodness they didn’t shave her but the anesthesia made her soooooooo sick. Next time if they want to catherize him ask them for some non-absorbable litter (they’ll sell you a little tube for like $5 or something) and a syringe and make an appointment for the next day. Buy a cheap litter pan and put the litter in it (I don’t even know if you need a separate litter pan but I didn’t want to risk contamination). My cat refused to pee all night but she finally did in the morning and I just took it out with the syringe and put it in the tube they gave me and dropped it off on my way to work. They did the test and then they saw her. It’s super easy, much cheaper and way less traumatic for the cat.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I had two kitties with that. Since then, we have not had any cases in the past 12 years and we have over 40 cats at the sanctuary!

As the afflicted cats would not touch the prescription food at all, I started doing research. First I changed their kibble to a meat-based formula. NO GROUND CORN, wheat or soy! No by-products, artifical colorings, flavors or preservatives! Then I added wet food to the diet – twice a day – an absolute must for the cat with FLUTD. Cats have small kidneys for their body size and rarely drink enough water. They are supposed to get their water from their prey. I make my own wet food according to Dr. Strombeck’s recipes (check out amazon.com – Home-prepared Dog and Cat Diets).

One thing I always kept on hand was Tinkle Tonic – a herbal combo that can be found on the internet. Google it. I have actually unblocked cats with this (under the supervision of our holistic vet). It tastes awful and kitty will hate it but it works! Cranberry extract (can be found at places like Vitamin World) can be added to the wet food. A few drops per meal. The addition of probiotics can be helpful as well.

After I got my two patients straightened out and I changed every cats’ diet – we never had another case again!

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