my poor cat has a UTI

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My cat was doing the same thing last week, as well as peeing (bloody) on our dog beds and my husband brought her to the vet. The vet told us that it was due to cheap cat food! We had just switched cat foods last week and went with a cheaper kind. The vet said that the cheap cat food has too high of an ash content and the cats body cannot handle it. He also said that this is the top reason why cats end up being given away. He gave us some anitbiotics, and some special digestive wet cat food to give her for a week. We actually just put the pills in the wet cat food and she ate it without a problem. She is doing much better now! We learned our lesson with the cheap cat food! Hope your cat feels better soon! 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My cat just went through the same thing! He was crying out and dribbling urine. We went to the vet and put him on antibiotics. For his 2 week follow up, he still had bacteria and some crystals. He did block the next week and needed a catheter. He’s on special prescription food now but he’s doing much better and is crystal and bacteria free! It’s good you are giving him wet food. We got our cat a water fountain to encourage drinking, which is helping I think. Good luck with your kitty! Hope he gets better soon. As for taking pills, ours LOVED the Greenies pill pockets

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@bella731:  One of our cats (Talulah) had 3 very bad UTI’s in a matter of months a few years ago.  She is quite the avid kicker in the litter box, so we make sure to clean that every single night.  The vet had put us in a special diet for UTI’s, a combination of dry and wet food from the office.  It worked well but was pricey over time.  We looked at the grocery store for any alternatives and found what is pictured below.  Before we switched her to it we had the vet approve the new brand choices, he looked over the ingredients and gave us the okay.  He said the main thing to do is incorporate more water into her diet.  We have the dry food in a gravity feeder and each night she and our other cat split half of a can (44cents per can when on sale) mixed with a little bit of warm water.  Because we have two cats and didnt want to keep two types of food our other cat eats the same UTI diet as Talulah.  We give them both the spoonful of wet food at night to keep the treat fair 🙂

Talulah has not had a single UTI since!!!!  We will keep her on this diet forever, the little extra hassle is way better than seeing a needle be placed into her belly to get a urine sample at the Animal ER 🙁   

I highly reccomend these.  THe wet food is a Friskies Special Diet (for UTIs)

 

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@bella731: Before our cat was blocked he was on Blue Buffalo Freedom, which is grain free. We would supplement with wet food occassionally (maybe one can a month) because I knew he didn’t drink much water.

I first noticed on a Saturday that his mounds of urine in his litter box were a little smaller than usual, and by Sunday he was crying out and having trouble peeing. There was no blood. We took him to the vet but at that point he wasn’t blocked- it was a UTI without crystals. They sent him home on antibiotics. After a few days, kitty was back to normal. For his 2 week followup we were shocked to see that he had more bacteria and crystals this time. He was completely asymptomatic.

They did another round of antibiotics and started him on the special food. Just a few days later, his symptoms came back with a vengeance- he was crying out, dribbling on the floor, straining in his box every 5 minutes- and he was blocked. Again on a Sunday. It cost us about $500 for the catheter placement I think. He was home the next day, still with some symptoms, but he gradually got better over the week. After a week, he had his follow up and he was bacteria and crystal free.

So it was a total of 2 ER vet visits (they were both on Sundays) and 2 scheduled follow up appointements. I think he blocked because he was only on the new food for a few days and I was still transitioning him from his old food. Now that he’s been solely on his new food for a few weeks, he seems fine. Completely back to normal. The vet told us that if he would need the surgery, it would be about $1200.

His food is the Hills c/d dry food. It’s not holistic, it’s made with byproducts, the 1st ingredient is rice. I don’t like it really, but it’s been working so I guess we’ll stick with it. They make a wet food (made with pork byproduct ugh) which I might supplement with eventually if he doesn’t start drinking more. The fountain has worked a bit but I still think he’s not drinking enough. I saw that Royal Canin has a UTI food that at least has meat as a 1st ingredient.

You said that your vet told you that if he vomits that means he’s blocked. That can be true, but our cat never vomited. If your cat is struggling to pee, is crying out, or is going outside the box- take him to the vet right away. Don’t let it go on too long without treatment. By the time they are vomiting, it may be too late!

Sorry for the long post. Hope your kitty does well. If you have any other questions I am available 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@bella731:  I transitioned to his new food a little at a time over a week. My boy’s not picky so he’ll eat just about anything but I can tell he doesn’t like it as much as the BB. As for feeding multiple cats, I can’t really help you there because I just have 1. He usually eats most of his food in one sitting so it’s not sitting out all day. I’d suggest feeding your two other cats in another room while sick kitty’s eating his special food but it seems like yours let their food sit out. You are having trouble getting your cat to eat the wet food? Can you mix the dry and wet together?

When Roo blocked I was watching him really closely. I had off work, which was good, because I could stay in the spare room where his litter box is and watch him. He was in and out of it, and when he peed it would be just a pea sized amount. Just because some pee comes out, it doesn’t mean they aren’t blocked. A few drops can come out and it’s still considered a block. He would also lay on the ground on his side and strain and urine would just dribble out, like he couldn’t control it. He was obviously not acting himself.

But since your cat has a UTI I would expect that it hurts to pee so he probably won’t have huge pee mounds either, and it might take him a while to get it out. While Roo was recovering from his catheter, he took a long time to get urine out because it was irritated. I would say as long as your cat has more than dribbles he is probably fine. I guess it might be hard for you to observe since you have multiple cats :/ If your furbaby gets worse I would call the vet, though, no matter what time of night it may be. Blocks are emergencies and need immediate treatment. I think you’ll be able to tell the difference between just irriation and an actual block. And like your vet said, he might even start to vomit.

 

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