@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 🙂