Post # 1
Hey bees, continuation of this thread: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/bees-my-cat-has-urinary-crystals-please-help-with-food-choices#axzz2rWAyA7qy
Our kitty was originally diagnosed with UTI and urinary cystals, and was put on prescription food to prevent more crystals. We we torn because the vet recommended the Hills c/d diet but it didn’t look like very good quality food and I don’t want to feed my cat crap.
Our update it that Roo has been feeling fine, pretty much back to normal with his new food and continued antibiotics since last Wednesday. Until today…
He was worst today than ever. Dribbling the tiniest amounts of urine, crying in pain, peeing outside of his box… We took him to the emergency vet and he was blocked. They are keeping him overnight and putting a catheter in. I just got a call from the vet saying they relieved the blockage, it was small, and the outlook is good. They will pull the catheter out tomorrow and monitor him all day, and if he doesn’t have any more problems they will send him home tomorrow night. But if he would re-block they want to consider surgery- where there literally cut off the tip of his penis. My poor baby! Are any of you familiar with this procedure or have your cats had it done?
I’ve been feeding him the Hills c/d food since Wednesday, he isn’t completely on it yet (still mixing it with his old food). I don’t like it, but it’s supposed to help dissolve the crystals he has now and the vet keeps emphasizing that it works and they recommend it. They use it on their own pets with no issues. I guess I will keep him on it for a while. Although I still prefer grain-free food. Maybe in the future we’ll switch him back to healthier food, or try a wet only diet.
I also bought a water fountain to encourage Roo to drink more but it hasn’t arrived in the mail yet.
I’m hoping my little furbaby will be okay. I really want to avoid surgery and I hope this doesn’t become a recurrent problem. Thanks for all of your support, Bees <3
Post # 3
I have my cats on Candide (spelling?) grain-free, limited ingredient food. Candide Pure if I remember correctly. I think it has 8 ingredients and my cats have responded really well to it. I have three. None of them have issues with UTIs, crystals, or any other uniary problems, but one of my cats has bad allergies. Her fur has started growing back since being on this food and her skin looks healthier so she’s not scratching herself so much.
One of my cats is a Himalayan and they are prone to urinary problems as they get older if not feed quality food throughout their lives. The breeder said look for food that does not contain any ash. I’m not sure if that’s helpful.
Good luck – hope kitty feels better soon! Go with the vets suggestion for right now just to get little one feeling better and then mix in some grain free food.
Post # 4
The website below has a lot of great information about this disease. Feeding a wet food is the number 1 most important thing with this disease and the prescription diets work really really well. Byproducts are a catch-all term that includes bone meal (source of Calcium), and organ meat (important source of taurine, vitamins A and D, and other amino acids) – they are an excellent source of nutrition and parts of the animal that cats would eat in the wild. I agree that labeling would be more clear if they actually listed what went into the byproducts….
Canned diets tend to be lower in grains/carbs because, well, they’re wet and don’t need the carbs to bind them. Because the urine pH determines what type of crystals form, getting the pH of the urine into the sweet spot where neither struvite crystals (which form in basic pH) nor oxalate crystals (which form in acid pH — which is what happens when you feed a diet higher in meat protein) is tricky. The prescription diets (c/d, S/O) are able to treat both types of crystals which is why they work so well in preventing the crystal component of the disease. That being said, the more water the cat drinks = more dilute urine pH which makes it harder for the crystals to form.
This disease is now thought to be stress-related (inflammation of the bladder that results from overactive nervous system input), so decreasing environmental stressors is really important – scratching posts, Feliway diffusers, and starting pain medications (buprenorphine is my drug of choice) AS SOON as signs begin can help curb future episodes and prevent blockages. This disease will never be cured, but can be managed.
Post # 5
I’m assuming the surgery you’re referring to is a perineal urethrostomy. My cat had this done last fall when he had a blockage that could not be removed or dislodged back into the bladder by the catheter. I will say that they downplayed the result a bit though… He really has none of his male kitty parts left!! That being said, even though the procedure was quite expensive, I’m so glad I had it done. There is no risk of another blockage and I believe he’s much more comfortable now. He drinks a lot more water and urinates a lot more now. I believe he must have been in pain before and that’s why he didn’t stay hydrated.
Best of luck with your kitty! 🙂
Post # 6
@ap_event: Thank you! I miss him so much, I can’t wait to see him tomorrow! How fast was your kitty’s recovery from the surgery? I looked up pictures when I got home from the vet- they really do take it all off! Haha. The vet said the most seen complication is strictures, which is fixable, and the surgery is usually very successful at preventing future stones. If Roo gets blocked again we might have to consider it but it would be worth it if it means no more pain and emergency catheters.
Post # 7
@Isabelle663: My Kitty had this happen to him years ago. He had a big problem with crystals and had to have this surgery as well. It really helped him! I think he developed some type of anxiety around this area because he also overlicked his groin area for the rest of his life after having so many problems.
We also had him on a urinary food as well. I don’t know the name off the top of my head, but if you’re interested, I can find out.
He recovered well after the surgery and maybe had 2 UTI’s the rest of his life afterwards.
Post # 8
@Isabelle663: I think it was about two weeks of keeping him in a secluded room with him wearing an e-collar. I felt really bad for him because I could tell his sutures itched and he was not comfortable at all. He started peeing outside of his litter pan because he was so angry about it. Once the collar was removed and he was free to roam the whole house again, he went right back to normal.
Post # 9
Thanks for the info bees. Roo came home after his catheter was taken out and it’s been a few days now. He’s definitely improving. Still not 100%, but he’s feeling better and peeing better. So it looks like we avoided the surgery… this time. And hopefully there isn’t another time with his new prescription food *fingers crossed*