Post # 1
I don’t know if this is alright to post but I didn’t see anything against it in the rules so I thought I’d give it a shot. If it is against the rules I apologize and will try to have it deleted.
One of my best friends who was a bridesmaid in my wedding has a very, very sick kitty and is unable to get him the surgery he needs.
Her kitty is a bengal who has chronic urinary blockages and each time he blocks it’s life threatening. The first time his kidneys stared to shut down and he almost died and he’s blocked several times since then, about once a month. They have him on a special diet and have tried every suggestion possible to the tune of $3,500.00 debt. Their vet credit, carecredit I believe, is maxed out at the emergency vet they visit when he’s blocked on the weekends.
The surgery he needs is called a perineal urethrostomy where the vet will surgially enlarge the urethra so he won’t continue to get blocked. It typically costs $1800-$2500 but my vet who saved my kitty 4 years ago when he broke both his hips has agreed to do the surgery for $1000.00. She is unable to take a payment plan since she has been burned in the past and they have no money in savings to pay for it up front.
If anyone can help in any way, a donation or a suggestion of a group who might be able to help pay for his surgery, please let me or them know. They’re the best kind of people who have done everything to help their kitty. He’s blocked right now so he needs to either get the surgery ASAP or they have to put him down 🙁
Here is the link to where her husband posted on the bengal forum. They’ve been trying to handle everything themselves but are out of ideas and I can’t bear the thought of them putting that sweet boy, who is otherwise perfectly healthy, to sleep.
Post # 3
I know this is not diabetes related, but I would suggest the message forum at felinediabetes.com – someone there may be able to help.
In the future (sending prayers to this kitty), this could be helped with an all wet diet of high quality. The vet diets usually aren’t the greatest ingredients, and any dry food can cause blockages and/or urinary problems in cats. I would direct anyone to read the website catinfo.org – Dr. Lisa Pierson who’s site it is has many sections on urinary problems caused by improper diets.
Hope this helps and sending more prayers and kisses to this kitty.
Post # 4
Thank you for the diabetes suggestion, I will pass it on! Thats what’s so frustrating about their situation, their boy is on an all wet, high quality grain free diet that keeps him as far away from vet diets and improper nutrition as possible. They add apple cider vinegar, which helps dissolve urinary crystals, and add extra water to his food. It’s like the kitty is determined to block no matter what they do, and he usually does so on the weekends when my vet is closed so they have to take him to the expensive emergency one. The only thing they havent done is an all raw diet since they have a baby and the vet advised them against it since she might accidentally get into it.
Thank you for your good thoughts, I will pass them on.
ETA: His bengal brother from the same litter also gets the same all natural, grain free, acv enhanced diet and has never had a blockage. I think he just physically has a really small urethra and once they get a blockage the trauma makes them more likely to re-block.
Post # 5
Update: He was able to pass the blockage! This gives them (hopefully) a few more days to try and raise the funds for his surgery! Thank you Future Mrs N, your good thoughts worked 🙂
Post # 6
Oh I hope it all works out. My one boy has this same problem, thank goodness the special diet has been working for over a year now with no more blockages. Thats so stinking hard and I KNOW how expensive that is too! In my thoughts and prayers!
Post # 8
My cat also had struvite crystals– the key, besides a grain free diet, is that it must be high protein. Protein is itself acidifying. If he does indeed have struvite crystals, as opposed to calcium oxalate (the vet should know which one), I would give him a tiny bit of l-methionine every day if it’s not already in his food.
For my cat, I gave her 1/8 tsp methionine while she was still straining, and then backed it down to 1/16 tsp daily while she was changing to her high protein, high water wet diet. She no longer needs it because the protein is doing its job to acidify her urine. Good luck to your friend, I hope kitty gets well soon!!
Post # 9
I had a male that had the same severe problem. I took him to three different vets. Finally a holistc vet recommended “Tinle Tonic” – a herbal misture (I think it is still availble online). Cosmo HATED taking it. Actually “unblocked” him several times by giving it more frequently alternating with cranberry extract (under the holistic vet’s supervision).He took the two supplements for months until he stabiized. Changed kibble (high protein, grain free_ and make the wet and give several supplements. That was 13 years ago and he is still with us today and grouchier than ever. He hasn’t had any urinary problems since.
Post # 10
I have so much sympathy for this poor kitty, I actually have the same disorder and let me tell you it is NO FUN to have a blockage! it hurts worse than anything! this poor baby, I hope he gets the surgery he needs, if I wasnt scraping bottom myself I would love to help him.
Post # 11
Update to say they were able to raise the funds and my friend’s kitty had his surgery! He’s recovering now and we all have our fingers crossed that this will be the end of his blocking days!
Thank you for all your good thoughts and suggestions!
The (GIANT) cone of shame:
Post # 12
I’m very glad the kitty got the surgery :). The “cone of shame” sucks, but its only for a few days & no more blockages for the kitty!
Post # 13
i’m so glad to hear the good news!