(Closed) UPDATE to cat peeing everywhere – need more help

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Vet here… you’ve gotten some great advice and it sounds like your vet is doing a great job trying to help your kitty out — FLUTD/FIC sucks….for everyone involved. 

The only thing I see missing is did your vet try sending home some pain meds as well as the prozac? Prozac will help with the anxiety, but a few days of pain meds might also help kitty start feeling better. My personal favorite to send home is buprenorphine under the tongue; it does tend to be a little on the pricy side (probably around $50-60), but many kitties I’ve treated have drastically improved in 48 hours.

Best of luck!

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It apple cider vinegar, not just Apple cider. I did some online research and it said most cases will clear up if you stick to it. Mine didn’t eat it on the wet food so I had to squirt it in her mouth. I know there are foods you shouldn’t give to animals but even a vets website recommended it so I gave it a shot. If there was no improvement in 12 hrs I would have brought her in but she improved and was fine after 2 days. 

Post # 49
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Blushing bee

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@futuremrsk18:  We went through this with my boy kitty and it was no fun :(.

What we found works (knock on wood!) is grain-free wet food only, with extra water mixed in. We give him Wellness brand, which is high-quality and relatively low cost-per-oz on amazon. We also have a very quiet circulating fountain – brand is pioneer pet, it’s stainless steel so does not attract bacteria growth and doesn’t make sloshy/mechanical noises. If your cat won’t do a fountain, consider leaving a toilet lid up (many cats prefer the cooler, fresher water of the toilet, go figure). If you can only do the dry prescription food, try pouring warm water over it and letting it soak before feeding it to your cat.

If he has no blocking but blood in his urine, it is probably the crystals. Purina ST/OX food or a similar FLUTD food will help those along. Your vet should have tested him for crystals (this is a very quick test, they just look at them under a microscope). Your vet should also have give him an anti-spasmodic and an antibiotic (and I would ask for a painkiller, like Buphex, if your cat is crying/in pain). If he is also stressed, you can try a feliway diffuser as well. If you are having trouble pilling him, mix it with a small amount of food or low-salt tuna water. If he is not eating well, ask your vet if there is an alternate/compound formulation you can use – some feline medications can be given as a patch, a lickable paste, or rubbed on kitty’s ears. For antibiotics, ask your vet if a convenia injection would be appropriate – this was a godsend when our older cat had dental surgery, as she gets super stressed about anything going near her mouth.

What kind of litter do you use/how often do you scoop the box/how many boxes and cats do you have? Especially in the weeks following and your cat’s recovery, you want the box to be as enticing as possible to him, meaning clean, easy to dig/cover in, private, etc. I would also wash anything and anywhere he peed on with nature’s miracle or a similar urine-erasing enzyme cleaner. Also keep an eye on the litter box – I use clumping litter so we can tell if he is producing large enough urine clumps.

Hang in there! I remember when we had to leave our guy at the pet hospital overnight; driving away and wondering if he would make it through the day and the night was the worst feeling ever. But he did get better and his FLUTD is 100% manageable and he was back to his old self in a week after his urine crystals cleared.

Also, I would maybe look for a new vet. Sorry, but FLUTD/UTIs especially in male cats needs to be treated rapidly and aggresively. I can’t believe your vet just said “he’s stressed” and gave him prozac without testing his urine! And didn’t give you an anti-spasmodic or painkiller, or an antibiotic. That’s like if you or I went to the doctor for a UTI and came back with paxil! Yes, stress can trigger FLUTD flareups (and don’t beat yourself up about this, cats get stressed about weird things like changes in temperature) but UTIs in male cats can very rapidly jepardize an animal’s life, and are so simple to test/diagnose/treat.

Post # 50
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Blushing bee

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@mtrl01:  FYI you can get Buphex-equivalent suspension (with a vet prescription obvi) from a compounding pharmacy. I forget what the CVS and Walgreens compounding pharmacies are called, but if you are going to use a lot you can save some serious $$$.

Our elderly kitty had to have a fange removed (reabsorptive lesion) and had to wait 2 weeks for surgery, then have pain meds for 2 weeks after surgery. Our vet gave us a scrip for 20mLs of buprenophine componded to the same strength as Buphex. The componded Buphex literally cost $10 for the whole regimin, and it was the exact same medicine.

Post # 51
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

When my Roo had a UTI/block, they gave us a prescription for torbutrol which seemed to work pretty well for his pain. Good luck with your kitty!

Post # 53
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

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@futuremrsk18:  out of curiousity, why did the vet recommend bottled water?  Does it taste better, so the kitty should drink more?  Or something else?

My little girl had her high urine pH and crystals come back, so now we have her on a maintenance diet of a bit of this Methigel pH corrector gel every day.  I wonder if bottled water would also help…  Did they test your guy’s pH?  Did the vet mention anything about this stuff?  You might ask, it definitely fixed our kitty’s pH and crystal problem when she was taking it.  http://www.drugs.com/vet/methigel.html  It’s 6 bucks on Amazon.

Hope your little guy gets better soon!  Sounds like you’re doing everything you can to sort it out.

Post # 54
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Blushing bee

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@futuremrsk18:  hopefully at least part of it was helpful! I remember being really upset and fearful, and thinking the same things you were – our cat was only 2 years old and I was so upset that we were going to have to put him down, or that he was going to be constantly sick, or that we would have to feed him blenderized mice (according to one vet we talked to, that is the “best grain free diet for cats”. love my cats but not happening.). I barely slept the night he spent at the pet hospital because I thought he wasn’t going to make it.

re: muscle relaxant, ask if they can do a liquid suspension, a smaller pill, or give you a “pilling syringe”. A coated pill or tablet may also help his tummy. The mash-in-food or tuna water method works for most meds, but there are certainly onces that can cause kitties to puke or foam out that mouth from the taste and some kitties are more sensitive than others to “tastes like medicine” (one of our cats can handle clavamox in her food, another will foam at the mouth after he finishes eating. so strange.).

Here’s a pilling syringe on amazon, but your vet may already have some & give you one for free: http://www.amazon.com/Mikki-Pill-Gun/dp/B0002AL6U6/ref=pd_bxgy_petsupplies_img_z

And a video on how to use. I swear that is the most compliant cat I’ve ever seen pilled, my monster would have removed my fingers for even trying to get a pill near his face. Also, the kitty towel burrito they made is terrible. Our cat has to be done up mummy-style in a fullsize beach blanket otherwise MAYHEM.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA–k0u1qmU

 

I totally forgot – we used cosequin for a few months after kitty’s bout with FLUTD. It helps support bladder and urinary health (and joint health), but ask your vet before trying it. Here is an amazon link, but you can find it at Petco/Petsmart and Costco also supposedly carries it:

http://www.amazon.com/Nutramax-Cosequin-Cats-Sprinkle-Capsules/dp/B000F4W02M/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1392410836&sr=8-4&keywords=cosequin

 

How is kitty doing today? How are *you* doing? Hopefully the crystal-correcting food and volume of water are starting to take effect and he is feeling better. I remember our guy still had blood-tinted urine for almost a week after, but we were SO happy he was producing urine and not peeing on us in bed (the only time he has ever gone outside the litter box was when he had FLUTD/UTI, so I’m OK with his one R. Kelly Cat incident).

Post # 55
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Helper bee
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@futuremrsk18:  The muscle relaxant was probably prazosin – it helps prevent urethral muscle spasms that can cause the pain, but I would also ask your vet about prescribing a full-out pain med such as burprenorphine – it would be a small volume of liquid you can squirt in his mouth/under his tongue.

You can look into getting prazosin compounded if you need it in the future – the main issue with compounding is that it can decrease the effectiveness and of the medication, so I would defer to your vet on whether or not your local compounding pharmacy can produce reliable formulations.

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