Worried about our kitty :(

posted 1 year ago in Pets
Post # 16
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Honey bee

anev : Great information thank you!

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My cat used to get UTIs pretty regularly as she got older and she exhibited the exact same behavior. On a somewhat random note, if your kitty starts getting UTIs even once a year, I’d have your vet check her thyroid. By my cat’s 3rd UTI in a few years, I had my vet do a CBC, and we managed to catch her hyperthyroidism early enough that a small dose of meds managed it just fine. I’ve always been glad we found it so early. 

Also never doubt your cat mom instincts! I had a weird gut feeling about one of my cats and told my husband we needed to take her to the vet. I honestly can’t say why I felt that so strongly but I just knew. It turned out that she had a blood parasite that would have killed her without antibiotics, but we caught it before it did any actual damage. I felt like an overzealous loon at the first vet appointment, but it was worth the mild embarrassment. 

Post # 18
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Busy bee

RobbieAndJuliahaha :  My cat was doing this… she was just constipated and for whatever reason was peeing outside of the litterbox. She was perfectly happy and healthy once she got laxatives and we now incorporate more broth into her diet. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

bretagne422 :  I love clients like you :). I would say 99% of the time when a pet parent thinks something is wrong, even when they aren’t terribly sick, the parent is usually right.

janna121215 :  in your cats case it was probably painful or uncomfortable to defecate, which the cat associated as “the litter is hurting me” and therefore why she started urinating outside of the box too. Pretty common, most vets will ask about defecation even if they come in for urinating outside of the box.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

RobbieAndJuliahaha :  I’m so glad they got you in!! I recommend you block off the litter box room or take it away 2 h before the appt so your vet has the best chance to get a pee sample from her!

Post # 23
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

RobbieAndJuliahaha :  so glad! I laughed at the hereditary disease, esp because I was thinking, “oh, good point!” 

Yeah. I have officially turned into That Person. So you are not alone in your shame. 

Cats are harder to bribe than dogs, my dog stays mad at me for about 5 minutes after we get home from the vet, but does throw me wounded shade looks that manage to make me feel like a horrible person for days. 

anev :  hopefully OP won’t mind if I thread jack for a sec to ask you a vet question. ๐Ÿพ (TY!)

When the vet needs to do something that’s going to hurt, they always offer to take my dog away so he won’t see me while they’re doing it, which I guess must be really popular way of doing things. But I feel like I need to be there to show him it’s going to be okay. 

Is it better for the pet to leave them alone at the vet or be there during the shots etc. ? 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

RobbieAndJuliahaha :  glad it’s a uti, I typically expect them to be acting like normal after 3-4 doses of antibiotics, clavaseptin is the first line drug of choice for utis! Hopefully the blood work is all normal!

BalletParker :  it depends on the situation! I have some clients who are petrified of needles and they don’t want to watch their pet get shots. I have some patients who are aggressive when their owners are present and trying to hold them (usually they are trying to guard the owner and don’t understand that I’m not trying to get close to the owner – who is holding the pet), I’m trying to just examine the pet! In those cases the owner can leave the room and the pet is totally fine being handled (applies to dogs really, haha).

Personally I’m comfortable doing a lot with the owners in the room, as long as the owner can hold the pet (ie police dogs I always have the handlers restrain), many pets are better if their owner is there and in control. However, many owners are not helpful at all in restraining their pets (ie not in control) and I can read this during the exam. If someone cannot control their pet during exam, I usually recommend any procedure happen in the back where the assistants and techs can safely restrain (pretty much always for cats, unless we are doing something minimally invasive like obtaining a blood pressure). 

The only procedure I insist happen in the back is anal glands, because the smell is awful and the next client won’t want to go in that exam room afterwards, lol. If a client wants to come to the back, I always let them as long as there isn’t something else (ie surgery) going on back there. I don’t consider vaccines to be exceptionally painful, and any procedure I expect to be painful I would give pain medicine for or sedate/anesthetize the pet. Our hospital is certified Fear Free as well! Hope that answers your question?

Post # 26
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

anev :  thank you! That was really helpful and put my mind to ease. My pup just had his anal glands done, they were a bit impacted, the vet tech held him while the vet did his magic and I just stroked his head and talked to him. I wouldn’t feel confident holding him, though I’m working on that re giving him his meds ๐Ÿ˜

really appreciate your presence here and willingness to give expert feedback to all of the bee pet mamas!

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Hope kitty feels better soon!

Post # 28
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Honey bee

anev :  Thanks! I’ve always wondered that too. They ALWAYS take our cat out to do the shots etc. She’s squirmy. 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Glad to hear she’s on the mend now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best wishes to a speedy recovery and back to a happy kitty!

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

sweatergal007 :  some squirmy pets I’ll just ask the owner if they mind if my assistant comes in to help hold the pet for the needles, most people don’t mind at all. Squirmy isn’t too bad, I will often put catnip treats down on the table and while the cat is eating I’ll judt vaccinate them then lol

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