(Closed) Worried about my cat…what to do?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This problem isn’t related, but my elderly cat (20 years old) was diagnosed with failing kidneys 3 years ago and has been on a special diet since then.  It’s expensive (about $38 for 28 cans) but she is still alive, so it’s worth it. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Oh, I’m so sorry for your poor kitty! I have two cats, one is male, and I’ve never experienced this. Follow what the vet says for now and perhaps get a second opinion from another vet if possible, just to see if they would suggest any other treatments or length of special feeding. I’d also talk to the vet about your concerns with the food price. Maybe they can help you out by pointing you in the right direction for coupons and rebates and such. Our vet gave us a special rebate for my dog’s pain meds. It’s not much, but every bit helps. Hope your kitty feels better!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am always paranoid this will happen to my cat.  The urinary diets are the best thing to help prevent them from blocking again, and even though it is expensive it is less than what surgery will cost if he blocks again (we usually have a three strikes and you’re out rule before recommending surgery).  Since this is his second blockage and he wasn’t on the food before, definitely do it now and hopefully he won’t block again.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@candy11:  Did they tell you what kind of stone it was? They usually have to diagnose the stone after its removed. My kitty had one last year – I only knew because he started peeing blood. He ended up having a bladder stone & it was a struvite one – it was the size of a dime so it had been growing for quite some time! He would’ve died without that surgery :(. They wanted to put him on a special diet – Science Diet, which IMO isn’t a very good food – loaded with corn & fillers. I’ve been adding something called D-Mannose to his food & also a few other natural herbs – I think its dandelion & marshmellow root (its a power).

If you can switch him over to canned food than in almost all cases that should prevent him from getting them again, depending on the stone. My cats won’t eat canned food. Sounds crazy, I know! They will starve themselves for 2 days & than only eat a very small amount so most of it goes to waste. So now I just add special things into my kitty’s dry food. The vet was actually really confused about why my cat got them! They said almost all cats get them from eating cheap food (Iams, Meow Mix, etc) but mine eat grain free food & its a good brand too!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Poor boy! I haven’t had a kitty with stones, but I would suggest ordering the food online to save money. I used to order from petfooddirect.com (no affliation) before I found a similar food at Costco. They have sales and free shipping deals all the time. Maybe the vet knows of another client who might want to do joint orders so you can both save money? It also doesn’t hurt to sign up for as many rewards programs as you can at pet stores in your area (Petco, Petsmart, and local pet shops, too).

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@candy11:  my step mom would break cranberry capsules and mix it into the cat’s wet food to help promote a healthy bladder (and the other areas connected). neither of our kitties had any issues (‘one was male). I would only recommend it (I am no vet!) unless first asking your vet if that’s something you could do. 

I hope Mr. Kitty feels better soon! Pat him on the head for me (:

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@candy11:  My friend’s cat had this same problem, starting from when he was…maybe three. He is on a special diet and has had NO recurrences of the problem.  The expensive food is cheaper than expensive surgery.  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My girlfriend had a similar problem. I encouraged her to switch to raw feeding and her cat is all clear of any health issues for now! =)

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had a similar problem with my 2 year old male cat. I came back from Christmas vacation with my family and went straight to the emergency vet, where my fiance had taken my cat when he saw him peeing blood on the floor. He had a crystal problem. Some prescription food and now he’s great! It is a little pricy, but far less expensive than another emergency vet trip. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I haven’t had this issue with my cat, but my dog had bladder stones that were surgically removed.  She’ll be on prescription food for the rest of her life, and has been doing wonderfully on it already for a couple of years.  I get her urine checked for crystals several times a year, and there haven’t been any since she has been on the prescription diet.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

How much water does your kitty drink? Stones was a high concern for my kitty because he wasnt drinking enough and the vet wanted him on a wet diet. He took to it for a while then when we switched to the current grain free dry food which both of the kitties really liked he started refusing wet food again. What did change for him was after we had him for 2 weeks and I noticed he wasnt drinking enough hardly at all I got him a kitty fountain. Some cats dont like stagnet water. To this day he still wont drink out of a bowl only the fountain. He drinks a lot now and his little pee balls (pardon my description) are much larger and normal now in the litter. We no longer worry about bladder stones because he drinks like he should with the fountain and freely. We told the vet this reccently and she’s a lot less worried now too because though he eats like a pig his little belly isnt hard and over stuffed anymore either. So maybe try a kitty fountain too they’re about 30 bucks and the filters are 4-5 dollars we replace it once a month and kitty is happy.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

This has happened to us once and our little man is on Urinary SO and it’s never happened again. Their is a high amount of sodium in the diet that gets them to drink more- cats are desert animals and don’t feel the need to drink, the way you and I do. We also got a fountain because that’s supposed to increase water intake- I definitely notice him drinking a lot more. Also, it’s safe for both cats to be on (if you have multiples)- in case they steal one anothers food. I couldn’t get him from not eating my girl cat’s food so I switched them both to it, but of course that will cost you more.

If you choose not to switch to the diet and your cat gets blocked a third time, they’ll start talking to you about doing a Perineal urethrostomy which is similar to a sex change for a cat- it makes the urethra opening larger, resembling female genitalia, in order to stop the cat from getting blocked. If I had to choose between pricey food and surgery- I’m going with pricey food!

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