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I am sure someone already noted to you that low potassium can be a sign of kidney disease. Did you actually look at the blood test results? I have found that some of the kidney related values can be within what the vet considers the 'normal' range, but for an older cat they are likely too high. Such as phosphorus - Feeby is in range, but some of the members on other related sites say at her age her phosphorus level is way too high. Likewise with other readings as well.
That was from him hardly eating and I was giving him water in a syringe to keep him hydrated. He is on potassium supplements and has been since the results came back. As for phosphorus, those levels were normal but either way, he is on a low phosphorus diet now so if this is part of the issue, it should be showing signs of improvement which is not the case. If anything, he is peeing more blood.
 
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I found some information on glucosamine helping cats with bladder issues (FIC, which is what I believe he has due to his stress response being poor his whole life) but I am seeing mixed articles. Some say it works, others say it doesn't but most agree it is relatively safe. Has anyone here tried this for their cats? I am going to mention it to my vet and the specialist when I can get in touch with him.
 
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So he was prescribed prazosin which I am not very familiar with but it should help with inflammation. I am not sure how long it will take to see improvements but I hope it doesn't take long. His prescription is for 12 days. I started it today. Fingers crossed it helps.
 

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I found some information on glucosamine helping cats with bladder issues (FIC, which is what I believe he has due to his stress response being poor his whole life) but I am seeing mixed articles. Some say it works, others say it doesn't but most agree it is relatively safe. Has anyone here tried this for their cats? I am going to mention it to my vet and the specialist when I can get in touch with him.
My cat was diagnosed with fic about 2 months ago and they think it's stress related. There is a very good fic group on Facebook that has given me many good recommendations. It's a private group so you have to answer some questions to join. I would check that out for sure. The first was starting my cat on supplements for urine health including now brand d mannose powder and nature's answer cornsilk. They are supposed to help with easing the bladder inflammation. Also I ordered cystease capsules which are for urine health and stress. They have glucosamine, hyaluronic acid and L tryptophan for stress. Obviously check with your vet about these supplements. I ordered all of them on Amazon but there are other sites as well. I just open the capsules and the drops and mix in a inaba churu likable treat(my cat Loves those). I am also currently switching her from all dry free feeding to more wet food. The vet also gave me a prescription for amytriptylline for her stress. She has been on all this for almost a month so it remains to be seen if it will keep her from having another episode. My kitty gets stressed when we leave because she is so attached to me. We haven't gone anywhere lately but will be the end of the month so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
 
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My cat was diagnosed with fic about 2 months ago and they think it's stress related. There is a very good fic group on Facebook that has given me many good recommendations. It's a private group so you have to answer some questions to join. I would check that out for sure. The first was starting my cat on supplements for urine health including now brand d mannose powder and nature's answer cornsilk. They are supposed to help with easing the bladder inflammation. Also I ordered cystease capsules which are for urine health and stress. They have glucosamine, hyaluronic acid and L tryptophan for stress. Obviously check with your vet about these supplements. I ordered all of them on Amazon but there are other sites as well. I just open the capsules and the drops and mix in a inaba churu likable treat(my cat Loves those). I am also currently switching her from all dry free feeding to more wet food. The vet also gave me a prescription for amytriptylline for her stress. She has been on all this for almost a month so it remains to be seen if it will keep her from having another episode. My kitty gets stressed when we leave because she is so attached to me. We haven't gone anywhere lately but will be the end of the month so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I do not have a Facebook account so that isn't an option but thank you for letting me know either way. Also, thanks for the information about what is helping your cat. Unfortunately, mine is still peeing blood. I have been giving him the Prazosin for a week today. I mixed it with some cranberry powder just in case there was an infection as well. I have to give it to him crushed in water via a syringe, all his medication has to be given this way as he will refuse to eat with anything on his food and he is always not eating enough as it is.

I am going to see about getting him in with a specialist this week. Hopefully, it is not too expensive. I am not sure what else to do for him and the two vets I previously took him to don't seem to know what to do about this.
 

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Have you tried a veterinary internist? I had to take Delilah to one when 2 regular vets couldn't find the ovarian remnant. According to my cousin (a general vet), the difference between an internist and a generalist is about 5 more years of vet school.
 

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I do not have a Facebook account so that isn't an option but thank you for letting me know either way. Also, thanks for the information about what is helping your cat. Unfortunately, mine is still peeing blood. I have been giving him the Prazosin for a week today. I mixed it with some cranberry powder just in case there was an infection as well. I have to give it to him crushed in water via a syringe, all his medication has to be given this way as he will refuse to eat with anything on his food and he is always not eating enough as it is.

I am going to see about getting him in with a specialist this week. Hopefully, it is not too expensive. I am not sure what else to do for him and the two vets I previously took him to don't seem to know what to do about this.
Oh so sorry. I know how stressful it is when they are suffering. It's good to get another opinion if your vet can't find the issue. I would definitely recommend trying some of those supplements I mentioned. My cat is very.picky and she LOVES the inaba chuba treats. It's a godsend for medications. Usually when I try something new I have to swipe some on her nose so she gets a taste of it. If she just smells it sometimes she would walk away. Good luck!
 
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