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Kitten With Urinary Tract Disease

Discussion in 'Cat Health' started by lucisabsentia, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. lucisabsentia

    lucisabsentia Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Hi everyone! I haven't been very active here on the forums since joining, but I was looking for a little bit of advice and I trust this forum a lot!

    Last night, one of my 6mo kittens, Scamander, had to be taken to the emergency vet. When I came home from work, I noted that he was crouching in his litter box for a long time, then getting up and crouching other places. He was very tense, and he was making a lot of sounds signaling he was in pain. His penis/urethra was also beginning to extrude and he was licking at the area. I took him to the emergency vet immediately, where they found a small urethral plug that they removed easily (it was the first day he showed any symptoms, so it wasn't very bad yet). In a urinalysis, they found he has a buildup of struvite crystals in his urine. I've been given several medicines for the next few days (Buprenex, Prazosin, and Onsior, as well him being given a Convenia injection). I have also been given a prescription for Hillspet c/d urinary care, of which I am to feed a mostly wet diet. I'll be switching over his brother too, as I was told he probably is susceptible to the same thing as they are twins, and out of pure convenience.

    Today I took him back to the emergency vet after a quick scare, he was showing the same symptoms. However, this time he urinated just fine when he was there, there was no block.

    My questions are more about aftercare and what other cat owners do. First of all, when this first happened to your cat and you got it taken care of, did you ever have a secondary scare like mine that turned out to be nothing? Second, if your cats are on a prescription diet, what ratio of wet to dry food do you give them? I was told some dry is okay (still prescription), especially on days where I work a full day and I don't want to leave out the wet food all day.

    Really I'm just looking for your experiences on how you and your cats have dealt with this issue, and I'm searching for the best way to prevent any recurrences. Thank you!
     
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  2. Mamanyt1953

    Mamanyt1953 Rules my home with an iron paw Staff Member Forum Helper

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  3. mrsgreenjeens

    mrsgreenjeens Every Life Should Have Nine Cats Staff Member Advisor

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    The best way to avoid stones is for them to drink plenty of water and avoid stress. Yes, that's right, stress is a trigger. As to food, if the dry food is the prescription food to prevent stones, then they should be ok, as long as they drink plrnty of water. What I would try to do is add extra water to their wet food, when you are able to give them wet. Do they like that food ok?

    As far as getting them to drink more, do they like to drink from the faucet? If so, do you have a fountain? If not, I would consider getting one :). Many cats really enjoy drinking from their very own fountain. OH! BTW, many people also give filtered water vs tap water.
     
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  4. lucisabsentia

    lucisabsentia Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    The dry food is prescription! I don't want to rely on it too much, but some days it will be necessary. They did get to try both dry and wet today and they enjoyed it! Which is definitely a good thing, as there's not many options if they didn't.

    One of them does indeed try to drink from the faucet whenever I turn it on :lol: I have a rudimentary cat fountain, one of the very simple ones that moves water in a current around the dish. They did respond better to moving water than just standing water. I would like to buy one of the ones that has that sort of waterfall feature so it's more of a typical fountain rather than just a current, I think they would like that even more. And I will look into filtering my water and see what they think!
     
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  5. duckpond

    duckpond TCS Member Top Cat

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    a water fountain is great for cats. i have two that my guys like a lot. and you can get the charcoal filters. the second fountain i posted is the all around favorite, and has the best filter.



    this one is the fav, but they like both

     
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  6. lucisabsentia

    lucisabsentia Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    I actually can't see the pictures! Not sure why
     

  7. duckpond

    duckpond TCS Member Top Cat

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    sorry, the fav is the pet safe drinkwell multi tier fountain, its the fav.
    the other one is the you think fountain, looks like it has a flower that drips water in the middle. you can get both on amazon, my cats love them
     
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