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Thread: Help Me With My Kitty

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    Super Member sewjoyce's Avatar
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    Last night my kitty let me know he wasn't feeling well. When I went to get into bed, there were several slight wet spots. Then he jumped up on the bed and proceeded to show me he was having urination problems. This morning I got on-line and asked a vet what I should do. He suggested that I not wait until Tuesday to get him seen.

    We have one emergency vet in town. When I called, the lady informed me that to basically walk in the door was going to cost $95. Well, ok. Any tests or procedures that they performed were extra. When I described his symptoms, she informed me that the cost could run between $800-$900 and more if they had to keep him until my vet opens on Tuesday.

    When I informed her that I couldn't afford the costs, she advised that I "watch" him and if he gets any worse, to bring him in. Otherwise, wait until Tuesday and call my vet.

    OK, I don't have $1,000+ -- but I love my kitty dearly and don't want him to be sick and/or die if I could have prevented it.

    WHAT WOULD YOU DO?? :cry: :cry:


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    Joyce, it sounds like a UTI he has.
    Me? I wouldn't wait. It CAN get worse.
    You are only on Sunday right now. and waiting until Tuesday might not be such a good idea.
    Is there another vet just a bit further away that might not charge as much or maybe take payments?

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    My cat had ash crystals build up in his urinary tract and it almost killed him. The vet said that he was lucky to have made it. (I waited a couple days.)

    He said this is common in neutered males and comes from eating "cheap" catfood- Meow Mix is what he was eating. So then I had to start buying this horribly expensive catfood. (It was like $45 a bag but it dissolved the ash.)

    I would probably bring him in.

    (I sent my husband to the vet with my cat once while I was in tears b/c I thought he was dying and they would put him down. I knew I couldn't handle it so I asked my husband to do it for me. Turned out he was constipated. I felt silly, but SO relieved.)

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    Update--

    When I went to change the bed, there were a couple of BIG wet spots on the bed....and he has been going down to his litterbox.

    At present, he's ticked at me because I closed the bedroom door. Trying to let the mattress dry out after cleaning it and spraying with Febreeze (which I REALLY hope works!)

    And he's still following me around like a little puppy dog and his ears and nose aren't quite so hot as they were earlier...


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    I would watch him carefully--if he stops eating/drinking /grooming, he will need the vet. The male urethra is very narrow & if he has crystals, he will plug up & suffer from backup of urine & will not get better on his own. In severe cases, the vet will amputate the penis, open up the urethra to remove crystals & create an opening for the urine.

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    Take away the cheap dry food immediately and either make your own food or at least give him wet food for a bit. Dr. Fox has a web site for making your own pet food. Males are prone to UTIs, especially on regular grocery store cat food. Sorry you are having these problems on a holiday weekend, but it does seem to be the way things are. :?

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    Hubby is on his way to get some kitty food specifically made for cats with urinary problems...

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    Is kitty urinating blood?? Oftentimes, the cheaper cat food causes UTI problems. If kitty is peeing bloody urine, I would NOT wait to get him seen and started on meds.

    HTH, and kitty feels better

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    So sorry your kitty is sick. Not much help here, home of dog. Hope you get him straightened out though.

    Ninnie

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    I'm sorry your cat is ill -

    I understand your quandary -

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