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The Nightmare That is Blocked Cats
February 24, 2014 (published)
Photo by Karen James

It's a natural fact that every mammal has to pee. Eating, you can hold off for a few days, pooping is optional (for a while anyway), but peeing is right up there with breathing on the list of things you just gotta do each and every day. So when something happens to stem the flow of pee, trouble ensues - and fast.

Pee is a funny little substance. It actually has lots of good stuff in it. Stuff you can’t live without in many cases – things like potassium and sodium and water. Your body, and more specifically, your kidneys, sense and adjust the composition of your bodily fluids and dump the excess into the urine. Just ate a super-sized order of fries with an ocean’s worth of sodium in it? Here come the kidneys to say ‘hold the salt’ and dump the unwanted excess into the urine. Ditto with lots of other substances, like water, that need to be regulated. And pee is (usually) sterile – unless you have a urinary tract infection (UTI) pee is pure enough that you could clean your windows with it. I’m not advocating doing anything crazy with it (except maybe writing your name in the snow), but it’s not the heinous grody stuff that many third graders make it out to be. True, it does have the waste products of metabolism in it, which your body definitely needs to get rid of.

And that’s where some of the problems begin. If the flow of pee stops, those waste products build up and start pickling the works, like sugar in a car’s gas tank. One of the most common ways that happens is when a cat’s urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the litter box) gets blocked. Known in veterinary parlance as a ‘blocked cat’ or ‘blocked tom,’ this poorly understood disorder is seen with alarming frequency in vet hospitals and ERs. At the ERs I have worked in, we usually saw about two to three cats per week who couldn’t pee. And we see them in all stages of the disease, from the early ones who just seem a little painful and have a big, hard bladder on to the nearly dead ones that are beyond saving in many cases. I really hate this disease. As one vet recently said on VIN (an online community for the veterinary profession, and parent of VetzInsight) “Blocked cats suck." Amen.

The actual plug that stops the flow can be made of bladder stones (often erroneously called kidney stones), tumors or a gooey mix of mucus and protein known as ‘matrix’ that has the consistency of toothpaste. How and why matrix forms, no one knows despite a few decades of investigation. Adding to the confusion, the name of the disorder has changed no less than four times in the past 20 years from feline lower urinary tract disorder (FLUTD) to feline urologic disorder (FUS) to feline interstitial cystitis (FIC) to the most recent iteration of Pandora Syndrome, which hasn’t really caught on yet. It’ll probably change sometime next week, too.

The causes go beyond a little toothpastey plug, as well. A host of other factors, such as stress, lack of access to water, diet, infectious agents, indoor lifestyle, and many others have been implicated as being responsible for the lead-up to getting blocked. Those little plugs don’t form in a vacuum – something is causing them to form, and we don’t know what factor or factors contribute with a great deal of certainty.

Cats that are blocked often show the following signs:

  • Straining repeatedly in the litter box (often mistaken for constipation)
  • Crying or howling
  • Licking at the genitals/below the base of the tail
  • Hiding.

If you notice your cat showing any of the above signs, get right in to see your veterinarian, or go to your nearest ER as soon as possible. Don’t delay, fill up with gas or stop at Krispy Kreme for a sample. A few hours can make a big difference – you don’t want those toxins circulating for too long, and the longer it goes unchecked, the more pain the cat experiences, the more work the vet has to do, and the bigger the final bill will be.

In advanced cases, where the urine flow has been stopped for more than 24 hours, they can become systemically ill from retained toxins and start vomiting, or become very weak and lethargic. Death usually happens within 48 hours, and it’s not a pleasant way to go. The pain with this disease is immense; so much so that I never fault an owner who chooses euthanasia over trying to reestablish the flow of urine. The course after unblocking these cats is just as unpredictable and mysterious as the factors leading up to the obstruction; some cats are released from the hospital never to suffer another episode, while others will have repeated occurrences days, weeks or years later. This is an inhumane disease.

Managing these cases medically can go way beyond relieving the obstruction in some cases. First priority is fixing the plumbing problem: getting pee to flow. This is usually done with anesthesia and a catheter to get the obstruction out of the way. Managing all the havoc wreaked by the toxins is next. This can necessitate some fancy medical dancing as we try and put all the genies back in their bottles. Disorders of deadly potassium, elevated renal values and severe dehydration can mean days in the hospital, even long after the pee is flowing again. It can get complex, expensive and can wear down even the most committed of owners for the really medically complex (and expensive) ones.

As the infomercial says, But wait – there’s more! Getting them put back together, peeing again and home is the easy part. After this come the lifestyle changes, medication tweaks, medical rechecks, and diet changes that can all conspire to extend the initial complexity of this disease across months or years. Can you see now why I hate this condition?

Our knowledge of contributing factors and therapies has surely changed and improved, but some days I feel like I am handling these cases the same way today as we did when I was a veterinary technician 20 years ago. Today cats with this disease do go home and get better, and even for the tough cases we can prevail and we have some tricks up our sleeve. Someday, science will provide an answer. I just want some means to prevent this disease in the first place, or some surefire way to treat it. I hope the future holds some promise, but I am not holding my breath. Or, well...you know.

265 Comments

Ann
August 3, 2020

We rescued a stray kitty who ended up having this disease too. We weren't sure of his age but he looked to be about 4-5 years old. He got sick Friday and we had to put him down today. It was really hard to accept because he seemed so happy and healthy just a few days ago. I feel like I am to blame for not being able to help him. I just hope we made the right decision and that he is at peace now.


Amanda Johnson
August 3, 2020

My cat was just in the er last night for a blocked bladder the vet said it was pretty bad and that his bladder was fully extended and full of blood but the catheter worked and the vet said he had a strong flow when he pulled it.  I wasn’t able to leave him there as I couldn’t afford it so I brought him home but he isn’t drinking much and hasn’t at at all today!!  I noticed he wasn’t peeing and I went to pick him up and he leaked all over me.  Now anytime I go to pick him up it just comes out he’s covered in pee but he’s not able to do it on his own.  Im calling the vet ASAP in the morning my cat isn’t ok and I don’t want him to be living in pain .


Wendy
August 2, 2020

Reading these comments is heart wrenching to see how many of us cat moms have gone through the same thing with this blockage ! My baby was only 21 months old and he was fine 2 days before he got sick and fast . Its so Unfair that we have to spend a lot of money on a surgery that’s not even a very high survival rate or guaranteed to even work, or put our baby down !!! They really need to find a cure for it that’s guaranteed to work cause this was the most heart wrenching thing I have ever had to do . Don’t know if any of you guys feel guilty for not trying harder but he was in so much pain I couldn’t  handle it . If the surgery was a success the first rime I would have gotten it but how many times do we put our babies through this pain and for it not to be a very highly successful survival rare and recovery rate ? Man I miss him . I just feel like I let my baby down cause we were supposed to protect them and keep them healthy .


Wendy
July 29, 2020

This is the worst sickness out there . I have never heard of it before and I grew up on a farm surrounded by cats ! Last Monday my 21 month old baby boy was fine playing and running around and picking on dogs , Wednesday he was so grumpy and wouldn’t eat or drink and keep going to litter box but nothing happens . We had  to put him down Thursday night and I have such guilt for not trying harder and  not trying different things for my baby ! I miss him so much everything from making bed to making supper to folding laundry he had to be a part of  it  listening to birds really upsets me cause he loved to watch birds and chase bugs


Wendy Spies
July 27, 2020

We just lost our baby boy on Thur July 23rd ! This is a horrible horrible disease .On Monday he was fine playing and running around by Wednesday he was in so much pain and by Thursday we had to put him down . It was so horrible to watch him suffer so quickly.


Leslie Liu
June 30, 2020

My cat blocked again yesterday. He has been with me five years. I’m very scared I can’t lose him. He is my everything in this country. I have spent $5000 on emergency. The vet just called me he can’t pee after catheter, I really scared. It’s all my fault, I feed him fish can, DO NOT FEED urinary issue cat fish flavor food! I hope he will be fine, he is my only love here.


Shanny
June 26, 2020

My beautiful 1 year 4 month old tabby had this illness and we had to give him up to rescue. The costs associated with an unsure procedure mixed with us having to move to a new house with military and covid was too much. We had him unblocked for 723.00 then he re blocked immediately. He was in such misery and the yowls of pain were just too much. Apparently they will try to fix him and he will go to a sanctuary but not really knowing is the upsetting part.


Kelsie
June 25, 2020

My baby boy Thumper got fully obstructed at the beginning of the month. Rushed him to the ER and he was successful unblocked even though he still had a narrow urine stream. The day I got him home from the hospital I immediately started him on Royal Canin Urinary SO as his regular diet. Poor thing got super sick (vomited all day) from the antibiotics after 10 days of taking it so we stopped the Clavamox 4 days early. Not even a week later he’s hardly peeing again, strained posture, and had an episode of going to the box 20 times within an hour with little urine coming out then tried to pee on the dogs bed. I took him to the vet on Tuesday after he’s been peeing so little, the dr suggested since he was just unblocked 3 weeks ago he will need a PU. I just got him home from his surgery yesterday and the poor thing is hardly peeing again. I am absolutely freaking out. He’s my best friend in the entire world and I would be completely devastated to lose him. We’ve spent thousands trying to get him back to normal and he’s been through so much the last few weeks. He’s extremely terrified of the vet and is a fighter. I would hate myself if all this trauma he’s undergone was for nothing. I’m praying since everything is really sore, he’s sort of holding it and he’ll be normal again??? He’ll pee a few times within a couple hours and then won’t go for 10 hours or more. This is an absolute nightmare. I have no idea what would have caused this. If it’s genetic, the food I fed him, or just moving a few months ago. He’s fairly easy going with changes or so I thought. I love this cat more than anything. I envisioned him living until 20 and he’s only 7. I pray that this surgery works out and he’ll be with me for many more years. My heart aches for those of you who lost your beloved friends to this torturous disease. 


Keely
June 22, 2020

I lost my wonderful rescue cat from this horrible disease. I paid £2000 to get him "unblocked" but within a few days I had to take him back. It was not successful. I read up on all the causes as to why, they say change in diet, change in furniture, just changes really. I went from being upstairs to having to be a key worker, so I had to take my whole pc system downstairs. I Blame myself for EVERYTHING and torture myself daily,that I might have added to his condidtion. But I know I need to stop it, as I'll never know, and even if I did, how will that help, now that he is already gone. I loved him sooo much. If I knew that change did it. Id have even quit work. But we will never know, and even if we did, would that help us. Us even thinking this way, means we cared in the first place. Id give anything to go back in time, but who knows, if we did, we could keep end up in this boat, endlessly trying to find a reason why. It is not our faults, its just a horrible HORRIBLE POINTLESS disease :(  So take it from someone that knows, let go of any guilt, it was NOT your fault x


Alisa Murphy-Smith
June 22, 2020

We lost our kitty to this horrible disease yesterday. I wish I known about this before so that we could have noticed signs and tried to prevent it. He was just over a year old. He was sweetest cat our family has ever had. They offered the surgery but the vet said that his temperature had dropped a lot and would probably die under anesthesia. He told us that he could do the surgery but that because he was so young, if he made it out alive, that it would probably come back and cause him a lot of issues. He was really suffering so the vet strongly suggested euthanasia. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I miss him so much. I wish we were forewarned of things to do to prevent it like mix wet food with dry food. It's a very sad day in our house.


Unknown 87373
June 18, 2020

My mum has a 7 year old male Scottish fold. We recently moved homes because of our landlord, in honesty I wish we would have stayed so our cat wouldn’t have this problem due to stress. He was peeing and pooping just fine a little too much thought, we thought that was due to stress and him not knowing where he is, yesterday we saw him in his litter box in his urinating position but only bloody urine droplets where coming out we thought he was just doing it because he didn’t like his litter but then he started coming out of his box and walking around every corner of the house, every carpet trying to pee. LUCKILY he went into the bathroom and there were giant pee droplets which was a good sign that he was intact peeing a bit but again the pee drops didn’t look right the colour was like a darky kind of yellow and my mum took him to the vets ASAP. Me being a 15 year old already loosing my great granddad last year  was already enough stress but loosing my beloved cat that I watched grow up for 7 years would completely break my heart. My mum took him to the vets, she explained he was under stress, unfortunately she couldn’t go into the vet clinic because of covid but he came out they said he had a blockage I’m not completely sure but I think he had a bit of blood in his urine I can’t exactly remember, they told my mum they took 10mm of pee out of him. The vet gave my mum 3 options but 1 wasn’t available where they would put a catheter in believe but they were short out of staff and this would cost 700 pounds. Our other too options that were available were taking him to the hospital which my mum didn’t have to money for or put him into deep sleep and injecting medicine. So my mum chose to inject medicine and come home. He came home and was a under the medicine and was a bit sleepy etc he was going into corners trying to sleep but never slept and tried to pee in his cage when we came back but nothing. A few hours later he was coming back to himself eating normally, drinking a lot but still trouble peeing. We were kind of confused to why this was because he literally had medicine. So my mum stayed up with him all night trying to see if anything would happen but nothing happened. Today we checked everywhere and he was still in a urinating position everywhere and no pee. My mum has brought these plugins that reduce stress so we are gonna try and see if that will help. Any help of what we can do for him or what we can attests TRY.


Kaitlyn
June 8, 2020

Hi all, So so sorry to hear about so many kittys losing their lives to this. My Milo(5y, M) was fully blocked last week and needed a sistotomy(cleaning of the bladder) and PU surgery(moving urethra and urine flow to new female like hole) to save his life. After an initial $4000 at the ER, I couldn’t afford the $6-8k surgery and as he was in critical condition and couldn’t be moved to a lower cost vet. The ER vets (VCA) were able to secure $5000 in grants for his surgery and matched another $2000. I was also able to get a $1500 grant from Pets In Need. Please ask your vet and research these options before making any final decisions about your pet!! I had NO IDEA so much funding was available and am shocked that VCA and Pets In Need were able to accomplish this. Here are some websites to research for grant funding: https://www.petsinneed.org/assistance https://lowincomerelief.com/looking-for-free-or-low-cost-veterinary-care/ f you’re wondering, Milo is back at home and on day 3 of his recovery. We are eternally grateful for how far these organizations went to save his life.


Fliss Vernon
June 8, 2020

My 17 year old cat got blocked 2 weeks ago with no history of this having happened before - the vet put it down to the fact that there has been a heatwave and him being black and he was severely dehydrated.  He was successfully cathereterised (the vet stated there was lots of grit and crystals that came out) he stayed in for 24 hours and was released.  He came home and did a wee as soon as he came home which was a great sign but then over the next few days was just straining and trying to go to the toilet all the time.  I took him back the next day and they expressed his  bladder, gave him a stronger painkiller and and gave me some muscle relaxants to give him along with this pain relief and anti-imflammatories.  Over the next few days he continued to strain and eat only small amounts and struggle to sleep for long as he kept going to the litter tray. I was told this was common with cystitis and to make sure that he was passing urine when he went, which he was but in drips and spurts.  After 3/4 days of this he started to perk up and stopped going to the toilet as often, ate more food, drank water and was able to sleep for long periods of time so all looked positive.  8 days after he initially blocked, I noticed he couldn't wee again so took him back to be told he had blocked up again, we agreed to try the catheter one more time to give him a chance which he got through and I was told there was lots more crystals in his bladder (struvite) and that he was very inflammed and had blocked the catheter but they would leave it in over night.
A call the next day said that he had pulled out is catheter and when the vet expressed his bladder, pure blood was coming out. It seemed to get better the next day but he still wasn't weeing independantly and a day later, I was told that he was totally miserable, not eating and his bladder was not emptying on his own and that they thought he had bladder damage.  I had to make the heart-breaking decision to put him to sleep because they said there was nothing else that could be done.  I feel so guilty about this, I feel like I should have given him a day or two more in the vets to see if his bladder would cope or that I should have insisted on putting him on prescription food after he first block (the vets didn't think this was necessary as he had no history of blocking and they thought it was a one off) I also wish I'd tried apple cyder vinegar (which can apparently balance the PH of the bladder and dissolve struvite crystals).  It's so sad because other than hyperthyroidism he had no other health conditions and when they checked his blood work his kidney and liver functions were great.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing.  My heart goes out to anybody dealing with this horrible issue and I really hope you get a better outcome than my poor baby.


Fliss Vernon
June 7, 2020

I wanted to post as this article and thread really helped me over the last couple of weeks in knowing that I'm not alone in this awful situation and I read Lisa's post which is similar to mine. My cat was 17 and was healthy (other than hyperthyroidism) and had never blocked before.  On bank holiday, we noticed that he couldn't wee so we took him to the emergency vets, his kidney function and liver results came back fine and he was dehydrated so they gave him a catheter and flushed him out and he seemed to respond well to this and I was able to bring him home the next evening.  As soon as we got home, he did a big wee but after that he kept trying to go really frequently and appeared to be straining with just a few drops coming out.  I took him back the next day where they gave him a stronger painkiller and a muscle relaxant.  I was with him constantly for the next four days giving him his various medications, hand feeding him and watching every time he went to the litter tray (which was often).  By the fourth day, he appeared to be getting better and eating more, still straining but doing little spurts of wee and he was sleeping for longer and not constantly trying to go.  After a couple of days of improving, I noticed he wasn't able to wee again so I took him back and was told he's reblocked.  They re-catheriterised him and reported getting out lots more grit etc and that he was very inflammed and confirmed he had struvite crystals.  I did lots of research and found that Apple Cyder Vinegar can be really helpful with this condition. Unfortunately, after two days his bladder was still having to be expressed and the vets stated that there was nothing more that could be done and he was miserable so I made the devastating decision to let him go.  I am still beside myself and keep going over everything I could/should have done and I still don't understand why he reblocked, particularly because I was syringing him water and only giving him vet food with extra water in...it all seems so unfair.  My heart goes out to anyone dealing with this condition, it is horrible and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.


Lara
June 3, 2020

My cat Felix of five years all of a sudden had a blockage today and I didn’t realize it was a life threatening thing I mistakenly thought he was constipated because when I saw him in the litter box he was hunching which he normally does when he has a bowel movement well I was very wrong and didn’t realize the severity of his situation he’s been my cat for  4 almost 5 years and the longest one I’ve ever had I have other animals as well but I love him so much that I’m so scared because I don’t want to lose him we took him to the vet and she unblocked him well when we were driving there he unblocked himself and peed all over me but not like how you think it would be it was like he couldn’t control it and was just letting it out anyways we got there she told me that he has a urethra blockage and a fever that was concerning he was Vomiting and crying and straining this morning and when I saw red tinted liquid we had to go to the vet and I’m so glad I did because I’m reading all this stuff how if you don’t get your cat unblocked they can die 24-48 hours but the more concerning thing is that he tried to got pee when we got home and nothing came out and he’s drank a lot of water I gave him the medicine the vet gave me which was a antibiotic, urethra spasm thing, pain reliever and I’m just worried he’s gonna die if I fall asleep I think it was stress induced because a few years ago when I was younger I fell on him on accident and I just feel he’s hated me ever since and then when we took in a stray cat with a broken paw I think he felt like we didn’t care about him anymore and then after we got our dogs and our other cat he feels like he’s been pushed to the back but that’s not true and I realize that now I just don’t want him to die and I’m scared


Joanne
June 3, 2020

Monday June 1 I lost my boy to this ugliness. He was euthanized. Only 4 yrs old. His sister really misses him, and is fretting. I miss his meows, purrs and everything else about him. I had no idea when I got him to vet that this was going to happen. It really knocked me around. They only gave me a 30% chance that he would recover at all during surgery. Please dont make the mistake of thinking its constipation.this started on Sunday night, and that's exactly what I thought it was. I will never forget him.


Lisa Past
June 3, 2020

My beloved cat Max was 17 and had never been blocked before. I noticed on Saturday morning the weekend of memorial day that he had vomited his dinner and there was no urine in his litter box. I immediately called my vet and they told me to take him to the emergency. As people mentioned because of covid I wasn't able to go in and communion was by phone. They told me he had to stay 48 hours at least and catheterize him. He also had a heart murmur that made things more complicated, also the whole thing would cost almost $5000. The decision had to be made immediately because of this type of emergency. I decided to unblock him and hope he could have a happy life for a year or two more. We believe the blockage was due to inflammation because of cystitis which is brought on by stress. He first had cystitis when my neighbors did excavation for 2 months 5 years ago. We managed it well with felaway defusers and treating the resulting infection. Unfortunately last year his kitty life companion died at 19 years old. 2 months after she passed he started peeing outside of the box,(which get never done. 16 years of his life) and he was dealing with anxiety. Our last resort was to put him on Prozac. I have to say it did wonders for him and he seemed happier and even started playing and sleeping with me again, but some of his behaviors didn't change like he didn't really want to come downstairs he just stay in "his room". So I think the cystitis canme back and resulted in the blockage. The vets had never seen a cat this age get blocked for the first time, that being said it was probably the cystitis and when he was younger his body could recover better. I got him back in memorial day and the first night he was doing well and he had pain killers, antibiotics and a med so his urethra wouldn't spasm. Unfortunately he got blocked again the very next day. I took him to my primary vet and he told me this time he'd have to stay 3 days plus there was more damage to his kidneys and since he was 17 he might not leave the hospital. He thought his body was just not able to recover anymore. Just like all of you it was the hardest decision I ever had to make. He was already stressed and this was not the life for him to spend his golden years in the hospital and having to take meds with no guarantee plus this might not happen again and again. We spent a nice night together the night before so I decided to let him go. It was awful. If you're here reading these like me then you are going through one of the toughest situations and I know your pain. I've had 5 cats in my life and they all lived a long life and I didn't even know about this horrible disease. I miss him everyday. He seemed completely normal and overnight everything changed and now he's gone. I appreciate everyone sharing their stores it helps me feel like I'm not alone in this.


Taylor Kinnersley
May 28, 2020

I thought that my cat Kenai was stressed due to the fact that everyone has been at home 24/7 because of covid. I could tell that he was irritated, he was plucking the hair out above his tail to the point where he looked bald. Again, I thought he was just stressed, I let him outside because he loves to adventure. It got to the point where he chose to stay inside rather than out, which isn’t normal. He started hiding in weird spots, and when I watched him in the litter box he could not pee at all. Thinking it was “just a uti” I called the vet asking for antibiotics. This is when it all started. I was told I needed to bring Kenai in to the vet for an emergency check up ASAP. I put him in his crate and went to the closest vet. His bladder was the size of a grapefruit and it is supposed to be the size of a lime. He is obstructed and this is fatal. Do I want to flush his bladder and save his life or euthanize him? He is my first baby and only five years old, halfway through his life, I have to save him that’s the only option right? I rush him to the emergency vet where they can watch over him 24/7, I barely see him because I’m rushing and again, because of covid you can’t go in anywhere. They do the procedure and it goes well, the catheter stays in for days and he is underwatch. There’s no stones so that’s good, but now there’s a tear in his bladder, with free floating fluid that’s not supposed to be there. Did the vet do this during the procedure? My cat isn’t reacting well to the medication, did they give him to much? They take the catheter out and he reobstructs instantly. I didn’t even know that there was a risk of him doing so. I thought that this procedure would save him. So far I’ve spent $1700, he is still suffering, and the only option is to do the same procedure, with no guarantee that he won’t reblock instantly again. My baby is a free spirit, he loves to be outside, he climbs the roof of my apartment, and I know that he would now want to be drugged, and in pain like he was. The next step after flushing would be to cut off the tip of his penis. Which would take lots of time to heal, with antibiotics, and being inside, hopefully without any complications, which again there are no guarantees. By now I’m thinking that I should o cared more, I should of cared enough to have pet insurance to save myself from the financial aspect.  I should of been more observant to my baby, to notice the discomfort and the different behaviors he was expressing. I should of cared enough to know what I was feeding him. Everything that I did for him was too late and it resulted in my baby losing his life.


Angela Frammarino
May 21, 2020

My 7 year old car recently had a blockage, and was critical when taken in to the animal hospital. Luckily they were able to stabilize him n remove the blockage. He has since been home for going on three days with an antibiotic n a medicine to relax his urethra. I have him confined to my room, n no matter how many times I’ve bathed him, he keeps peeing on himself n all over my bed. Now don’t get me wrong I’m thrilled he’s peeing, n even using the litter box, so it’s not being spiteful, more of lack of control. The vet said his bladder is spasming. He just finally started eating yesterday and not much, but little by little I see him getting stronger. But how long will it take him to control his bladder? he wants to be free to roam the house, n tries to sneak by when I go check on him, but he’s filthy yet again, n I have a two year old daughter with her toys all around, n need it to be clean for her. Any ideas on how to help him or how long this will take??


Janine
May 20, 2020

Hard to read everyone's comments and wish you all and your kitties peace, whether here or over the rainbow bridge.  Most comments seem to discuss male cats.  Our male cat was put down 8 yrs ago with kidney issues.  His sister is now 16.  Tiny 5-lb tuxedo cat.  UTI last month - bad at pills, liquid meds so got a one-time shot.  Seemed better for a few weeks but she's squatting everywhere again and leaving small puddles, some with blood and mucousy remnants.  She'll squat on my husband's lap and "leak."  She doesn't seem to be in pain but I understand from the docs here that cats are good at being stoic.  It's exhausting - we don't know what to do for her anymore.


Brittany Robusky
May 20, 2020

First of all I just want to say that my 7 year old Simba did not deserve to die the way that he did. This is a HORRIBLE disease and someone needs to find a cure for it and make it affordable if it’s so common in male cats. It all started this past weekend on Friday May 15th, we came home to him licking his genital area until it was bright red and inflamed... I just thought he was overly grooming himself, so I didn’t think much of it. But something told me to follow him to the litter box and see if he was having any issues urinating. After I saw him sitting in there for a while, I noticed blood droplets outside of his litter box so I immediately googled both of those symptoms and sure enough.. urethra obstruction came up and it scared me because it said I need to take him to the ER ASAP... so after calling the ER to get their opinion they said to only bring him in if he’s not urinating at all so I waited until morning because he was still passing urine but it wasn’t a lot. The next morning I noticed he was still having a lot of trouble so I took him into the ER because I didn’t want to take any chances.. they said they had to run a bunch of tests and X-rays but I couldn’t really afford it at the time so they just sent me home with medication to help with his pain and spasms... they also said he wasn’t fully obstructed yet by feeling on his bladder so it made me feel a little better by bringing him back home. Oh and I still paid $300 that day for just an exam and medications. The next day he still wasn’t peeing, and I started to freak out at this point so I rushed him back into the ER, and they said he was fully obstructed at this point between yesterday and today and that they had to run a catheter and IV fluids and x-rays and all types of test to see what was blocking him. I agreed because I wasn’t just going to let my cat die and I applied for a care credit card, thank god I was approved. I had to atleast try even though the percentage that he would reblock was 50% . After 2 days of him being in the hospital and $2600 later, they had unblocked him temporarily but as soon as the catheter came out he immediately blocked while in the hospital. The doctor told me that he still hadn’t urinated on his own yet and she wasn’t comfortable sending him home yet until he could pee. At that point I couldn’t afford another half day in the ER... so they discharged him and I was going to just monitor him at home. After he got home, he was so lethargic, wouldn’t eat, wouldn’t drink, kept making grumbling noises and sounded like he was so miserable. All he did was sleep all day, and he still couldn’t go to the bathroom. The ER did say after I took him home that if he still didn’t urinate within 12-24 hours after bringing him home to bring him back. I knew deep down in my heart I wasn’t prepared to go another round of unblocking him and paying another 1,000-2500 more than I already spent. I made the hardest decision of my life.. I decided to put him down because I didn’t want him to suffer anymore. He seemed like he was so miserable, he seemed so weak and all of this happened within a 4 day span... I am sick to my stomach right now that I just lost my best friend, my side kick, my son! It’s going to take me forever to get over this loss and the emptiness I feel inside. I don’t get how if this illness is so common why haven’t they found a way to fix it ? I’m beyond frustrated.. I’m not going to pay $4000 for a surgery when it’s not even a 100% fix and the likely hood for it to come back is high. I had to save him the agony of going thru all of that. After reading all of these stories on here, it makes me a feel a little better that I’m not alone. I miss simba so much.


Lucy
May 20, 2020

My cat is back home after two visits to emergency and has to have a catheter in for 7 days. I am now on day 5 of caring for him and I noticed today that if I lightly stroke his stomach he is in pain, wondering if anyone has insight if this is because of the catheter or could there be a complication?


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
May 19, 2020

Hi Michelle,  If your cat is losing weight, your best approach is to take him to your veterinarian.  There are a number of reasons an older cat can lose weight, and he may need treatment beyond just a calorie supplement.


Michelle
May 14, 2020

Our 15 year old cat was blocked twice about 10 years ago. He’s done great on Royal Canin SO wet and dry. Now that he is 15 he has lost a ton of weight and is like to start giving him a weight-gain supplement like nutri-cal. But is that safe for a formerly blocked cat? At 15 he won’t make it thru that again so I really want to avoid another blockage.


Joanne
May 9, 2020

My 6yr.old lovely Logan showed signs of discomfort and went to hide in several places .Following day I took him to Vets as found him lying in kitty litter .The quote for recovery of obstructed urinary tract was $1,300 to $1,900,with no guarantee it will return. my poor baby was suffering then -I sadly let him go without further pain treatment and in future. 


Kitty
May 9, 2020

I was crying reading all the comments here and whole heartily feel for the pain for all pet lovers.  Thought I would share my story here about possible help with UTI for cats.  My Birman cat is 17 years old and she was diagnosed CKD stage 2 (kidney problem) 3 years ago, at that time, I thought she was going, but luckily she got back to health.  Since then, she was on medication daily and back to normal.  Until 3 weeks ago or so, she started dropping urine here and there and crying, I saw her only had a few drops in the box and a bit of blood, so I took her to the vet on emergency the first time, she was given pain killer and Crytophan.  But a day after she seemed to get back to the problem of urine drops.  3 days after, I took her back to emergency at 9pm at night.  This time a different vet explained to me she wasn't fully blockage and she gave her anti biotic injection and pain killer, and said if she didn't get better in 2 days time, I need to go back to have a little talk.  She got better after and urnine ok when she was under medication.  But a week after after she was off the medication, two days after she was starting back to the same problem.  This time I emailed my usual vet (as it was lockdown my usual vet didn't open for emergency and referred to  another clinic) I was panicking and did my research on internet then found some mixed reviews on using apple cider vinegar.  I had booked my appointment anyway with my usual vet on Monday, it was on Saturday, so I thought I would give it a try gently and closely monitor her, if she got worst I would take her to emergency.  Then magic happened... I fed her with just 2 drops of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 teaspoon of honey in a big bowl of water.  She first didn't like it but then start to drink a bit, and I put back a bowl of fresh water.  Then that night around 4 hours later, she stopped going in and out the box and pee a bit.  No crying that night.  Then next morning a big patch of urine next to litter tray, and I kept giving her the apple cider vinegar mixed water daily, and she is getting much better and going to normal pee and no more crying on this 7th day.  I hope she will get better and this will help.  I am only here to share a bit of my experience and hope it might help some cat/dog lovers.  Blessings!


Amelia Jane
May 9, 2020

Hi Lori, I’m sorry to hear this has happened to your cat again!  It’s so distressing isn’t it. I’ve had to take time off from work this week due to the whole situations. My cat first blocked off on Monday he was out by the evening but again Tuesday when I came back from work I noticed the same thing all over again, I took him back to the vets and they told me to take him to animal hospital, he stayed there for two nights and came out Thursday evening, he was very sleep yesterday but passing urine fine, today he is passing little amounts of urine and good back and forth to the litter tray, he isn’t crying like he was before but it’s very sad to see that he needs to use it so much. I presume this is the cystitis post catheter but I’m not sure, I have called the vet and awaiting a call back. He’s on catease, minipres and loxicom and I have changed his diet to royal canin urinary SO although I have had to give a tiny amount of Sheba to get his to have the catease as you have to sprinkle over the food and he doesn’t seem so impressed with his new food. I pray it doesn’t happen again, for my cat to go through all of that again, and for my own finances. I hope your cat is better? And I really feel for anyone going on though this situations, it’s so stressful and upsetting.


Trooper dooper
April 29, 2020

Binxie boy, what was the final result on your cat that’s as leaking.  Mine is doing the exact same.  Had crystals form and was blocked.  Went in to vet and 4 days later after catheter and a very large bill, he was doing great.  Came home two days ago and seemed great.  Trickle pee here and there and finally to a flow.  Now when he lays down or sleeps he has accidents.  Still using litter box when he makes it there, but is leaking here and there.  Does this go away?  They said he needed to be an inside cat now and we have to figure something out because I cannot have everything we own covered in cat urine. What do we do????


Lori Savoth
April 23, 2020

We are waiting outside the vet now as our 4 year old cat is having a 2nd catheter put in because he did not pee after 24 hours with the 1 st one which was yesterday!  So distraught at making this decision and having to make financial decisions during this Covid19 situation which has financially affected us. Please anyone out there flags your cat had success after a second catheter?


Binxie Boy
April 17, 2020

Hi everyone, My 3 year old male cat went in to the vet on Sunday with a urinary blockage. He had to be catheterized twice for 48 hours, and the vet said it a tricky case, but they got him feeling better. He's back home now, on pain meds and meds to relax his urethra. The first 24 hours he was home he peed in his litter box, but now he's started leaking urine. Not going outside the litterbox, but just sort of always leaking a little. I phoned the vet and they said it's not ideal, but as long as he's still urinating, it's now a watch and wait situation. Anyone else been in this situation? Any advice? I know that humans can have incontinence after being catheterized, too. How long can I expect this to last before he starts to heal up?


Dr Tony Johnson
April 14, 2020

Hi Nicole; I know what you mean - this is often a hard thing to decipher. The best way (not necessarily the easiest - especially these days) is to have a vet or tech palpate the bladder by gently squeezing it. You can also be shown how to do this.  When I was working at a clinic in Indiana, we would often have owners bring in recently blocked cats for a "bladder check" at no cost. If the frequency of trips to the litter box is declining and your cat is eating and not seeming painful, these are good signs. If they seem painful, lethargic, not eating, etc, this could be a sign that the bladder is blocked again. But you hit on a very important point - many cats who go home after being unblocked will continue to strain at home for a few days as the inflammation dies down.  Good luck and thanks for reading our blog!


Nicole Rataj
April 13, 2020

Hi! I was wondering if there is a way to tell if your cat is blocked vs if their bladder is simply inflamed. I have had both cases with my cat and I do not know how to tell the difference. Is there a way to feel if the bladder is full?


Lynn
April 5, 2020

Hello cat lovers, yesterday I lost my 8 yr old male cat Gabe due to a blockage. I had to make the difficult decision to have him euthanized. I couldn’t bare the thought of everything he would have to go through to “fix” the blockage and still not know if it was going to be forever fixed. I didn’t want daily meds to force him to take, or constant vet trips for him. It was one of the hardest decisions to make. I am at a loss. With puffy eyes this morning, I’m walking around this house looking at all his favorite spots to nap, his food dish my whole morning routine is off without Gabe here. I wish I would of known more about blockages and prevention. I will hold his sister Sophie a little tighter and remember him in her as they have the same eyes.


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
April 2, 2020

Hi all!  I'm just catching up with comment postings; things got busy around here with the COVID-19 mess.  First off, I'm sorry so many of you are struggling with blocked kitties; it's such a frustrating condition.  I'd like to throw out a couple of important points as blanket statements on this thread.  First, no one but your veterinarian (who knows your cat) can give you adequate and accurate medical advice about your cat remotely.  Unfortunately, that includes the veterinarians here at VetzInsight.  As much as we'd love to give the magical answers, we don't have them for you, and most of the time the best advice we can give is "call your vet."  Second, please don't try to formulate homemade diets for your cat unless you have an advanced degree in feline nutrition.  That isn't snark; I mean it quite literally.  Cats have extraordinarily particular nutritional requirements and their bodies aren't nearly as forgiving of unbalanced diets as dogs or humans. I know big companies get a bad rap for lots of reasons, but when it comes to feline nutrition, they're often the ones who have done the most thorough research.


Margaret
April 2, 2020

Methionine 500mgram. Above is what my clever vet prescribed for my boy Spooky whom we nearly lost 5 times due to being blocked. I blame all, even expensive pet shop dry KIBBLE.. Cats are not supposed to eat this at all. They are adding in terrible things to get the weight of the kibble up, ie, like bits of plastic. supermarket packet rubbish is also bad. I now only buy Aldi beef stir fry, chicken mince(which I lightly cook first) lamb pieces etc. Any fresh meat. I do feed Spooky Royal Canin Instinctive( which has small amounts ofMethionine in it, for brekky, and I try add jug boiled water to make sure he is drinking more.I am Always on edge worrying it will return, but it has now been 9 months clear.


Danny
April 1, 2020

Hello ! A bit clueless here. We’ve just rescued a 2 yo sterilized girl from the shelter - they advised she had some sediments and was on urinary diet (dry - she hates wets) 3 days home and we had to run her to the vet. She was blocked and stayed 10 days there. She was released under strict supervision back home: pills 2 a day; monitor urine; monitor poop; monitor vomiting and mood. New diet 3 days in - we had to take her back for check up. Seemed more less - did IV; but  she wasn’t pooping. I never thought I’d be so happy for having a peeing cat. Then she stopped pooping... gave her medicine for pooping as vet asked by phone. She exploded in diarreia - very liquid and drips all over the place. Back to the vet! She ended up being committed again as went under surgery - poop blockage They can’t give us a diagnosis. The vets are saying they’re researching Could all these things be related ? All these blockages ? She seems a normal cat apart from having her tail cut off (don’t know why - no one does). She’s always in a great mood and if it wasn’t for the constant in and out of the litter box - you wouldn’t tell she’s in pain...!


Donna Gould
March 31, 2020

Has anybody found a home remedy to prevent UTI's ? Or an acidify diet ?


Sulaiman Roshan
March 30, 2020

So I just got a cat about two weeks ago, his name is Simba. It turns out that Simba had tapeworms so I took him to the ER and had them check him out and when I went I also told them about his frequent urinating habits that he had acquired over the past few days. He was peeing up to 6 times a day and the doctor said that scenario was more important than the worms so I took him to the vet the next day (today) and the vet did a urinalysis exam and emptied his bladder with a catheter. When he got home he urinated and al seemed well until a few hours ago when he squatted in the litter box and surprisingly kept out of the box due to (what seemed to be) pain, and began licking his genitals to make it feel better. This squatting and jumping scenario has happened about 6 or 7 times now until he finally started looking for other places to urinate. He finally squatted in his day bed for a while and when he got out, there was a massive amount of urine that had seeped out onto the floor. Should I be concerned? Because he did urinate but honestly the times that he squatted to urinate, and then kept out of the box have me thinking the worst! Is this just inflammation due to the catheter? Or does it sound like an underlying issue? Thank you!


Brandon Everett
March 27, 2020

Hello, i have a 2 year old male cat that was just unblocked. I got to bring him home today but i noticed that he trys to use the litterbox gives up lays down and pees on himself  or just sitting there should i contact the vet and take him back or wait a bit for the medication to work?


Marla Green
March 26, 2020

My cat had PU surgery 1 yr ago with no complications, he has been healthy and energetic. The last few days since I'm now stuck st home I've noticed he is licking more and when I checked this urinary site looks red and inflamed could this be a UTI? What should my next step be... he doesn't seem to be in any pain or distress


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
March 24, 2020

Hi Janelle,  Hopefully your cat is back to himself and urinating normally by now.  If not, I'd definitely suggest calling your veterinarian as soon as possible.


Janelle
March 23, 2020

I just brought my cat home from the vet last night after getting him unblocked.  Can anyone advise me of the normal behaviours to expect once home? My cat seems to want to pee but hasn’t fully gone yet, or can’t go yet.  He’s on a few medications and seems a little out of it, is this normal? Or should I be rushing him back there?


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
March 19, 2020

Hi Julie, I'm so sorry to hear of the struggles you're having with your cat.  I have anxiety as well, and I know how hard it makes it when things go wrong with any loved ones.  Unfortunately, it's impossible to tell you over the internet what you should do in this case.  It's true that many cats with urinary tract issues continue to have problems for life.  So, I think there's no wrong choice.  I'd just recommend having an honest discussion with your veterinarian about your concerns and financial limitations.


Julie Howell
March 19, 2020

I think,being kind....you have to remember that there are people out there that have severe anxiety issues, and after I read all of that, (my cat has been doing, exactly), but, it's the 2nd time. The cat comes home and you see all this pee and get so happy that your little baby isn't hurting anymore, when it's probably just going to happen again, right? They just want our money? Now after another Bill, we TOTALLY couldn't afford, we had to pay for 3 medicines, new litter and litter box, food, water, etc.... and that's great, if it keeps my cat, Healthy and well, because my cat is Mentally Very SPecial. Mute, Deaf, knees on side ways, and other organs not connected, and he just stares at things. What do I do? Do you think this is going to happen multiple times, so they get money, and he stays in pain, before I pay them to put him to sleep? I have severe anxiety and my cat has every single thing you mentioned and they just said my cat has another UTI.


Toni Phillips
March 14, 2020

I have a 2 1/2 yr old male flame point. I noticed a hard “length” about quarter inch running up his abdomen from his penis last night, assumed it was his penis. He was limping and I thought he had hurt his paw, which was why I had him on his back. No other strange behavior or change in eating habits, or signs of pain. Then this morning my son picked him up and in that spot there is now a a whole bigger than a quarter and what looks like a vein that is missing. I can see a small piece at the bottom (down toward his penis) and a piece up towards his belly. I’m now beginning to think maybe he had “crystals”. He goes outside to potty as he’s over 22lbs and will not go into a litter box so I have no idea if he’s straining. But, he’s not dripping, which concerns me because if he chewed through his urethra I’m thinking it would be dripping urine if he’s not blocked further up. He’s still not acting “strange”. I had a female yrs ago who had crystals and she showed all the typical signs. Bad thing is we are completely snowed in and I can’t get him to the vet.


Marie
March 10, 2020

My 3 y/o male cat was blocked a few years ago - in the ER the vet did a full work up with ultrasound, sedation, IV, catheter and he was unblocked.  It was a very expensive few days in the vet hospital but he was only 3 - I couldn't bear putting him down. They recommended prescription wet diet for him (which I could not afford with my other cat).  I did switch him to wet food but after a few years transitioned back to non-rx dry food and he had no signs of urinary problems. Three days ago he started straining - brought him into ER.  No blockage and was sent home with meds.  The next day he was eating, drinking, completely being his normal self.  Yesterday, however, he would not move, eat or drink.  He could hardly lift his head. At first I thought maybe he was just lethargic from his medications but this was beyond lethargic. I brought him into my vet immediately and with one quick touch they told me he was blocked.  I couldn't afford the surgery again and had to say goodbye to my 6 year old cat.  Please DO not make my same mistake.  If your vet tells you they need a certain type of food - listen to them as it may save their life. I don't think I will ever forgive myself.


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
March 3, 2020

Hi Rita, I'm so sorry for what you're going through.  Since we don't know your cat or how he normally behaves, it's next to impossible for anyone here to be able to tell you if his current condition is to be expected.  I know it's hard, but your best approach would be to call your veterinarians office and ask to speak with the veterinarian or a nurse about your cat and your concerns.  They will have the most complete knowledge to be able to help you.


Rita
March 3, 2020

Hello, I'm from Portugal and my cat is currently with a catheter on and I feel hopeless. He became I'll overnight. Stopped peeing out of nowhere and not knowing who to see, we saw a veterinarian in the evening who didn't have any equipment to do the procedure and so my cat was sent home with some medication. The next morning he was in real pain so we had to seek another and after a huge amount of money we can't afford to spend nor within our reach, he is now home - because staying at the hospital is expensive as well - and he's been quiet, I'm guessing due to the anesthesia. I guess he's a bit sore as well because we won't move.. I hope that's normal. Will he start eating soon? Will he be okay? I'm so overwhelmed.


Katie
February 19, 2020

My sphynx started acting funny on sunday morning, screaming like i have never heard! He wouldnt eat or drink, hes not even 3 yet. I called our vet first thing monday morning and they took him in immediately and he had to have emergency "surgery" because he was blocked. We caught it immediately so THANKFULLY he has no kidney damage. He was in the hospital for 2 nights and we brought him home today. He is still acting a bit out of it and not eating a whole lot. He has gone to the bathroom but not as much as i had hoped. Im so glad I found this page! I think he is stressed about the eventful 2 days he has had and all he wants to do is be wrapped up in his big fuzzy blanket and sleep right now. Im checking on him every 5 mins and trying to get him to eat his new food. Im praying since we caught it so fast it doesnt happen again. But I just want to say, when your pet acts off and you notice... get them help ASAP!! We know our pets, dont mistake it for "just" being sick. They cant talk so when they arent okay they are trying to tell you with meows/barks/whines anything, just listen.


Hayley
February 18, 2020

Hi everyone. First of all im sorry for all of your losses, i know how it feels. I had to put my nearly 7 year old cat lucky down today. He has had this problem twice before and this time when i took him to the vets on Friday evening they performed the op and sent him home the next day. I got to spend one more night with my baby boy and then on monday he was crying at the litterbox and unable to pee again. I had to take him back and after another op last night i was called today and advised it would be the most humane thing to do as the problem kept occuring and my poor boy was in so much pain. It was very hard but i know it was the best thing to do. Before having lucky i had a cat called cheeky and he was unable to miaow so could not give the signs that he was in pain so obviously. He was 4 when he died and we never knew the reason why, however i am now sure he too had this issue but i didnt recognise it in time. Its such a horrible disease. Both of my cats were male and were housecats as i live on the third floor. I have been told male house cats get it the most. It has honestly made me not want a pet cat ever again as i get so attached to them and they become family. I miss him so much already. The house is so quiet. I get some comfort knowing he is no longer in pain.


Jeannette
February 13, 2020

I happened to stumble upon this page when I found myself scrambling for answers on why my cat developed urinary blockage. I had never heard of such a thing. My cat Cozmo  was 2 months short of turning 4 years old. He was a beautiful gray and white Calico that was the son of a rescue cat. We found his mom on our front lawn five years prior and decided to adopt her. Little did we know that she was expecting. She had five beautiful kittens in our basement just two short months later. Cozmo was one of the cats we kept. He was a special little angel. He had a little bit of a wobble and a dented little nose for the small little hole above his upper lip. We were always afraid that if we put him up for adoption that no one would love him the way we would because he wasn't perfect. But he wasn't authorized. Especially in the eyes of our son who loved him more than any other pet because he was special, different. Unfortunately we didn't really see the signs or at least it didn't signal to us that we should be concerned. Unfortunately just a couple of days ago we noticed his lack of desire to eat and drink. This came said only because he was fine just the night before but that morning, my husband went to clean his litter box and saw that there was diarrhea everywhere. We also notice that his demeanor had changed significantly but we've had pets before that have gotten sick so we thought he's probably a little under the weather and will get better soon. Unfortunately he got progressively worse within that day and the next day we took him to the vet. We have been going to this vet for many years and she was very honest with us that surgery could probably only temporarily fix the situation and he was in such bad shape that it was best to put him down. Are 11 year old son is devastated. We have three other cats at home and they are all loved but Cozmo was special. It has been very difficult for all of us. Losing a pet is heartbreaking for the family. He was a part of us. We loved him dearly and he will be missed forever. He was a sweet boy. We would say that he made bubbles out of the sweet little hole above his upper lip and we'd sing "Get 'em Cozzi, get the bubbles it's your power. Yay" That was a song that my son and I made up and I will forever remember it. Rest in peace Cozmo.


Tori
February 5, 2020

Milo was 8 years old this month, the coolest gentlest cat I've ever had. He was there for me when I was going through some serious mental health issues. I loved him so much. A few hours ago, I had to put him down after suffering through two urinary blockages in two weeks. There was no warning and no explanation for why he kept blocking up.  His tests showed no crystals and no stones, nor any infection. Our options were to keep going with more invasive procedures, with no hope of success, or let him go.  By the end, he was in so much pain and I couldn't put him through any more. This is such a cruel disease and my thoughts and sympathies with all who have lost their pals.


Jessica
February 3, 2020

I had my beloved and adored most lovable little friend I've ever known euthinised on February 1st. His name was Theo beautiful fluffy white and ginger maine coon. He suffered urinary blockage.. that lead to renail failure of the kidneys I believe I've never witnessed something so harrowing as putting him to sleep. He wasn't himself he was weak, lethargic, wasn't eating forced to pee he went in on Friday but we suspected on Thursday I'm going mad thinking if we had taken him in earlier would it have made a difference could he have survived... He went in Friday at 9:30am the vet said that it isn't looking good and we kept him in over night IV drip, anastetic urinary blockage gone and you name it I wanted my baby well again... By Saturday night he deteriorated and slowly got worse... We had to make the most painful and yet kindest decision to put him to sleep I'm on day 2 of constant crying and pain... We were shocked it bought we would take him in he'd have some anti biotics and he'll be back to his normal self within the space of 48 hours we were faced with the most painful decision I've ever had to through. You will be missed Theo you darling little fluffy boy.


Anne
January 12, 2020

Just recently, I had to put down my beautiful and sweet 13 year old orange and white tabby Jake because of repeat urinary blockage. My grief and guilt are difficult to manage. But I wanted to add a few comments that may help others. I was away for a week and my trusted pet sitter was taking care of my kitty and our two dogs. When I returned, I noticed only that Jake was intermittently unable to jump up - but he did have a little to eat. I kept him inside overnight and noticed he hadn't peed or pooped. I took him to the vet and he was blocked with large bladder. They anesthetized him, catheterized him, gave him pain meds, antibiotics an IV fluids for over 24 hrs. THere were struvite crystals, but kidney function test results were not so concerning, so I was hopeful. I picked him up and gave him lots of love, cuddles, and monitored him closely. He slept a lot and then did eat a little and peed in his litter box over a few days- an I thought he was out of the woods. The third day home, I was anxious as he hadn't peed overnight and he didn't want to eat. Plus I was noticing more pronounced hind leg weakness. I brought him back to the vet. He was blocked again. Options were taking him to specialist for PU surgery or euthanasia - but I was so shocked/ not ready to lose him and uncertain of what had happened to begin with and the causes- so I asked for another catheterization with IV fluids/ wash out and asked them also to give an enema because Jake had been constipated as well. I picked him up over 24 hours later and had a conversation with the vet. It was more clear that Jake had some kind of nerve damage - spine /disc - possibly traumatic (he may have had a fall while I was away or an old injury became worse) = and this also meant he could not express his own urine- nor likely could poop on his own. We had a conversation bout euthanasia options - and timing- as I was very aware he would block again within a day or two nd I wanted to be sure I could relieve his suffering quickly. I had him home and made sure to give the pain meds on schedule and even early to ensure he was comfortable. He did take a little food and we cuddled and he purred a lot. What was shocking however was now both his hind legs were completely limp/ he couldn't use them. He had urges to poop from the enema - and I brought him back and forth to litter box every few hours for that- and tried to help him/ manually express the bladder- but it didn't work. I had planned to euthanize him on a Friday morning - made an appointment with my vet. BUt Thursday late night he was so uncomfortable - crying - and trying to get up - the urgency to urinate- but unable to do so- that I took him to the emergency vet at 3 in the morning to have him put to sleep. What I learned from this is that urinary blockage causes can be difficult to determine- and to know what is the root cause. In my cat's case, the nerve damage affecting his hind legs also had earlier affecting his bladder- inability to express urine- and led to the distension/ blockage and also spread to further disable him. Probably part of that was him fighting and slipping around in the kennel at the vet when he awoke from anesthesia with soft plastic cone on his head and catheter in. But the key thing is Jake couldn't have survived either with the urinary blockage or with the nerve damage rendering his hind legs useless. And PU surgery wouldn't have been a fix for his issue. He also did have crystals - and that may have contributed to blockage. So urinary diet (special prescription wet cat food) would have been part of long term management. But my kitty couldn't have survived this and I was broken hearted to tell him that it was the end and to put him to sleep. The hardest things for me- that I suffer with guilt about- is why I didn't take my cat to the emergency vet immediately the night I got home. And also I was struggling with why my pet sitter hadn't noticed something was wrong and called me - I could have come home earlier and taken my cat even earlier to the vet. I already did feed my cat wet food mixed with water in a porridge. Separately for treats, I give him a little bit of dry kibble. I think maybe the pet sitter had given him more kibble than was good for him- but I don't think that was the cause. I also beat myself up because I should have realized the counter/with stool to jump up to food was no longer working for my cat- he occasionally had to be lifted up- and why didn't I make another place for feeding (so dogs wouldn't eat his food) - and thereby eliminate the possibility that he fell and injured his neck/spine in jumping up or down from food? I also torture myself because the litter box was in a location (in the tub) where kitty had to jump up slightly and down- into it- maybe he couldn't do that if he was hurting? When I get so upset thinking about how I could have prevented this, I try to realize that the spinal injury and nerve damage were likely the root cause of his urinary blockage. And though I wish I could have prevented that- he could have fallen while outside. I try to comfort myself with the fact that I loved my Jake so much, he had a great life, he enjoyed his indoor-outdoor life - and brought us so much joy and comfort. I hope you who have suffered this tragedy and may blame yourselves also try to realize that you did the best you could for your kitty- with the information you had available at the time- and your ability to perceive the threat/danger/causes. And as a good friend told me too, please try not to blame yourself and spend too much time feeling guilty and wondering what else you could have done, because your beautiful kitty wouldn't want you to live like that, he would want you to be happy and know that sweet kitty is out of pain and suffering.


Candy
January 8, 2020

I ubruptly lost my beloved 5 year old Charcoal Cat (his name) and have been crying for 2 days. I found him in a puddle after a heavy rain as an infant and he became a wonderful playful active companion. There were signs, having relocated to another home. He had been urinating in the wrong places, but otherwise seemed alert. When he stopped eating and drinking completely for 2 days we went to the vet. I thought it would be a simple visit, but it turned into a nightmare scenario and we decided to euthanize in lieu of spending $3K+ for starters on what sounded like a long and involved medical journey. I am heart-broken. Prior to my loss I had never heard of feline urinary blockage or any of its preventions, causes or treatments.


Paula Williams
January 7, 2020

Reading all these comments is heartbreaking.  I too have a male cat that was unblocked May 2018.  Now all the signs are coming back that he is blocking again.  I have spent tens of thousands of $$$ on this kitty over the past 8 years.  I adopted him from a pet rescue and from day one have had problems.  He has been to multiple vets and never could pin down if it was stress related or urinary which have come to realize they go hand in hand.  My vet told me that he would get blocked again so have been only been giving him prescription food for the most part and distilled water. Sometimes we can only do the best we can to help them.  There isn't anything I haven't tried, bought every product available, as well as vet prescribed Prozac to help with the stress.  Also purchased all the pads, beds, sprays, litter boxes and constant washing to get rid of the urine smell.  He should have never been adopted to a family with an existing cat to begin with but we kept him since I instantly fell in love with him and was afraid no one else would ever keep him.  It is a real drain on my bank account to the point I can't even afford my own place to live.  Luckily I live with a good man that doesn't complain. But I have come to the realization that I have done all I can do.  I appreciate all the feedback on this site since you have had similar experiences and insight into this problem.  If you have never had a cat with these problems, it is hard to find someone to talk to about it that understands.


Raquel
January 1, 2020

Our year and a half old baby suddenly developed straining with urinating and was going in unusual places for two days. He was otherwise happy - playing and eating and jumping. We kept an eye on him with plans to take him to the vet after the holiday and bought special supplements... but Sunday night he became lethargic and was in pain. Took him to ER and they said his exam was normal, urine was normal except for elevated pH and crystals, XR was normal. They said he had FLUTD or crystals causing this. Sent us home with prazosin. That night he seemed fine but next day he stopped moving except to get up to try to urinate and he could not at all, only drops of blood. Did not eat or drink. He was in rough shape so we took him back to the vet and they said he had a firm bladder and a huge urethral plug...our options were 1) 3800 for cath and a few days of hospitalization, 2) 1300 for an in and out cath which they did not recommend because they said there was a huge chance it would not work and 3) euthanasia. The vet said this is a life long disease and could very well recur days to weeks later... because of that we opted for euthanasia and it was gut wrenching but now I can’t stop reading articles online in which vets say it’s a “shame” when people euthanize their pets for something that’s so easily fixable. I am wracked with guilt. I am so sad.


Michael
December 29, 2019

I just lost my 10yo tabby "Eric" to this horrible, horrible disease. It all started about 1 week ago when he started moaning and unable to urinate. Took him to the local vet who diagnosed him with a partial blockage....gave him some sedatives and pain relief, advised to see if he urinates within the next 3hrs and if he didnt to rush him to the Emergency vet as he would be at risk of his bladder exploding. Needless to say, he didnt urinate in those 3hrs....so we took him to the Emergency vet and they kept him there for 3 days at a cost of $3000aud. In those 3 days, he reblocked again requiring his bladder to be expressed and catherized. On the 4th day, they asked me if I wanted to continue treatment (which basically involved just repeating the unblock/catheter process on the hope that he would free up) at a further cost of $5000aud...the other alternative was euthenasia or surgery (which would blow out the costs exponentially). I wasn't ready to let him go at that point, I paid for the treatment and hoped for the best. After 6 days in ER, they allowed me to bring him home for monitoring (He reblocked a further 2x and he was now up to this 4th catheter). After 1 day at home, he went to our local vet to get his bladder express and catheter removed and due to it being on a weekend...they made the follow up appointment for 2 days time but advised if he blocks again to rush him back to ER. For a couple of hours after coming home from the vet he was back to his normal self..but this was only temporary as unfortunately he reblocked again over the next few hours. I rushed him back to ER and I made the painful decision to euthenize him (the vet explained the only way forward from that point would be expensive surgery which would have no guarantee of success. I am now ridden with guilt that I put him through additional treatment after those initial 3 days. I don't think I can forgive myself for it and I never want to own another pet again as it is too painful when I think about Eric and what he went through. At no point was euthensia ever recommended to me (at least until the very end)...possibly they are not allowed to, but I think if it was early on....I may not have did what I did trying to save him. I hope one day a cure is found for this terrible disease and cat owners don't have to go through this.


Michael
December 24, 2019

I just lost my favorite boy a couple days ago due to this disease.  I didn't identify or treat the warnings appropriately.  Noticed my 6.5 year old boy was running around sort of hyper, looked like he was trying to poop everywhere but nothing happened.  He never cried in pain, 100% silent.  I thought he was constipated to was researching that.  The next day he was no longer hyper, but found him hiding under the couch.  He periodically would go to the litter box and accomplish nothing.  Still thought he was constipated.  Following morning he was laying in the middle of the floor unwilling to move. Then I took him to an emergency vet.  The vet provided me a printed copy of this very article, some price quotes ranging upwards of $5000, and waited around impatiently as I stared off overwhelmed, not knowing what to do.  He left me alone to think it over, at which point I had him give pain meds and then proceed with unblocking.  I get notified shortly thereafter that his toxin levels are extremely high and he's in a critical state.  I felt there were too many uncertainties and that I already waited too long, I couldn't bear the thought of him experiencing anymore pain.  Didn't want to string him along for a traumatic road, I opted to be there with him to have him euthanized.  Hardest thing I have ever done, been crying for days.  I miss him so much, he was active and playful just days ago... My heart is so broken.  He's no doubt doing better than I am right now.  I keep wondering if I gave up too soon, but also him dieing during treatment would have been so much worse.  If only I knew about this earlier...


Sam
December 21, 2019

My beautiful 13 year old tabby passed away at 1am on the 21st December 2019 from this illness. I am devastated as it was so sudden. 3.5 years ago he had this, we are insured and they covered half the costs for the 3 days in etc and we scraped the rest. This time, our insurer wouldn’t help again and we were being quoted £3,000 for something that may not work. We had to make the horrid decision to put my baby to sleep. I am heartbroken and in turmoil over the fact if I had all the money, he could be with me again right now. I don’t know if I made the right choice. It hurts. 


Bea Sinka
November 28, 2019

Claw was my first cat and my only support. He's been with me for 6 years and was dying 2 days ago because of bladder blockage.  I blame myself. 6 months ago the first signs appeared. He peed outside the litterbox in random places of the house. I thought he was just stressed or a bad habit he picked up from spending too much time with our puppy. Then I noticed he was crying and howling while he was in the litterbox or just in general. He spent a lot of time near his litterbox. I never took his condition seriously. And I will never forgive myself. Then one day he couldn't pee or anything and he was trying. I thought maybe he has constipation and probably just a stomach ache. I am so Blind. He started to act sluggish and he refused to eat anything. He just laid down and every hour, he looked weaker. Then next day when I picked him up slightly, i realised my cat has ZERO strength in his body. and when I put him back, he just fell like a piece of cloth.That's when I really started panicking and calling the emergency vet hospital, late at night. I took him to the hospital and I was praying and hoping they could help. Then they called me into the room and told me they have bad news. The cat is living his final moments  and best way he gets euthanized. I will never forgive myself. And please if you notice any signs like this from a cat, trust me. It is worth the money to take him to the vet and even if they say he is stressed, push your point and tell them clearly what the cat is going through. Often a blocked bladder is not recognised by vets until too late. This is the only chance for the cat's survival.


Lisa
November 27, 2019

As we are going through this ordeal, can someone comment on how long the recovery Can take? Our unblocking at the vet was 6 days ago, and Kino is peeing small amounts near areas where he sleeps. We have a lot of puppy pads around, forget the use of the litter box. Just wondering if this improves, or will we expect this for more weeks on end?


Nel
November 11, 2019

We have a 5 year old black male cat. He recently was peeing on different thugs and outside the boxes. (We have three cuz we have 4 cats including him that use the litter boxes). Then he peed on things right in front of me like my comforter when I was going back to sleep. So I thought that was a sign he was telling me something. At first I didn’t think it was a uti a couple weeks ago because he could have been stressed and I had bought a diffuser and was working but ran out and never got a refil coz it seemed to work. So I talked to my mother in law and she and my father in law agreed to help because I was going to do a couple errands last Thursday so I called our vet and got our cat in. (My in laws help sometimes cuz I don’t have my license and can’t drive or have a car cuz of disabilities and $. My father In law came a long to help carry our cat cuz he is hefty-not fat but heavy-muscly) At the vet they said he had some urine in his bladder(he was straining also at home) and she expressed his bladder and did a test and saw some blood in his urine and said he has uti and gave antibiotic shot. She also send out a urinalysis and that came back the next morning as positive for crystals. I also got take home antibiotic for 7 days orally(liquid). The vet said I can get RX good C/D and that would get rid of the crystals. I talked to my husband about this but he wasn’t sure he had enough $ yet so we’d have to wait til he got paid this thursday. (My mother in law helped pay fir vet visit with care credit but doesn’t have any more to help) So bring our cat has been on the antiobiotics since Friday and seemed like he was getting better cuz we got him urinary tract wet food at the pet store Saturday and he was drinking water a little here and there but then the past couple days he hadn’t drank or ate at all and is straining Togo pee and no poo obviously cuz he has t eaten.  It did manage to order the RX food but won’t be here till wednesday/Thursday??? And Thursday is his last antiobiotic day. So should we wait it out and see if he eats the RX food? Not sure if we can go back to the vet. Cuz we have no $ for invasive tests like catheter and ultrasounds.


Patty
November 7, 2019

I lost my Duke one year ago to kidney failure. He was only 5 years old. I blame myself because I didn't expect him to die, and I would do things differently if I had the chance. My Duke gave me plenty of warnings the first time he was sick. He layed by his bowl. Hung out in the kitty litter but he still seems still happy and purred etc. I thought he was being greedy with the water bowl and food..But he got worse and started getting lethargic. I had never heard of the bladder blockage. He ate both dry and wet food but he was a big eater. I started looking up the symptoms and they matched perfectly with bladder blockage. I got him in right away and the vet kept him for 2 days and did unblock him there. I was told to feed him this particular food which Duke wouldn't eat so I got a really high quality grass feed wet cat food. He was ok for a year then got an infection of the bladder. He never seemed 100% but did seem somewhat better after getting an antibiotic  recovered a bit and then he dropped weight really fast till he was almost a skeleton. It was fast!! He wasn't as frisky as usually but no signs this time like before. I didn't notice the weight drop at first because my cat was really furry...thick really long fluffy hair. I was petting him and I felt bones. At the time I was caring for a litter of kittens and since it happened so fast I missed it. He was beautiful..full of personality and then I lost him. ..anyways he died within a week of the diagnosis of kidney failure. I was putting fluids under his skin but it wasn't enough. I ordered some supplement that could have bought him some time and there was a mix up and they never shipped them. I was told not to feel bad by the vet because some male cats get this over and over. I was never given the option to have the surgery to open that area. We are still all heartbroken. We always had healthy cats who lived a long time. We weren't prepared for this. I wish I did many thing differently. He died in my arms naturally. He kissed me four times before he died. I am on a fixed income and it is heartbreaking to think If I had more money they would have presented me with more options. I think the vet treated the situation different because I didn't have money and didn't provide other options.


Cassandra
October 21, 2019

Today my cat passed after getting reblocked yesterday (Sunday) the vet said to bring him in this morning but when I woke up at 3:45 I noticed he was struggling to breath. Took him into the emergency room and they were unable to stabilize him. He passed because his potassium levels were so elevated. It happened within a few hours. This disease sucks and I wish it on no cat owner, now I have to spend my first night with Onyx in 3 years! I’m warning all my friends and family with male cats to switch to wet food and to check for the signs.


Terry
October 16, 2019

My 21 year old cat was diagnosed after abdominal ultrasound with a growth in her bladder, near her urethra. Not clear whether it's cancer. Also growths on pancreas and liver, enlarged lymph nodes. Strains to urinate and defecate. I'm not seeing any blood. She doesn't seem to be in pain, but she is senile and blind. She doesn't sleep much, walks around a lot, eats and drinks. She does smell bad. Is it time to euthanize her? I'm struggling with this. Her vet thinks that at her age it doesn't pay to try to treat her, just keep her comfortable until I make the decision.


Penny
October 14, 2019

I had to put down my beautiful  cat Alfie today after having a blocked bladder on the 19th of August.  Was unlocked by emergency vets and after 4 days came home . Lots of problems followed and numerous  trips to the vets and different drugs ,he finally  lost his will to live stopped eating and drinking and vet said his kidneys  were failing . I am writing this in tears ,just wanted to share this with cat lovers who understand.


Bryce
October 7, 2019

My cat Trucks (5 years old) recently got blocked up. Last weekend actually. I didn't really know what it was but he took little tiny pees on all my stuff and wasn't producing much. He's a quiet cat and he really didn't show any signs of sickness but I also knew he wouldn't pee on my things unless he suffered a massive head trauma or something was wrong. I took him to the emergency vet because they were the only ones open. His bladder was firm like a rock and when i squeezed it he yelled in my face so I knew something was up. The vet said he was blocked and needed a catheter right away to drain his bladder. 1000$ bucks later and we were back home later that day. By the next morning I noticed that he still hadn't peed so I did more research into this dilemma and realized that this is no simple problem. I took him back to the vet and they said that it would be another 3000$ to keep in the hospital for 3 days with a catheter and 24/7 monitoring. We're pretty poor so we decided to euthanize him but then my heart was being wrenched into a million pieces and when we were saying goodbye we got a phone call that someone would lend us the money. We ran into the back and stopped the euthanasia less than a minute before they administered it. Told them to treat him. 3000$ later and they called us 3 days later to tell us that he was still blocked up. We called a family member who works at a vet clinic about 3 hours away and told her that we needed them to take Trucks. I drove him to the clinic and he spent another 4 days there. Within 5 minutes the vet there saw a bladder stone on the x-ray that was taken at the first clinic we went to. She dislodged the stone and kept him around until he started peeing again. She gave him medication to dissolve the stone and he started peeing on his own again. It's been a week since he's been home and he's peeing on his own, good solid streams with no straining. He's still pretty dopey and he just pissed on my couch but he seems to be feeling better. Here's my advice. Don't get them unblocked and then sent home, go for the full treatment. We're almost 5000$ into something that the final vet fixed for 1200$. We spent 3800$ on vet bills that were essentially just pissing in the wind, throwing mud at the wall and seeing what would stick. Get a good vet before you have an emergency. Feed your cat wet food and keep a moving water drinking fountain around for them. If your cat isn't peeing then feel their bladder, if it's hard or full then go to whatever vet you can right away. The initial visit is what? 85$? The sooner you know the better your odds are. Just don't ignore the signs and act asap.


Jenia
October 7, 2019

I am going through this nightmare now with my sweet orange tabby George. He’s a stray that adopted me a year ago and got blocked last week. He spent 48 hours in hospital and came home. Today he blocked again. I have made the difficult decision to euthanize him and it breaks my heart.


Lo
October 1, 2019

Many years ago my 8 year old male cat was treated for blockage.  We were told diet is a major reason for this disease as dry cat food is junkfood.  Cats need protein and so a wet-food only diet was prescribed.  Our cat lived another 8 years with no issues.  We now have kittens and have learned form this experience and only feed them wet food.  Never dry.


Misty
September 28, 2019

We just had our 2 yr old cat unblocked about 3 weeks ago and he has his check up on Monday he spent two nights in the vet and they sent him home we gave him all his meds and now tonight I’m seeing light blood spots now but every since he’s been home he has constantly went to the litter box or towels I have and just been tiny spots I feel they didn’t do something right or something it’s cost me already 800 for one visit all his labs were good they said so why is this happening I’m so frustrated now


Yasmine
September 26, 2019

My cat was blocked but he seems to have recovered after much treatment. However he has begun leaking pee everywhere he goes. We are wondering what the cause is and how to fix it. Thanks


Dana
September 23, 2019

We just went through this experience with my cat, Colt (6 years old).  About a month and a half ago, we came home to throw-up everywhere and he was nowhere to be found.  We finally found him under the bed and rushed him up to the vet.  5 days and $5000 later, we took him home.  His urine stream never returned to normal - It was always just a drip. We did everything recommended to try to manage this disease, but nothing was working.  We took him to our vet for an ultrasound, which stressed him out terribly. Sure enough, he blocked again that night.  The vet was able to unblock him this time around, and we made the decision to do the PU surgery. We never got the chance.  Colt's catheter came loose, and the vet went to adjust it, and his bladder ruptured.  The vet said that even if they did repair it, his bladder was in such rough shape that he couldn't guarantee Colt would have any type of life that didn't include immense pain.  We made the impossible decision to let him go, but the decision was heart breaking, and it still is.  The amount of guilt and second-guessing is unbearable - he was my first pet.  How quickly things escalated is rather traumatizing, and I was definitely not mentally prepared for this outcome. The constant, "what if I would have done this instead" is exhausting, and I have been searching the internet for answers, but this article makes me feel as though I'm not alone.


Kylee
September 7, 2019

My Rebel Had this, He sadly Passed away last week on 30th August here in New Zealand. I really Wish I had of known about this Sooner. He was 10 and Half Years old. Much Loved Fluffy Male Cat. He became in Huge amount of Pain, Wish I had of Acted Sooner. Tried to Unblock is Bladder, but his Bladder Rupted. The Kindest thing was to Prolong his Suffering. He was in Terrible Pain. He Passed away, before he could be put to Sleep. I believe he knew his time was Ending. Thanks for such a Very Important Issue. Will be Sharing. That People know of this Problem.


Danielle
August 29, 2019

I just lost my 7 year old cat Arlo on Monday. He was a super healthy boy and never once in his life had any health or medical issues. Sunday morning, I heard him vomiting a bit, but I had just been away on vacation for. week with my neighbour checking in on him two times a day, but I still think this stressed him out as we were extremely close. The vomiting continued off and on throughout the day and he was crying a weird howl. By Sunday night he was very weak. I wasn't sure what to think as he has never been sick like this before and I thought he may have just eaten something bad. I rushed him to the vet first thing Monday morning and the vet said she was hopeful she could unblock him and save him. Four hours later she called me and said she is so sorry but he must have been blocked for days and just not shown symptoms until Sunday as his kidneys and heart were now compromised. He developed clots in his lungs and there was no other option but to euthanize him. I was hysterical. Arlo was my best friend and I would have done anything (above and beyond the $1,500 I spent trying to save his life). I can't help but blame myself for not taking his vomiting more serious and rush him to the emergency vet sooner. I'm completely devastated and full of regret and loss.


Cindy
August 28, 2019

I am devastated. The sweetest little soul to come into my life is gone, by my decision because of this awful disease. I noticed he was constantly licking himself, I emptied his litter box and there was no pee clumps. This went on a coupe of days, The I called my vet and was told he was blocked, rushed him to emergency clinic. $2000 dollars later I bring him home. He never peed in 4 days. They told me they’d repeat the procedure ( another $2000. No guarantees this wouldn’t reblock. Then there would be surgery, $4000. I had to put the first one on a line of credit. Between his suffering and the tremendous cost, we made the decision to put him to rest. My heart is aching. I feel on one hand it was the only thing we could have done, but the void, and the guilt is eating at me. I loved my “Littles” so much. I tried to get insurance to help with the cost. They told me “pre-existing” condition” so No luck there. I wish someone would warn about this and maybe how to prevent it. I’ve never heard of this horrible thing until it happened to Littles. I hope people read this forum, and that it will help another precious kitty down the road.


Hannah
August 27, 2019

I’m dealing with this all right now too. My 3 year old Ra is completely blocked. He had an infection earlier this month and seemed to be all better after the anti biotics they had him on but all of a sudden yesterday he was exhibiting all of the symptoms of a blockage. Vet confirmed yesterday afternoon. I can’t afford surgery or even half of it since they won’t allow me to make payments on the bill otherwise I would do whatever it took. I don’t really know what I’m suppose to do as my only realistic option would be euthanasia. I’m so broken up about it. I feel like I should figure out a way to help him get better but what would I do if it came back? I never even knew this could be a issue.


David
August 26, 2019

I lost my Toby to a urinary blockage on August 24. He was an orange tabby that I adopted 14 months ago at an estimated age of 13. My previous cat lived to be 19 and I always fed her canned food. I was quite shocked when Toby wouldn't eat it, only the dry food I'd left out for her as a snack. I figured he was too old to change his ways, so I let it go. Had I known about this terrible possibility, I would certainly have done my best to make him eat canned food. As luck would have it, I noticed the blockage on a Saturday evening and had to take him to a 24-hour emergency vet. They presented me with two options: remove the blockage for $1,000 or perform surgery for $4,000. The vet was no help at all, standing stone-faced while I stared at the numbers in shock. He did not sound optimistic about the prognosis for either option, reminding me of Toby's age and the high probability of a recurrence. He did not mention euthanasia until I asked if I should consider it. He said he would certainly understand if I chose that course. His demeanor softened a bit as he said that, and I took it as a signal that it was what he would have suggested if there weren't some stupid reason preventing him from doing so. So, I made one of the hardest decisions of my life and chose to euthanize Mr. Tobes while he still had only good memories of our time together. I had a gut feeling that things were more likely to go wrong than right if I chose to try and save him at that age. I've learned the hard way over the years that I should trust my gut. My mind tells me I made the right decision for me and Toby, but I feel such tremendous guilt that I've been searching the net for the past two nights, seeking some sort of validation for my decision. I also feel a burning anger at myself for not knowing about this and not trying to change his diet. I'll miss being able to admire his ringed tail twitching contentedly while he sits on the arm of my lounger as we watch TV together. That and many other things. I sympathize with everyone who has posted here and hope and pray that there are many more happy outcomes than sad ones at the end of this road.


Christa
August 20, 2019

Kay, I know how you feel. I had the exact same story with my 6 year old indoor/outdoor boy. He only consistently ate dry food. If I had known, I would have insisted on the wet food. I can't believe I never heard about this. It's been 7 months and I still beat myself up over this.


Kay
August 15, 2019

My incredible 1 1/2 year old cat was indoor/outdoor.  I had tried feeding him wet food when he first came to me as a stray and he wouldn't eat it so he's always had dry food. He always had access to fresh water and he loved to play in the bowl and watch the bubbles so I don't think it was an issue with water. If I known the dry food could have been an issue I would have only offered wet food...He would have gotten hungry enough and eaten it I'm sure. Anyway, one night he seemed a little listless but not even enough to notice... Only in retrospect do I realize it. The next night he vomited but seemed fine after and I didn't think anything of it because he's coughed up hairballs before.  He seemed to come and go out of his litter box normally. 12 hours later he was hiding and wouldn't eat or drink and I got him to the vet that day. He never showed any of the other signs that are listed. Our vets could not unblock him and with what they saw on the ultrasound it seemed the best thing to do was to let him go.  Until this happened to me, I had never heard of anything like this. I can't believe that with this being such a common occurrence that veterinarians don't warn us of this when we take our vets in for their yearly check-ups. If I had had even the slightest idea that this could have happened I would have been on the watch out for it at all times and would not have shrugged off a vomiting episode as just a hairball and my baby might still be with me.  Feeling so guilty, angry, and sad.


Donna
July 25, 2019

Fred has a blockage Monday night, but fortunately let me know in no uncertain terms that he was in rough shape. Emergency vet catheterized him, and he stayed at my vet for 2 nights. He was peeing some, but wouldn’t eat for them. Got him home this afternoon, and he ate, but has thrown it up. Seems happy to be here, purring and loving, but dribbling everywhere, and licking himself a lot (penis showing). I can see he’s having some spasms. A few questions: how long will he keep dribbling? Is that a bad sign or is it common? Can he be given anything for spasms? Other than c/d type food, is there anything else I can give him to prevent future occurrences?


Mika
July 21, 2019

My cat Monarch is still healing from this issue, he was in the vet for 5 days.. he’s much happier,, but now he is peeing on me!! Wth? Not sure if this is a weird way of showing gratitude and marking... anyone else deal with this?


Christa
July 9, 2019

Julie, I'm sorry for what you're going through. It sounds very similar to my story with my Monkey, also a very special kitty to me. I feel you did the right thing under the circumstances, but I know how you feel about second guessing yourself. I still do this after having to euthanize Monkey the end of January, only 6 1/2 years old and the picture of health up to that point. Like you, I paid about the same and had to make some quick, difficult decisions at the end. But I still think about it every day and beat myself up over it.


Sabrina
July 6, 2019

Thank you for this article. It is the absolute worst. I am in the middle of this right now and have no idea what to do. My cat blocked completely Thursday which of course was a holiday. I got him into the vet yesterday and they kept him overnight. He came home late this morning with what they said was a medium bladder and was acting like his normal happy loving self. But he still hasn’t produced any urine, He has been going to the litter boxes and nothing. Tomorrow is Sunday but I can’t afford the cost of an emergency clinic. I filled up my CareCredit card between his visit to the cardiologist for heart murmur and high blood pressure and then the bill from the vet today. It is so frustrating. He is almost 14 years old but when I saw his happy grateful personality shine through briefly this morning I don’t think I can bear to euthanize him.


Teri Ann Oursler, DVM
July 6, 2019

Julie, You are NOT an uncaring monster!  Not at all!  You are a loving, grieving pet owner. Biggles had a horrible disease, you tried to treat, his body did not cooperate.  The vet was correct, he was likely to block again. I know how much making that decision hurt, but it was the right one for you and Biggles.  You did not let him go on suffering, and that is very important.  Biggles appreciates it; I appreciate it. It is so very difficult to lose our furry friends, whether they die a natural death, or we are forced to make the decision to euthanize. Please know, you did the right thing for your friend. Take care. And may each day help your heart to heal.


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
July 6, 2019

Dear Julie, You made the best choice for your Biggles under the circumstances.  Urinary blockages can often be recurrent, are always painful, and frustrating and often futile to treat.  You sound like a loving owner who made a hard and caring choice.


Julie
July 6, 2019

I put my amazing Biggles to sleep this morning because of this awful, awful condition.  I feel so guilty.  He was only 8.  He didn't have any problems until earlier this week and we missed the signs because he didn't show strongly. The vet later said he was very stoic about it but his bladder was bigger than an orange and he would likely have passed in the next 12 hours or so if we hadn't rushed him in.  They catheterized him (took the vet two hours) and kept him for two days.  When he got home he was constantly dribbling.  I took him back in where they manually expressed him. The next day they couldn't manage it.  I explained that we weren't going to cath him again and at that point they said they were going to anesthetize him and try to express him when he was totally relaxed.  Long story short, that night I had to transfer him to a 24 hour vet hospital and the next day they confirmed that he was blocked again.  The vet told me I had two choices, to cath and re hospitalize him or euthanize him. The bill was already over $4000.  We were looking at another $2500-$3500 to do the process again. I know he was in so much pain.  But I keep asking myself if it was temporary and if I gave up on him too soon.  I've always thought it was cruel to prolong an animal's life when the treatment was painful, expensive, and the prognosis wasn't good.  But this...  I don't know if I made the right decision.  He was a special animal and I doubt I'll ever have another who is quite so amazing, loving, quirky.  It hurts to think about and I can't stop crying.  A cat that is likely to reblock again (the vet said if it happens twice it's likely to happen again), $7000 vet bill, watching my buddy hobble around in incontinent pain, constantly liking himself...  My head says I made the right choice but my heart says I'm an uncaring monster.    


Lynn McCarthy
June 30, 2019

My Ollie is an 81/2 year old cat. 18 months ago I took him to an emergency vet and he had urinary crystals which had blocked him. Since then he has been in and out of his vets being sedated and his bladder emptied. He's been in a special prescription diet but to get.gim to eat it I was mixing with normal food which I now know was useless as the symptoms came back. Over these last 6 weeks the situation has for worse. He has been in 7 times to be sedated and emptied and his vet who is great and willing to try all sorts of meds rather than surgery is still the end of his is tether. We think Ollie is now just holding it in which is more in his head than anything sinister. He's eating normally and acting normal just not peeing. He's in hypovase dantrolene cystophan and also amytriptiline as well as a pain killer vetergesic everyday which is costing me a fortune. So does his bill is at £4000 and no insurance. Tonight I'm sitting here in a Sunday night and he hasn't peed since Thursday night. I'm at my wit's end and I know I'll be back first thing in the morning. Surgery looks imminent as Nothing else is working. God bless all you cat lovers out there. What we do for our furbabies x


Sbrown
June 23, 2019

Our cat Charlie was blocked this past week and spent 48 hours at the vet.  The put in a catheter to remove the blockage but his potassium levels were through the roof which affected his heart.  They almost lost him that first night but thankfully he made it through.  Once we got him home he would/will not leave the basement close to his litter.  He has been leaking urine for the past 4 days and he is eating very little.  He is drinking and I have to force feed him with a syringe. He is still quite swollen in the stomach area, the vet said he had water weight.  I'm guessing he is bloated and that is why he isn't eating much?  He dies purr and his personality seems to be slowly coming back.   However he is a very nervous cat who was terrified at the vet and required sedation so I do not want to bring him back.  The clinic was amazing but way too expensive costing close to $7000 for 48hrs.   Hiw long do they normally leak urine after this type of ordeal?  I don't want him to suffer anymore and it breaks my heart to think of putting him down,  he is only 3yrs old.


Christa
June 20, 2019

Kimburr, I saw your post and thought it made sense. I will say that when I rescued my Monkey, he was about 6 months, I had him neutered at about 7 to 8 months. He had developed a blockage at 6 1/2 years old and had a catheter put in 3 times in a week.It wrecked his kidney and I had to put him to sleep, sadly. I found out too late that his dry food diet was to blame. My vet thought there was a connection between indoor cats and blockages, but again, my kitty was indoor/ outdoor. I think he just did not drink enough water. I've learned a lot about this condition in the past few months since I had to let him go.


kimburr
June 15, 2019

I have 4 neutered male cats, 1 with several episodes of blockage requiring catheterization, 2 with FUS tendencies which I control with 250 mg of Vitamin C everyday and 1 with urine muffins that are, delightfully, the size of a baseball.  The difference, I believe, between the 3 FUS kitties and the other one, is that the FUS’s were juvenile neuters from rescue groups, and the other one came to me intact at about 5 months old.  I had him neutered the same week his hormones kicked in (pee changed from little smell to “clear the room” in one day).  I’ve read that when a male cat is allowed to reach sexual maturity, the hormones cause the urethra to enlarge in order for him to go around spraying copious amounts of urine.  When he is neutered as a juvenile, those urethra-expanding hormones never get a chance to work. It would be VERY INTERESTING to see someone do a study on the frequency of FUS cases in juvenile neuters vs cats neutered at or near sexual maturity.  BTW, I feed a nutritionally complete raw food diet to all my cats, so you can rule out bad food as a culprit.


Antonio
May 29, 2019

Thank you for the first comprehensive article on the subject. I really think uou have properly described the whole ordeal. My cat had surgery, and a couple of years after, we still deal with the effects. It has improved, though. The diet is important, and the most important thing; it's physical, not behavioral, so I can deal with it better.


Azure
May 27, 2019

I came home from work Thursday to find my 5-year-old cat Robin crying and straining to urinate. I'm familiar with urinary blockages in cats as we have had two others suffer this. Rushed him to the vet where the estimate for treatment was between 1200 and 1900. He's been at the vet for 4 days. They removed the catheter last night but he has reblocked. He's refusing all food and if this doesn't work... I'll be forced to have him put down as I've already spent more than I can afford. The last time I took a male cat in with this condition it was $700 (5 years ago). The increase in cost is going to cost many cats lives as no one can afford treatment.


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
May 28, 2019

Hi Sue, Unfortunately, it's not really possible for any of us to give you an opinion on your cat since we can't see her.  However, even constipation can be a serious issue in cats, so I'd strongly recommend you take her to your vet as soon as possible. Best, Christy


Sue
May 27, 2019

My cat seems to be constipated. Peeing but hasn't poo'd in 24h. I had her on a dry food diet but since have switched and have given her wet food and going to give her some mixed with miralax and pumpkin, and try to manually express her bladder after that. No lethargy or cries of distress, still has an appetite, growls a little when I examine her bladder. No blood in pee. No inflammation of genetalia. It really sounds and feels like constipation to me but I'd like a second opinion please.


Rebecca Dunn
May 27, 2019

Its with a heavy heart I took the decision to watch my little dude pass away in my arms yesterday. Had it’s just been the stage 2 kidney disease and liver issue we could have easily got another 2-3 years with the right care. However after 11 days in veterinary care for a urine infection even with being referred to a specialist there was still no answers. Medication was not working and there was no guarantee that a perineal operation would successfully solve the issue. He had some sort of blockage but a cafita could easily be placed. He had a blockage but they couldn’t find it. They believe he had some sort of spasm stopping him from being able to urinate. It wasn’t an easy decision but the vets agreed there was no guarantee the operation would work and chances where it wouldn’t. Such a short life at just 4 years old and sudden thing. He went in the vets with a urine infection, no blockage found sent home. Back home and then into emergency vets as still not urinating. Over night stays with a cafita, antibiotics and inflammatory medication. Back home back in vets back home referred to a specialist. They tried drugs to loosen his urethra but nothing During this whole time he was happy and not stressed which ultimately has made this worse for me. Whilst with the specialist they diagnosed stage 2 kidney disease. Possible liver issues and signs of amenia but believed all that could be managed if we could sort the urine issues. Sadly cafita came out as he was active and ran the risk of pulling it out. Still could not urinate so they put it back in. Discussions of perineal surgery however as they where still non the wiser ref where the blockage was they couldn’t guarantee the opp would work. Our bill was sat at £5,000 and the operation looked to take is to the £10,000 mark with still no guarantee it would work. They think it was a spasm somewhere stopping him but still could not be sure. Two vets one specialist all said the same this was a strange case with no answers. I feel gutted having been the one to weigh up all the options to decide his life. Worse by the feeling of money was no object we would have took the risk of the opp to try one last thing. How far do you go. When is enough is enough. This is killing me right now.


Robin
May 26, 2019

Get cat off dry food immed. Even reputed excellent. or good quality.Wet canned food is exc.Change varieties, chicken more often, fish beef etc.Cooked chicken if you're not time poor. Added water or meaty drinks. Watee is key. Cats just don't match drinking water needed for dry kibble consumption is the trouble. Re-introduce some kibble later, small    amounts occasionally. With water in or meaty drink to follow.Some cats don't like a lot of water in.


JKuykendoll
May 26, 2019

Bear is on month 5 of healing after his PU. His blockage initially was so severe my local vet was unable to clear him. Our next trip was to a surgeon and Bear underwent the surgery. I was apprehensive about his urinating habits once he returned home and we had a few hiccups at first but once the ecollar came off and he was back on his regular routine all was well. I have 4 cats and all are now eating the urinary diet. I have no desire to go through this again if I can avoid it. Bear was close to death when I realized something was not right and had I not caught it the morning that I did by the time I got home from work he would have died. It is a painful agonizing issue for cats with blockages. I highly recommend the surgery. Make sure you go to a surgeon with lots of experience and many PUs under his belt. There are rookie mistakes to be made with not amputating the penis back far enough to where the urethra has a wider opening so if your cat continues to make stones they have a greater chance to pass and not block urine flow. Just my experience and two cents worth...


Laurena
May 25, 2019

My daughters male cat just went thru this two days ago. The vet kept him overnight and sent him home with her the next day with a catheter still in and an IV plug in his front leg. He has a cone so that he can not lick the area and the catheter seems to be draining, but he is very uncomfortable and growling. I can understand the irritation as it is probably very painful to him. My concern is this normal for the vet to send him home like this? I'm worried that we may be making him worse. What things should I be watching out for? He wont be going back to the vet again until Tuesday.


Samantha
May 22, 2019

Hello,  I am experiencing this issue with my cat I've had for 3 years now. This is the worse thing I've ever seen. I'm wondering, after "unblock" and discharge how soon can they get blocked again? I took my cat in for unblock and rushed him to ER within 2 days later. Is this normal? :( It is now the second attempt and he has been hospitalized for 4 days. I'm really hoping he will be able to recover and that a PU isn't necessary! Any advice would be wonderful. Thank you!


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
May 20, 2019

Hi Linda, If you haven't already taken him in, it sounds like he needs to go back to your veterinarian right away.  They may need to discuss further options with you.


Linda
May 19, 2019

How often can the cat have a catheter put in had my car twice in 4 days 2 days and then one day flush peeing very little and swollen penis what can I do


Christa
May 17, 2019

Agnes K., how is Rio doing? Your comment struck a chord with me. Sounds like you went through similar things with your kitty. I am hoping your story has a happy ending, as mine didn't.


Kim
May 14, 2019

We just dealt with this with our boy, 2.  Monday night, he was eating fine, but we noticed him straining to use the litter box.  By Tuesday morning, he was lethargic, had zero interest in breakfast (which is a huge deal for him because he's so food driven), and wouldn't stop licking his bottom.  We took him to the emergency vet, and thankfully, we caught it super early.  No blood, no bacteria, no kidney damage.  They cathed and unblocked him, he came home the next day on c/d diet.  He doesn't really like this food - he tries to sneak away and steal his sisters, so at least I know he's hungry.  We're just keeping our fingers cross that we clear the first two weeks without any issues.


Jan
May 5, 2019

Max and Molly are rescued brother and sister at four months,.  At age five the stones and blockages started.  Molly had a large stone surgically removed from her bladder and at age 11 has not had a recurrence.  Max however is recurrent.  The last time he was not there in the morning to wake me and I knew why!  Found him hiding in the basement, in pain and eyes large with fright!  Two hours before vet was to open.  Dashed there with him first thing.  Was unblocked with catheter and was in intensive care for three days!  Vet told me he was two hours away from total kidney shutdown.  He was very caring and called me three times a day with updates.  They are both on wet and dry CD but thinking now I need to eliminate the dry?  Molly has gained a lot of weight!  Her operation cost $1300, and it was $1500 for Max.  The food is not cheap either. Max has recently had two instances of constipation with pain and vomiting.  Vet says urinary blockages and constipation often go hand in hand!  Maybe stopping the dry prescribed food will help stop this and help Molly lose weight.


Agnes K
April 26, 2019

The title of this article really nails my experience! Our 6 year old cat, Rio had PU surgery in February 2019. We are located in Ontario, Canada. The entire experience cost $7,000. It started a few months prior, two prior vet visit... the last of which confirmed bladder stones in the urine and antibiotics were given. We truly believed we were in the clear; however, in Feb 2019 at 4am Rio started howling. We took him to a 24 hour vet, who catheterized and unblocked him; after 3 times of being blocked and unblocked PU surgery was the only option. Writing this in April 2019, Rio is definitely unblocked, but he is still not 100% himself. Not sure if it's some sort of mental trauma from the 1 week stay at the vet, then ordeal with the surgery. (Rio is naturally a anxious/stressed cat) A week ago, we found a few drops of urine around the litter box, had urine/culture test come back with lots of blood, but no infection. Possible FLUTD is suspected (OR highly unlikely a stone/cancer); we have been told to simply monitor him and if the drops of blood continue an ultra sound is the next step, which will cost another 500$ or so. We are trying to create a stress free environment for now and we wait... this experience has been a complete nightmare for my family and I. Rio is traumatized and it might not even be the end of the road. Please send positive vibes. 


Heidi
April 17, 2019

My sweet Frack had a urinary blockage when he was 2, three years ago.  He threw up C/D so vet had him try I/D.  He half eats I/d and his brother and sister eat Fromm dry Fish which he steals regularly.  He had another blockage and doesn't want to eat C/D still.  2300 dollars and counting, we couldn't afford an extra 4000 for PU surgery right now.  Vet put him on relaxants and Prozac, no urinary crystals or bacteria found.  They think this might be stress.  Sigh. His brother is twice  his size and a fat macho but adorable ass, his adoptive sister is 14 years old and won't put up with his playfulness.  I think I can keep him calm if I don't get sleep half the night but I don't know what to feed him. All the cats are going on a wet diet as of today.  The vet knows only Prescription C/d and S/o too bad if they don't like it.


Ellen Mainwaring
April 15, 2019

I just put my senior cat down today with this.  My only regret is that he had to suffer with pain.  He had bathroom issues the entire time I had him (found outside in a rainstorm and rescued by my sister in law who I stole him from).  This piece gives me such peace of mind that I did the right thing for him...  He was well loved.  RIP my Kramer.  Mama loves you forever and a day.


Donnica Turner
April 7, 2019

My cat John who I call "Bubs" is in the hospital with a complete obstruction right now. We are low income but found a wonderful vet here in Orlando, DMy cat John who I call "Bubs" is in the hospital with a complete obstruction right now. We are low income bur.Shah who helped us to save his life. He was fine one day and the next im distress when I noticed him straining to urinate and nothing coming out. He is very Ill. I have had him since the day he was born and bottle fed him back to life for 8 weeks. He is truly one of my babies. I love him like I love my own two little human girls. A a Mom any condition this deadly terrifies me. I hope and pray that science can bring answers to this condition. Thank you for this article and I pray anyone who has this happening with their cat can find help to save their cat and prevent them from dying a terrible suffering death! Please keep Bubs and all cats currently blocked in your prayers. I'm terrified Bubs will get blocked again. However I will follow wll this tips and Bubs is now on a vet rx food. She will give us the food when we pick him up!


Elizabeth Gunter
April 4, 2019

My cat had this happen last week. He was totally blocked and he is only 2. I took him to the emergency vet and paid $1000 to have him unblocked. A couple of days later I followed up with my cat’s regular vet. She said if he starts to have issues again and she will preform the PU surgery which only costs $900 and permantly fixes the problem. They only drawback is that he may get urinary trade infections from time to time which are easily trateable with antibodies. She believes because he is so young and was already on urinary tract special food he problem has a problem with this urethra. She mentioned that the new thinking is that male cats get fixed to early so the urethra isn’t always fully formed thus making it easy to clog and not fully empty. Hope this is helpful to anyone going through the same thing.


Melissa Britton
March 30, 2019

My cat Alfie, an orange Tom, nearly died of this last year. I had no idea what was happening but noticed he was licking his groin a lot & was eating less. One afternoon I couldn't find him, then heard this horrific vocalizing from under the couch. I gently pulled him out and he was completely limp, no muscles at all. I put him in a carrier & flew to the vets... I swear he died on the way but I brought him back by begging & nuzzling. Anyway, they took him straight back and I found out they put a catheter in which produced "tons of urine." They said his block was crystals & mucus. They broke it up & he was stable so they sent me home because I was hysterical. They kept him 3 days, until he was drinking, eating & peeing on his own. They left me with an ominoud warning: this may be the only time this happens, but it could reblock right away & that means it will be chronic. Knock wood, so far no problems (except now he is pooping outside the 7 litterboxes-for 3 cats-for the first time ever.) I am paranoid now! His first treatment cost $1200.00, which I had to get through a crowdfunding site. So, I just pray he's one of the lucky ones that never gets it again. Thank you so much for this article, first I've ever seen on this extremely traumatic issue. Reading the responses, I don't feel so alone.


Joy
March 12, 2019

Urinary Blockage:Eliminate all dry food! Add a bit of water to the canned food,have clean water in several places around the house. I've read numerous articles about Dry Food causing blockages in cats.It's not natural for any animal. It was created for our convenience & they add a coating to it so animals get addicted! Many cats that eat dry food are over weight.Our animals were never meant to be FAT!It causes inflammation,it's hard on there joints & predisposes them to Diabetes & other disease There's a website for cats with diabetes. I've seen cats go into remission when they were taken off ALL dry food.No one wants to talk about their animals being overweight.Maybe because so many people are also? You are killing them with FOOD & the wrong kind!


Estelle dos Santos
March 11, 2019

Our beloved kitty just turned up at our door at approximately 2 years of age looking for a home. We found out that he had already been neutered, upon taking him to the vet for a first check-up. A few months after he arrived, he showed some of the symptoms described here, which resulted in him having to be surgically unblocked and he spent 2 days at the clinic. Our vet recommended a special diet and warned against feeding him commercial type pellets. Coincidentally or not, he only had to be unblocked a further 3 times during the following 16 years of his life and he died at the ripe old age of approximately 18. I still miss him terribly and I am so grateful he chose to come and live with us and in spite of his condition, I feel confident we were able to provide him with a caring and comfortable life. It is a pity though that this medical condition exists at all.


Robert
March 4, 2019

There is little that can compare to the horrific events you and your cat will endure from a urinary blocked cat. Taz was my very rare male calico, tab-a-co to be exact. Less than 3% of calicos are male and of them less than 1% are tab-a-cos, so I'm told. His symptoms of swollen bladder, constant crying, licking, no appetite, wouldn't drink, no energy can on so quickly. The first vet diagnosed him correctly. However, 3 temporary catheters later, $700+ bill, said he wasn't qualified to perform the $1,500 dollar surgery (ask upfront if your vet can before allowing treatment, wished I had known). After 5 days he advised to put him down or take him to a specialist, which I did after paying the bill I still feel was improper. I reserve further comment! I used all my credit , savings and robbed the piggy bank fo emergency surgery, that I don't regret. I was told due to the delay, his chances were less than 30%, note: don't delay prompt response and help from a vet specialist with feline blockage issues. I brought him home 3days post op, unfortunately too much damage to kidneys and toxic shock resulted in a trip back less than 24 hours. Without any additional charges, the ultimate choice was done. The specialist was by far the most professional I've ever dealt with, I won't comment about the first vet though, other than time is life critical along with financially too. I struggled hours for satisfaction I'd done my best with my best friends final place of rest. It's unknown the cause why some neutered males suffer from this problem, it's not anything you can prevent, even the best care won't guarantee favorable outcome. Don't hesitate to seek immediant evaluation. Be prepared for a difficult and expensive journey with unknown results.


Christa
February 28, 2019

Larry, I saw your comment and it reminds me of what I went through with my cat Monkey, also 6 1/2 like your Taz. This all started about the third week of January. Monkey seemed to be sleeping more, but other than that, nothing. He is also indoor/outdoor. One afternoon I went to let him in but he wasn't there like I expected. I checked again about half hour later and he came in and went straight upstairs and laid down. Very unusual that he didn't even eat anything. I went to check on him and he looked bad, in pain. I felt his stomach and felt a lump, when I touched it he yowled. I had to leave to work, and it was too late to call in sick, so I left him. I worried about him all night as I worked the overnight shift. When I got home in the morning, I rushed to find him, looking worse than ever and in obvious pain. I took him to my vet. They said it was urinary blockage. He had catheter put in, but his kidney function was bad, so he was on fluids. Long story short, he was there for a week. Took him home after a second catheter, and he still couldn't pee. Took him to ER vet on weekend, they put a third catheter in and the following Monday morning I took him to specialist to get the PU surgery. On Tuesday, they told me he had bigger problems because one of his ureters was blocked and his one kidney was failing. He would need a special SUB surgery that they could only do at a university hospital 2 hours away.  Vet said they could try to put a stent inc but less than 10% chance it would be successful. And if have to pay another $4,000 on top of the $4,000 I'd already paid for three different vets. On top of everything, he was struggling to breathe, sounded like he had an upper respiratory infection. There were no guarantees and lots of possible complications and no one was optimistic. So on Jan. 29th, I decided to put my sweet boy to sleep. I know this was all so stressful on him and I didn't think he would be able to handle much more. But it was a horrible decision to make and I feel like I let him down. Anyway, just wanted to let you and everyone else know, you're not alone. This is a horrible condition that I didn't think would be a big deal. I'm an RN , and people have catheters all the time, and I really thought it would be a quick easy fix. Little did I know... I hope everything is ok with Taz, if you could update if you see this, that would need great.


Tess
February 13, 2019

When my cat Sid was 3 years old, he had started peeing blood. I knew it must be something serious and took him to the vet. From an x-ray it was seen that he had 3 bladder stones, and they were lined up at the opening of his urethra. They recommended surgery to remove the stones, and I had it done. He recovered well, and was then put on a special diet to prevent him from building up struvite crystals in his urine. The stones never came back, and he lived another 12 years. This happened in 2001, so it was that long ago that the surgery was recommended. There may be other treatments now, but back then, this did work.


Larry
February 12, 2019

I'm currently going through this with my 6 1/2 year old Taz and I’m a wreck because I don't know what to do, or think. He started acting funny last week on Wednesday, when I awoke there was a little throw-up and wasn’t eating much, but nothing else. The next day morning he didn’t eat and was keeping to himself, but since he’s an indoor outdoor cat, I thought he ate something funny and just had an upset stomach. He didn’t come in that night and the next morning (Friday) I found him outside and he didn't perk up when I came to him and was just laying there, so I brought him in to monitor him. After watching him a few hours he got worse, like he was sedated. So I called the vet and he said it sounded like a blocked cat so I brought him in. After a brief exam, he said he was blocked and would do the procedure and get some fluids in him but he was 50/50 to make it because he was basically unconscious. The vet called me several hours later and told me he unblocked him and would know more in morning if he’ll make it. The next day (Saturday) he called and said he was doing well but they wanted to keep him another day to make sure he’s okay. On Sunday morning they called to say he was doing great and for me to come get him. Sent me home with him with antibiotics and pain meds, and said to come by the next day to make sure he wasn’t re-blocking and could pee. I got him home but he was very weak and loopy, could barely move and had that 3rd eyelid showing. He limped to his water bowl and even though he had trouble positioning himself, he was at least drinking water, but wouldn’t eat or move much. I was dabbing up his leakage as I expected, but then later noticed he fully urinated and didn’t get up to move out of it. I cleaned him up and moved him to a dry spot, but this continued throughout the night and he didn’t improve. So the next morning (Monday) I brought him back to the vet who said he was extremely dehydrated and still toxic, so they were going to try and hydrate him and get him right. The next day (Tuesday) (4 days since procedure) and he’s shown little to no improvement and the doctor said I may have to make decision soon if he doesn’t improve in the next two days. I just don't know what to do. I'm heartbroken. Is this something he can come back from?  I’m already feeling guilt for not taken him in when first started seeing signs. Any help or feedback would be appreciated.


Tana Taylor
January 9, 2019

Why doesn't your article include information about PU (perineal urethrostomy) surgery as an option to treat?!!! Many people do not know about this and (unfortunately) look to the internet for advice (often even more so in urgent and emergency situations). Very disappointed this was not mentioned rather than only talking about repeated trips to vet to "unblock." Even though PU surgery is not a guarantee, it typically is more successful than repeated "unblocking" catheterization and associated hospital stays. If I had a cat who had blocked back to back or on multiple occasions over a longer period of time, I would certainly opt for the PU surgery. It seems like it is often a more wise and informed decision of money spent regarding this condition ... and usually with a much better long term outcome.


Candice
January 2, 2019

My sweet boy, Gandalf, a maine coon he would have been 10 in March was diagnosed with a urethral blockage in November. After being at the vet for 3 days he came home, but still did not seem well. After 2 days at home on anantibiotic i took him back to the vet who confirmed another blockage. He was then hospitalized again for another four days and seemed to be getting better.when i went to fetch him the vet said he was blocked again and they had to put him back on a drip and catheter. We discussed a ureteroscopy and a procedure to remove the stones from hia bladder. This was scheduled for the following Monday. The next day i went to see him (two days before op) and he was grumpy with laboured breathing. The vet said i shouldnt worry. The following day he was struggling to breath and fluid was seeping from his mouth. The vet said it was caused by stress and fluid build up on his lungs but he will be fine and they would still do the surgery the next day. Needless to say, my sweet sweet boy didn't make it through the night and died scared and alone. This breaks my heart, because when i suggested ending his suffering the vet told me there was still hope.


Tylor Wendt
January 2, 2019

My 1.5 year cat recently had a blockage removed, and even though he seems strong and healthy is still dribbling urine everywhere. Can anyone shed light on this.Is it possible for his urethra to have stretched too much during surgery?


Brenda
January 2, 2019

Mike was only 1 year and half old. He was taken into an emergency hospital a week before Christmas. My son spent $2200 to unblock and hospitaize Mike. He reblocked and stopped eating. He seemed okay for a few days I think to make us feel better. On New Year's eve we took Mike to our vet and they said he was re-blocked and suffering from kidney failure and that his bladder would rupture and he couldn't handle anymore stress or pain to his body at his young age,  he was euthanized on New years eve and I miss him and feel overwhelmed with guilt for letting our vet end his life.


Amy
December 29, 2018

We just went through this over Christmas with our 1 year old male. Took him to the ER, and 4 days & $2400 later, have him home. BUT... he is constantly licking under his tail, and he is leaking urine. I don't know what to do. I cannot afford to take him back. He is on antibiotics, Valium, and another medication for another 5 days, and now we have to have him on the SO food. Any home remedy suggestions?


JJ
December 17, 2018

My enormous black-and-white has had his umpteenth blockage last night and had to take him to an new emergency vet clinic 40 minutes from our home. They wanted him to do  A $2000 3 day that stay in when I told them I can't afford that and needed a cheaper option she agreed to treat him while we were there. It was going to cost $350 we had to pay before we even left while he was being treated. We picked him up and hour and a 1/2 later and brought him home with a couple different medicines one for helping him P and 1 for pain. Tonight I  Get home from work and his backside is soaking wet and hes licking himself. It stinks really bad foo. has anybody else dealt with this??


Sherri Brawn
December 4, 2018

One of our 4 cats named "Chunkie" had to be rushed into surgery this morning for a complete blockage that the vet said was the size of a baseball! There was really no warning that this was happening as he was acting/eating normally when we went to bed last night. We woke up to some vomit on the floor, and he didn't want his breakfast... An hour later he started to meow very loud (almost screaming), and from there he went downhill very fast. By the time we got him to the vet an hour after that they only gave us time to decide whether or not to treat him, and ran to surgery with him. I just couldn't believe how close to death he was, and I am so grateful for our vet treating him as he is expected to make a full recovery. He will be in hospital for 3-4 days, and will have to be kept in one room in order to keep him "quiet" for 14 days....... Don't know what we would do without our Chunkie... :(


Vicki Patterson
November 3, 2018

Thank you for writing this. I really needed to read solid medical information that was delivered with a heart of empathy. I appriciate that so much now, as my darling sweet 3 year old orange boy is huddled in a corner, with what is likley another urinary blockage. This time we have seen blood. It is so hard to know what to do. Treatment is so expensive and stressful and no doubt painful, but I can not allow him to suffer. He is as much a member of our family as anyone, maybe even more so than some, and I've loved him and his brother since the first day he was born. I'm heartbroken!


Ann
October 14, 2018

My cat Chibby had a blockage.  He was severely dehydrated and also constipated, he was a butt scooter.He came out of the surgery fine, and came home.  Thats when the nightmare started.  He couldn't poop, I tried it ALL, fiber, stool softeners, and laxatives, and enemas.  He refused to drink water which made things worse.  I could get him to drink tuna water sometimes.  Thursday I took him back in, so constipated and uncomfortable, the dr had no answers or cure, so I had to let him go:(((  He was such a good boy that didn't deserve this awful condition.  The vet said it was a neurological disorder for which there isn't a cure.  Heart wrenching to say the least! I will always miss him, and will never understand why this had to happen to him


Lauren
October 18, 2018

My cat Brooklyn had bladder stones, the size of marbles, surgically removed 10-08-2018. She is on Clavomox, 2 times (every 12 hours). This is an antibiotic. The Vet also gave me pain medication to administer on an "As Needed" basis. Brooklyn was discharged 10-09-2018. She has been eating fine. She has been drinking water fine. She is urinating fine. Her urine is clean and looks great. However, Brooklyn has not had a bowel movement yet. When I spoke to the Vet 10-10-2018 regarding this issue, she indicated that the pain medication could be causing her to NOT have a bowel movement. She further explained that her system, to have a bowel movement, could take several days. She hasn't had a bowel movement in three days. I am very concerned. Therefore, I am calling the Vet, again, 10-11-2018, to ask her if I can give Brooklyn a tiny bit of Miralex to help Brooklyn have a bowel movement. I don't know if Brooklyn is truly constipated or if something else is brewing underneath that requires a Vet visit. Thank you


Teri Ann Oursler, DVM
September 25, 2018

Carol, Losing a pet is hard.  Very hard, regardless of the circumstances. Cats are very good at hiding their illnesses.  Bartolommeo obviously did it very well. Please forgive yourself for missing what can be subtle signs.  Bartolommeo would not want you to carry this forever.  Stuff happens to all of us.  All of us make mistakes we have to live with.  You are not alone in this! Sit back and remember the good times with your cat.  Remember how much love and happiness he brought into your life.  Focus on the good things, not the bad.  Let your good memories start to replace the guilt you are feeling now.  Carrying the guilt does not do anyone any good.  I know, I have been right where you are now. Please take care and know we are thinking of you as you travel this difficult road.


Carol
September 23, 2018

I am having such a difficult time over the loss of my 11 year old tuxedo cat Bartolommeo. He lived with his brother and Mother in my family room since he was born. He was never sick. When I got home from vacation on Saturday I noticed he was not his usual self in greeting me. Thought maybe he was mad that I i left for a week. Sunday he threw up. He was listless not drinking or eating. I took him to the vet first thing Monday morning. My vet said he a a blocked bladder. Took him to a specialty vet  one hour later. They inblockec him and I thought he would be okay. The vet said he not out of the woods yet. His possession level was high and his kidne’y were shutting down   He also was having heart arrhythmia. I am so devastated I keep blaming myself for not taking him on Sunday to the Emergecy room. My cat was my beloved cat. Why could they not save him. How could this happen so quickly. He showed no signs of a blocked bladder. Only when I held him he was in pain. Please help me to understand. This happen on Sept 14 and I can’t get over this. Please help. Thanks. Carol


Ramanda Evans
July 28, 2018

My cat Uh-Oh started having problems with being blocked May 8,2018.  It is now almost three months later.  My cat has been on antibiotics in the beginning,then he had a catheter in him for several days which totaled over $700.  I brought him home and three days later he was back in the hospital getting pu surgery.  That was on June 11, he has since had 2 more revsions because he keeps closing up.  Yesterday the vet decided to stretch him out and keep a big stint in him for two weeks instead of only 3-5 days.  My cat still has crystals and his infection has never really gone away.  I have spent over $2500 on my kitty, but i love him. Can anyone out there give me advice


Gigi
July 24, 2018

Hi Michelle, I'm really glad you asked me these questions! Please see my below responses and I hope this helps you out. Please note I am not vet just a regular person and all this information is what I have learned personally from my vet and educational resources available about Raw Fed Diets.  1. What raw food are you feeding? - I feed them a mix of raw muscle meat and organ meat. The muscle meats I choose between are : chicken breast, chicken thighs, ground chicken or turkey. The organ meats I use are chicken hearts and chicken liver. Technically because we are using Kitty Bloom as supplement livers and hearts are not required to be added to the muscle meat mixture as Kitty Bloom incorporates these in to their supplement. BUT my cats like variety so I will keep a side container of hearts and a livers on hand and add it on top of their raw food.  Note: You do have to add a calcium supplement to the Kitty Bloom other wise they will get calcium deficiencies. For calcium you can use a high grade bone meal, egg shells, or Kitty Bloom offers a calcium additive to for their products. There are also other raw food places like TCF that offer calcium. I keep the hearts whole and give them about one about every 2 days days in their raw food- They love the hearts. The nice thing about hearts is they are loaded with taurine  which is essential to a cats nutritional profile . Taurine is a water soluble vitamin so even if they are getting a little higher taurine levels due to the whole hearts their body will natural dissolve the the extra levels and just process it out through their pee. Livers however, I am more careful with and give them livers maybe twice during a week and bi-weekly. I am conservative on livers because 1. my cats do like them but they are messy. 2. To much liver in combination with the kitty bloom and hearts will give the cats to much vitamin A which can be toxic. So really I use the livers sparely and as special treat. Vitamin A is not broken down by the body or water soluble so high levels of vitamin A wont be processed out through your cats system like Taurine will be. One way you can tell if your cats are getting to much organ meat or vitamin A is that their poohs will look like tar and be kinda slimy ( I know that is gross, but hey its better than Vit A overload!) 2. Did your cats like wet food before?  - Yes, but one of my cats is a junk food addicted kitty and if given the choice would choose kibble over raw. In preparation for the transition to raw food, I mixed chicken broth or water in with their kibble and started giving them whole hearts as a treat. But over all my cats transitioned easily to the raw food. Steamed chicken mixed in with raw was also very helpful in getting them to eat what was in their dish during the transition.  3. I have 2 of mine that no matter what wet food I give them they don't like and interestingly enough, these 2 were on raw food as a kitten which was recently. - I have a cat that can be picky and a bit of food snob although he likes his raw food but he does know that if he acts standoffish enough he will be offered different options. One way I try to get him to eat the food he is offered is adding extra fish oil extra on top of his raw food,pouring a little bit chicken broth over the raw food. You can also mix in steamed unseasoned chicken breast or thigh meat, or throw a heart in there, seriously my cats are crazy for hearts.  Anyways I hope you found this helpful and good luck with your fur babies.


Robert Urban
July 4, 2018

I lost my closest companion in the whole world, Pikachu due to this yesterday. They could have done the surgery but it was going to cost $2000 and I applied for care credit but was declined. So I went with what I could afford and hoped it would work because they wouldnt do a payment plan. They drained his bladder. $200, pain meds and muscles relaxants / anti inflammatory pills. About 13 hours later he was gone. I have no information to help because it happend all so suddenly. All I can tell you is I am so heart broken right now. He was only 6 years old. My biggest issue is his twin brother won't stop calling and looking for him. They have never been Seperated since the day they were born. I'm afraid he is giving up on life now that Pikachu isnt around because he wont come out of their spot , eat or drink or use the box.


Michelle Mayer Haas
July 4, 2018

Gigi I am sorry to hear about your loss. I have 1 of my 5 cats with co stant urinary art issues. O recently got a kitten and he is actually on raw and kitty bloom with Avoderm mixed in.  What raw food are you feeding? Did your cats like wet food before? I have 2 of mine that no matter what wet food I give them they dont like and interestingly enough, these 2 were on raw food as a kitten which was recently. I think raw is the best way to go but I am just trying to figure out the best raw food. Glad to hear the kitty bloom is really great because I didn't find many reviews on that. Do you feed raw straight or mixed with other wet food? Any help would he greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Gigi
June 12, 2018

Hi everyone- I wanted to throw a suggestion out there to everyone who is dealing with a blocked cat or has lost a cat to this condition. After losing Darius I was mess but promised self I would do more to be a better pet owner. Darius is survived by his two brothers. I couldn't bare idea of loosing them too so I began to do we research on how I can be a better cat parent and provide them with the best nutrients and hydration as possible. So what did I do? Well in March I talked with my vet about switching my cats to a raw fed diet. The vet told me that was fine as long as I making sure their diet met the full nutritional profile and requirements needed for a healthy cat and that I should still included dry kibble as occasional feeding. Not mixed in with the raw but to keep kibble on hand for emergencies or a back up if i have run out of raw food. Its not necessary to keep kibble when a raw fed diet but my vet recommended it as they transitioned to raw feed. And sometimes the convenience of the dry kibble can be helpful. So I listened to the vet and decided that I would switch my cats to raw fed diet using Kitty Bloom as the premixed supplements to ensure they were getting everything they needed in their diet. Note the vet approved my supplement choice, I made sure i had the vet help me when choosing the supplement. Also the people at Kitty Bloom are amazing and so kind, they answered any & all of my questions even if i re asked the same question 10 times a different way they were patient and made me feel good about my choice. Honestly at first I was scared to switch their diet and second guessed my self on the decision every time I feed them. But now after a few months of watching and recording their health and taking them in for check ups I find that feeding them raw was and is the best thing I can do for them. Not only did I see an increase in their water consumption but they themselves felt better more alert and kitten like. Their coats got silky smooth an their shedding decreased by like 70 percent and I kid you not their turds were so much less smelly and a less amount of them. (This is because everything they are eating is being absorbed by their body and their diet contains no fillers like rice or corn that they cant digest easily or nutritionally do not need aka waste). Don't get me wrong they still poop daily and I still hate cleaning poop. But I am amazed at the benefits I have seen from the switch and am a true believer in you are what you eat but before the loss of Darius never had the foresight to apply that concept to my cats. Now I am not saying you have to switch your cat to raw food or that feeding them prescription or dry kibble is terrible and wrong. I just wanted to post my experience with something new that has produced wonderful results for me. Please do not judge me or hate on me for feeding raw I know its a conversational topic in the pet world, but when you watch your soul pet die you will are willing to explore any idea that will help prevent this from happening again. And with my Vets blessing to try the switch and his guidance through the process it was worth a shot to me. There are pre made made raw diets you can buy from Purina, or natural instinct and there are other supplements like TCF feline. But for me I found Kitty Bloom was the best, it met the nutritional profile needed for healthy cats and honestly cheaper and easier to prepare the other supplements and pre made raw pet food. If anyone would like to know more about my experience or has questions about the diet, how much it cost pros and cons literally anything you want to ask please respond to my post I will gladly share my experience with you and answer any questions I can. But most of all I will keep all your cats in my heart and send care that they will overcome their blockage and it will never return. Or if you have lost your pet already, I send you love and positive vibes your way as your heart heals. No one deserves to experience this situation and everyone's pet is special, sweet, and a blessing in this world. Pam- thank you so much for sharing your story and experience with me. It gives me peace of mind to know that in time my heart will heal and that like you it is okay to have bad days and just break down an cry for the loss of your soul pet. I wish you peace as your heart heals and send love your way for your loss.


Marine
May 27, 2018

Im so sorry to everyone who has lost a cat to this terrible, awful, horrendous condition. My baby boy, Typhoon is 4, not really a kitten but he is my youngest, he was born in my home,( i helped his mama, she had a long labor), he is very much like a dog in that he is usually never far from my side, fetches toys,catches them in midair, and comes when he is called. He was born at a very difficult time in my life, I had lost one of my oldest cats rk renal disease, and I was going through alcohol recovery. My Siamese, Tsunami, escaped just a week before her scheduled spay and was caught by a neighbor cat and while not ideal, I found loving homes for his brothers and just HAD to keep Typhoon. So he is a sleek dark brown/black half Siamese who likely bc of those genetics and raising is very “talkative”, sensitive, and is basically my fourth son. He has never been sick, and for MOST of his life, and for awhile before him when my older kitty developed renal disease, I have had a water fountain and fed high quality grain free wet food for one meal and a holistic grain free dry for another. I wanted to go wet only but they just will NOT allow me to eliminate the dang dry. Either way, a couple weeks ago my fountain broke so I have just been putting filtered water in water dishes. A week ago, I had sent my son to get food and the dry he got was purina and not what they normally eat but I gave it to them and of course it was like kitty drugs to them and they were not eating their wet food properly. Just a mess. So i intended to replace fountain and food this weekend but this past thursday Typhoon was acting odd. He always meows oddly and a lot so that wasnt a big deal but he would act painful when I picked him up, was sleeping a lot, and wasnt into eating. It happens sometimes so I just watched him, and by 8pm that night he was drooling a foamy saliva. I saw no urine signs, but decided to put the other cats in another room and stay up to monitor him and sure enough I caught him going into the litter box twice and didnt see any pee in it. I looked at his underside and saw that his penis was out a little which isnt normal and was very red. Once my littlest son left for school I rushed kitty to vet and sure enough he was blocked. I signed off and prepaid the 1100 for unblocking and everything else they estimated for 2 days care. He had a very significant soft plug they removed and have been keeping him on iv fluids with the cathether collecting still somewhat bloody urine, managing pain with bupe, and then told me he would need to stay till tues of he holiday. With todays update, the dr said he said spasms from stress likely caused this. I have not seen any visible stress in Typhoon, the only abormal thing was the bad food and lack of fountain but also he saw a raccoon through the window late one night and was a little obsessed about it. Typhoons urine still has blood and im terrified even after 4 hospital days of fluid and flushing, a new fountain and all wet food once home that he will have a repeat once home and I dont know what to do. The dr said to keep him calm with feliway and is trying to get me to use wet C/D by hills. Heres the thing, a good quality wet food is 70-80% moisture but Hills less than 30%. There is nothing in it that makes it truly superior. Same with the Royal Canin S/O. I used to be in veterninary pharma sales at a distributor and sold those rx foods and i know the pitches used to get vets to want to but that is not near enough moisture to keep everything flushed, plus pork fat is not good for cats either. The doctors dont major in food, they believe the reps who sell them the foods for convenience and revenue, so Im getting a decent grain free canned that has cranberry extract or other mild acidifier and quality protein sources. Still Im worried about this blockage coming back! I lost one of my cats Frankie in 2008 when he has blocked, was cathed for a couple nights and was sent home with it, he pulled it out in the night even with cone on and then he was reblocked and completely penniless at that point had to put him to sleep because his bladder was near bursting and the ER vet wouldnt do payment plans. I had spent all my other money at the regular vet who clearly bungled the job. Thankfully Typhoon is at a better hospital- so I know whats at stake and the fact its not struvites or stones makes it scarier bc the plugs are mysterious. Im just so scared. I cannot be certain what is freaking him out and causing spasms or if this was a one off event! I miss him so and dont want to lose him.


Crystal H.
May 25, 2018

And my fear was spot on. In regards to my previous comment, Bubba ended up blocking back up again in less than 24 hours. I had to put him down yesterday (May 24th, 2018). My vet said it was one of the worst cases he'd ever seen, especially on such a young cat. Unable to afford the $5k (roughly) it would have cost for multiple surgeries (cleaning the bladder out by opening him up and widening the urethra), I did the next best thing for him. He is no longer in pain. RIP Bubba... :'(


Crystal H
May 23, 2018

I just took my roughly 9-10 month old male kitten in for a blockage today. I'd never seen such a thing before and I've had MANY cats, most of them males. This lil' guy showed up in my tree one morning, I tried to get a shelter to take him, but the no-kill shelters were full and the county shelter didn't sound too optimistic about him being adopted out with how many cats they have. So, I kept him, named him Bubba and he's been the sweetest, best outdoor cat I've ever had. Shortly after, a second cat appeared (he is now dubbed Hauss) and they've been inseparable ever since. But back to Bubba. I had $40 on me this morning, managed to scrounge together $160 after borrowing from  someone, which I HATE to do, but my cat's totally worth it. Anyway, he's at the vet now after they quoted me over $700 to clear the blockage, flush his bladder out and send him home later today. I was heartbroken, thinking there was no way I could afford that. I have trouble keeping the bills paid as it is. Thankfully, my amazing, awesome, astounding and just superbly fantastic vet let me give them the $160 I had on me an arrange for 4 months of payments to pay off the rest (I was so happy I cried even harder, and I was already a snot ball). Now though, after reading all of these comments on this page, I am literally scared poop-less that this will happen again quickly. I won't be able to afford this a second time. Well, if he even makes it home today, that is. I think he will, the vet seemed optimistic about his future, and I noticed him having problems around 6am and got him into the vet by 11am (after finding some money) which I think is relatively quickly (because yesterday evening he was fine) but I'm still worried.


Ryan C
May 18, 2018

I lost my RonCat today (orange Tabby).  Exact same symptoms as everyone else describes.  Last week he was having difficulty urinating and peed outside the box.  I took him in to the vet and had him fixed up.  Yesterday he was straining to urinate again.  He was completely blocked.  Took him to the vet this afternoon and he was really lethargic and would shake severely when he stood up.  I had to make the tough decision to euthanize as to not put him through any more suffering as Vet said this would keep happening and surgery is no permanent fix either.


Jade
March 27, 2018

Don't know if this would work in every case, but try changing to a DUST FREE litter like Clump and Seal. Brand new clean box, clean litter. Warm towel applied to the urethral area. Fluid therapy or adding extra water to food as needed. This in addition to other measures like wet food and grain free diet. I also used urinary tract irritation meds from Petco. Had to see an affordable vet for catheterization before trying these lifestyle modifications. Still monitoring. I really hope this helps someone out there. I am sending love and prayers out to everyone going through this, it is very stressful.


Pam
March 25, 2018

Gigi, just have to tell you I had such a similar experience to yours, made me cry but I still cry almost daily over not only losing my Chewbacca last Jun, but the way I lost him, like your kitty, to struvite crystal blockage. He was catheterized twice, the first time the tube kinked, they were able to remove it short of surgery but he was internally traumatized on top of everything. I experienced literally everything you did, including lying peacefully in my arms. 6 days of trying to save him, the night before I knew I'd have to bring him in the next day to euthanize him, he was sitting on the bed next to me while I was lying down, turned to look at me and I knew he was saying I love you, but need to leave you soon. I also know exactly how it is to share an unwavering gaze and know with certainty he loved me unconditionally.  There are few humans that could be said of. I have 3 other much loved kitties, one is his litter sister, but he was so special and I miss him terribly. I thought 11 was too young, but reading some of these comments I seem blessed to have had him that long.  Gets easier with time to live with the hole in my heart.  Blessings.  


Gigi
March 5, 2018

I recently lost my sweet baby and best friend Darius to crystals and a blocked urinary tract. I lost him suddenly and without notice. Wednesday 2.28.18 I took my sweet Darius to our vet because I noticed him straining to urninate and only producing a few drops if any at all. The vet found crystals in his urine & “sludge” at the bottom of his bladder. The vet then expressed his bladder to see if there was a full blockage. After expressing his bladder they were able to determine his blockage was not complete and hoped that a treatment of antibiotics & fluid injection would flush his crystals out. We monitored Darius all night hoping he would be able to flush and relive his bladder on his own. But Darius only seemed to get worse and still only passed a few drops of urine if any at all. The next morning I called my vet and told him that there was no improvement and his condtion has stayed the same but at a more frequent rate and that poor Darius was unable to pass a significant amount of urine if any at all.The vet told me a catheter surgery would be the next step in releasing his bladder and preventing a full blockage from forming. Darius didn’t make it, he died on the table from the anesthesia almost instantly. My vet didn’t even get to the catheter portion of the surgery. My vet performed CPR for 20 min & even tried to shock his heart back to life but it wasn’t enough. The most heart breaking part about this experience is that I believe Darius knew he was in trouble. He didn’t cry or hide but he laid in arms and gazed lovingly at me for hours. I remember looking into his eyes and seeing nothing but pure admiration and love behind them. I remember thinking he’s looking at me like he will never see me again. I pushed my self to believe I was being parinoid and a worry wart and that his surgery would go well and he would be able to free the pee. Darius was just shy of 4 yrs old, I’ve thought about everything I could have done differently but there is nothing. I sought help and emergency services for him 2.28.18 and followed the vets advice to monitor and bring him back immediately 2.29.18 if he was still struggling. And now all I can do is hold true that Darius knew he was loved, that he knew he was my best friend and my baby and  thatI knew that he loved me with all his heart and soul. Loosing a cat to crystals and a blockage is unexpected and heartbreaking especially when you loose one who you loved so dearly and whom loved you back deeply and unconditionally. In time my heart will heal and Darius and I will never truly be gone from each other because love never dies.  It just sucks working through the hurt and physical lose of my sweet Darius.


Michelle
February 23, 2018

what if the cat shows none of those symptoms and still eats...........just can't stand on legs in order to pee/poop?


Etta Earlene Beck
February 17, 2018

I want to pass along a warning. While raising kittens to use the litter box I noticed a wee 3-4 week old that wouldn't leave the box. It had been asleep in the box (no big deal) but wouldn't come when the Mama called. He was digging like crazy, hole after hole. I picked him up to examine. The litter was the CLUMPING type. This little boy had dipped his entire penis area into the litter as he peed. It had formed a tight CLUMP which no urine could go through. A warm wash cloth and some gentle massage dislodged the tiny grains of litter. He gladly dug another hole and peed. They quickly grew longer legs so this didn't happen again. I checked them daily. Just thought you might want to use another type of litter till they are older.


Sarah
February 13, 2018

Can anyone help?  My tom cat 8 years old started with blocked bladder 6 months ago.  He has had it 4 times and been washed out at the vet etc.  He eats the right food but the last time he went in with a blockage they syringed his bladder and made a hole in it.  He was obviously very ill and emergency surgery ensued.  Thankfully he survived although a tad worse for wear.  It has been 2 months post surgery and he is weeing fine, in the litter or outside but he poops anywhere in the house.  Does anyone know if this could be because he can't hold it in after surgery?  I'm reluctant to tell him off as he has been through so much already. Maybe I am being too soft but has anyone any ideas?  Thanks.


Talin
February 12, 201

My male 2 year old cat blocked for the first time this weekend. He's had problems with crystals in the past but had been on Hills sd and cd since then and I was heartbroken when the vet told me he was blocked. I thought the prescription food was working all along. He's currently in the hospital and I keep reading and seeing owners sharing that their cat immediately blocked again as soon as they were discharged. I can't afford another ER visit and it's sooooo hard having to have the talk about whether I'd have to put him down if this happens again which can literally happen as soon as he's discharged. The emotional toll it's taken on me is unprecedented and I could barely look at him when I visited without breaking down in tears, it was such gut-wrenching. I emphasize with anyone whose had to go through this.


Briana
January 29, 2018

Well now I’m really concerned and confused about my cat. She’s 3 years old and we just adopted her in August. On Friday, her stools got softer and she was still peeing. On Saturday, her stools were still very soft (not quite diarrhea soft) and peed less. We assumed it was the new litter, so we switched back to her old litter. Sunday, she barely peed at all and made multiple trips to the litter box, but she still had small poops. Now she’s barely excreting anything. The thing is: she’s not showing any signs of pain, she hasn’t vomited, she still has a healthy appetite, and she’s still very playful and cuddly. We’re taking her to the ER this afternoon, but I have no idea what level of seriousness this is.


Lace
January 27, 2018

Reading all of your comments is devastating. I'm crying just reading them. I just want to give you all a big hug and tell those who've lost a baby that it isn't their fault and they did everything they could. My 6 y/o male Shenanigans recently had a blockage due to some kind of trauma (they think he may have been hit by a car or fallen from a high distance but I'll never know for sure which kills me). I have always given him wet food filled with extra water once per day (can't afford all wet food) so when they initially asked me about his diet and that he wasn't getting enough hydration, I knew that couldn't be the case. Upon further inspection, they realized he was all bruised on his underside and his tail was broken. Long story short (kind of) , he was catheterized and since I couldn't afford to keep him at the vet, sent home with IV fluids I had to give him with a three inch needle three times per day for a week, pain meds and an antispasmodic. He was constantly leaking urine after removing the catheter and I attributed it to the antispasmodic, prazosin. I stopped the prazosin and he wasn't leaking and trying to pee in his box with no success, so afraid he was blocked again, I took him back to the vet. They said he wasn't blocked and gave me more prazosin. More leaking. It's now been a month since he's last been to the vet and I've been having to express his bladder but cannot get much out. He is able to defacate on his own but still cannot pee. He doesn't seem to be in a lot of pain and still wants to run around and is constantly hungry. It has been about a month and a half since his catheter was removed and I'm wondering if he will ever be able to urinate on his own again. Any similar experiences /tips are welcome. Really need help here. Also, To everyone, PLEASE don't rely solely on dry food for your cat's main source of food and if you can afford it, give ONLY wet food, as a dry kibble diet does not contain enough water even if your cat drinks a lot of water and is the main cause of blockages.


Ross
January 27, 2018

This happened to my cat several years ago and it ruined him. His urinary system was effected as was his bowels. He has chronic constipation, he retains urine and feces until he has to just poop or pee wherever he is, usually on my bed. If I could go back intime I would have him euthanized instead of having the surgery to unblock his urethra. I LOVE this cat, but his life was essentially over the day he got blocked. I'm getting him put to sleep in a week because I just can't cope with seeing him in pain constantly and having to wash all the sheets and covers on my bed 5,6,7 times a week.


Diana Chesson
December 28, 2017

my daughter took her cat for a blockage on dec 20th to an animal hospital in houston, they charged her 600.00, catherized him and sent him home with a bag of prescription food and antibiotics, no pain meds.  he never got up, died on christmas day. always feed your cat wet food as dry food is the main culprit for this disease.[editor's note: the name of the animal hospital has been removed from this post]


Jen
December 26, 2017

We lost are best friend, Jasper, a few weeks ago from this. Jasper was a 3 year old cat and we brought him to the emergency vet after watching him trying to go to the bathroom unsuccessfully and lick himself and hide under the couch all day. We didn't have cat insurance and that was a HUGE mistake. We were given a range of $3800 to $6500 to un-obstruct our cat. We were also told that our cat had a 30%-50% chance of re-blocking and that we needed to start thinking about getting our cat the PU surgery (as there is a good chance he would reblock again). We agreed to the lower payment of $3800 to keep our cat at the vet for 2 two days. During those 2 days we learned that no pet insurance covers pre-existing conditions (there are some exceptions, but urinary blockage is not one of them). I also realized that our cat had a history of partial urinary blockage because I realized that I incorrectly thought my cat had an issue with constipation and was giving him a laxative for it- but once I understood the symptoms of a urinary blockage I understood that was his issue all along. Because we didn't like the "30%-50%" odds that our vet gave us for reblocking, we decided to get the PU surgery done so we would not have to worry about this problem in the future. Our vet quoted the surgery at $3000. My husband and I found an "affordable vet" who would do the surgery for $850. We took our cat to get the surgery two days about blocking and the vet told us the surgery went well. We brought our cat back to the vet to be watched over night. When I called in the morning to see if I could pick him up, the vet said he wasn't urinating and it cost $850 to run tests to find out that the problem was that he had a stricture the urethra was not correctly sown to his skin and he was leaking urine into his leg. I knew this is basically a "one shot surgery" and the cat was in so much pain not being able to urinate again and damaging his leg that we had to put him down. If I could do it all again I wouldve just taken him home and tried the prescription diet food and if I had to get the surgery I wouldve paid the money to have a board certified surgeon do his PU surgery. In the end I paid $5K to put down my best friend.


Michele
December 9 2017

Rush your cat to the vet or call the emergency vet on call if your cat is not able to urinate. My 7 year old cat was fine in the morning and by the evening was in pain, lethargic, hiding, and only two drips of urine. His breathing was rapid and tongue bright red. I rushed him to the vet at 8am the next morning after no improvement over the evening. They diagnosed him with a bladder blockage. A catheter was placed under sedation, along with iv fluids and hydromorphone. His entire urethra was blocked all the way to the bladder.  He was going to have blood work the next morning to check kidney function but got a call that he passed away before they got there the next day. Maybe things would have been different if I hadn’t waited over night to bring him in. Feeling sad and guilty. Wish he was still with us.


Jenny
November 13, 2017

I had to put my sweet Smokey kitty down two days ago and I can’t stop crying. He was 7 and had a complete blockage 3 years ago. He took along time recovering and we knew we never wanted to go through it again. After his first go ‘round with this, he became extremely stressed by vets and would even get aggressive and vomit and defecate in his carry kennel on the way. Long story short, I was in the process of switching vets and they wouldn’t renew his prescription diet. I read a lot about keeping cats well hydrated and feeding a quality diet. I researched all sorts of foods and even made him homemade chicken broth to be fed with his food to ensure that he drank at least 1/2 cup liquid a day. We closely monitored his liter box too. Well two days ago he was fine, but then I noticed he was licking himself a lot. Followed him to the liter box and nothing. Cleaned it out and watched again about an hour later and again nothing. Rushed him to the Emergency vet again, to which he basically yelled at me for not feeding the prescription diet and told me that he was so awful the last time, that it was going to be double what they charged the first time. We decided to not put him through this stress again, and I couldn’t afford it anyway. I feel okay with the idea that I didn’t put him through that suffering again, but I am wondering if the eight months off the prescription diet killed him. I am so torn up about all of it.


Zoe
September 24, 2017

Feel devastated as we lost our boy early yeasterday morning, he had two surgeries for cath insert, one lot of new drug treatment, then after being ok, came in saturday eve, when we found him hidden was listless, I knew that hed given up the fight, gave him some pain killer and made him comfortable and he drifted off a couple of hours later, no crying in pain, nothing! Even caught a mouse the day before, would have been unfair to transport him to vets and give him more stress, just beating myself up for not having him pts sooner, he went through so much for repeated blockages, RiP Monk aged 5 nnearly 6 :(


Candace
September 20, 2017

I am heart broken. I wish I was more knowledgeable about feline urinary obstruction prior to our devastating episode. Took my Male cat to the emergency vet because he was blocked, we put in a catheter and stayed at the vet hospital for 3 days. We were told he was fine and ready to go home, after getting him home, he did not urinate once. I assume he immediately re-blocked after his catheter was pulled,(or maybe it wasn't unblocked in the first place?). We chose to put him down the following day due to relapse and the state he was in. I do not know proper protocol that is acceptable but that is why I am here, hoping you can help me understand better. Question 1- Do vets usually give pain meds or steroids to help with pain/inflammation to take home? Do steroids help prevent reoccurrence? Question 2- Is peeing around the catheter normal? Vet said they knew he could pee on his own because he was peeing around it..sounds fishy to me. Question 3- Shouldn't they have checked to make sure he wasn't blocked before sending him home? I feel that if I was more of an advocate for my cat and knew what was acceptable practice, that he might still be here. I appreciate you time. Thank you!
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Justine
August 29, 2017

My 2 year old male cat was hiding and straining to urinate we rushed him to the vet. He was diagnosed with complete urinary blockage.  His vet put a catheter in to clear the blockage and sent him home.  He was not eating so I brought him again and he had a partial blockage they gave him antinflammatory shot and hydrated him.  He still won't eat and we are on a limited budget.  This is so heartbreaking we recently put an ll year old cat to sleep becaue of liver issues. Thought I had a healthy cat he is young - and he was so energetic and playful..Not sure if holistic remedies would help.


Mark
August 1, 2017

My apologies for the long post, but I thought that the background and the facts would be important if you choose to address my questions below (mainly relating to the relationship, if any, between stress cystitis and the ingestion of foreign (non-food) matter). Shadow, my nine-year-old indoor male neutered cat, is now in the animal hospital. My veterinarian told me that Shadow's bladder was full and was blocked. He was hospitalized for the same problem in April, at which time I thought it was a "one off" issue, since he had never experienced anything similar in the past. Both times, he had vomited copiously, with little production other than water. Thereafter, he became listless and stopped eating. In neither case did he exhibit signs of trying unsuccessfully to urinate. In his current hospitalization, as in April, the vet said that the tests showed no infection (i.e., no UTI) and no struvite crystals. In both cases, she diagnosed his condition as "stress cystitis." I have always fed him a grain-free canned food, which I mix with plenty of bottled water. My point is that he has always been well hydrated. It is a bitter pill for me to swallow to think that he now has a urinary condition. As to "stress" being the root of his problem, I am scratching my head trying to find a cause. He has a companion who is the same age. They grew up together, get along famously, and play all the time. I just haven’t seen any instances of what I would call emotional or psychological stress. However, there is one fact pattern that is common to both the current episode and the one in April, and this is where it gets a bit strange. Shadow was always had this idiosyncrasy where he eats tissue paper, toilet paper and paper towels. Consequently, I do my best to keep these things out of his reach. In April, he came upon a paper napkin. Before I could stop him, he had swallowed it whole. Two days later, he was vomiting, and thereafter he was hospitalized with a diagnosis of stress cystitis. A week ago, he found another paper napkin I didn't notice, and he ran off with it as if it were a sparrow. I chased him to try to get it out of his mouth, but he ended up behind the sofa. When I pulled the sofa back, the napkin was gone. Two days later, he was vomiting and ended up in the hospital again for a urinary blockage. When, both in April and last week, I told my vet about ingestion of the napkins, she was inclined to dismiss any connection to a urinary blockage. I realize that I am clutching at straws, but I'm wondering whether swallowing the napkins caused him to suffer some sort of alimentary distress that, like emotional stress, could have brought on the "stress cystitis." Have the veterinarians who review these posts ever seen anything like that? The common set of facts behind these two instances, together with the timing – vomiting (and no bowel movements) two days later, followed by listlessness and a diagnosis of stress cystitis – just seems to be more than pure coincidence. My second question concerns the utility, if any, of a urinary diet and prevention of these "stress" blockages. My vet told me that Shadow should be on Hills c/d for the rest of his life. Because I believe that he has otherwise been doing well on the food he has eaten for the last nine years, I am reluctant to switch him to another diet – particularly one that is loaded with grains – if I don’t think it is likely to prevent future occurrences of his cystitis. Again, his tests showed no signs of UTI or crystals. What do these "prescription" diets contain that will prevent the buildup of the "matrix" plugs that you write about in your article above? Do you have any thoughts on my questions? Thank you


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
July 26, 2017

Hi Lindsay, Without having seen your cat and knowing the full details of his condition, we can't give you any medical advice, but I would recommend giving your veterinarian's office a call and letting them know what you're seeing with your kitty.


Lindsay
July 26, 2017

Hello! I just brought my male cat, Blitz home from the vet last night around 6:30pm. He was at the vet for four days being hospitalized for a blockage undergoing the catheter treatment/IV/Antibiotics ordeal. The sent me home with medications, and a new urinary diet for him. He has had one other issue with crystals in tha past, but this was the first time being blocked. Vet told us he still had a little sediment in his bladder yesterday but that he had been peeing, eating and drinking normally and that his pee had been clear so they let us take him home. on the 25 minute car ride home my cat peed himself in the carrier. I bathed him once we were home and then he peed on the floor right after and it was a small but brownish puddle, perhaps had some blood in it. He has been visiting the litter box very frequently but looks as though hes only peed a VERY tiny bit, and i think it was from last night. he has been pooping a good amount. He also keeps cleaning below his tail and is more sleepy than normal (although he could be worn out by everything at the vet). it has been about 16 hours since hes been home and has really only peed a good amount the one time in the car. Should i be worried? Thanks!


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
July 19, 2017

Dear Cindy, I'm so sorry for your stress and for what you and your cat are going through.  Your best bet is to wait for the conversation with your veterinarian and to go over all of the options and your concerns with them.  There isn't much clinical advice any of us here can give you since we haven't seen your kitty, but know our thoughts are with you.


Cindy
July 19, 2017

I'm waiting on the vet (where I used to work) to call me back. My cat is a 6 yr old male, neutered as a kitten. a couple of weeks ago was at the vet for just under $200. I wasn't even charged for an office call, but he had to be checked for everything to rule out. He's been straining to urinate, crying, not as playful as usual. When he did get pee out (not in box, unusual for him) it was brownish. He did have blood indicated in urinalysis, but no infection upon getting his CBC results. WBC was normal. In fact everything was normal, except eosinophils - high. Not diabetic, thyroid ok. He was given a round of antibiotics and 10 steroids. He acted better, used his litter box normally, was his old freaky normal weirdo self that we love, but after 4 days of no steroid is started to cry again. Just squatted to pee (on my purse!) and nothing came out. I am a single mother who sadly cannot put a lot of money into a pet. What I'm reading about this condition is putting me in despair. We are crazy about this cat, but I know I need to be realistic. My daughters will be devastated if something happens to him, they have been through so much and our cats are more than pets, they're family. How far do I go? I can spend a little more, maybe a couple hundred, but will it even help him? Is it more humane just to euthanize? Is the fact that steroids seemed to help useful and reason to have hope? I know he can't stay on them forever, but does this indicate what might be the problem since there are a number of things that it could be? Any input would be helpful. I have no one to bounce my thoughts off of other than people who I don't want to upset with my problems, they'll worry about me and I don't want that.


Sam
June 9, 2017

Courtney your description matches to the T what we're going through right now. Down to the vet's reaction. Do you have any update if you've found out anything new? Seems like your a few days ahead of us. Thanks.


Courtney
June 4, 2017

My cat is almost 5 years old and recently been having issues with her bowel and bladder. She has never been one to go outside of the litter box until recently. I have found her only hiding under my bed, and having trouble with supporting herself with her back legs at times, growling and urinating on herself. I took her to the vet 3 days ago and they told me it felt like she was very constipated so they gave her an enema, and fluids and sent her home after a few​ hours. The next day she looked very uncomfortable still and still peeing where she laid so I took her to the emergency vet where they told me her lab work and xray all looked normal and this seemed behavioral to them. The following day the regular vet checked on how she was doing and once I updated them said to bring her in again. They checked her urine by getting it with a needle and said that looked normal to them and took another x-ray where it just showed she has a lot of fecal matter still but no evidence of a blockage. I was sent home with pain medication because there has been no answer on why at times her back legs get weak and she growls and only wants to lay down and they also told me to give miralax in her food. It has been 3 days now since she has had a Bowel movement and still she continues to have incontinence issues with peeing on herself. She also seems fine at times and purrs and wants attention and all of a sudden she growls and has trouble with her back legs again and hides. I'm taking her back to the vet yet again but I'm just wondering if anyone has had similar issues or might have any idea what is going on with her that might help my vet treat her better. I'm very concerned because she has never had issues like this before.


Rainy
June 1, 2017

Blocked Tom's are a pain. I just brought my cat home from his cystotomy precedure. He was plagued with struvite sediment that would not go away with medication and diet alone. They took x rays and flushed out his bladder extremely well, so much in fact that the x ray after the surgery showed no sediment. He is eating and urinating just fine... however they found a fatty mass by his bladder. I'm so stressed out by all of this it is ridiculous. I know my poor fur baby has it much worse than I but this surgery put my husband and I into debt.


Tifani
May 20, 2017

Both my male cats had this surgery. The first boy has had no problems since, but the second one has started "dripping". He does use the litter box regularly, but he just seems to have started leaking. They are on a Urinary diet and drinking distilled water. Really hoping I don't have to bring him back in to be checked, but not sure what to make of it.
Also, for people commenting they can't afford the vet bills - I couldn't either. I used a website and it allowed people to donate. I had some very kind people give incredibly generous donations - people I didn't even know personally. Don't be afraid to reach out for help. [Editor's note: The name of the website Tifani used has been omitted to keep this comment in line with VetzInsight's non-commercial policies.].


Sara aipperspach
May 20, 2017

I had similair problems with my cat and when i took her to the vet they told me it was either a really bad urin affection or a feline diesease well right before we left the doc gave her an iv with fluids beings she was so dehydrated and right before her and i walk out the door she starts shaking which was never a symptom before i took her in but the doctor said her nerves started to fail i sadly had to put her down my question here is could the doctor have accidently caused that to my cat with putting so much water in her after she was dehydrated so long.


Tracy Kahmeeree
May 17, 2017

Hi I'm so worried my kitten is 3 months and keeps hiding and is constipated and crying and drooling from the mouth he had two jabs for oral infection I hope he okay I'm just worried about him.


Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)
May 14, 2017

Hi, Danielle, It sounds like you and Patsy have been through quite a bit over the past weeks.  If she is not eating, then she won't be passing stool.  The head shaking could be due to an ear infection (otitis media/middle ear infection). The fact that Patsy is not eating is very concerning, as cats need to eat well everyday.  At this point, you need to be her advocate and this might mean switching veterinary hospitals for more aggressive care.  Minimally she needs lab work (CBC/chem/T4 and urinalysis) and radiographs/x-rays.  There are appetite stimulants that may work,, but if her veterinarian prescribes one and Patsy does not eat well in one or two days, a temporary feeding tube may be necessary.  I know that the thought of a feeding tube is often difficult for cat guardians, but let me assure you that these save lives, are easy to learn to use and assure that a patient is getting adequate nutrition.  Force feeding/syringe feeding is problematic, as it is nearly impossible to give adequate calories that way and cats often become adverse to syringe feeding.  I have never had a cat guardian tell me that they regretted having a feeding tube placed in their kitty; most have said that they wished they had done so sooner. When cats do not eat they can develop low potassium, which can cause weakness. Know that I wish Patsy and you only the best.


Danielle Hart
May 14, 2017

Someone please help, I took my cat to vet last week, in the past 2 months I've moved between 2friends houses, 3 hotels and am now with a friend and have been for 2 weeks. My cat Patsy is going to be 6yrs old in August. Indoor only, never left home until my recent moves. Before coming to my final location I'm at now, everything was fine and normal with her, my first week here I noticed she barely ate or drank. I moved her food and water dish and she ate for 2 days then stopped again, I moved it again but she is barley eating. 2 days ago she began drinking again but still won't eat, not even tuna! She LOVES tuna. No poop in her box since the day after she ate those 2 days after not eating for a week, very little pee in litter box and she scratched her ear and shakes her head incessantly. At vet they said her heart, lungs, mouth/teeth/gums are normal, her bladder wasn't full/swollen and she's not in any pain or discomfort. Her behavior is overall the same, she purrs when we cuddle and I pet her, she "talks" back to me and follows me around house like she always has. Vet said she didn't seem to have ear mites, which I thought was reason for her ear scratching and head shaking. She asked me if she vommits coughs and I said no because she hadn't, I brought her to vet last Monday, 2 days ago I noticed she coughed but idk if it's a fluke thing and I'm just in my head nervous and the cough was just a random cough, no underlying issue with it? She also lost her balance when shaking her head yesterday, which hadnt happened before either, but she shook her head and kinda fell sideways and had to catch herself..that hasn't happened since, that I've noticed anyways but I've been watching her like a hawk im so nervous. She hasn't pooped in almost a week, 2 weeks minus the 1 poop a day after she ate those 2 days. She sat in litter box for a good 2minutes I'd say peeing, but when she walked away it was the size of a nickel,barley anything and she was in there longer than usual, she hasn't cried in pain, she doesn't seem uncomfortable at all...is this all stress related from moving? Or has this been going on too long like I feel it has?? Please any insight is desperately wanted I'm a nervous wreck until I bring her back to vet Monday and demand bloodwork since it's near impossible for me to get a stool or urine sample from her right now. Thank you for your time, Danielle.


Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)
May 8, 2017

Hi, Alan, Given the recent trauma (the fall) and the finding of no broken bones in your kitty, I would presume that what she is experiencing is what used to be called FUS/FLUTD/interstitial cystitis and is now called Pandora Syndrome. This is a stress related condition in cats and is not the same as we see in cats with urethral obstructions. Your kitty has a small bladder that is inflamed.  As she is eating normally and otherwise well, the typical treatment for this syndrome is some pain meds (often buprenorphine, which can be given orally in the cheek pouch), sometimes some sub-cutaneous fluids and tincture of time. Most of these cats resolve their symptoms in 3-5 days; some take a bit longer. Obviously, if she does not eat and otherwise appears ill, then she needs to be seen by a veterinarian. However, from what you posted today, it is reasonable to minimize her stress level (and yours) and monitor her.

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Alan
May 7, 2017

Please somebody help me… I love my cat more than i love myself. i will not be able to live without her. and i truly mean this… Two days ago, my cat Bean fell out of the upstairs window… Bcuz of this I started to monitor her more closely to make sure she was okay… She has been running around, playing, eating, and drinking… But i noticed that she is straining in the litter box and only peeing a tiny bit… like drops… So i rushed her to the vet ER… they did X-rays and showed that nothing is broken… The vet said she is slightly constipated, so they gave her meds that made her immediately poop in her cage… they also gave her pain meds that she takes for the next three days… the vet seemed to not be too worried, and sent me home with instructions to get a urine sample… Heres the problem:  every time she tries to pee, she only gets a drop or two out, then goes back in the box and tries again and again and again… each time she only gets a few drops out.. its not enough to get up with the syringe… i rushed her back to the ER and they wer going to use a needle to get her urine but they said her blatter is too small so they sent me home to get it myself again… still no luck… As I'm typing this, she is playing and running around and just drank soooooo much water…. but I'm worried sick bcuz I'm worried that she will die from not peeing… I noticed most of these cases are with male cats… i understand the males have the worse problems from this stuff… they said they didnt see any stones.. the vets thinking its a UTI.. what do we do if we can't get pee? can we just start her on the UTI antibiotics anyway?!?!  will the medicine fix her UTI and will she be able to pee normal again?!?!? Im so upset im dizzy i can't stop crying and nobody understands… i don't kno if i should try a different vet.. I'm 26 I'm poor and i already spent $600 on the last vet bill but i don't care i will rob a fucking bank if i have to do it to keep my cat alive.. please somebody help me


Katherina Moreland
February 18, 2017

Has anyone tried Charcoal?


Brandon
February 5, 2017

My baby just got put down Friday night. He was 3 years old, and was the sweetest animal I'd ever had. This disorder was the exact reason we put him down, and I miss him so much. Rush your kitty to the vet as soon as you see signs of an issue. If we had taken him sooner he might have lived.


Nichole
January 16, 2017

My cat just had the bladder stone removal on Monday. Everything looked good so we were able to bring home home Tuesday night. He was in good spirits. Walking, playing a little bit. Even climbing up my shoulder to be affectionate (which is unlike him. He would do it to his daddy but not me). He seemed to be peeing okay and had 2 bowel movements between Tuesday night and Friday night. Saturday morning I went to check him ( the vet recommended isolating him from our other cat and our toddler so he doesn't get stressed out) and he didn't even come greet me. He didn't move from his bed. I could smell on him that he was peeing on himself and not getting up to use the litter box. He wouldn't eat his food or drink water. I thought maybe he was just in pain so I gave him pain meds. I wasn't giving it to him religiously because our vet warned that the pain killer makes him lose his appetite, and honestly before Saturday it didn't look like he needed it based on his behavior. I thought maybe he is depressed from being isolated, so we let him out for a little bit. He seemed a little happier also immediately. Now it's Sunday and he still hasn't eaten or drank anything on his own. I gave him a little bit of Gatorade through his syringe so I can make sure he isnt dehydrated. He is lathergic again, not putting, and acting like he did when we took him to the vet to begin with. He was walking around peeing wherever he could. He didn't even attempt to make it to his litter box. He is peeing, but it doesn't seem like full streams. There is no blood or discoloration in his urine. It's just a darker yellow which I assumed it was from not drinking enough. I'm calling the vet tomorrow in hopes that maybe they just need to give him fluid through an IV. I'm so scared. We can not afford another surgery. The first one was already about 3 grand between the hospital stay and they clinic doing the surgery. Has anyone else had this problem? If they say he is going to need another surgery we are going to have no choice but to put him down. I can't be selfish and let him live in pain and his own filth.  As upset as I am about it (I've been crying non stop since Saturday) I just don't even wanna see the look on my kids faces of it comes down to it.


Lia
December 22, 2016

My situation is very strange. My cat Roscoe developed stones last September of 2015 and spent 2 weeks in the hospital. He was catheterized and watched day and night at the vet. He almost required surgery but by some miracle, a very large stone managed to break and pass through the catheter. After 2 long and scary weeks, we were able to bring him home and he had a great recovery. He was (and is still) on a strict urinary s/o diet. Fast forward to last month - he began inappropriately urinating and I noticed his pees in the litter were smaller. I took him to the vet and they sampled his urine and determined that he had a bacterial infection. The vet also performed an x-ray during this visit and confirmed there were no stones present. He spent 2 weeks on antibiotics which seemingly cleared the issue up for a couple of days. After a few days of no issues, I noticed he began to have small pees again. We brought him back to the vet and a cystocentesis was performed (needle through the belly to the bladder for a clean urine sample) was performed. We brought Roscoe home and waited a few days for results. A few days after, I noticed his penis and the surrounding area was infected, raw and red and pee had accumulated around and on his fur. I brought him back to the vet and he was given a steroid cream to be rubbed on the area a few times a day. We didn't notice too much of a difference but brought him back to the vet to discuss the results of the cystocentesis 2 days later. We also had him cleaned off and shaved down to be more hygienic and comfortable. It came back clear! No infection at all in his urine. So we are at a loss of what is causing the issues. He is really straining to pee (just drops come out) and it seems to get all over him, as though a regular stream is being disrupted. He is in a cone to avoid licking himself and we still put the steroid cream on him. He is also on an anti-inflammatory in the hopes it will help. Do you have any suggestions? We are truly at a loss here. Despite his small and very frequent pees, he is eating well, drinking well, cuddly and playful and purrs often. He seems to be acting normal in all other respects except for going to the bathroom. We just don't get it but can tell he needs our help!  Wondering if there is internal damage to his urethra or maybe he just got an infection in his penis after the bacterial infection because of constant licking and that just needs to clear up. Do you have any thoughts at all? I raised him from a day old and my heart hurts just knowing I can't fix it for him.


Teri Ann Oursler, DVM
November 23, 2016

Pierre, If your cat still cannot urinate, then you need to take him back to the veterinarian sooner than later.  As in now.  That is the only way to determine if he is straining due to irritation or if he has re-blocked.


Pierre
November 23, 2016

my cat has urinary track infection and they had to put a catheter on him but now it is remove and he still cannot urinate on his own  i don't know what to do i don't wanna lose him please help


Nancy
November 20, 2016

My cat jersey two and half years old indoor outdoor cat loves people and was the sweetest boy cat I ever met three days ago he started acting funny like his stomach hurt him I thought he ate something like he did before and the next day he was fine so I monitored him in the next day he seemed a little bit  out of it but he threw up so I thought whatever was in his system he had to get out he would be better by the third day he couldn't walk rushed him to the Vet  they told me he was critical and that he needed to be rushed to the emergency center where they can stabilize him first and then have him have a catheterization but there was no guarantees and he was so very weak that I didn't think that he would make it and I couldn't see him in anymore pain so we made the painful decision to put him to rest and I have been sick ever since. I had no idea that this was the case I would've brought him to the vet so much sooner if your cat has any symptoms  not being able to urinate run to the ER because it was too late for my jersey boy that I miss so much God bless you In this time.


Ellie White
November 14, 2016

Im not sure that anyone is still replying to these comments, but I thought I'd comment on it anyways. I'm currently going through this with my 3 1/2 year old boy. I'm also currently bawling my eyes out because I don't know what to do, or think. He started acting funny on Saturday- two days ago. At first we pushed it off because all he was doing was kind of crouching in a weird position. But after a few hours, we noticed that he hadn't eaten his food, and he was meowing at us which is odd because he's not very talkative. He also didn't perk up and run after me when I came to his window spot with meat food, which was definitely out of the norm. He began to just lay around. But it was Saturday, and my parents didn't want to bring him to an emergency vet because of the cost, so it was decided to wait until Monday. On Sunday he continued to do this, as well as hiding from us and absolutely refusing to move once he was laying down. He'd go to the litter box but didn't end up doing this, many times. In reality we should have taken him to the emergency but we still decided to wait it out. Threw up once a little. By this morning he was so miserable and pretty much just hanging on. Took him to the vet this morning, and they told us to prepare ourselves that we probably would die. They took him in anyways, and got the blockage out. It was mucus and bloody, which they said was a good sign because it hadn't yet crystallized. They told us a few hours later that things looked a little better because he was alert, and even showed signs of annoyance. Placed on a catheter, and still hasn't peed on his own yet which they said they'd like to see by now but still hopeful.. Temp is now regular but it was down to 90 when he was brought in. They're keeping him overnight and checking in a couple times. Last time they called, his bladder still hadn't shrunken yet so they are really just hoping for that and for him to pee on his own, if not then it's probably over. I just don't know what to do. I'm heartbroken. I've had this cat from the day he was born. I know they are saying they are hopeful for a recovery but after reading these comments this seems like something that will probably come back and eventually kill him. I really just wish we had taken the cost and sent him in when we first started seeing signs. I feel so guilty. Any help would be appreciated


Lydia Coder
November 9, 2016

I'm not sure what to do i don't have the means to pay for another vet visit I already owe money for my doggie I love my little fellow he's my kitty cat he's a year old he's never shown any signs of this before I have been with him rubbing him and trying to make him drink he drank last night and nothing else since he's getting sicker by the second and I finally figured out what was causing him the pain from him cleaning his pee pee and then he is getting like a cramp and then he howls in pain then he's right back to the box but he's hiding from me and I keep getting him out for under the bed and watching him what can I do I can't get to a vet tonight and it's been 3 days that he's acted weird will he make it through the night


Olivia
September 27, 2016

Recently my 1year old cat started exploring the outside, which I am not very happy about as she hasn't been neutered. One night my mum woke me up and told me that Charlies bowl has been full for ages (she usually goes and eats straight after the food is served ) so I thought ,she must've gone outside again through the kitchen window. I went outside my flat because that's usually where she is and called her. Straight away she came running to me and jumped into my arms (this never happened before ,I always have to chase after her) I took her home and went back to sleep. The next day my mom was very worried that Charlie might be pregnant (I remembered checking her places to see if there's possibly any blood or signs of her breeding, there was nothing normal as always ) but I still took in the possibility that this could've  happened. So I went to school leaving Charlie a fresh washed litter tray with some new cat litter that I have never tried before... I came back and the tray was untouched ,this didn't worry me as it has happened before. I started getting concerned when before going to sleep l checked again and it was still empty (this has never happened before ) I decided not to worry ,coz she's bound to do her business some time ,everyone does. Another day passed and still no sign of any poop or pee . My mom suggested that maybe she's been pooping and peeing around the house in her secret places . I literally turned the house inside out looking for a secret toilet lair ,nothing. So it's day three now coming to an end and she still has not emptied her bladder or popped. I am seriously worried about her especially after reading this article (but it's been more than 42hrs and she's still alive ) she's not howling or licking her gentiles every five seconds, she's not even trying to poo or pee she hasn't even been going in the litter box for these three days. But there's definitely a change in her in a way she became more lazy and boring like some sloth or something and she's only one , a few days ago she was running  around like mad, also she hasn't been out for these past three days. I am really confused I don't know what to do ,should I go to the vets with her even though she doesn't have any symptoms or should I wait some more ?? Maybe she'll come around to doing something. I need answerssss can't find anything helpful on the internet and I am extremely scared about her !  she HAS to do her business because for fricks sake how is she still alive ???!! Help me people


Ceri
September 27, 2016

I just hate this disease. I hate it so much. It is the most cruel, painful condition I have ever known. I have just lost my 4 year old cat to this. Since early July, 2016, my poor boy has suffered 4 urinary blockages, 2 full, 2 partial, as well as bouts of cystitis in between. Its been absolute hell for him, and its been painful for us to see him in such agony. He was put on medication to prevent urethral spasms, and pain relief, as well as cystophan. He was also catheterised with every blockage, followed by long, stressful, lonely hospital stays. The repeated catheterisations apparently lead to a narrowing of the urethra. We have tried everything we could think of to help him, however, nothing seemed to work. We fed him royal canin Urinary S/O diet, and we increased his water intake by adding water to his food, getting a water fountain etc. We tried to decrease stress levels, invested in feliway diffusers for every room. We tried absolutely everything, and I ended up working 60-70 hour weeks to pay the vet bills, which came to over £6000 in total. We opted for the perineal urethostomy surgery in the end, and felt pretty confident in the procedure, as we have a fantastic vets. Moreover, there didn't seem to be much other option, as the blockages were so frequent. The surgery went well. However, the day after, he suffered complications, and could not empty his bladder, and had an urinary leakage around the site of the surgery. The vet suggested that it was unfair to put him through more and more surgery, as his prognosis was no longer as good. I had to make the most painful, difficult, awful decision I've ever had to make, and we had to say goodbye to my poor boy. The guilt is horrendous, I wish I could have saved my boy from this terrible pain and suffering. He deserved a brighter future. On the other hand, I wish I made the decision to euthanize earlier, and had I known how bleak his future was going to be, I wouldn't have hesitated. There was nothing worse than seeing him collapsed in his litter tray due to agony, and finding blood all over the floor when we woke up in the morning. I never knew that urinary blockages could result in such a bleak future for cats. I wouldn't wish this hell on anyone, and I can empathise with how horrendous it is to watch your cat in such agony, and being so helpless.


Andrea
September 27, 2016

My 2 yr old had a blockage almost two months ago. He pee's small amounts frequently. He's been back to the vet twice for bloody urine. They treat with antibiotics and steroid. Today he had blood again. How long could this go on? Unfortunately if he blocks again I have to put him down. Treatment was over 3 grand. :( I'm heartbroken.


Linda
September 15, 2016

My 10 year old cat Kiko has been back and forth to the vet over the past week. He was diagnosed with a urinary blockage and had to have a catheter inserted. We were sent home afterwards with a bladder opening (?) medicine to help him pee and antibiotics and pain medicine. After 48 hours he reblocked and we were back to the vet. During the last few days he's been peeing uncontrollably and releasing stones but he's refusing to walk much and refusing to eat; we've been feeding him through a syringe so he can stay fed but it's been many days (I'd say 4/5) that he hasn't pooped. My vet keeps saying my main worry should be if he's peeing or not. Regardless I am worried, he hasn't pooped, he's very lethargic but alert, he's drinking lots of water but he eats very little, and his hind legs look like he's paralyzed (he refuses to take more than a few steps at a time)  I'm a nervous wreck and I don't know what to do, how can I help him poo? How can I get him to walk around more? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.


Dana
September 10, 2016

Hi. My 6 year old cat has spent the last week off and on at the vet and the emergency vet. I have noticed over the past 2 wks that he has been going to the bathroom a little and not eating as much. Last Sunday he was acting weird and we noticed he had pee'd in a couple little spots on our bed and acting strange. Right before we left to the E vet he pooped in our sunroom (he's never done that ) and you would have thought it was from a dog. It was massive for a cat and when we got outside he pee'd all in the carrier, and it was massive. ER vet did blood work, urine sample, and a x-Ray.... Nothing except the smallest amount of mucus in his urine. Gave him a one shot med. some pain meds and a stool softener and we brought him home the next morning. The following morning at 3am he pee'd and pooped in the liter box. Next 24 flooded the floor and almost looked paralyzed in his backend while going. After that it was 32 hours since he had pee'd and about 52 hours since he pooped. We were back at the vet. Later that day when a vet tech picked him up he pee'd all over her. So they ran all kinds of blood work, checked his urethra for a blockage and blood work was normal and no blockage.... Dumbfounded. They had to give him 2 inama's before he pooped. They are thinking its a neurological bladder?!? He is stickly an inside cat and has not had any trama.... Is there anything we can do or is there somthing our vet may have not thought of that you can suggest?!? Any help would be greatly appreciated. We are not ready to say goodbye to our Charlie. Thank you.


Carla
September 3, 2016

My 3 y/o male cat experienced 2 blockages and we had him undergo the PU surgery.  Unfortunately, he had it done twice as his skin keeps growing and covering the opening.  We had to make the tough decision of saying good-bye as we were told there is probably nothing else that can be done for him.  This is our last weekend with him and my young daughter's heart is broken.  He looks fine today but the doctor told us a day ago that he will be blocked within the next 5 days.  This is one of the hardest pet losses we have experienced as a family.  Do not wish this on anyone.


Charlie
September 2, 2016

Hi! My cat is a 2 year old female and has never had any health problems. In the last two days, I noticed she was struggling to urinate. She would squat in the litter box for a few moments before giving up, not leaving anything behind. At first I thought she was just being bladder shy, which isn't unusual for her, but then when I was cooking dinner one night she had visited the box about 3 or 4 times trying to pee in the 30 minutes or so it took me to make dinner (her litter box is in the kitchen). Her behavior hasn't changed, she's just as loving as she usually is, and she naps and plays all the same amount. Also, she is pooping perfectly fine.


Elizabeth
August 21, 2016

My cat Simon is 2 monts post perineal urethrostomy. Everything went well with the surgery but after there were complications with him witholding bowel movements due to discomfort (he was given an enema as a solution). I'm hypervigilant about his bathroom habits now and he is on royal canning urinary wet and dry food 2×daily. I was gone for the day today and when I got home I noticed he hadn't had much water and I'm not sure he's used the litter box at all today. He's still eating fine and is still very playful (he's a Siamese mix). He isn't going to the box frequently and straining like he was when this whole ordeal started but I'm a nervous pet parent and I'm concerned that he could be getting stricture of the new opening or another blockage. I'm only on here because its 3:30 in the morning and while I am planning to call the clinic that did his surgery regardless, he has a litterbox routine around 5 am and due to his typical spirits I'm hoping I'm just overreacting. Is it possible to develop stricture of the new urethra site 2 months after surgery?


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
August 22, 2016

Dear Olivia, If you haven't already, please take your cat back to the veterinarian.  It sounds as though she still has something quite serious going on.  15 isn't that old for a cat, and old age isn't really a disease, so it is important for her sake to make sure your veterinarian knows that she hasn't improved so that the next steps can be taken.


Olivia
August 16, 2016

Hello. Around 4 weeks ago my started to act strange. She stopped sleeping with people and started to stay to herself. Then she started to sit in strange places and breath heavily. I took her to the vet and they did a blood test and said all her organs are fine but she has a bacterial infection. So I gave her medicine and she perked up a little, but then things turned for the worse. She is now incredibly lethargic and stays in one room and can't even move herself 5 feet without breathing really heavy. She stopped eating and drinking and hasn't pooped in a week. She use to pee a lot and now she hardly goes. My cat is also 15 years old. Is she dying? Should I end her suffering and put her down? She has not been acting herself for awhile now and I don't think the vets can do anything for her. She is just old? What do you think? I hate watching her suffer everyday.


Michele Gaspar, DVM, ABVP (Feline Practice)
August 14, 2016

Hi, Diana, Incontinence is uncommon in cats who have had urethral blockages.   I highly recommend that you bring your kitty to a veterinarian ASAP and have him evaluated.


Diana
August 14, 2016

My cat, Oxo is 2 yo neutered male. He went to the vet for urinalysis. The vet said it had a infection and blockage. He was treated with a catheter on Wednesday August 10. He came home on Friday the 12.   He is on antibiotics and pain medication. He has been urinating in his litter box. Tonight we noticed him licking his perineal area. I check it thinking it was the suture site where they sew the catheter in bothering him. I noticed drops of urine. It seems he's developed urinary incontinence. Is it normal for cats to develope this when he was fully able to control his bladder until now after a catheter? otherwise he is his playful curious self. I just find it odd that this is occurring now.


Wendy Smith Wilson, DVM
August 13, 2016

Hi Jim, I'm concerned that there may have been a misunderstanding with your discharge instructions.  It's pretty unusual for a sick cat to be sent home with a urinary catheter in place.  (For instance, our local ER is not a 24-hour facility so pets are sent back to their regular veterinarians for daytime hospitalization; the owners have to do the driving since there are no pet ambulances, but they're supposed to take their pets to their regular clinic, not home, until treatment is complete.) I do think you need to contact your regular veterinarian and get your guy back in for care immediately; he needs aggressive medical treatment in addition to checking the catheter, which certainly could be obstructed. Please contact your regular veterinarian for a recheck and additional treatment right away.  Wishing you the best . . .


Jim
August 13, 2016

Hello, I have a seven year old neutered male cat who I just brought home last night after having to take to him to the emergency vet after hours. Yesterday, I noticed him very lethargic, staggering a little, licking himself and meowing. He went into his litter box and tried to go, but couldn't. Then he laid down in the litter. This happened to him a couple of years ago, so I knew the signs. I had him into the vet within hours. So, my question is; The vet sent him home with me last night with a catheter and a bag. I've noticed today, that there is no longer any fluid coming out of the catheter into the bag. Should I be concerned of another blockage? The catheter seems to be in okay, and he's wearing a cone on his head, so he can't get at it. I put him in a pet travelling crate for his safety, as he was walking into things, etc. Thank You.


Sherri
 August 1, 2016

My cat has come down with an illness. he used to be such a playful kitty and loved to get into mischief but now. all he does is hide. i took him to my vet and discribed his symptoms and they did an xray to see if he had a blockage. this was 2 days ago today it came back clear. he is peeing but not eating or drinking without help. so i guess my main question is.... is there a chance that a blockage still may occur? Or is this something different... i dont wnat to leave it to long because i REALLY dont want to lose him, he is like my child and i dont know what i would do without him..


Dr. Tony Johnson
June 20, 2016

Hi Kaoru; I am so glad your cat got help and that the information was useful - that's the whole reason we do this. I bet your cat would thank you if he could! Hope he continues to do well - please post your story in the comments section and share with your pet-loving friends.  This is definitely one condition where even a few hours can make a big difference - in a pet's comfort level, in the final expense and, most importantly, safe a life - great work getting him the help he needed.


Kaoru
June 18, 2016

Thank you so much for sharing this. You saved me and my cat. I was planning to wait till morning but after I read your article, I took him to emergency (it was 2 am and finally got back home 5 am) and got treatment right away! Now he is happy and I got sooooo much relief!! God bless you!!


Teri Ann Oursler, DVM
June 15, 2016

Jessica, No, this is not normal.  He may be partially obstructed.  You really need to call and talk to your vet.


Jessica
June 15, 2016

Looks like there has been some activity on here recently so I'm going to throw this question out there because even though the logical side of me says this is normal, the worried mom side of me has me sick with anxiety. My sweet cat, Soncat, showed signs of a blockage a few weeks ago at which time I took him the ER immediately.  He was not blocked yet so they treated him with pain meds and the urethra relaxant to prevent blockage. He got better. Fast forward two weeks and he is straining to pee -- OUTSIDE his litter box.  The next day he is straining and is not peeing at all. I took him to the ER and he was admitted.  They gave him a catheter and fluids and they watched him for a full 48 hours. I brought him home last night and he seemed to be in higher spirits.  He didn't eat too much but he lay about bathing and was in and out of the litter box with bloody dribbles of urine (which I was told is normal.) Today, I came home from work to find him licking up a frenzy.  I went about my business and 15 minutes later he was still licking himself.  He finally got up and walked away and I saw he had been laying in a huge pile of urine and it continued to drip out of him as he walked.  He lay down again and went back to cleaning himself. When he lifted his head up I saw that he was still peeing little drops.  He wasn't even trying to make it to the litter box. He wasn't even standing. He was covered in urine. I freaked out and called the ER again but they told me as long as he isn't vomiting and is still urinating, this is ok. BUT IS IT??? IS THIS NORMAL?? I am so worried about my baby and have been for the last 4 days.  The stress of this experience coupled with its cost ($1400 and I couldn't even afford the diagnostics at an additional $500) and fear of losing my best friend is crippling. Can someone tell me please what to expect in the coming days? He has a fountain and I've put him on Royal Canin HP for now. He has food allergies so I'm looking into other alternatives for urinary health. I am terrified. Any words of wisdom or hopefully affirmation that this is normal would be greatly appreciated.


Dr. Tony Johnson
June 8, 2016

Renzo;  A cystotomy is a bladder operation - it would only be used if there is a stone or tumor in the bladder. In general, it's a fairly simple procedure and patients go home within a day or two. Most general practitioners can perform it. You can expect to see some blood in the urine for a few days afterwards, and the risks include infection, bleeding and urine leakage.  Most cats who are blocked, however, don't need a cystotomy, because the obstruction is lower down, not in the bladder but in the urethra. The surgery for this blockage is called a perineal urethrostomy, or PU, and is usually done by a specialist surgeon (although some GP's with an interest in surgery do them). Risks with this surgery include infection, bleeding, incontinence and excess scar tissue formation (stricture). Most cats that have a PU surgery do well, but since they have a lifelong increased risk of urinary infection, it's not a procedure to be done unless placing a catheter has failed repeatedly.  Any surgery and any anesthesia carries some risk. Anesthesia is much safer now than it was in years past, but death under anesthesia is still a risk. Only you and your vet can determine if this is a risk worth taking.  Good luck and I hope your cat feels better soon.


Renzo
June 4, 2016

My cat was blocked at the beginning of May, and the vet put a catheter for him for a week, but now he still cannot urinate normally and the vet suggested a bladder operation. As far as I know, I think it's a cystotomy. Is this kind of operation life risking? My vet told me the procedure is about 45 minutes. He seems not too sure about the success rate of this operation. Should I agree to let my cat go for this operation?


Katey
May 31, 2016

I wanted to post an update on my cat Morrissey because I posted here about a month ago. The vet started him on cartrophen injections that he got 3 times a week for the first two weeks, now we are continuing with them once a month. They are actually for arthritis but apparently there is something in them to help the bladder wall. It seems to be working so far. I just wanted to let you all know in case any of you have a cat that has dealt with this and you aren't sure if the treatment is everything you can possibly do - ask your vet about these cartrophen injections (I think that's what it's called).


James Kaplan
May 23, 2016

I so agree . My little guy Dexter 5 year old male 20 pounds ate hard food only (best kind) . within 12 hours he started to meow in a way that i never heard. he would go to the litter box 25 times . the most important thing i can tell all you cat loves is please DO NOT WAIT!!!!!. i went to my vet in 30 minutes i was in a hospital in a triage unit . i can't imagine the pain my guy was in . Ive changed to a wet urinary track food (pro plan) . next week he goes back to see is crystals are reforming .Please do not wait one day!!!!. my little guy's electrolytes and kidneys were off charts . listen to the meows and also the visits to the litter box when nothing comes out...


Karen Reincke
May 21, 2016

My cat had this last year and almost died. He recovered though and has been on special food for urinary tract. However, just a couple of days ago he began vomiting and gagging--like he had a hairball that wouldn't come up. He was going to the bathroom in his box (I check it regularly, due to what happened in the past) and was eating and drinking. He did sleep a lot in the loaf position. The next day, no vomiting but gagging and sneezing. Still going in box but less and eating and drinking less. I had no money to bring him to the vet but there was a clinic the next day. Next day (today), he is eating but not drinking or going to the box at all. He's not yowling, no peeing all over, just not going to the bathroom. Due to this I don't think he's blocked but have no idea. The clinic isn't until tomorrow. I did give him some L-Lysine and some chicken baby food (no additives). PS: No vet in the area will see him without some sort of payment and I can't get CareCredit.


Claire Vosburgh
May 20, 2016

My cat has an infection right now. My fiance is on disability, and we don't have money. I usually give him cranberry powder and belladonna and he gets better but not now. I am trying to borrow money. He just peed on himself! Does that mean it's not blocked yet?!!!


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
May 17, 2016

Dear Richard, I can tell that you love your cat, but I can't see anywhere in your post where he is under veterinary care.  Please take him to a local veterinarian for appropriate care and pain management.


Richard
May 16, 2016

My 5 year old rescue (got him last June) has been struggling with this for the last 2 months..and as counter-intuitive as this seems, I was just feeding him dry food for the first 6 months with no problems. I started giving him a healthy tablespoon of friskys wet beef shreds twice a day mixed with his dry. He loves it but about 3 months after adding the wet food he started blocking?..I think he is going to die but recovers 30 hours later.I got CLAVET an antibiotic on-line and treated him for 6 days and then added a teaspoon of Apple cider vinegar with water to his food,he seemed better,for a couple weeks but now it has returned even worse. This latest episode has been 48 hours and now he is vomiting. I am heartbroken and just trying to keep him comfortable with warm towels and he is on my bed...I feel I am on Death watch tonite...


Melinda Crain
May 14, 2016

I'm heartbroken.  I have the sweetest male cat on the planet and suddenly he started going to the litter box every 10 mins or so.  He went in a couple of times last night, so I didn't think much of it but today started going every few minutes.  My vet was going to remain open today for me to bring him, but someone let him out, and now I can't find him anywhere.  I feel so terrible that I can't even find him to help his pain.  I'm praying hard and looking for him to at least give him some comfort.  I feel as if someone has punched me in the gut, and I can only imagine what he's going through.  He's only 6 and I swear out of all the cats I've had through the years, and I've had a lot, this one was a very special and loving boy.  I'm so sorry for anyone who has to go through this.


Kathryn
May 13, 2016

My 8 week old kitten is currently suffering with this problem. The problem is that his urethra is so small that the vet cannot insert anything to remove the blockage not even with the smallest "tom-cat instrument" that exists. He is in the vets care at the moment and she is considering operating but we know the risks of that. My concern is that I am in Mexico and maybe it's possible that the vet here is not up to date with the newest methods of what can be done. He has about 12 hours to live and for us to find a solution of trying to remove the blockage from the urethra. Any vets that could give me a recommendation? I am not giving up on the little baby!


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
May 10, 2016

Dear Bobby, I am so sorry for your loss.  Please don't beat yourself up too badly.  Cats are remarkably adept at hiding signs of illness; they even fool experts frequently.  You absolutely aren't the only ones to miss the signs of urinary tract blockage in a cat, and none of us is at our best when a crisis hits on Saturday night. Our thoughts are with you.


Bobby
May 9, 2016

I buried my 3-year old male cat last Monday because of this.  Either the blockage happened extremely quickly, or I was just a terrible "daddy" and too ignorant to notice the signs. Friday evening --- two days before his death --- I noticed that he spent an unusually long time in the litter box.  I was hurrying to leave town for the night to check on a sick relative, and I just assumed that my cat was "showing out" by staying in the litter box for so long while I packed my shaving kit and overnight bag.  When I started out the door, I walked past the litter box where he was sitting, patted him on the head and told him I'd see him later.  He looked up at me and purred.  He didn't seem to be in any pain, but had clearly spent at least ten minutes in the litter box. Late Saturday night (about 30 hours after I foolishly left him sitting in the litter box), I returned home to find him still, clammy, and lethargic on the floor beneath a chair.  I honestly thought for a moment that he was dead.  I couldn't imagine what had happened to him.  Poison?  A spider bite?  I knelt down beside him and started petting him.  He yowled once, and then started purring softly.  I scooped him up and put him in my bed, covering him with a sheet to keep him warm, as his paws and nose felt so cold.  I snuggled into the bed with him for the rest of the night, not sleeping much for worrying about him. It was well after midnight, and there's no "ER" in my area, but I knew that I would call the vet's emergency number first thing Sunday morning.  Which of course I did.  The vet told me to bring him to the clinic immediately, where I helped to give him a sedative and a drip to hydrate him.  He didn't even wince when the needle went into him for the drip.  That's how terrible he felt.  Later that day he was catheterized, but it was too late.  He died Sunday night in the vet clinic. It's one of the most devastating events I can ever imagine.  I have a lot of regret for not noticing his symptoms Friday evening before I left him, and a lot of blame for not calling the vet immediately Saturday night when I discovered him lying on the floor.  The six or seven hours between the time I found him Saturday night and my phone call to the vet Sunday morning was a foolish and avoidable delay.  Had I made the call at midnight Saturday instead of waiting until Sunday morning, perhaps he could've been saved. It was an awful experience for me, and most especially for him.  He was just over three years old, was an indoor pet, a big healthy well-fed cat, and had always eaten dry food.  I had no idea that I was setting him up for such an awful death, and I'll always regret it deeply.


Katey
May 4, 2016

My boyfriend I just dealt with this with our cat Morrissey. We came home and out of the blue there was a pile of vomit and he was in so much pain. All he wanted to do was sit down and growl. He tried to pee but couldn’t. It was heartbreaking. We brought him to the emergency vet that night, they quoted us $3000, we said we wanted to check with our regular vet the next day, so they unblocked him temporarily and we were on our way. Next morning our regular vet did a bunch of tests, they saw his kidneys were failing.. we ran home, grabbed Morrissey and brought him back to emerge. We checked him in for 3 days, he was catheterized and on meds. We pick him up 3 days later and within 2 hours he was blocked again. We were heartbroken but we weren’t giving up – he is only 11 months old and the sweetest little guy on the planet. We opted to re-catheterize him and did exploratory bladder surgery. The bladder surgery found a whole bunch of “gunk” – mucous, blood clots, just everything. The surgeon removed all of that and he started out with a shiny new bladder. After that he started peeing normally but was still catheterized. After 5 more days in the hospital, they took the catheter out and he  could go home. He was on 4 medications, we had to go back to the vet to give him shots every other day, and we’re still waiting for his stitches to heal. This 2 week ordeal cost us almost $10,000 (Canadian), but he is happier than ever. His energy is back, he is playing and is very curious, just like his old self. He’s on the special urinary SO diet (wet food only), we bought him a water fountain and we now keep our two cats separated (we were scared the other cat may have been stressing him out). Anyway, my heart goes out to any family dealing with this right now, it’s truly heartbreaking.


Sarah
April 4, 2016

I've just had to put my beautiful male half rag doll/cross to sleep.  He was only 1 years old and we are devastated.  He was an outdoor cat although stayed in with us in the evenings.  I fed him good quality dry food as I didn't have any idea that it could have been bad for him.  He was a confident, relaxed cat.  Looking back he had started to lick his bits but I thought that was just a boy thing he was developing.  He had been peeing round the house a little bit but I thought he was stressed about some cats in the area and had bought some stress diffusers and drops etc. He had started to take himself off to bed in the evening and hid under the beds but he often liked to hide so I thought nothing of it.  I went to work one morning and he was fine, he was fine with my son at 2pm.  After work he hadn't greeted me which was unusual so at bedtime I had a good look round the house and found him lethargic and there was a bit of sick nearby.  I panicked and didn't know what to do, I thought I would put him on my bed and get an appointment at the vets in the morning.  However big mistake and i am wracked with guilt but i didn't know anything about this awful disease.  My poor boy battled for 3 days at the vets but he had kidney failure so they couldn't save him.  I wish the vets had a leaflet about this as unfortunately you only find out all about it afterwards.  I've had two male cats before and they never had any problems and I thought cats were quite hardy.


Alison
April 1, 2016

We spoke to the vet over the phone (cheaper than having to go in and pay consultation!).  He said he's still a little concerned over the licking and growling so is prescribing meds to stretch urethra slightly (or relax it...can't remember which).  He is definitely doing much bigger wee's.  Our convos at home are all about how big they are compared to a few weeks ago when he was only doing drops.  Why do you think he continues to growl whilst licking?  Vet didn't ask to see him (a relief because our last bill was over £600... Not that I wouldn't pay it again.  If he is emptying his bladder well, eating (now more wet food than dried), sleeping and playing do we still need to be concerned?  I am syringing water into his mouth 10ml 5 or 6 times a day and I think he's drinking water outside too.  Is this something we will just all have to get used to or will it ease up soon?  ACV I have stopped for last couple of days as he is emptying bladder.


Dr. Tony Johnson
March 31, 2016

While ACV alone is not sufficient to treat this condition, there's no data that it either helps or harms. Don't use it in place of proper veterinary care and realize that it's bitter taste may cause nausea.   We hope that your cat continues to improve, and applaud you working with your veterinarian to help him. If he still is licking and seems uncomfortable, please talk to your veterinarian about proper pain management for him.


Alison
March 30, 2016

My male cat had a blocked urethra due to crystals. A catheter, antibiotics and 3 days later was home but was still very unhappy, growling whilst licking genitalia.  I started him with dilute apple cider vinegar in a syringe (1/4 tsp with added water...taste it yourself to ensure not strong).  Although he appears to be doing good size wee's, he continues to lick "down there".  I believe the vinegar as helped.  We are making sure he drinks plenty of water, he is on vet prescribed urinary biscuits but we are currently trying to get him off dried food onto wet food (as it contains around 75% water whereas dried food only 10%).  Key is water, water, water.  A cat water fountain s arriving tomorrow.  He is sleeping, eating, playing so generally very happy and emptying bladder, just have to deal with the licking and growling.  Do try ACV very diluted, I believe it's helped our cat.


Ginger
March 24, 2016

I had a blocked cat about 15 years ago and after he was hospitalized, new food, he never re-blocked and lived a long life even after he became a kidney cat.  My 8 year old cat has symptoms of blockage, but vet can't get urinalysis because of small bladder.  He has soft tummy, clean x-rays, bloodwork, good vitals, etc.  But my poor Mac is on his second round of antibiotics and pain meds and now the pain meds are not helping him relax or slept all.  He is still visiting the box like mad with some dribbles of urine.  I just don't know what to do? Go to a new vet? Poor fella is traumatized by being shoved into his crate and seeing this vet multiple times with no results. What would you do, incur more costs and  switch vets?


Heather
March 5, 2016

I just put my parents' cat down today for this problem. They're out of town and I'm petsitting. Noticed he was straining to pee and kept squatting in the yard every two minutes. I called an emergency vet and was told to bring him in.  Next thing I know, I'm given an estimate for $700 with no guarantee and a sweet can curled in my arms in pain. I called my parents, and they don't have the money to keep their(what was a stray in the yard) cat well from this Blocked Tom. I gave him a lot of love and kisses and handed him over...cried all the way home.  But, I couldn't have him suffer another minute.


Zoe
March 3, 2016

My cat fen just had his bladder emptied at the vet last Friday after not urinating and being lethargic for a day or so. The urinalysis showed that he had formed crystals and had a uti. His blood work and X-rays showed no other problems. He's been on antibiotics and a medication to relax his urethra for the past 6 days and I've switched him to the prescribed food. He was doing fine up until now. This morning I noticed him going in his box frequently and with no urination. Today I get home from work and there's no new urine in his box, just some dry feces. He's going in his carrier to sleep as well, which is unusual for him. I think this whole episode may have been triggered by the fact that we moved last weekend, but I am very worried that he seems to have gotten worse after having settled a bit.  I am going to call the vet in the morning but I'm very worried! Any advice?


Tracey Perez
February 25, 2016

I also have a cat named Midnight and he is about 5 yrs old and same symptoms with pain urinating plus his poop and of course being I spoil all 4 of my cats I was giving him the treats still not connecting the dots ect. Well almost 1000 dollars to date for answers my vet did full workup and found he had a bacteria called  enterococcus. My vet and I assumed he has had this for probly birth as number 1 his mother was a dirty street cat with awful hygeine and she fed Midnight as infant yet Junior and Punky also from same mother after Midnight she did not and I guess my friend bottle fed them and they put the mother down. The father Buddy is also with me and there were no history regarding uti ect. I took over a house and 4 cats after I moved in with my friend Pat whom I took care of till the end havin stage 4 Cancer and promised that I would never walk away lol and now over 2 yrs and I never had cats just dogs so walked in blind and love them like my children. I have a mobile vet kind of pricey but worth it as they are 20 pounds easy each and never saw a vet so its been a road to pay for all 4 to eat and litter boxes let alone my Midnight getting sick. She has put him on Clavamox  for 4 weeks which ends on March 1st . will repeat blood work with culture estimated visit just for that will be 460.00 to see if the infection is gone. He is peeing never stopped but it was like 10% output 5 weeks ago and what she noticed 1st for her in 15 yrs is my cat made side tracks around his [penis as his lil peepee was so inflamed. Now he is deffinately pain free but he drips pee everywhere and so much pee in his box. Is that normal? also he lost significant weight he was easy 22 pounds looks exactly like all black panther with piercing greeneyes. I actually think he looks worse so thinned out and I have been feeding him double and that scares me. any comments or thoughts? I'm literally sick over this I made these antisocial wild cats into friendly and loving,truly happy cats I feel also spoiled rotten to boot but Midnight was my challenge as the others feared him and now he is a mammas boy true blue lol.


Laura
January 25, 2016

My cat Midnight was diagnosed with blocked/inflamed bladder, two weeks ago. I had noticed him trying to pee in my clothes laying on the floor one day. Then the next morning he was trying to pee in boxes that I had for them to play in. He only peed a couple drops with blood. I took him to the vet and got medication, put him inside a big cage with his own litterbox. Then I also noticed he was struggling to poop. Figured it could be from the meds. He finally started to pee his normal way and it has taken him a while to poop almost normally. Now this past weekend, during our blizzard of course, he started again with the peeing little drops with blood. I'm afraid I'm going to have to make the decision to put him down, he's only 6. He's a great cat and hate to do it but I don't want him suffering.


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
January 22, 2016

Hi Pammy, If Leonatus hasn't been urinating, especially given his history of urinary tract obstruction, I'm afraid you really do need to get him to your veterinarian.  Please remember that cats will hide signs of illness until they are quite sick, so normal-appearing activity and appetite aren't necessarily indicators that all is well.  You were worried enough to start researching this, so please trust your gut and get him checked out. Best to both you and Leonatus!


Pammy
January 22, 2016

I have been researching today because my male cat Leonatus has not been urinating out of the blue. A year ago in March he was blocked so bad he almost died and I had an extreme vet bill of $2,000 which I just finished paying off on my care credit card but I always check the litter box now and he has been eating the special urinary tract health food which is pricey but its kept him safe until now. I am not sure what to do because he is acting like his normal playful self. He is eating normal and he is not in pain but he has not even tried to urinate there is just no pee in the box what so ever. I would like to prevent him getting sick again so if anyone has any suggestions please advise me. thanks!


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
January 19, 2016

Hi Rayne, I'm so sorry you're going through this with your kitty.  If you have any questions about his health, I definitely recommend calling your veterinarian and scheduling a recheck.


Rayne
January 19, 2016

My cat Baby Shambles is usually great with the litterbox and has no trouble. When my mom discovered he was constantly visiting the litterbox with no urine output and trying to pee on her nightgown laying on the floor, she immediately took him to the vet. They inserted a catheter and put him on pain medication and an IV and he stayed overnight. When the vet went to release him, she said he peed a steady stream and it went EVERYWHERE! Meaning he emptied his bladder fully and there didn't seem to be any blockage. He got home about 3 hours ago and seems to be visiting the litterbox every 5-10 minutes and only letting out one or 2 drops. Should we take him back to the vet or wait it out? We are very very concerned and terrified that he could die from this. He just recently turned a year old. Someone please help ASAP!!


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
January 4, 2016

Hi Erin, I chatted with the other veterinarians who write for VetzInsight, and we agree that it would be a good idea for your friend to have Biggie rechecked by their veterinarian.  It's too difficult to say what could be going on without seeing him, and medical conditions can definitely change over time.


Erin
January 1, 2016

My friend's cat Biggie had a major obstruction and was catheterized at the vet to release the urine and also 'grit' was released. It's 24 hours later and Biggie is home and he is urinating, just not in the litter box, on the bed or wherever he's lying down. Could this be caused by the muscle relaxants my friend was told to give him every 12 hours, (along with a painkiller every 8 hours) OR is this a sign that something is really really wrong?


Jerry
December 12, 2015

@Melissa not everyone has credit and insurance like you have and it can be expensive. I'm having a similar problem as Keith but I'm lucky to have a credit card to put it on. I thought my cat was having issue because of the food she was eating and tried to change her diet. I think Keith feels pretty bad already as he's stated. I'm not saying he went about things the right way, but I also don't think kicking him while he's down is the way either. He obviously cared enough to put himself out there for criticism to share his story and warn others.


Melissa
December 1, 2015

I found the information below very helpful. I was sickened at the comments Keith left about his animal that he let die of a slow and painful death because of lack of money. A lack of compassion also seems the case. My heart breaks that the animal had to die alone, in pain, and probably scared. just spent almost $2000 on the same issue for my beloved pet. Thanks to credit and insurance I'd gladly pay double the amount as long as an animal never endures pain. I hope Keith, never adopts an animal again. They are a huge responsibility and if you're not up to the challenge don't do it. No pet should have to live in pain because of a careless, fair weather owner. Karma. That is all.


Libby
November 20, 2015

Hello, Thank-you for the article. My Male Savannah cat showed signs of a blockage last Friday night. We rushed him to the vet and they installed a catheter and we expected that in a few days it would b removed and he would come home. The next day at the vet he got it out and blocked again so the vet put it back in and after a few days he still had blood in his urine so they left in in another day and then they removed it. That was yesterday. I called in this morning to check on him and he blocked again last night so they have catheterized him now for the 3rd time. They are stumped and  they do not know where to go from here. It is obvious that he cannot live like this and I am beside myself, he is a super sweet loving boy and he is not even 2 yrs old. DO you have any idea of why we cannot seem to get him unplugged? Any tests or any meds he can be given to dissolve a blockage? My heart is breaking because I fear the worst.


Wanda
November 8, 2015

My cat is suffering from fatty liver disease and we have been forcefeeding him for 2 weeks now.. the last several days he seems to be holding his pee and when it gets to be too much he voids where ever he is at... anywhere from lots to just drops... I am lost as what to do for my cat.. he is 3 yrs old and the vet bill is already rather large


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
October 27, 2015

Hi Amanda, I'm so sorry for what you're going through.  What a way to start a new marriage!  Unfortunately, your kitty really does need to go back to the veterinarian if you haven't taken him already.  A cat that isn't eating is a sick kitty.


Amanda
October 24, 2015

I don't know if anyone reads these comments still... but. I don't know what to do!  I have 2 cats. My husband and I just got married and went in a honeymoon.  We brought the cats to my parent's house to be watched. My one kitty, Olive, was fine. She loves being there. The other was TRAUMATIZED. I now know taking them out of our home was a massive mistake.  Anyway. Kitty #2, Fatty, was not seen once the whole week we were gone. We took him to the vet and learned he was blocked. After 3 days in the hospital (catheter, IV fluids and pain meds) he unblocked and we took him home. He seems to be in better spirits, but he is hardly eating anything (if anything) at all. I know he is hungry bc he whines for food but he won't touch anything. He licks the gravy. Before the block we fed him dry indoor cat food. He loves his occasional can of wet food.  He actually was a huge pig and would eat all of his food (dry or wet), the other cat's leftovers,and and manage to trick my husband and I into feed him twice (not knowing the other had fed him bc he would act like he was starved). How do I get him to eat!? I love my cat and couldn't bare to lose him! I'm hoping he is eating more than we think but I think it's wishful thinking. What do we do?! We spent pretty much all of our wedding money on his first stay at the clinic (goodbye house down payment...) and I want to try to fix hid eating habits myself... but of course we will take him to the vet if necessary. Help!


Bruce
September 30, 2015

Our 17-year old cat Chester had his teeth cleaned yesterday. He had an IV because he has beginning stages of kidney disease, which is being managed. Here's the thing; since getting him home yesterday afternoon at 4:30 he hasn't peed. That was just about 18 hours ago. We did bring him in this morning for them to check his bladder, but it was still ok (soft), but if he doesn't go by 4 we'll need to bring him in again. Here's my question: since this is obviously related to the dental procedure (there were no urinary issues before), what could possibly be causing this?


Katie
September 29, 2015

Hi, I just brought my cat home yesterday after a traumatic experience. Doc said if I didn't bring him in he would have died within hours... That being said, he is great now, eating well, went in the litter box last night, and in good spirits. Was wondering what is next? We are feeding him Hills CL wet food for urinary care. Is there anything else we can do to help aid his recovery? We want to prevent another episode if possible!! Bill was outrageous but as long as the little guys is okay, we are willing to spend it. He also likes to go outside. What do you think about this? should we not allow him to go out anymore? Thank you!!!


Faith
July 17, 2015

I just brought my cat home because of this. They got him unblocked, but he has stones in his bladder. We are trying the diet change s/d cat food first because, well, I can't afford the surgery, I could barely afford this vet bill. But my question is, how do I get him to eat. He has been home 24 hrs now, he is peeing in his box (being kept in the bathroom for a few days per orders), but he has yet to touch his food.


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
July 15, 2015

Dear Nancy, I'm sorry your cat isn't feeling well.  I know how scary and stressful it is to have a sick pet.  As Dr. Tony mentioned in his article, urinary issues in cats can be complex, and I'm sure your veterinarian is making the absolute best recommendations based on the results of Banjo's examination and urinalysis.  However, as all veterinarians know, circumstances do change, so if you're still concerned or if he seems worse, by all means I'd recommend contacting your veterinarian again. The internet (even VetzInsight) can be full of scary stories, but bear in mind that your veterinarian went through an awful lot of school and training to learn to interpret your cat's signs.  (I've had to train myself to stay away from Dr. Google when it comes to my health or that of my children, so I definitely get the impulse to look up every post!!) Best wishes for Banjo's speedy recovery!


Nancy
July 15, 2015

My cat of 5 yrs has had problems with crystals before. He stopped peeing for just over a day. Took him to vet yesterday. They took urine sample & he peed & pooped in carrier right after. Brought him home. Hasn't peed since yesterday evening. Vet said keep him on the wet SO food. He barely will eat it but drinks all the fluid. Vet said urinalysis showed a few crystals but otherwise is fine. She said give him one more day & if he's still not peeing bring him back for blood work. She said she's not concerned about him not peeing & doesn't think it is blocked, she thinks it could be something else since he's not wanting to eat much.  Should I be concerned & find another vet that is more concerned? Any opinions on this? From what I've read on the posts sounds like my cat, Banjo could indeed have a blockage.


Bertie's Mum
July 4, 2015

My cat was a stray that turned up on the doorstep.  Initially I fed him on a raw meat/natural diet, but he developed a very bad blockage.  I was reluctant to go the vet food route, but after the second blockage, I did.  On the Hills diet (CD with the SD every few months), Bertie has been well now for over 2 years.  He drinks plenty.  I tried him on the wet version of the Hills CD, but he acted like it was poison and wouldn't touch it.  He likes the dried stuff.  Much as I would like him to be on a more varied, natural diet, I am not keen to change as he is very healthy and happy on the Hills diet, and it does seem to be keeping the blockages at bay.  I'm thinking Bertie just has a crappy sort of metabolism, and if he had stayed a stray, he would likely have died a horrible death...  I would caution against being too critical of a dry diet for these cats - a meat-based, raw, natural diet has not worked for him.  It's too horrible seeing him in pain to risk changing what is working.


Keith
June 16, 2015

I buried my 4 year old male cat yesterday. He died a horrible death from this disease.  A month ago he repeatedly tried to use the litter box, with no success.  I thought he was just constipated.  He got better.  Then last Friday I came home from work and he was crying.  I didn't know what to think. He wasn't eating or drinking, or using the litter box.  I just watched him.  Did not call the vet because I figured this would pass.  On Subday morning he was lethargic.  I called the ER vet and they said it would be 1500.00 to cure him if it wasn't too late, and there were no guarantees.  I chose to have him put down, but could not find a vet open in my area.  Monday morning he was still hanging in there, but by the time I got home from work he was gone.  He was bleeding out.  I had to bury him, and it was the hardest thing I have ever done.  I am guilt ridden over not being able to fix it.  But at least he isn't suffering any more.  Poor baby.  So please, if you are reading this, with the first signs of changes take your baby to the vet.  Before it's too late.  By the way my cat was a 21 pound make that lived inside and only ate dry food.  Classic high risk of this condition. Who knew.


Erica 
May 29, 2015

Hi Erica; We try not to delve into individual medical advice on VetzInsight and stay mostly with general information on topics of interest to pet owners, just due to the volume of traffic and the limitations of the online world. You're not ringing any alarm bells, but if he shows any sign of discomfort or pain, or starts acting in an unusual fashion, best to have someone check him out. There's really no way to tell without feeling his bladder. I wish you luck.


Erica 
May 28, 2015

I have a 4 year old male cat who has always had pee issues. He is very finicky about what type of litter he uses and a couple of years ago I found one he uses fine. He also has a big problem with liking to pee outside of the litter box. Trust me, countless vet visits and endless research have ruled out UTIs. All vets have agreed its behavioral. On top of that, he's been on the Royal Canin urinary SO food for the last two years (he had problems with crystals). That being said, he has not been using the litter box the past few days. I found a rug that seems like he may have peed on, but not so much that would allow for a few days worth of pee. So why am I not running him to the emergency room right now? He is absolutely fine otherwise. Eating normally, playing and his bladder doesn't seem swollen. He is a very talkative cat so unfortunately the crying/howling is something I can't mark as unusual. Also, the sounds he's making sound like his normal, talkative self. Not painful. I'm fine to take him to the vet if I have to, but I'm perplexed as to why he seems absolutely fine even after a few days. I've called my vet, they say it's nothing to take him to the emergency room over tonight but to bring him in when I can. I'm just hoping I can get a second opinion through here and perhaps someone has encountered a similar situation. Thank you so much!


Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM 
April 14, 2015

Hi Lotti, Your new kitty sounds great!  I'd recommend taking her in to your regular veterinarian (or getting established with a vet if you don't already have one) for a wellness examination.  Since she's new to your family and house, it would be a good idea to make sure she's adjusting well and doesn't have any health issues or special medical needs to keep her healthy.
 


Lotti 
April 10, 2015

Hi- thanks for your article. I got a cat about two days ago. She is two years old, lively, curious, and very affectionate. As I wrote this, I saw her use her litter box for the first time. I was worried at first because I could never see or smell any indication that she had used it, which really worried me because for now she is being kept in one "safe room" and I couldn't find any evidence of her peeing or pooping anywhere in the room. Her droppings from a few minutes ago are big and slight green and gooey at the end. I've just started her on a diet of wet food while I think she was raised on dry food. She doesn't seem sick in any way and the pooping didn't seem to cause her much pain, but I'd still like to be sure she's alright. Any advice is welcome.


Dr. Tony Johnson 
March 31, 2015

Hi Amanda; It's a matter of degree and how far you think is right. Even for the very difficult ones, you still have options like a PU or antepubic cystostomy, they just have drawbacks and limitations, expense and aren't widely available. You also have to make sure you're not missing a stone or tumor in the urethra. Sounds like you are doing all you can, but in some cases it either isn't enough, or what is needed to 'fix' it is beyond either financial limits, or beyond what owners feel is the right thing to do  for themselves or for the cat. Good luck and I hope it resolves well.


Amanda 
March 30, 2015

I am currently going through this with one of my cats. This is the second time he has blocked and the first cat I have ever seen where passing a catheter was impossible. ( I am a vet tech) we tried for a while and stopped due to the fact we were worried we were doing more harm than good. We emptied his bladder and are going to attempt surgery to relieve the obstruction from the other side but I am worried. I have 100% trust in my vet but I also know he doesn't want to tell me worst case scenario. Is there a chance that this problem is unfixable? I am fully prepared for every bit of supportive care required. I recently got him a water fountain, I have changed him to a urinary supportive diet, I have done everything in my power to make his home life as stress free as possible And he is the easiest cat in the world to pill so medication is no worry but is there a possibility he is just un-un-blockable?


Tommi 
March 13, 2015

I brought in a urine sample in that day I took him into the vet and he had crystals in his urine.


Dr. Tony Johnson 
March 13, 2015

Hi Tommi; Has your vet ruled out bladder stones and tumors? Usually an X-ray and perhaps ultrasound will be needed for cats who are still having trouble urinating. In cases of idiopathic cystitis (the main focus of the article) the signs usually go away within a few days, unless they have a urethral obstruction. If the signs don't go away, time for a recheck and some more tests. Good luck, Dr. Tony


Tommi 
March 13, 2015

I took my cat to the vet about a week and a half ago with this problem and he gave him two shots to help him feel better and I bought some Science Diet C/D food for him well he's seems to be still having trouble going potty. sometimes I hear a consent sound of him going potty and sometimes he has trouble. I'm so confused. What else could be wrong????


Dr. Tony Johnson 
March 9, 2015

Prazosin is usually only used for a few days, and it's not a magic bullet by any means. It may take the risk of reblocking from 45% to 40% for example, so don't stress about missing a few doses. Getting it compounded at a special pharmacy into a more appealing flavor like fish or beef may make it easier to give, and they can usually make it into a liquid form.  The most important factor to prevent reblocking is to switch to a completely canned food diet and not feed any dry kibble. Good luck and hope that is helpful information.


Sheila 
March 8, 2015

My guy has this issue along with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He WILL NOT take his med for the UO. He is not motivated by food treats etc. without putting stress on his heart. We are very worried that he will re block without his prazosin. Any suggestions??


Bonnie Lambert 
March 2, 2015

Thank you for saying it is a life long trick to deal with and it is okay to give them relief by putting them to sleep. We just had to do this with a very wonderful stray cat who came to us ill but so loving. I tried all I knew but here is what happened for others to view. He was less than a year old. He drank a lot of water ,about 2 cups a day, and than suddenly stopped drinking and started straining and stopped peeing. In less than 48 hours he was in trouble and the vet recommended we put him down. I was kicking myself thinking I did not do enough with different diets . He also had hair loss on the base of his tail which did get better with antibotics but that did not help the UT problem. He was such a sweet and intelligent cat and I miss him terribly. Thanks for this site because I now know I did the best thing for him.


Dr. Tony Johnson 
February 25, 2015

The natural course of this disease is to go away after a few days, so the signs resolving after a course of antibiotics doesn't mean that infection was there. This can be confusing to a lot of people since it may definitely seem as though the antibiotics resolved the problem.  However, it's equally likely that the signs cleared up temporarily on their own. It is also common for the signs to recur months or years later spontaneously.  The vast majority of these cases have no infection, but people do often request antibiotics because of the association of their being used with the resolution of the signs. It's very seductive to think that antibiotics will cure this condition, but they won't in most cases.  Please do consider that your cat has a recurrent problem that is painful, life-threatening, and highly unlikely to be "cured" by a simple course of antibiotics.  Diagnostic testing and recommendations for management changes really are necessary to help your cat have a decent quality of life.


Fay 
February 24, 2015

I've had this happen with my male cat who is 13 years old. He hadn't peed in a few days. I took him to the Vet on the fourth day, thinking he may have peed somewhere in the apartment, but after going on hands and knees I found nothing, and took him in. As soon as I carried him into the Vet, he peed. A lot. In his carrier. So much so that the Vet assistant was kind enough to clean out his carrier for me. The Vet did urine tests from that pee he had in his carrier, and found he had a high PH in his urine, which meant he had a UTI. The Vet said nothing else was found or seemed abnormal. He said he "may" have had a crystal and it dislodged while I was carrying him in and he finally went. I think he peed out of fear because he hates car rides and carriers. None the less, I gave him antibiotics the Vet prescribed and the whole ordeal was over. Six months later, my cat is having the same issue. I called the Vet who refused to give me the antibiotic for fear this time he may not go at all, wants me to bring him in again. This time, I think I will just go to another Vet. Most Vets from my experience instill fear in every owner always telling them your pet will die if you don't do this NOW NOW NOW. I understand NOT peeing is a HUGE deal, but my cat survived. This time, I think I will just put him in his carrier and see if he will pee again thinking he has to go to the Vet. I will take him to a new Vet just for the antibiotics, but charging outrageous amounts of money for testing this and that is ridiculous.


Yvonne 
December 9, 2014

Thank you Dr. Tony and all who have commented....you are a Godsend.  My beloved Wrigley, age 6 was hospitalized 48 hours ago.  He is miserable.  The vet removed the cath last night to see if he  could urinate on his own -- he did not. They will re-cath him and want to keep him him like that for a couple more days.  My heart is breaking. I had wanted to bring him home, but upon reading this article, I know I must be patient and let the vet and his kind staff do what has to be done. However, I'm really confused about how long this should go on before I contact the specialist in the Houston (Spring, TX) area. Can you give me any guidance? I don't want to lose him, but I don't want him to suffer for a long time. Dr. Tony, your article has made a difference in my life - I am forever grateful. Prayers are welcome.


Jim 
December 2, 2014

We're in the middle of dealing with this issue in one of our cats.  He is 21 months old and needed to go to the emergency vet after being unable to urinate.  X-ray and ultrasound shows no stones or crystals.  The poor guy is on his fourth catheterization right now for an episode that started last Weds, the day before Thanksgiving.  Now it's early the following Wednesday.  The first one they reported "urethral grit" was potentially part of the issue, but on the second and third catheterizations it was reported they went in quite easily.  The cat has been on anti-spazmodics, anti-bacterials, anti-inflammatics, and pain medications and hasn't left the emergency vet care for almost a week now, and the cost is enormous (over $3000 so far).  The third catheter was removed at 8pm last night and they called at 1:30am to say he was unable to urinate (only a few drops) and re-catheterized him (the fourth catheter for this episode).  I'm concerned he didn't have enough time to do it himself, but I wasn't there and didn't observe him so I don't know how much he was trying or straining.  Nobody can explain exactly why this is happening, but after reading about the PU surgery I'm inclined to keep fighting this fight until he can urinate normally on his own.  We have to decide whether to go with the PU surgery or transition him to our vet who is not in the office 24 hours per day, but is willing to keep trying and try some therapies she has used in the past including valium or something similar to really relax him.  We've had an incredibly stressful week.  I'm not even convinced that the PU surgery will solve the problem at this point.  The emergency vet does have a triple board certified surgeon available if we get to the point where we do surgery, but it's still hard to justify making that choice.  The biggest problem here is that we don't know why he cannot urinate, even though all the catheterizations occurred without complications.  On the second one there was even some urine leaking out around the catheter!  We also don't know if it is safe to catheterize this many times and what effect that has on him in terms of being able to do anything when it is pulled.  We'll definitely change diet to wet food and make sure enough water is had and fix whatever we have to fix around the house, but we just have to get him to urinate on his own first.  From everything I've read it is extremely unusual to have a cat that cannot urinate following multiple catheterizations in the same urinary blockage episode.  So looking at the title of your article, I agree, a total nightmare. :<


Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline) 
August 22, 2014

Hi, Johana, Whether to pursue a perineal urethrostomy really depends on several factors :  What was the underlying cause of the obstruction (crystals, mucous plus, etc.) and whether or not the urethra is strictured/narrowed.  A perineal urethrostomy demands excellent surgical technique, as complications can be catastrophic.  So, I would only have this procedure (if necessary) performed by a surgeon with significant experience.  Your location makes finding such a veterinarian challenging. Your best bet might be to travel to Mexico City (the veterinary school at the National Autonomous University, UNAM) or the States.  I recognize that this will not be inexpensive, but if the surgical procedure needs to be done, those are the best options. As far as management in the meantime, I would use a canned diet and add in as much water, low-sodium chicken broth or other broths (no milk) as your cat will tolerate.  Make the diet soupy.  Risk factors for urethral obstructions include obesity, a very concentrated urine, a dry diet and little water consumption.  Our domestic cats are descendants of animals who lived in the deserts of what is now North Africa and Israel, so they are not "designed" to drink much water.  They are designed to get their water from their food.  If crystals are a problem, dilution of the urine with the above mentioned canned foods and extra water can help. Good luck and I hope your kitty does well.


Johana 
August 22, 2014

Hi, I ran into this article and I am going through this with my cat. He is 3 years old, almost 4, and this is the second time he's having trouble to pee. He has been treated with Antibiotics and antinflammatories but he's having some trouble again. The thing is that in the place I live (Honduras) they don't have the equipment for the PU surgery. Do you have any suggestions. (Euthanise is not an option). And yes blocked cats suck :(


Stephen Hill 
June 27, 2014

I just experienced this with my 3 yr old male cat.  $1500 later, he's home again, but of course now on very more expensive prescription food (Royal Canin SO).  In a way, I think the research I've read on the internet seems to suggest not to even bother adopting a male cat?  I'm retired and truly can't afford a repeat episode.


Dr. Tony Johnson 
April 3, 2014

Mahshtay, Perineal urethrostomy is the surgery, and it is no walk in the park. It is really more of a salvage procedure and alternative to euthanasia, but for some cats it is a lifesaver.  The rule of thumb is 'three strikes and you're out' - meaning 3 obstructions and that's where we start talking surgery, but I have had some folks opt for it after the first one saying 'I don't want to go through that again'. Cats who get a PU are more prone to incidences of urinary tract infection (UTI). I hope you call can find a way through this without surgery, but it is something to consider and talk over (pros and cons) with your veterinarian. Good luck


Mahshtay 
April 2, 2014

Thanks Dr. Tony Johnson. Well, we were back in the ER again last night with another blockage. This after having him on the special food for two weeks. I thought he was doing better and then the blockage came on again, kind of out of the blue if that makes sense.  The ER vet started talking about surgery to widen the urethra that should prevent future blockages. That seems extreme at this point but the vet pointed out we may get there down the road.  You don't mention surgery in this article.  Any thoughts or resources on that? Thanks again for your response.


Dr. Regina Milano 
March 20, 2014

Yes, soft food diet is a must.  Don't be fooled by hard foods that claim to be "urinary formula".  They can still lead to other similar urinary conditions.


Dr. Tony Johnson 
March 20, 2014

Mahshtay. Sorry your cat was afflicted! I hate this disease, and your wonderment and mystification are shared by many a cat owner. If you are not into Hill'sm every company makes a diet for this condition, and you could also get a nutrition consult (UC Davis offers them) and get a home cooked version. I think Hill's may be the best commercial version, but more importantly than any prescription diet is offering  100% canned food for these cats. It's not easy to do, and some cats won't tolerate it, but it does cut down on the recurrence rate.


Mahshtay 
March 19, 2014

Thanks for this article. I rushed my cat to the emergency vet at midnight when he couldn't pee and started making the scariest noises.  Luckily, I think I caught the problem early. The vet removed the block with a catheter and flushed his system and put him on Prazosin to relax the urethra. He's been peeing on his own since.  But my cat has never had problems peeing before, always uses the litter box and is very good about drinking water and eating his wet food. I'm mystified about what caused this. They want me to put him on the c/d food but I looked at the ingredients and I'm not impressed.  Has anyone had any luck managing this with other food?  Any suggestions?


Justin Braxton 
March 14, 2014

I really like the way this article is written. It's very useful information but it's also interesting and easy to read. I wish more veterinary medicine articles were more like this.


Kate Johnson 
March 14, 2014

My Sammy has lived with this for about 7 years he's been eating urinary so for all that time I spend about 100 dollars every time I buy food. but still can't afford vet bills.


 

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