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A day in the life of a troublemaker

Test results are in

November 19th 2012 7:16 pm
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A few days ago Mom noticed I peed on her bed. She thought it was a one time thing cause she was tired the night before and didn't want to clean the litter box. BUT I peed more on her bed!! Mom did serious cleaning of her bed, but we peed on her bed as she was washing the sheets so she had to take the top mattress off too (thin pillow top mattress) covered her bed with a plastic sheet in the meanwhile.

Mom later came back to put sheets back on and saw there was blood drops on the plastic sheet!! Looks like I'm peeing blood! Mom wasn't sure if it was me of Moppie at first, but she suspected me. She had to separate us to get a sample to see who it is. Took a few hours but she discovered it was me.

We just got the lab results for urinalysis from the vet. For those who know vet speak I will include actual report wording.

"Urinalysis - The constellation of high usg with hematuria and crystalluria is the most consistant with feline lower urinary tract disease syndrome or FLUTDS. Although the high USG may inhibit bacteria, the presence of blood is a rich media for bacterial growth so culture may be warranted to rule out Occult UTI."

So in non vet speak - There is blood in the urine with lots of crytals. The urine itself shouldn't be growing bacteria but the blood may cause bacterial growth so they recommend doing a urine culture test to see if I have a urinary tract infection.

Mom has never had cats before and she is not sure which route to take. She will do more tests if neccissairey but she doesn't want to do tests if its not needed. If anyone reading this has any experience with crystals and/or UTI's please offer any advice you may have.

Mom feeds me Acana grainfree food, now that I have been like this she is making sure of adding lots of water to the food. Making me have to drink before I can reach the food (sheesh, no fun!).

Anyways Mom has two options given to her by the v-e-t.
1) get the urine culture test done to see if there is a UTI, meds will follow if there is. and diet change?!
2) start meds and continue for a while. + diet change...

Mom's debating on trying to just the water addition to food and see if it helps and if it doesn't then go the above routes. but she wants to see if anyone with experience has any suggestions.


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Purred by: Tiny Mighty MoeMoe~Dreamette # (Catster Member)

November 19th 2012 at 9:39 pm

So sorry you are going through this. Sweetie we all hope you feel better soon.
Mom does not have any advice about which way is best but her first instinct would be to have the culture test done even though more test will be more scary for you maybe you start to heal faster.
hugs, purrs and prayers
Purred by: River (Catster Member)

November 19th 2012 at 9:55 pm

I had a bout of that after coming to my home a few years ago. The special vet diet helped clear it up toot sweet and then, to keep it from coming back mommy makes sure I get plenty of wet food and have water fountains in every room to encourage me to drink more. The trick is lots of water! Lots and lots of water!
Purred by: Freyja (Catster Member)

November 19th 2012 at 11:33 pm

I have kitty friends that had problems with this. Usually a diet of wet food helps with the prevention of future UTI's and possibly an addiotion of a water fountian. (See if your mum would buy you one.) Antibiotics are best and I hope you get better soon.
Love from Freyja the Maine Coon
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

November 20th 2012 at 12:12 am

Maurice had a blockage from crystals this spring. An all wet diet is important and try to drink lotsa water. Sending purrs!
Purred by: Sammy (Catster Member)

November 20th 2012 at 4:55 am

Hi Blade! The same thing happened to me. Mom had to make an emergency visit to the vet a little over a year ago and at first they diagnosed just the UTI. I got a little better over the next few days with antibiotics and then started straining again in the litter box. Back to the vet I went. This time they diagnosed the crystals and I was put on a special diet and some pain meds. Totally agree with what others have said about the all wet diet and water fountains. Lots of water will keep that nasty crystal chick away. Purrs, purrs, and more purrs!
Purred by: KIBBLES (Catster Member)

November 20th 2012 at 5:59 am

Hopes you feels better soon Blade.
We have two cats in our house that we have to watch for that.
They both had the test done and both had meds. One had to stay at the vets overnight and get fluids and a catheter. Just like humans they are all different and some things work for one and not the other.
They were both suppose to eat special wet food and had special dry . Well we did it for awhile....but they both hated the special wet food and the special dry food and started to refuse it. (Meanwhile most of the other cats in the house loved it.) We do have water fountains and extra bowls of water around the house. Lots of water does help. And cats love running water so they go to most water fountains.
They both have been doing well now for about 2 years on just regular wet food and dry. We do watch them for signs of it, in case it comes back.

So good luck....and hopes you feels better real soon. That Crystal Chick is not a nice gal.
Purred by: Rose - beautiful angel (Catster Member)

November 20th 2012 at 11:02 am

I would definitely introduce wet food to your diet to increase your water intake. A fountain is also a good idea!
Purred by: Ka - zar 1.6.1998 to 25.2.2014 (Catster Member)

November 20th 2012 at 1:00 pm

Get it tested. I don't give Ka - zar dried food and he drinks a fair amount of water. Introducing wet food to Blade's diet will help. If you leave this untreated it can lead to kidney disease and eventually be fatal.
Purred by: Zachery Tristan (Catster Member)

November 20th 2012 at 4:39 pm

Hey Blade, I have had UTI. As you can tell its kind of common in us guy cats. What you don't want which your vet should have noticed right away is a complete blockage due to crystals. Mo has also experienced that with her cat Shadoe ( many moons ago).

Everybody has giving you sound advice... The key lots of water! If you don't have a pet water bowl fountain you might thank about that. The babbling brook sound it makes is supposed to promote healthy drinking habits. Also, Mom read an article not long ago leaking the magnesium in fish to crystal formation. So sadly, we don't get fishy wet foodies or dry foodies unless it's a special occasion.

That's about all we can tell you that hasn't been mentioned.

Oh and Mom says ...if your nervious about skipping the test, then it's best to get it done. Love you guys, miss you guys, tell your mom to pmail us, and kiss Stewie for Diamond.
Purred by: Timo Katze - DB #105 (Catster Member)

November 20th 2012 at 5:48 pm

I had crystals and was blocked. Hurts like heck. Getting blocked is VERY expensive to fix says Mom. Like others said, water is the key. I don't get dry food any more. None. I used to eat only dry. If the wet gives you a special food, make sure they give you wet food. The special diet usually comes in wet and dry. Tell your human to take the kibble out of the house, otherwise you'll smell it and beg and beg... Feeding only wet is more expensive but being blocked is very expensive.
I'm purring that you get all better fast.

P.S. (Because I was a kibble-holic Mom slowly reduced my kibble more and more, and then she was very stern when I begged for it, and she wouldn't give me any :( )
Purred by: Timo Katze - DB #105 (Catster Member)

November 20th 2012 at 5:49 pm

Spelling mistake "If the vet" Vet, like veterinarian. Geesh Timo, pay attention.
Purred by: Alex R

November 21st 2012 at 6:10 am

Aw Blade, sorry you're under the weather, dude. None of us females seem to have experienced this, but all the advice from the guys here sounds like a good idea. Better get the test like Zach says. Feel better soon!
Purred by: Zoe Kona Sunshine DG#2 (Catster Member)

November 21st 2012 at 7:09 am

Fearless, I don't know how rare or not rare but us girls an get kidney infections too. We knew of a older female here in town that got one. Her name is Muffin and shes a tailless tortie.
Purred by: Blade (Catster Member)

November 21st 2012 at 10:23 pm

Thank you everyone for your responses. I am still eating well. Mom thinks I'm peeing normally again but she is still keeping a close eye on me just in case. Last time she collected urine to see the colour (which was like 2 nights ago) probably later on in the night that I posted this in my diary, urine seems to be normal in colour. Before urine was red with blood, now it is yellow, which we think is a good sign.

We have not done the urine culture, but we will if I show any signs of difficulty urinating or bloody urine.
Purred by: MILO BLUE EYES DB#73 (Catster Member)

November 22nd 2012 at 6:51 am

Shur hope Ur doin' mush better, Blade!~ Dat's nothin' to mess wif dat UTI. Glad Ur mom is watchin' ya close! We don't want Vet visit if we can halpz it but sometimes iz necessary!~ Purrs on to U our pawsome pal!!

MILO, SAM, MALLEE 'n furrs

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