February 14th 2014 5:55 pm
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The vet called this morning. Because we had so much more snow overnight, he asked us to come for 10:30, which we did. This is a vet that we had never been to before but were willing to try, especially since he made an effort to try to see us last night when it was so terrible out.
He expressed Percy right on the exam table and showed me the gritty sand stuff that was blocking him. He said that we were lucky we caught it in time, had he fully blocked he could have died.
The vet did not have a tech so mom got to stay with percy, keep him calm and even help the doctor a bit. He asked if Mom was a nurse, and she said. no a librarian, but that she would have liked to have been a vterinary nurse. He said he hire her and provide training.
But anyway, with just a local anesthesia, he put a catheter in Percy and began to flush him out. He stitched the catheter in place and gave Percy injections of medicine. We start on pills tomorrow. He hung a bag and gave him some fluid to help flush the bladder. He gave us a cone of shame to put on him oncve we got home. He showed Mom how to flush the catheter in case in gets blocked. We go back Tuesday night to see how he is doing and possible get the catheter removed.
So, we get home. Percy wants to eat, but can't get at his dish with the cone on his head. Mom takes it off, Percy nibbles and then quicker than a flash Percy reaches down and tugs the catheter out. Mom didn't even have her coat off yet. We called the vet and told him what happened and went right back down to have it re-inserted.
Okay, back home. Percy is still trying to remove his cone and is really miserable. Mom remembered those inflatable neck donuts they have that don't cover the entire face like his cone did. She called the pet shop near us and they told us to measure his neck and come over. The lady wasn't sure it work on a cat....but it does. He is much more comfortable and he can eat with it on. He can't reach to pull out his tube either!
Wait...there's more...A cat with a catheter, like a person, does not really comtrol their bladder. Pee just comes out. Can't have a cat peeing all over the house like that. We decide to just keep him in the kitchen. No, that is not going to work. There are chairs, we kept walking in puddles. in was just to messy. Mom was ready to call the animal hospital to see if they would board him....and then she thought about a dog crate. She calle the pet store back about 1/2 before they closed and bought a huge dog crate. He can fit in there with a bed and a litter box.
We will let him out to eat and drink under supervision, and it will be slightly less clean up. There was no way I could have handled five days of that. He only complained a little and then settled down to take a nap. Poor thing is worn out, what an awful day.
Mom is doing laundry...a few things have pee on them, like mom's sweatshirt she wore to the vet, her jacket because he wanted hugs, and a few throw rugs from the kitchen.
Any advice you can offer for this situation would be greatly appreciated. The vet did say his diet will need to be changed. The vet seems very nice and even though it was not the most modern office, his care and compassion beat out shiny chrome in a heartbeat.
Please keep us in your purrs and prayers/ Thanks,
PS A shout out to the lovely Samhain....Happy Valentine's Day!
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Skylar we don't know anything about this but posted a link for here with a plea for help in the Caster Buddies group on FB. Are you a member of that?
Our Willie went through this 6 years ago. The vet opened him up and flushed out his bladder. He eats Hills CO wet and dry and has not had an episode in 6 years. They expressed him and put a catheter in him at first also. It did not solve the problem. Thank goodness our vet came back from maternity leave and saved him. She said she flushed out a lot of blood and junk when she opened him up. He had stitches that he was constantly chewing whenever we took his cone off. He was miserable for a week but it was worth it in the end. Don't give up. Take him back right away if he's not doing well. The vet is right. If he is not peeing, it can get very serious within a day or two and damage his kidneys.
Sending purrs and prayers. Many years ago when my angel brofur Dexter had a catheter in for a blockage, they kept him at the vet for 3 days and nights for monitoring. I would definitely keep him confined while it's in and also call the vet for more instructions. We wish you the best.
I wsn't entire blocked, not yet anyway, but that could have very easily been the next step. Thank you guys! And yes, we are in Catster Buddies on FB. Thank you for sharing your stories, you give Mom hope!
I am purring loudly for him and will pass by your house tonight with some angel dust. My brofur William had the same problem several years ago, he also managed to get the catheter out too, but he was staying at the vet's overnight and most of the next day, so they got it back in quickly. It was an isolated incident, so far at least. Love Norman
Poor Percy. I had the same problem, but the vet kept me. You want to be sure he is getting lots of fresh water, and you might want to get him off dry food completely - this is one of the causes of crystals in boy cats. And your vet is right, if the crystals block the pee, a cat can die from the toxins building up. So, glad you' got him to the vet. The dog crate is a great idea. You could just put towels in there for him to sleep on, and they would be good to absorb any pee.
We were feeding one of the better brand dry foods, but even the girl cats were getting UTIs. So, now we're only on wet food. I was on the prescription wet food for awhile, but now I'm just on fancy feast like the rest of the cats.
The main problem with having a catheter - the more times you have to have one, the more scar tissue that can build up and make it difficult to insert. The vet said that since I had to have a catheter several times in a short period of time that it was becoming more difficult for them to insert it. So, that dang Crystal chick can be really bad.
We're all sending purrs to Percy and hoping he is better soon.
We will continue our purrs too...but as far as advice, we have zero experience with this type of problem...We think that's likely a good thing at least fur us, MOL!
Get Well Soon Percy!
Hang in there Mrs PercyMom!
Thank the powers, not had this here, but our vet does check. Some tips-
the problem is that the male cats urthea is like a thin straw, so if urine becomes concentrated it can form these crystals-and block it up like a little dam.
Wet food only. Dry food is not good for the bladder.
Check with your vet, but I think the magnesium should be low?
Water fountains that continually circulate water is always good.
We are purring and purring here!!! We love you guys and hope that everything will be well. Purrs and loves.
OMC~ Skylar, how awfur what saweet Percy been goin' through~! Oh mycatness~! Not him fault da pee all ofur 'n Ur saweet meowmy iz really smart to do whut her did~! Wow, a people neck collar? Dat'z nice. We're sooper dooper purrin' 'n purrayin' fur Percy 'n Ur whole furmiliez, coz we know how STRESSFUR dis ALL iz fur 'em~! Hang in dere, us'n kitties r worth it 'n gotta know 'n memmer all dat unconditional love's we give efen though we CAN be mischievious 'n get into stuff's 'n get sick 'n need ALL o' meowmy's attenshon'z 'n all dat dere stuff's~! MOL~ We iz. Dat's all. Skylar dood, Ur a grand spokesfur fur Ur furmiliez~ Meowm sez I do ok~ MOL~
Purrs 'n lotza extra hugz 'n love,
MILO, MALLEE 'n Angel Smokey Joe too (as he watches ofur us all) HIGH PAWZ~!!!
So glad you found a compassionate and conscientious vet to help Percy. The Crystal chick has not visited our house (maybe the only feline ailment not to do so). We eat mostly wet food, with just a little dry to help crunch the tartar off our teeth, so maybe the extra moisture helps. Sending lots of purrs for Percy.
Dude, I know just how bad this all feels. I had the same thing about 4 years ago, Mom looked up loads of stuff on the net, and then she put me & Keisha on a raw food diet 'n I've had no problems since. Mom says it's awful messy work to grind all them chickens 'n stuff, but it tastes great.
Maurice had this problem - he was blocked and had to stay at the vet for three days. We didn't have him at home with a catheter, so we don't really have any knowledge about that.
Make sure Percy (and really all the kitties) are eating only wet food - dry food is really bad for kitties who are prone to this problem. The vet'll probably give you a prescription food, we did that, and then switched to a high-quality wet-food only diet for all the kitties. The dry food is not really hard enough to scrape the tartar off anyways. Maurice was really bad about not drinking water, so the wet food makes sure he gets some. He's been fine now for about 2 years - no re-blockages.
Sending lotsa purrs.
Hey there - I had this, twice. I had stayed overnite at the vet, and then 10 days later, I started to block again & had the catheter again. I was on the prescription food for a while, and then refused to eat it. I now eat only wet food. I do get about 10 kibbles as a snack, but mom pushes the fluid. I also take cosequin 2 times a day. There is a capsule that you mix the powder in food. I also use these treats by PetNaturals of vermont, hip & joint that have cosequin & they are a good company. The cosequin helps keep the inflammation down, and keeps bacteria from sticking to bladder walls. I also take a tablet from Vet's Best urinary tract support. I take one each week. The thing is the PH level. Mom uses strips to check my pee every so often. Look for lower ash & magnesium on the foods. IT sound overwhelming, but not that bad. Feel free to pawmail us & we can help you too. It has been over 3 years now...purrs my friend