Top 25 Winner- Region 1- 2011-2012
|Purred: Fri Feb 27, '09 4:00pm PST |
|Been thru this twice, and once, was bad enough, so did the research, and
I have a great vet.
All the symptoms you described, sitting in the cat box too long, peeing
outside the cat box, peeing on other things, etc, are all symptoms of
crystals, which you cat has. He is unable to pee. Crystals are about the
size of grains of sands. A male urethera is very very small, and thats why
they get blocked. Instead of getting mad at him, think how you feel, when
you need to pee really bad, and there is no bathroom around, think how
uncomfortable you are, think how uncomfortable he was.
There are many causes of crystals, one of which, is grains in cat food,
and the ingredients start to go south, at the 2nd ingredient, in Nutro.
I highly recommend you take him off Nutro, the show people all know
about Nutro and Royal Cannin and Hills Science Diet, and avoid them
like the plage.
He needs to be on a grain free food, and low in salt. If you don't mind me
asking, why did you take him off the Blue Buffalo?
You also need to increase his water intake, this helps keep him flushed out.
Mix his wet food with water, so it is the consistancy of soup, almost a
broth, once a day. But stay away from the canned foods in the grocery
store, they have grains in them too, and in my opinion are of lesser
quality. Read the catinfo.org link another poster gave you.
Also put bowls of water around the house, not just one.
Since I switched to Blue Wilderness, which was approved by my vet, and
a specialist from UC Davis, I have not had any more crystal issues.
In the future, watch for these signs of crystals, and if he is blocked, you only
have 12 hours, or he could die.
Hope this helps and best of luck.