|Purred: Sat Feb 25, '12 5:46pm PST |
I'm new in this group, but I've dealt with urinary tract problems in the past. Sadly it is an expensive condition, especially if you find yourself in the ER. (And a full blockage IS an emergency condition.) But now that you're on a prescription diet, hopefully you won't have that sort of emergency again.
I don't know where you are in PA, but I'm in Delaware County and went to the University of Pennsylvania when I needed an ER one weekend. (This was back in 2008.) My overnight charges were comparable to yours, and then I needed PU surgery. For that I was transferred to another local vet's office, because they had a vet who specialized in that surgery and could do it for less than half what it cost at Penn. But yes, that was a very expensive winter. My Mama always comforts herself when looking at vet bills by imagining what the charges would be for the same treatment in a human hospital.
Eating prescription food is good, and hopefully will control your tendency to form crystals. But be aware that abundant water consumption also is a key factor in managing this condition - crystals are less likely to accumulate and get bigger in a frequently-flushed urinary tract. Thus canned food is better than kibble, and if you do eat kibble you should be encouraged to drink, with methods such as a cat fountain, frequently changed fresh water (with ice cubes added for fun), or a trickling faucet whenever you're near a sink.
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