I need help and advice with a sick kitty
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|Wed, 03-26-2003 - 1:11pm|
I noticed over the weekend that he just wasn't acting "right". Not as affectionate as he usually is, and not eating as well. I took him to the vets Monday and he checked him out and all he could find was that he acted as if it hurt when he pushed on his kidneys. He had no temp. He was given a shot and two antibiotics. That evening he wasn't feeling any better, but I thought maybe the antibiotics need time to work. Yesterday morning he seemed worse, just laying. When I would pick him up and move him, he would get up, and walk right back to the kitchen and lay down. So called the vet again and took him back in. His bladder was blocked and he was unable to go to the bathroom. When we had gone the day before his bladder was empty so he had been able to use the bathroom. So they kept him and put in a cathedar and said they would flush him bladder.
They called me at noon yesterday and the vet said that he didn't like the way Mister's kidneys felt and asked to do blood work. So that was done and he called later and said that his kidneys were fine, white count was fine, but his liver enzymes were three times the normal amount. Our other cat, had hepatidic lipidosis which was caused because he wasn't eating due to cancer. He was put to sleep this past october. But he had reached the point of not eating at all. Mister was eating, but not as usual.
Today I called and the vet said they took the cathedar out and he was going to the bathroom on his own. He had discussed the blood work with the other vet and they came to the conclusion that all this was caused by cystitis. When my other cats had this they always had potty accidents. We had another cat that had chronic cystitis, we battled it for months, and when the vet could not give me at least a 50/50 chance that surgery would correct it I chose to have her put to sleep. She was having bladder spasms that were incapacitating to her. She was miserable. So I've dealth with this before, with all my cats at some time or another and missing the box was my sign to take them to the vet, once missing the box and to the vet we went. Mister has not missed the box once. There was no excess licking, none of the signs that I am use to looking for with cystitis.
They are keeping Mister for now and force feeding him to see if that will make his liver enzymes return to a more normal level. He said if he begins to eat on his own today I can bring him home tonight. If not he will have to stay.
It just concerns me that I missed this. I'll talk to the vet again this afternoon but I guess what I am asking is what other signs of a bladder infection should I look for? I do keep track of their eating, they are fed every morning and usually their bowls are empty and they are at their food dish before I even get the dish filled. Only Sunday was Mister slow to come and Monday he didn't at all. In those two days he became very sick.
I've also tried various brands of urinary tract food, but Mister hasn't been able to tolerate any of them. They caused diarrea and extreme gas, so we always ended up going back to the brand he could tolerate. I went to the store again and found that the generic brand we use has come out with a urinary tract health type so we're going to try that. What do I do if he can't tolerate this???
Just really concerns me that I missed this but he had none of the signs my other cats have always had. He's been with us for a year and a half and has been a very healthy cat, the only vet visit for other than routine car was for tape worms.
Also if he had cystitis wouldn't his white count be up? If it was severe enough to block his bladder, would it not have been an infection and wouldn't that make the white count high? The vet said there was mucus in his urine.
Can a cat have liver problems if they go without eating for such a short time?
What else can I do besides a food designed for urinary tract health? What if he can't tolerate this type that I have found? We've tried all the vet prescribed brands and all on the store shelves.
Just sort of confused about all this, this has been so unlike anything I have dealth with before. He had NO signs of this, and for it to reach the point it has, he has to have had this for a very long time.