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Q: Bladder Stones

November 11, 2008 | By Anonymous | 13 answers | Expired: 2093 days ago

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I have been worried about my cat because he has been shaking his head in such a fashion as to suggest URI... probably a result of me bring it from the shelter.

So I took him to my vet and she did an x-ray on the new digital machine they have. Nothing was wrong except a bladder stone. My question is this. My little boy is acting weird. He is having trouble sitting, he is racing back and forth to the litter box, his coat looks disheveled, and he is licking more than normal. Can this JUST be a bladder stone or do I need to look further?

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Kelly
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Nov 24, 2008

My little 3yo calico had what I thought was a bladder infection because she started running from litter box to litter box. She would strain to go & was only able to dribble. She was antsy, couldn't rest & was just running around like a crazy cat. I took her right in & they found 3 large bladder stones. They did surgery the same day to remove them & put her on Science Diet c/d which decreases the amount of magnesium in her diet, the cause of her stones. The stones can block the flow of urine & can cause infection. Also, as in the case of my little girl, they were too big to pass or dissolve. Your cat's behavior can be the result of the stone but it indicates discomfort & pain. It sounds like something further needs to be done to alleviate the problem. As urinary problems are much more serious in males than females, I think its worth a second opinion.

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Robyn W.
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Nov 12, 2008

The bladder stone may have traveled down into his urethra and is now stuck. If this is the case then it is a medical emergency and the cat needs to be seen by a vet ASAP.

It has been a while since this question was posted so I hope I am wrong.

In general however, any problems involving the urinary system is a major emergency.

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donna w.
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Nov 11, 2008

as was mentioned previously, bladder stones can be extremely painful and can cause all kinds of problems. If you were in that kind of pain you'd look disheveled too :)

one point i wanted to make - you mentioned bringing the URI home with you from the rescue. Don't beat yourself up over that one - it's quite likely he just came down with it on his own. Kitty colds are not uncommon and as long as they don't get too nasty they're no worse for the kitty than a human cold is for us.

Concerning transfering bugs from the shelter -
URI's are tough to transfer from shelter to home if you follow a few reasonable precautions. Hand washing and/or using waterless hand sanatizer works very well. I've worked at a shelter for a couple years now and we've had all sorts of nasty things come through and i've managed to keep it from my 5 kitties by making sure my hands are washed. If the crud at the rescue is really contagious i will change my clothes when i get home and make sure they aren't where the kitties can get to them. If you are concerned about shoes a litter pan with a bleach water soaked towel in the bottom works great for cleaning the bottom of shoes. Many rescues use this system as an entry/exit for isolation rooms.

i wish you the best with your kitty. One of my kitties had bladder stones before i adopted her and i'm now constantly on the watch to make sure she doesn't have a repeat occurance. any urinary abnormality is dealt with quickly to avoid bigger issues. It means paying close attention but it's worth it!

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Kristen H.
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Nov 11, 2008

The new digital x-ray machines are great and easier to read than the older versions. They have recently switched to them at the veterinary college at the University of Tennessee. I doubt this would be due to misreading of the x-rays just because they are now digital... the pictures are much clearer on a digital machine.
Stones can cause those symptoms depending on the size or type of stone. Male cats' urethra has the smallest diameter of any of the dogs and cats so it doesn't take much for it to become blocked which would cause the continuous racing to the box that you are seeing. They are painful... I've never seen a cat have an issue not being able to sit down but again it depends on if there are also stones stuck further down the urethra that could be causing additional problems.
Depending on the size of the stone it may not require surgery to remove... some can be medically dissolved using different diets and some if small enough can actually be expelled by a type of hydropropulsion (this method is a little more unlikely to work in a male just because of the small size of the urethra) but your vet should be able to advise you on this.
You can get a second opinion if you don't trust his opinion but I wouldn't base it on just that it is a new digital machine.

If you want any more info on the other treatment options feel free to email me (klhughes@mail.ag.utk.edu). If I can't answer you we have some of the best urinary vets at UT that would just love it if I started asking questions.

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Kavykeeper
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Nov 11, 2008

What did your vet say about the stone? I'm sure it's different with a cat than guinea pigs like I have, but stones are really painful in guinea pigs and in humans. I had a stone and it was the WORST pain I have had in my life. Humans are able to pass stones, but most male GP's are not. In humans, a doctor prescribes medication to relieve the pain. Guinea pigs require surgery. I'd get back to your vet and ask about what signs will you see
if/when your cat passes the stone and whether you should give it something for pain. He probably feels like he has to pass something that is hurting him and he's trying to get it out. Poor thing.

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carol  s.
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Nov 11, 2008

I would go for a second opinion. New machine sounds nice, but do they know everything about reading the results??

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Trish E.
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Nov 11, 2008

It sounds to me like a neurological disorder. It can cause what looks like a bobble-head motion. Another side effect is instability. I don't know if there is anything they can do for that. I suggest googling feline neurological disorders.
It's not something you'll have to put him/her down for

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MaxxieBrown
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Nov 11, 2008

Definitely a second opinion. This doesn't sound like anything that I have experienced. Please let up know what you find out. I would like to know since and I have three cats of my own.

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Kadiquilts
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Nov 11, 2008

Last try...this site keeps citting off the complete web After all type in
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Kadiquilts
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Nov 11, 2008


My answer below did not record the website properly.

Go to www.maxhouse.com/feline_urological_syndrom_fus.htm

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