Q: Feline urinary Blockage issues and aftercare.
Our 9 year old Cat Rezin recently became blocked and it was very scary for the entire household. Every other Cat knew something was wrong and the dogs even acted calmer and more concerned about him. Anyways, after two vet visits, one at one a.m and the second follow up he seems to be doing A LOT better. The pain medicine he was on helped with the discomfort and spasms and the antibiotic got rid of the infection.. or so we hope.. Now there just seems to be this on going issue where Rezin doesn't like to use the little box if it's been used by the other cats to much. With 5 cats in the house we have 2 litter boxes and plan on getting at least 2 more so maybe he'll stop peeing on our bed, the dirty laundry, inside my dresser drawers, my lap top case.. he's just going anywhere he wants. Is there still an issue with his urethra and or bladder? And also the food we were given by the vet an SO for anyone who knows about blockages, he will only eat a few nibbles of the can. is it ok to switch him to the dry food yet? Do we need to get him back to the vet because of his frequent urination now? Please help I don't want this cat to go he's WAY to Important to my fiance and the rest of my houshold. thanks.
Jan 14, 2009
litterbox issues are common in cats recovering from blockages. What you are seeing is not uncommon, and is usually remedied by more boxes,, more attention to box cleanliness, and, more than anything, time. Also make sure you are cleaning any accident areas with a good enzymatic cleaner such as Nature's Miracle.
With regards to the prescription foods... I would recommend researching alternative nutritional maintenance, perhaps with the assistance of a progressive/naturopathic vet. I am not a fan of long term reliance on prescription diets, and feel that super premium nutrition, increase hydration via canned foods and encouraging more drinking (Petmate, Drinkwell, or CatIt fountains can help with this), and lowering urinary pH with the addition of naturopathic remedies such as cranberry supplements or small amouts of citrus, as well as other tricks.
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Jan 28, 2009
Many times after urinary problems a cat will stop using the litter box because he associates the box with the pain he felt. In this case, you may have to retrain him. New boxes may help with that. If not, you may have to isolate him for a while in a small room with a litter box & all the necessities until he gets the hang of it again.
I've had cats come through with various urinary problems. As long as you stick to the prescription food & make sure your cat drinks plenty of water, the wet or dry food is equally effective. Each urinary problem has a different cause from too much protein, to too much magnesium & there is a food for every problem. For many of the problems there are more than one brand of prescription food. Check with your vet. Also if you feel like your cat may still have an infection get him checked out by the vet. Sometimes these issues aren't cleared up immediately.
I always add a bit more water to my kitties' prescription canned food. I have another one, on a different diet, who will not eat the canned food so she only eats the dry. Both cats have stayed healthy since we got their problems cleared up & kept them on their diets.
Good luck & remember that they do get better.
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