Q: Feline urinary Blockage issues and aftercare.
January 14, 2009 | By Renee W. | 7 answers | Expired: 2154 days ago
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.
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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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Jan 25, 2009
Never, never, never feed cats dry food - particularly those male cats who have been lucky enough to even survive urinary blockage.
I'm currently in a run-in with urinary blockage with one of my male cats and so I have done a lot of reading and contacting people in the veterinary field.
According to my vet and a very reputable DVM, Lisa A. Pierson, do NOT feed your cats any dry food especially after an episode of urinary blockage! Even if they seem back to normal again after the vet visits and/or surgery, dry food will only begin the build-up again. Please visit Dr. Pierson's site. It's very comprehensive and pretty lengthy but for the sake of your cat(s) and your own education, Google her name or visit her site:
It's not to say that a cat cannot live a long life eating dry food but keep in mind that it's like feeding a human biscuits, cookies or potato chips for the rest of his/her life. Yea sure, that person can "live" many years but at what cost and effect to quality of life?
Dry food has now been banished from my cats' diets. Just read what Dr. Pierson has to say about the topic of feline nutrition and you'll find that what she says makes sense.
I personally agree with sheltervt's input above about not having a long-term reliance on prescription diets, natural supplements and increased hydration. For those who are particularly concerned about your cat(s), do some research on the ingredients of the highly-tooted Waltham's Royal Canin SO and IVD diets. Their major ingredients are crap.
I'll just illustrate a tiny look into the mentioned foods..
In their canned Royal Canin SO products: water is the first ingredient, understood. Water is essential for all cats but remember that cats are naturally a low-thirst drive animal so a majority of the water intake should be from their diet. Next, meat-by-products and then chicken-by-products. By-products are an inferior source of animal protein and often includes parts of a carcass which are considered "unfit for human consumption".
In their dry product of Royal Canin SO, chicken meal is the first ingredient which indicates a low-quality protein source followed by three cheap filler grains that cats don't even need in their diet (rice, corn gluten meal, corn).
In their pouch form, water as the first ingredient for a post-UB cat is fine (as we know they need a much increased intake of water) by that's followed by chicken by-products and PORK by-products. Pork is not a protein-source that cats or dogs could easily digest. Therefore, even if a label claims 30% protein, the amount of which your pet can even digest may be half of that, if even. Also, it has a much higher fat content than other meats used in the pet food industry.
Ok, I'm rambling now. To get to the point, if you care enough about your cat, do the research. No, that doesn't mean going only to the sites sponsored by companies that just want your money (ie pet food companies, pharmaceutical companies, etc). It means to have an open mind and use your brain when gathering information.
Question yourself, your beliefs and what your are reading.
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Jan 14, 2009
I also have the same problem, with several of my male cats. I purchased several large plastic storage containers (3'x 18") and they really seem to enjoy the freedom of movement and spot choice. Also, a plus, is that the sides are high, and less litter is scattered. On the negative side, I use @ 15lbs of litter per container, but it lasts a long time, and I refill when it starts getting low.
Regarding the food, unfortunately, with my kids, they really do seem to do better with the prescription diet vs. over the counter urinary tract food. This is not a plus considering the price.
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Jan 14, 2009
We had a cat who had multiple blockage incidents--one happened perhaps because we switched his food to something that seemed to me to be just as good as the prescription--don't know if anyone really likes the prescription stuff. So be careful about switching without checking with vet. We did eventually get him onto IAMS dry food and he seemed to tolerate it.
As to the peeing, you could try putting him in a large bathroom or some room by himself with a litter box and see if he settles down after a few days
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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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