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Author Topic: Has anyone heard of a mucus plug causing urinary blockage?  (Read 4176 times)
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« on: August 15, 2014, 05:52:10 PM »

So Crixus is going to be one of those kitties with pee issues. Last year he became blocked, due to an infection and crystals. We have been giving him a crystal stone formula to help with that. He has gotten a UTI a few times, but no blockages.

Yesterday we had to take him to the doc cause he puking and didn't seem to be peeing again. The vet ran the tests, got him unblocked, etc. He is staying at the vet a couple days for them to watch him. The vet called though to say the reason for the blockage was mucus. They didn't find any stones. Yah for no stones, but mucus??

I had never heard of that, and just wondering if anyone had ever dealt with it. The vet says it can be harder to deal with, because there is no medication or food to stop the mucus from forming. Sad
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014, 06:00:43 PM »

Yes, I have heard of it, although thankfully none of my own cats has had blockage. So sorry that Crixus is one of those kitties with these kinds of issues. As I understand it, when there is irritation in the bladder, the mucus forms. It is pretty common to have mucus, and plugs, in cats with Feline Urolgical Syndrome (a kind of catch-all term for chronic bladder inflammation where crystals or bacteria are not seen.)

From what I know, the more water you can get the cat to drink, the less likely it is that plugs will form.
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2014, 06:04:31 PM »

Thanks Catbird.

The vet did talk about getting more water in to him. Adding it to food and whatnot.

Poor little (well, pretty big, but my little) guy.
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2014, 06:09:21 PM »

I don't know about the mucous but do know that once I got the fountain, they are drinking much more water. Perhaps that might be an idea for you. Hope you can get it sorted out and that Crixus is feeling better.
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2014, 06:14:16 PM »

Sadly we have tried the fountain. Crix stuck his head under it once, but otherwise no interest. I think we are just gonna have to water down the food, and maybe syringe give him extra to make sure.
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2014, 06:36:43 PM »

I hope Crixus will feel better soon. Urinary blockage is one thing I'm really paranoid about, especially with Smoggy having pee problems when he was a kitten. I always add water to their canned food. So far he's been fine but I do worry about Cosmo since he will not eat canned food. I'm always looking for ways to get them to drink more water. I leave the faucet dripping for Smoggy who will not drink from a bowl. I have recently added a bowl of water in my bedroom and I do see Stormy and Cosmo drink from it often.
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2014, 06:41:04 PM »

I def see Crix drink. The one issue I can see is he does love to munch on dry food. But, I guess we are just gonna have to be firm and keep it away from him.  Embarrassed
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2014, 07:37:48 PM »

Hope Crix can come home tomorrow and that he will stay unblocked.

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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2014, 06:30:23 AM »

I hope he is home by now !  If he won't eat the canned with just water added , you can use a bit of baby food meat added to water to make a gravy . Just put a tip of a spoonful in his bowl, add a few spoonfuls of water & stir well . Then add the food . Tuna water works too , but I don't like to feed fish all the time . Make sure any baby food is stage 1 or 2 & doesn't have onions or garlic in it .
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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2014, 07:54:52 AM »

He is staying at the vet over the weekend, just so they can monitor him, but they said he's doing well, peeing and eating.

My ex is going to go visit him this afternoon, since I have to work and I won't be able to make it out there.l

Thanks for the support.  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2014, 09:00:31 AM »

That might be what a couple of my cats had when there was no bacteria found in the urine-mucus.  So glad Crixus is peeing and eating! Good that he is being monitored.  I think dry food is a big culprit in this, and I agree that adding a little water or other liquid to the wet food helps. Also, I occasionally buy some plain canned (people food) chicken, a fairly low sodium variety, and our cats just love drinking down the chicken broth in the can.  
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2014, 08:36:10 PM »

I can't wait until he comes home tomorrow. I miss him so much. He is the fluffiest derp ever, and I miss his shenanigans.

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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2014, 02:52:29 PM »

He's coming home tomorrow!  yay!  And he has the lovliest derp I ever saw.
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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2014, 06:45:33 PM »

Is he home yet? I hope he is feeling better.
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« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2014, 06:08:59 AM »

He is home. He's so happy, it's funny. He followed me around for at least an hour, and just kept talking to me, telling me his story.

He hates the feel of litter, so he pees in the tub, which is kinda meh, but with his issues, helpful. Can see everything looking normal.

Still waiting on bloodwork results to see if there was an infection of any sort, but he's getting baytril.
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