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« on: November 07, 2011, 11:51:36 AM »

Rushed Beau off to the West Chester Cat Hospital on Saturday from a show in NJ.  He was exhibiting signs of blocking and I didn't think it would go away.  I had at least two other breeders tell me that the vet at Rau II didn't prescribe Beau the right things.  So I took him to my old Vet's office.  Met the new vet and liked her!  And she told me which emergency vet hospital to use in Buck's County, one that she used to work at.

One of the the things they did was take a sterile urine sample.  Of the vets I've been to recently, I must say this is the only vet hospital that seems to know how to do it and do it quickly without panicking the cat.  Even Beau, who is quite slippery and squirmy and determined, didn't do more than grunt when they got the sample.

The other thing they did was ultrasound his bladder, they have the machine right there!  The vet showed me his bladder on the monitor and there was a little bit of "snow" which she said was sediment, but no sign of crystals.  yay!

This morning, he was trying to tell me he was uncomfortable and he pee'd on my bath towel which was on the floor.  There was 3 drops of blood when he was done, so I called them up.  Not open of course (the hazard of having an early start time).  then he had a good pee on my sofa (thank god it's a dark color!) and I didn't see any blood when I cleaned it up (white paper towel) and since it was a good amount, I felt comfortable leaving for work.  He's woozy from the pills (pain killer & anti-spasmodic) and was falling asleep in my lap and I soooo didn't want to disturb him.

Anyhoo, they called me back and said it was okay for him to stay home since he had pee'd and they were still waiting for the culture results.

And so we wait...  Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2011, 12:25:31 PM »

Merrihart, how long before the culture results come in?  Did they go ahead and prescribe an anti-biotic for him?  Poor guy.  Im wondering if he is getting stressed from the cat shows..sometimes if they get stressed Ive read they can exhibit UTI issues.  I hope they can get a treatment going for him sooner than later so he isnt having discomfort.
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2011, 01:18:28 PM »

Did they ultrasound just his bladder, or did they go further up and do the ureters and kidneys as well?  It might be worth doing.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2011, 01:23:37 PM »

Sandi, he developed the problem before his first show, and he was exhibiting signs before Saturday's show, but I opted to go ahead anyway.  My bad.

The culture results are due today, I thought mid morning to noon, but it's been longer than that.  They did not prescribe an antibiotic yet.
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2011, 01:30:33 PM »

I'm surprised they didn't give him an antibiotic just in case. Most vets do -- not necessarily a good thing but I'm just surprised. Hopefully, it's just a simple bacterial issue that will be cleared up in no time.
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2011, 04:54:23 PM »

I'm a little surprised too about no antibiotic. However he's been on them before & still having issues, so that might be why. Have you asked the vet about trying tinkle tonic ?
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2011, 05:54:03 PM »

Tinkle tonic...I'll try to remember that one.

No phone call Sad  Still waiting.

Beau just tried to pee on my bench.  He went in the box no problem.  Someone suggested I set up a litter box with just paper towels in it for him, so maybe I'll try that.  He already got one time out for peeing on the sofa.
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2011, 07:14:31 PM »

Poor Beau, I hope this problem resolves soon. If there is no infection it may indeed be stress related-not caused by stress but stress makes it worse.
   
Tinkle Tonic is great, it does seem to soothe irritated and hurting kitty bladders from whatever the cause.
Just safe herbals, I've used people versions of the same things with good results. I am not sure if most vets have heard of it though...
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2011, 08:56:06 AM »


I'm not sure what a "time out" is, but please don't punish him for this behavior.  You will only stress him more.  He is only trying to tell you that he doesn't feel well - whether it's physical or stress-related.
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2011, 09:47:19 AM »

Absolutely! There is always a good reason why cats do what they do.
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2011, 10:53:10 AM »

A time out is 10 minutes in the playpen following the behavior I"m trying to correct.  It was the only thing I could think to do when Bisi kept peeing on my backpack.  She only needed the once to correct her behavior.  I admit, with Beau, he's trying to tell me something.  If I can catch him, I put him in the litter box.

Just spoke to the vet, his urine Ph is 6, which she says is not terribly bad, but they did find ammonium biurate (sp?) crystals.  She would like to have a Bio Acid test done for his liver, and thinks it should be done before he is neutered.  Then, if the bio acid test is positive, a full ultrasound of his abdomen should be done.
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2011, 10:08:56 AM »

I think Beau is feeling better but he's got very loose stools from the meds, and I think there's blood too Sad
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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2011, 10:31:50 AM »

Oh my, this is a rocky road for both of you.

What medication is Beau taking?

I assume you meant the vet wants to do a bile acid test?  I would guess they want to rule out a liver shunt (portosystemic shunt). 

IF Beau has such a problem, I'd be talking to the breeder - about breeding, and about sharing possible expenses.

Just my opinion.  Sending healing thoughts for Beau, and hoping you get some answers soon.

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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2011, 10:51:28 AM »

So sorry that he's having problems from the medication, too.

I second everything Spartycats said about talking to the breeder, if he does turn out to have the liver shunt, and possibly even if he doesn't.  To have so many problems in a cat so young is very unusual, and the breeder needs to take a look at the bloodlines here. 
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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2011, 02:22:59 PM »

Sorry to hear that Beau may have complex medical problems. I sure hope the answers will come quickly, and that the little guy will be all well soon. I agree about the idea of talking to the breeder.
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