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Author Topic: PetCheckup Kit - collecting urine samples from a cat for at home tests  (Read 7755 times)
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anna_2007
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« on: December 01, 2007, 11:01:23 AM »

Youtube material for sure. First, start with a pristine freshly made litter box cuz cats will pee instantly the litter box is clean, they love clean litter so much. Get the first morning pee cuz that's usually the one you can rely on them doing, and it's the most voluminous.

(1) Stick a clean small glass container under, after the stream starts... collect at least 1 tsp.

Results: A major hiss - the stream stopped instantly and he stalked out. He was really ticked off. Repeat, same results.

(2) Cover the clean kitty litter box with a plastic bag on top of the litter. Have them pee on the plastic.

Results: "Excuse me lady, when you pee on your toys, then I'll pee on plastic... I do not pee on plastic, plastic bags are my friends, my toys.."

I'm down to this option:

(3)  Replace your litter with a non absorbent material such as plastic beads or styrofoam beads which can be obtained from you vet. After your cat uses the box, tip it to one side so the urine collects in one spot.

Just wondered if anyone knew where to get these from other than the vet.

The pet checkup kit tests - within the limits of urine testing - for:
Nitrite, Urobilinogen, protein, pH, Blood, SG, Ketones, Bilirubin and Glucose.

The animals whole life-context producing one urine sample is a key consideration. I expect, for example, if I gave him his flea medicine, the liver test would spike a bit.
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007, 11:08:44 AM »


(1) Stick a clean small glass container under, after the stream starts... collect at least 1 tsp.

Results: A major hiss - the stream stopped instantly and he stalked out. He was really ticked off. Repeat, same results.

(2) Cover the clean kitty litter box with a plastic bag on top of the litter. Have them pee on the plastic.

Results: "Excuse me lady, when you pee on your toys, then I'll pee on plastic... I do not pee on plastic, plastic bags are my friends, my toys.."


LOL, anna - Yep that is the way it usually goes, sorry to say.

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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2007, 11:10:54 AM »

Good luck Anna I had to do that once I used option #3 but I got it from the vet.  I had two cats so I had to lock one in a carrier, clean box put in granules and hope for pee.  It took me several weeks to actually get pee and I would not do that again.  I know it is stressful for uriine to be collected at the vet's but I think it would be more stressful to put a jar under kitty.

It took too long and there were crystals in the urine, the vet never called me back it was ugly and the reason I changed vets.
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anna_2007
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2007, 01:39:15 PM »

I know it is stressful for uriine to be collected at the vet's but I think it would be more stressful to put a jar under kitty.

The last time we went to the vets for a urine sample, he didn't have "any" and they did an invasive procedure to "harvest the pee" without telling me what it entailed, and I almost had a fit. He ended up with pee all over himself anyway. I know how to get him filled up to pee (he will drink warm water when I ask him to).

He has been peeing a LOT since I started this - I don't know he's trying to be helpful since his Mommy is SO INTERESTED in his pee all of a sudden, or if it is a condition!

I have an idea about asking for his cooperation. This may sound "out there", but it's worth it. He's pretty smart and will usually cooperate with all treatments when "it's HIS idea".
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2007, 02:21:08 PM »

are these test strips? if so, just hook one to the end of an antenna or other long stick and have him pee directly on it. dal owners call this "dip sticking" Grin our breed is prone to stone/crystal forming, so many do this often to keep tabs on them.
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2007, 06:22:28 PM »

This is a litter box I saw awhile back when reading up on feline diabetes:

http://www.felinediabetes.com/SCB/otherinfo.htm

I used the 'cup under the butt' method for my guy when I was monitoring his diabetes, but he couldn't care less what I do while he's in mid stream.  My other cats would bolt if I tried it with them.  Straybaby's idea sounds like a possible solution.
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anna_2007
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2007, 09:22:14 AM »

Great ideas. They are strips, and he is very picky about anyone approaching him in his litter box. My last idea failed this morning... he will not go on plastic no matter how I disguise it. The only place he has ever peed on plastic is in the car. In an emergency in the car he will go in a box with plastic. I shall be taking him to the car until he pees, and hopefully it will be a repeat... in the box, and not on the seat, the floor etc. This is going to be an interesting day, running back inside with a cat litter box full of pee and one pissed off cat.
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anna_2007
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2007, 10:40:58 PM »

Pet Checkup Kit urine test done showed negative for all tests except the BLOOD IN URINE came back positive. This could be a false positive, or not... Started him on the Native Remedies UTI cure... never came back positive in the vets office. Indicative of infection ... likely... I'm on the road so doing this long distance... he is playing and eating and drinking ... I still don't like it, I have a very senstive nose and there is a faint odor off his skin, no one else could smell it, but that's not unusual with my sniffer - I figured kidney issues - but again, vet tests come back negative... false negative I think...
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2007, 06:40:46 AM »

Anna- 1 thing I found out when having all the urinary problems is that refridgeration change change some results. If the vet is doing in house testing;try to get a morning sample & have them test it within 1 hour.Also if they are using a catheter to get the sample it can cause a little bleeding.
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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2007, 11:02:00 AM »

Anna- 1 thing I found out when having all the urinary problems is that refridgeration change change some results. If the vet is doing in house testing;try to get a morning sample & have them test it within 1 hour.Also if they are using a catheter to get the sample it can cause a little bleeding.

I've been wondering, do you think catherization (if not done right, or done on an agitated cat) could cause ongoing bleeding months later?

In the mean time, had someone do the Pet Checkup Kit test all over again last night. They said same results, test for blood came back "sort of positive" - but now the test colors are off, i.e. the color he got and the reference color presented to interpret the test were different - and they are going to make a call... it is possible the UTI cure is working a bit...

On the other hand I am tickled all the other tests are still negative ... I miss my kitties on the road. Where I am are two other kitties and they have a raw deal... double entendre intended.







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catmom5
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2007, 11:30:05 AM »

Please keep in mind that a cystocentesis should be done using ultrasound, in my opinion. CJ ended up with bacterial peritonitis when a tech perforated her intesting trying to get a urine sample. She ended up almost dying, having extensive surgery, weeks in critical care, and came home with a stomach feeding tube. My cats do NOT have this done without an ultrasound to guide the needle. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it can be deadly.
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