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« on: September 19, 2007, 09:48:02 AM »

Geff, Sylvester is having surgery tomorrow.  My catvet will "reroute" his system and hopefully he will not block again.  I have spent well over $3000 on that cat so far and I am just about at the end of what I can tolerate.  I used to feed Nutro until the petfood mess started.  Then switched to EVO and California Natural.  They were hardcore kibble addicts and I finally managed to get them to eat Wellness canned (hit and miss).  Bobby, my older cat had urinary tract problems the first time on Saturday.  I have him at a different vet and he put him on Science Diet c/d.  I don't like Science Diet but he swears it helps with these problems.  Also, C/D only comes in kibble no canned and everything I have learned about urinary tract problems tells me he should be on canned food.  Sylvester's vet swears by Royal Canine S/O canned.  Bobby's vet does not like S/O and claims he had a lot of problems with it.  They are driving me crazy.  Did you feed prescription Science Diet or regular?  By the way I have 2 vets because I take my difficult cases to a cat vet 1 1/2 hours away.  For my "normal" stuff I use a local vet.  The more research I do on petfood the more confused I get.  Seems when you ask 5 different vets you get 5 different and total opposite answers.  I tried to get my guys to eat raw or home cooked, but they want nothing to do with it. 
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2007, 10:06:08 AM »

TW,

I had to use Royal Canin S/O for a male cat that almost blocked with struvite and a female with oxalate crystals.  They did very well on it.  They liked the canned and the dry, but I tried to give them mostly the wet.  I was able to take them off it in April when I switched them all to all wet food diet.  That was my experience with it. 

How many times has he blocked?  I will add your kitties to my prayers and positive thoughts.

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007, 10:32:16 AM »

TW,

Hills does make a canned version of C/D. Your vet can write a prescription you can have filled elsewhere if they don't carry it.  I used it briefly on my male Siamese.  It gave him horrible diarrhea.  I switched to Wellness canned and added extra water to keep his urine from getting too concentrated.  That encourages blockage.  He's now on homemade with 250 mg cranberry powder and gravy (made with organic baby meat and water).  The vet told me the most important thing is getting the liquid in him.  He's been off prescription diet for 18 months now and hasn't blocked again.  I have my fingers crossed.  I will keep them crossed for you and Sylvester also.
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2007, 12:48:49 PM »

Thanks for all the well wishes.  Sylvester has been totally blocked twice.  Last time his kidneys and pancreas were affected.  He has at least three serious Urinary tract infections a year.  He had both, Oxalate and Struvite crystals.  I have tried everything with him, Cranberries, extra water in canned food, you name it.  A major part of his problem is stress.  Every little change around the house he gets sick.  Never failed - about a week before we try to go on vacation he gets sick.  I get sick - he gets sick.  It's totally nerve wrecking.
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2007, 10:30:30 PM »

Geff, Sylvester is having surgery tomorrow. 

Tw, good luck. My cat is also named Sylvester! We went through a uti nightmare in 2000. After several months of treatments, he had to have his male organ amputated. He licked it so much it ended up closing up. His issues were $5,000 in 2000/2001 dollars, but he's had no uti's at all since we got off the Hill's. Unfortunately, we didn't figure out that Hills was the cause until after all the surgeries. In fact, if my fading memory serves, I believe we tried other foods for reasons other then the uti's,. The vet didn't have a clue that Hills was the culprit. I think the entire situation took around a year from first blockage to being fully healed. Today he's a happy & healthy kitty, although terrified of the outdoors. Going outside somehow reminds him of all the pain he went through at the vets.

I really hope your Sylvester comes out ok. & kudos for being willing to spend the money on your furr guy - he deserves it!
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2007, 10:31:57 PM »

Did you feed prescription Science Diet or regular? 

Regular dry.
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2007, 01:40:37 PM »

Just wanted to give you an update on Sylvester.  He had surgery yesterday.  The vet did not shorten his urinary tract as originally planned.  She found a thick ligament attached to his bladder wall when she opened him up.  The ligament was pressing on the bladder and she removed it.  I had another cat with the same issue.  He had constant UTI's, during surgery the same ligament issue was discovered/removed and he has been fine ever since.  Apparently this condition is quite common in cats. 
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2007, 01:45:13 PM »

TW,
I'm glad they found something they could correct.  Hopefully the relief of pressure will resolve the condition.
Sending positive thoughts,
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Geff, what an ordeal for your Sylvester.  I'm glad he's doing better.
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2007, 05:46:09 PM »

TW,
I'm glad they found something they could correct.  Hopefully the relief of pressure will resolve the condition.
Sending positive thoughts,
Mrs.P

Geff, what an ordeal for your Sylvester.  I'm glad he's doing better.

We've been very lucky. He came very close to death at least twice during 2000. During one of the emergency trips to the vet, I honestly thought he had died. He was actually in a very deep sleep & he woke up when we got to the vet.

He had no significant issues since 2001 until the recall. I HOPE that Natura has gotten their act together, as that appears to be just about the only commercial food he can eat. We'll be buying a new bag in the next week.
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2007, 05:47:11 PM »

Just wanted to give you an update on Sylvester.  He had surgery yesterday.  The vet did not shorten his urinary tract as originally planned.  She found a thick ligament attached to his bladder wall when she opened him up.  The ligament was pressing on the bladder and she removed it.  I had another cat with the same issue.  He had constant UTI's, during surgery the same ligament issue was discovered/removed and he has been fine ever since.  Apparently this condition is quite common in cats. 

TW, you & your Sylvester have my thoughts & best wishes for a speedy recovery. Thank goodness you caught it in time.

Mine had crystals blocking his male organ.
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