urinary blockages in cats can anyone help.
I'm writing with a question pertaining to my 2 year old female cat, Bella. I had noticed that Bella had been licking her hind area more than usual a few weeks ago. I decided to bring her in to my vet. to see if she had a urinary tract infection. They tested her urine and found abnormal results (blood in the pee, crystals, etc.) They gave me Clavamox and said we should retest the urine in 10 days. Upon bringing a second urine sample back to the vet, they re-tested and told me that there was only a slight improvement in her urine. (Just a trace of blood now but still a high presence of struvite crystals). They told me to continue the meds for 10 days. After getting to about Day 5 of that, I noticed the straining in the litter box. I brought her immediately to the ER and she was in fact blocked. They catheterized her and sent her home with me where we were suppose to monitor her for a few days. They said that if she was a male, they would keep her overnight, but since she is a female and her urethra is larger than a male's, she could go home and just to watch her and keep her confined to a litter box near us to monitor. They also told us this was rare in females.
The next day, we noticed more straining, so we brought her in for the recommended ultra-sound. They said on the ultrasound they found an immense amount of crystals. They
told us that that we can either try to dissolve these with a special diet or surgically remove them. We decided to surgically remove and basically clean out the bladder. (They told us that it wasn't certain they would even dissolve on their own with a special diet).
So that brings us to today. Bella her surgery yesterday and passed some urine throughout the night last night. Today when I called to see what time we could come in for a consultation and pick her up, the dr. told me that she unfortunately blocked again!!!! And that he would have to catheterize her for 48 hrs. (At this point, I'm so discouraged and sad for her that she has to go through further medical procedures). He said he does not know why she re-blocked, and that it could be due to a clot that could develop from surgery.
Has anyone ever heard of this or been in a similar situation? Any advice/input would be helpful as I feel so helpless for her right now. Thank you for your time.
Poor little girl. It is unusual for a female cat to suffer like this. It is rather puzzling. I wonder if she has a particularly narrow urethra which is causing the problem, or I wonder if the food she is eating coul cause this, I dont know.
I will post this on the blog so that if anyone else has had experience of this they an comment for you.
I do hope this can be sorted out for your cat soon.
best wishes kate
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