Cat has a urinary infection which isn't getting better
If looks could kill. My cat Caney
My 15 year old female cat was diagnosed 11 days ago with a severe UTI. She has been on pain meds and antibiotics since then. She is using the litter box but is also having accidents in "her" spots - her bed, her pillow, etc. Usually one accident per day. I had hoped the accidents would get better as the antibiotics started to work, however that is not the case. The accidents usually happen after she has been laying/sleeping for a while. She seems to be upset when it happens. I am taking her back for a follow up appointment on Monday. I don't think that the antibiotics are working. Is it normal for a UTI to last this long? What is the next action if we find these antibiotics aren't working? I am very frustrated because since she was diagnosed she has had a visit to the ER Animal Clinic 4 days after diagnosis and a 2nd visit to her regular vet one week after diagnosis - all to figure out that her pain meds were too strong. I just want her to feel better. It is stressful just waiting. Should I demand a different course of treatment? Clearly this isn't working.
PS - She had bladder surgery 6 years ago for struvite crystals and has no problems since. She is on a special Urinary canned food as a precaution.
Yes this must be very distressing for you both.
What you need to do is to express your fears and worries and get the vet to explain what he thinks is going on and also what course of action can be taken now and in the future if this continues. This will allow you to at least know all the possibilities.
It could well be that she has a blockage or perhaps more crystals have formed. It is also possible that her bladder may have become weak and this causes the accidents.
Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you needs to, if your vet is any good at all he should take the time to explain everything. I always find that independent vets are better than vet groups as they are not driven by company factors.
It can take some time for problems like this to settle down. I had a cat who had urinary problems for quite some time. We solved it in the end by feeding her urinary tract dry food only which encouraged her to drink more and this cleared up her continual problems.
I hope she is better soon
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