Male Cat Health: difficulty urinating, UTI?
Topic: Male Cat Health: difficulty urinating, UTI?
July 16, 2019 / By Bailie Question:
My 1 year old, male tabby recently got a UTI. He was prescribed Clavamox. Within one week he could no longer urinate and at the animal hospital, crystals were found. he was catheterized and stayed in hospital for a few days. He was sent home today and he continues to take clavamox in combination with an anti-spasmoidal drug, and valium to relax him. He now eats Royal Canin Urine SO food to aid in diluting his urine and is getting increased amounts of water. However, he is still having trouble urinating.
He is now urinating a puss, and appears uite fatigued.
Does anyone know what can be done? I want to help him heal, but another trip to the animal hospital and re-catheterazation is really not something I wish to pursue.
Thanks in advance
Thanks to everyone for their help. One last question:
Could the pus be something that can be cleared by swithcing anit-biotiotics?
Best Answers: Male Cat Health: difficulty urinating, UTI?
Adallina | 1 day ago
I cannot tell you if another trip to the vet is in order. What I can tell you is you have to stop feeing dry foods. The system needs water and dry food dehydrates. Think about. Cats are not normally drinkers, They are suppose to get their needs from their food/prey. The cannot drink enough to make up for the lack of moisture in dry foods which cause a host of problems.
Nutrition since there are so many bad things out there is very important to your cat’s health
Contrary to what you may have heard; dry foods are not a great thing to feed a cat.
Please read the label on what you are feeding? What are the ingredients? Do you know what they mean? Is the first ingrdiant a muscle meat like chicken or meal or other things?
Dry foods are the number 1 cause of diabetes in cats as well as being a huge contributing factor to kidney disease, obesity, crystals, u.t.i’s and a host of other problems. Food allergies are very common when feeding dry foods. Rashes, scabs behind the tail and on the chin are all symptoms
The problems associated with Dry food is that they are loaded with grfains and carbohydrates which many cats (carnivores) cannot process them. Also, Most of the moisture a cat needs is suppose to be in the food but in
Dry, 95% of it is zapped out of dry foods in the processing. Another thing, most use horrible ingredients and don't use a muscle meat as the primary ingredient and use vegetable based protein versus animal. Not good for an animal that has to eat meat to survive.
You want to pick a canned food w/o gravy (gravy=carbs) that uses a muscle meat as the first ingredient and doesn't have corn at least in the first 3 ingredients if at all. The best food for cats does not contain any grains at all.
Fancy feast is a middle grade food with 9lives, friskies whiskas lower grade canned and wellness and merrick upper grade human quality foods. Also, dry food is not proven to be better for teeth. Does a hard pretzel clean your teeth or do pieces of it get stuck? http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bp...
Please read about cat nutrition.
Vetinarian diets The reason your vet thinks so highly of the pet food they sell probably has more to do with money than nutrition. In vet school, the only classes offered on nutrition usually last a few weeks, and are taught by representatives from the pet food companies. Vet students may also receive free food for their own dogs and cats at home. They could get an Iams notebook, a Purina purse and some free pizza. http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/Spring04/Perhach/PetFood/Vets.htm
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Originally Answered: Cat having difficulty urinating...?
Unfortunately this is a common occurence as the male urinary tract is so small.
Inflammation caused by the trauma to relieve the blockage can be very painful and also inhibit a proper urinary stream.
It also increases the likihood of reobstruction.
Ideally your cat should have been put on a dissolution food like Royal Canins SO ir Hills C/D to dissolve or inhibit the formation of stones and crystals.
Wet food alone just isnt enough
In a situation like this it is best to take the cat to surgery so the surgeon can reconstruct the urinary tract.
Some call it a sex change
It is far from cheap and the cat should only eat a dissolution/dissolving diet as I mentioned above.
The cat should also stay on a regime of omega fatty acids and cosequin sprinkles to fight inflammation and keep hum comfortable.
Go to the Care credit website and see if they will offer you a line of credit for situations like these.
This surgery can be thousands of dollars and if you pay off the bill in a year no interest is accrued.
Best of luck to you and the cat
Hi. Whilst this type of illness can be very serious, so needs urgent veterinary care, could I also suggest you find an holistic vet or animal practitioner, as there are holistic treatments that can help in this type of condition. However, I have a few suggestions also: Firstly, a question to you: what kind of crystals were they? They can be struvite cystals, caused by too-alkaline urine (most common), or oxylate crystals, due to over-acidic urine.
If your cat's urine is too alkaline, then I would recommend you give him Vitamin C in the form of Ascorbic Acid to acidify his urinary system. You need to mix this in with his food, as it can be quite bitter. Get it in the powder form, and mix about 250mg twice daily into his food or mixed in with a little natural yoghurt if he will take that. But this is only if his urine is too alkaline. If it is too acidic, give him Vitamin C but in the form of Sodium Ascorbate.
Also give him a capsule of Vitamin E twice a week (say 250IU strength) to help prevent/heal scarring in the urinary tract.
Immediately, though, I would also recommend you get the following homeopathic remedy: Cantharis. You need this is the potency (ie strength) of 200C. If you can't get it in this strength, get 30C.
Give this to your cat hourly for 4 hours, then three times daily until you see an improvement in the passing of urine.
Also have some Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy on hand, to help him stress-wise. Give this every 15 mins for 4 treatments, then whenever the need arises.
There are other natural remedies that can help him long-term, but I really want to emphasise that in a male cat this is a potentially fatal condition, so please don't fail to take him back to the vets if he seems to be deteriorating; particularly if he starts to strain, etc. .
I would also add that I believe that diet is the main cause of this sort of problem, and for cats, a raw, natural diet as nature intended, is the very best preventative.
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It sounds like there are two issues here.
First, to properly treat a UTI, the vet needs to withdraw urine via a needle and do a culture and sensitivity test to determine the appropriate antibiotic.
Second, urinary tract blockages via crystals are best treated with a canned diet high in protein, as the protein will create the proper pH and the canned food is high in moisture. This does NOT require a prescription food.
If your cat seems blocked at all get it back to the vet, as it can die from blockages....
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I am so sorry that you and esp. your cat is going through this. Unfortunately so many things can cause crystals but most are caused by diet. I would encourage you to find a holistic vet who can suggest better dietary changes to permanently reduce the existing crystals as well as continued formation.
Best of luck to you both. Get him to the vet ASAP. Pus... not a good thing. This is an emergency situation.
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ive never used the royal canin food. we use science diet rx food called c/d for crystals. i would go for a second opinon at another vet. surgery is an option but its not going to be cheap. alot of animals have constant problems with utis and crystals. some are in and out of the vet several times before a combination of different meds and foods is found that works for the animal. try a different vet.
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Originally Answered: Are there any home remedies for my male cats` frequent urinating?
Is your cat actually urinating? I had a cat that had the probably of always trying to go but couldn't. If that's the problem then I'm sorry but the only thing you can do is go to the vet. I was told it was a very serious condition that could cause my cat to die. Maybe if you call the vet they can help or maybe they have a payment option. Good luck.