Hello! I don't post here much, but I'm hoping to get some insight in to what's going on with my poor kitty, Lancelot. M/DMH/8yrs old. I don't know his early history, but he hasn't had the best health since he adopted me 5yrs ago.
Quick back story: Kitty started having bouts of idiopathic cystitis about 4 years ago, it was VERY bad for about 16mos (at the vet every month), but slowed down, and now it's been about a year since he's had a flare up with the usual symptoms (Crying, frequent urination, blood in urine).
However, now he's having episodes of throwing up and not being able to stop
It use to be 1-2 times a year, now it's like clockwork every 3mos with no other symptoms leading up to it (He has no appetite during, obviously). Since he's never sick 9-5, we're now going to a 24hr vet, and his new vet thinks the throwing up might actually still be from the cystitis. During his last episode (last week) his urine test came back with some crystals, even though his litterbox is normal- his bladder area WAS very sore to her touch, though. She recommends trying to clear up the bladder with urinary food, and if/when he starts hurling again, we go the next step towards more invasive tests and biopsies to finally get to the bottom of this.
Has anyone ever had an issue like this with their own kitties? Does any of this sound familiar? I know there might also be a chance of some kind of digestive issues/IBD, though having him recently on Gastro food didn't help his flare-ups at all. We're just... tired. It's so stressful, he's the sweetest cat in the world and I hate seeing him in pain
I know this new vet will do all she can to help him, but in the meantime I'm walking on eggshells, wondering every day if my next paycheck is going towards vet bills or not.
Like I said, I'm switching him from Gastro to SO wet, since that seemed to help his flare-ups before. I know these are considered 'crappy' food, but Lance has been on the usual high-quality foods before too (Merrick, Wellness, Evo) and either got sick or blocked (Evo) on them all.
Thanks for reading!