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Old 02-11-2005, 01:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Nya peed on some of my things today, and when I was cleaning it up, I noticed it was rather darker than I expected. I know human urine gets darker and lighter, depending on how much water you drink, what you eat etc. So when it comes to cats, can the colour of their pee vary? Or is a variation a sign of trouble? It wasn't red tinted, just darker yellow, almost browny yellow on the papertowel I was using to clean it up. I immediatley thought "I'll bring her in to the vet tomorrow" but the only vet in town I can get to by bus is useless and will get me to run all kinds of unnecessary tests that I can't exactly afford to pay for right now. I mean I could go in and tell them "ONLY run a urine sample, I wont pay for anything else" but I dont want to seem like I dont' care, when I just dont want to get ripped off, as they often do to students... I guess I'd just like to know if it's necessary to take her in before I rush off, or if i'm overreacting...
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Her urine being darker (more concentrated) and the fact that she is peeing in inappropriate places would suggest to me that she has a touch of cystitis and needs some antibiotics.

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Dont be afraid one bit to tell them that you only have X amount of dollars and you only want the urine sample....
Much better to be up front...rather than getting a huge bill.
Ask them first exactly what it will cost (not including meds)

I do it all the time!
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before rushing to the vet, you might want to just wait to see if the urine stays that color. if there's no blood, and she's voiding easily and in sufficient quantity, there's no immediate risk.

if you choose to bring in a urine sample you captured at home, make sure you get it in a sterile container.
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Old 02-11-2005, 11:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, I've been so hesitant about taking her to this one vet, so I've asked at my schools livejournal community for other vets in my area that don't try to rip off students, and are accessable via the bus system. I've called a few of the suggested offices, and got a particularly good vibe from one, so I might actually be able to take her in! I'll give it another day or so, and see if she goes to the litterbox okay, if not, i'll call
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Kota was doing the same thing (peeing on things) last year and once she peed on a plastic bag where I could see her pee was brownish/rusty looking. Turns out she had bladder stones. I'm glad you found a good place to take Nya...keep us posted.
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The new vet today was wonderful!! I was very impressed! They did find a lot of blood in her urine, and told me she does have a nasty bladder infection. We've got her on Clavamox for at least a week, but might have to put her on something else, since she was JUST on clavamox after her spay incision got infected, and might be resistant to it. I have my fingers crossed!
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Knew it! Good luck, and hope it clears up soon! Poor Nya!
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WOW.....Good to know what is wrong!

Lots of kitties getting bladder infections lately.
Poor Niya....I wish I knew what causes them.
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turns out it was a good thing you went to the vet. whew!! hope your kitty's allright soon!!
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