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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2005, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Advice needed: how to collect a urine sample

I just called the vet's to see if Scotty needed more antibiotics for his UTI or if I needed to take in a urine sample. They suggested to bring in a urine sample, and said I could place packing peanuts in the litterbox and get a sample that way. But I'm thinking that Scotty won't have it.

Is there another way that might be easier/less obvious to him?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2005, 04:43 PM
 
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Follow him to the litterbox when he goes to use it and when he starts going to the bathroom slide a babyfood jar or someting else under their rump. easiest way i find. thats the way my vet recommended it and it was almost tooo easy.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2005, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Follow him to the litterbox when he goes to use it and when he starts going to the bathroom slide a babyfood jar or someting else under their rump. easiest way i find. thats the way my vet recommended it and it was almost tooo easy.
I would but he squats SO LOW. Hmmm, I can try though.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2005, 06:50 PM
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Just make sure it's very clean. I remember one member who collected her own urine sample and the results were inaccurate because the sample was contaminated.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-21-2005, 08:24 PM
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I don't know if you want to do it this way, but my vet took the sample for me. To make sure Snickers' bladder was full, I took away his litter box overnight and ran him to the vet first thing in the morning. The collection of the sample was very quick.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-22-2005, 01:17 PM
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My vet gave me some non-absorbant litter to use. It is these tiny round balls. But with so many cats it is not always an option for me - depending on whose urine I need to get.

With Sebastian, he stresses out and pees in the carrier when I put him in it and then there is no urine for the vet to collect so he has to stay overnight and that stresses him (an me) more. So I implemented a procedure the last time I needed a sample. I clean the carrier with alcohol and let it dry. Then I put him in it, he pees, I tilt the carrier and suck up the urine with a syringe, then put the syringe in a plastic baggy and off we go to the vets.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-22-2005, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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I got some "packing noodles" from walmart and a small, cheapo litterbox (I figure if he makes a mess, it's sitting on a towel and full of packing noodles). I broke the noodles in half so they're smaller, but I'm not sure how this will work. His main litter box is hidden, so until he pees in the small one, he won't be seeing his normal one.

Wish me luck! (btw, the packing noodles are large enough that he won't be able to choke and I really hope he doesn't eat any of the pieces. He seems more interested in playing with them.)
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