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Toby - update: dont think he likes the litter

It occurred to me earlier this evening that I hadn't seen Toby use his litter tray all day. He has eaten fine but I'm obviously rather concerned. Given recent events (there is a question mark as to whether he has been spraying or not) , I don't know whether this is due to a blockage or whether he has just 'gone elsewhere'. I guess if he hasn't gone by tomorrow morning he is off to the vets ... horribly expensive as it will be an emergency ... and it will have to be at his old vets as his current vets emergency service is located out of London which is no good to someone who hasn't got their own form of transport.

I haven slept particularly well (its 3am here) because I'm listening out for the litter tray. Nothing yet.
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Re: Toby - seriously worried there may be a blockage going on

Did he go when he was outside? (not sure when the video was taken)

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Did he go when he was outside? (not sure when the video was taken)
He went to spray but not sure if anything came out.
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Re: Toby - seriously worried there may be a blockage going on

Would you recognize a full bladder if you palpated his abdomen?

Has he been doing anything else indicating he's experiencing urinary discomfort? Licking his penis excessively? Peeing on clothing, bedding, pillows (soft stuff)?
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Re: Toby - seriously worried there may be a blockage going on

I would say that if his behavior is normal, things should be fine. I know cats hide discomfort well, but they can't hide the fact that they feel unwell and you'd be able to tell if he is behaving in a 'depressed' manner. I'm assuming you meen tee-tee and not poo-poo? Poops can be held in for some time with little problems or obvious behaviors, but if tee-tee is backed up, there is no way he'd be able to feel comfortable and he should be exhibiting some signs of discomfort that would let you know how he is doing. He looked very perky in the garden video, but I know what it is like to be worried anyways.
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Would you recognize a full bladder if you palpated his abdomen?
No, I don't think so. And in any case, one only goes near Tobys tummy after mentally saying goodbye to your fingers first.

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Has he been doing anything else indicating he's experiencing urinary discomfort? Licking his penis excessively? Peeing on clothing, bedding, pillows (soft stuff)?
No, nothing like that. He simply hasn't gone as far as I am aware.
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I would say that if his behavior is normal, things should be fine. I know cats hide discomfort well, but they can't hide the fact that they feel unwell and you'd be able to tell if he is behaving in a 'depressed' manner. I'm assuming you meen tee-tee and not poo-poo? Poops can be held in for some time with little problems or obvious behaviors, but if tee-tee is backed up, there is no way he'd be able to feel comfortable and he should be exhibiting some signs of discomfort that would let you know how he is doing. He looked very perky in the garden video, but I know what it is like to be worried anyways.
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He seems fine in himself. He has just munched some kitty treats with his usual vigour. He did a poo-poo yesterday - its the other I'm worried about.

I tend to be on high alert for this stuff anyway as one of my mothers cats had urinary problems all his life.
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Like Heidi said, he wouldn't be himself. I think you'd sense he wasn't himself, even if it wasn't overt. You and Toby are pretty close. He'd be telling you in some way that something was wrong.
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Re: Toby - seriously worried there may be a blockage going on

Well - woke up this morning to find that he still hadn't been. But then I thought that if I took him out in the garden he would try to spray and then I'd know. After two fake sprays, he did an enormous big one all over the wall so if his bladder was full before, it sure isn't now.

Something is going on with his toileting habits though I'm sure - but I've yet to find any evidence of any 'inappropriateness'.

Thanks for the support guys - I really appreciate it. I guess the blocked bladder thing is something I really worry about. As I say, one of my mothers cats (Felixes brother, Liam) has reoccurrant issues all his life (had three operations in the end) and like Toby he was a overweight neutered Tom (although fatter than Toby).
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Re: Toby - seriously worried: UPDATE - he has been!

Great news, Allie! Could it be that he's in the garden often enough that now he's "holding it" until he goes outside?

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