Sorry for not posting in a long time because I sure learn a lot on this forum. Last week my big cat, Gray, was feeling bad and getting worse day by day for about 2 days. I took him to his usual vet, he said Gray had an upper resp. infection and gave him Baytril in a crushed up liquid he made from pounding tables in a pestle and mortar. He also gave Bud (Gray's younger brother) some Keeflex liquid for a upper rep. infection as well.
Bud got better but Gray got worse. By 10pm I am looking for vets who are open 24 hours becuase Gray is now screaming as he's often licking himself and only able "dribble" a tiny amount instead of urinate properly. Finally, and a 40 mile drive, I met a Vet who's ad I saw and liked in the Yellow Pages, plus I knew his location and he was rumored to be more of a cat specialist.
I took Gray in and the Vet was very nice, shook hands and immediately got to diagnosing Gray's problems. He asked me many questions, he "excersied" Gray's bladder by hand and a large amount urine came out...with cat growling a gutteral scream-growl from the front door of ****. Gray was not happy! I was worried sick and the Vet was trying to calm me down by explaining the cat was in pain, but I'd done the right thing by getting him ER medical attention ASAP. I felt guilty for waiting as long as I did. I listened to friends who said "cats are always throwing something up"..."his medicine from the first Vet won't work that fast" etc. etc. A bunch of idiots!
I leave a $200 deposit in cash and Gray is given some pain relieving meds, put on IV's for fluid since he wasn't able to hold food or water down for 1 day I knew of. The next morning, the Vet calls me at 9am and says he strongly believes Gray has a bad bladder infection and outlines some things he's going to do for the cat. He did a blood test to make sure his kidneys were working and the test came back good. He says Gray might need a catheter, but wants to wait a day to see if he can urintate on his own after being hydrated with the IV fluids, etc. He waits 1 day and Gray can't control himself or pee other than a few tiny droplets, so he's sedated and get's the catheter. It helps a lot...Vet finds crystals and a bad infection in the draining urine/fluid. He gets Gray on IV anti-biotics and more fluids again. That was last Tuesday night to last Thursday. I was only able to bring Gray home yesterday (3-6-06). Gray was very tired and sleepy as heck. He slept a lot yesterday, but today he's slept less and is playing more and acting like his old self. He's on Baytril tablets for the next 14 days.
Bud is well and still taking his liquid Keeflex for another 5 days. Bud got mad- jealous when Gray came back yesterday. He hissed and spat at him, but Gray did nothing. Bud would run away and hide yesterday...Its weird becuase they wre very clsoe before this, plus they are brothers-littermates! Today Bud has been a lot better and isn't hissing-spitting or running away, still heins't layingbeside Gray on the couch like the use to. Gray is able to go urinate on his own and in proper amounts, eat food (I had to buy "prescription Hills' C/D Science Diet dry food 20 pounds for $35) this food is supposed to be for cats with urinary tract problems. I didn't want to feed them this Hill's stuff because I thought Hill's was CRAP basically.
I missed Gray like crazy and drove multiple 80 mile round trips several days to see him and visit with him. It seemed to cheer him up, because he did not like all the noise at the Vet's office.
*Anyone have suggestions for GOOD dry and canned cat food for cats with urinary tract "sesnitivity"? *
If you have a cat and its throwing up or having problems urinating, TAKE THEM TO A GOOD VET! Don't wonder or put it off. I think 1 more day and Gray would have died. He was that sick. Needless to say, they will be going to this new Vet from now on and not to the other who totally missed Gray's diagnosis.