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Hi,

Sam is at the vet as I type. My husband noticed this morning that he wasn't up to his usual tricks (walking on keyboard, getting in lap, etc)
and was instead hiding.. very listless, hadn't eaten, had that squinty-eyed don't-feel-good pity-me look. He dug him out and brought him to the vet where he was found to have a kidney infection & a fever.

Sam's history:
UTI's every 5 minutes. Blockages every 3 minutes. Finally a urethrosoto..
urethrasotomy?...that operation that makes HIM a HER.. I can't spell it!
Anyway..no more blocks since the operation which was in the fall

I haven't been able to talk to the vet yet. My question is simply.. has anyone else had a cat succeptible to every cat ailment ever? Does anyone
know if cats prone to UTI's & blockages are doomed to be prone to
kidney infections as well?

Help!
 

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I will leave this for someone more knowledgable. My Blacky died at age 16 of renal failure, but the first time he showed symptoms he was 15 years old. I will say that the vet warned me to be careful of his diet.

I hope Sam has a complete recovery!
 

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Oh yes! I've had a couple of cats that I referred to as "big-ticket items." :lol: One had chronic UTI's when she was young, then developed hepatic lipidosis. She did recover from that and lived another 12 years. The other one was a hemophiliac with Addison's disease. He was the sweetest cat in the world (well, to me!), but physically he was a train wreck. He didn't do so good; died when he was only 4. If I hadn't been a vet myself, he would have cost me a fortune! I guess that's why he came to me; I was the only one who would put up with the constant crises!

Cats who have blocked often do have some scarring and compromise in the kidneys because of the back-up of urine. So it makes sense that problems would continue to occur in the renal system. That's a pretty serious infection and fairly painful. No wonder he looked so pitiful this morning! It takes a while to clear these up, but fluids now and a few weeks of antibiotics should put him right.

Then we should chat about diet and stuff...I'm sure my opinion will be completely opposite of his vet's, but you should hear both sides so you can make up your own mind!

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 

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Sam Again...

Thanks for the replies -

As it turns out he got some tests done and it's NOT his kidneys, apparently, but some other sort of infection that they can't place quite yet. He still has his mid-grade fever and is on fluids and antibiotics. I'm not sure if this is a relief or not. I've heard that cat-kidney problems are a life long thing. I will hear from the vet shortly but I'm very worried about my boy! He was so pitiful when we visited him last night and definitely wanted to come home with us. He knows this routine all too well. I have several pulls in my sweater now.

As for his diet, he's on a special food already, CD I think it's called, dry food. He won't eat the wet stuff, we tried several times. Would you recommend something else?
Thanks for your help!
 
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