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Mr man is blocked again. Just waiting for the vet to call back and decide if we are just going to unblock him and hope for the best or go ahead with a perineal urethrostomy. The vet prefers not to do the surgery while his urethra is inflamed so he wants to unblock him now and if it happens a third time jump straight into surgery but I don't know what to do. We want to go ahead with the surgery now but that's a money decision. I've already invested $2,100 in vet costs and supplies towards this cat. Thankfully this vet can unblock for $800-$1000 but I can't afford another $1000 unblock just to pay another $1300 for a surgery next month. I know I am being selfish but money is tight. I have tried to get him to eat soft food only to continuously hit a brick wall over and over again. I'm running out of things to try.

I don't know what to do!
 

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Bladder infections are a common side effect with cats that have had this surgery done. Does anyone know how bladder infections are treated? Is it a simple antibiotic or more long stays at the vets?
 

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I am so sorry to hear about your cat. Mine had a blockage back in May and after two days in the hospital without him able to urinate on his own we decided to go with surgery. Our concern was cost as well. We could have had him catheterized again, but there was that possibility he still wouldn't be able to urinate on his own. That would only make it more expensive. We ended up paying $3K for everything since we had to take him to the pricey emergency clinic.

We were told UTIs are something he is now more prone to. We have to monitor his litter box closely, but that isn't a problem. They recommended a urinalysis every 4-6 months to check for crystals and also any infections. I believe a simple antibiotic would clear an infection as long as it's not very serious. My cat had a urinalysis about two months after his surgery since he was already there for a rabies titer, and his urine was perfect.

I understand what you're going through. Those days my cat was in the hospital were some of the most stressful and scary ever. Good luck!
 

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I choose to go with unblocking. The vet said he unblocked really easy and there was very little blood in his urine. They ended up catheterizing him anyway because when they applied pressure to his bladder after unblocking his urethra only dribbles were coming out. His urine and kidney tests came back perfectly fine. They did however say that he has a small you know what so maybe his urethra is narrower then the average cat? Since his urine is pretty clear they will pull the catheter in the morning but hold him for the day to watch him. I think at this point, I am going to get very aggressive about feeding him soft food. If he blocks for a third time we will opt for surgery.

At least now I can officially say I own a $3000 cat!
 

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Ugh, I'm so sorry you're dealing with this again. It's always horrible to think that something will happen and you won't be able to afford to fix them.

This is what I went through with MowMow. He is on his second strike and the vet said that the next block he wants to do the surgery :?

It makes me paranoid enough to monitor everything he eats and drinks (and pees). The moment I feel he's not peeing enough I'm cracking a tuna can to pour the juice into a bowl of water to get him to drink it all up. I don't even LIKE tuna very much but I wind up eating it every few weeks because I can't waste it after I've drained the water out for him. :cool
 

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Well he was doing well but they wanted to keep him over one more night just to make sure he was peeing on his own. I went to see him last night and I've never seen him so upset. He was growling and hissing at the vets all day yesterday. He was even testy with me.

I guess he was peeing fine over night but he blocked again this morning. They can't figure out why this is happening though they do think stress may have something to do with it. What the heck is going on with my cat?

I guess I better get on finding a vet to do the surgery ASAP.
 

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Hello tarah :)

I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty, I hope he is feeling better soon.

Please forgive me for hijacking this thread, but my kitty Sigma had bladder crystals a couple of years ago (which can lead to UTI and then snowball into bladder infections). It was so painful to him that he starting peeing on soft things (i.e., my bed) and it was getting VERY annoying to find a giant wet spot on my bed as I lay down to sleep. I tried all kinds of veterinary recommended things - S/D food etc. - but nothing helped UNTIL I switched him from kibble to a raw diet. His transformation has been AMAZING. He gets all of the water he needs from his food (dehydration is the primary cause of crystals) and he's also lost 1.5kg over the past year. He has way more energy and he's playful and his coat is beautiful etc. etc.

So, for any of you guys who have kitties suffering from UTI, please consider switching to a raw diet (if you don't already feed it). You will NOT regret it and your wallet will thank you as well since you will save all those trips to the vet's office :)

P.S. Against the common misconception, feeding raw is MUCH cheaper than feeding designer kibble diets. Do the research and find out for yourself :) Or visit the raw food forum and start asking questions! Or PM me! I'm ALWAYS glad to help - afterall it's for the kitties :D
 

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I just dropped Mr Man off to have the surgery done. The vet who also did his follow up 3 weeks ago gave me a really good deal on the surgery and he has done lots of them over his 30 years. The vet that he was at for the last 3 days feels the issue is congenital, his uretha is very narrow. He unblocks really easy but they did struggle with inserting the catherder. All his tests came back normal including his PH and there is no blood in his urine. They did not feel experienced enough to do the procedure and I really appreciate their honesty.

I can't help but feel stress is a big part of or am I just grasping at straws here. The first time he blocked, he was chased into the house by another cat the day before. The day before the second block, he had a hissing fit at a cat out in the yard while he was at the window. I chased that cat away. He blocked the next morning. He blocked again this morning after a very rough cranky growly day and night stuck in a kennel.

I sure hope this ends after today. My poor cat. This is so stressful on him. I can't help but feel like I am torturing him but I don't want to let him go no matter how much it hurts us financially. Please let this be over soon so he can be a normal cat again! I think he needs a lot of healing vibes projected his way.
 

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I don't even LIKE tuna very much but I wind up eating it every few weeks because I can't waste it after I've drained the water out for him. :cool
sorry to hijack this thread but this cracked me up...i was thinking that this might be me while i train the kittens to like their tuna water dipped toothbrushes...

to the OP, i have nothing to contribute but best of luck to you and ur kitty..
 

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My heart is broken.

Mr Man's perineal urethrostomy was unsuccessful. His uretha was so badly damaged that the surgeon could not fix the damage or complete the surgery. There was one other option I forgot what it was called but it had something to do with creating a hole in the abdomen. He consulted with a specialist who said it is a very problematic procedure with no guarantee. I opted to euthanize him before he came out of his general anesthetic. I didn't want him to wake up in pain just for us to end his life. I dumped every little bit of money I had left into vets costs the last few days. I've got nothing left and my cat isn't coming home.

We were with him when he was euthanized. Hopefully some part of him knew we were there loving him. I'm so broken. His last two days were stressful scary painful days locked up in a 2 x 2 cage. When I transported him today he cried all the way. I cried all the way too. I just wanted to take him home. Maybe I should have. At least least his last hours or days would have been at home in a calm loving environment. I told him everything would be ok just to drop him off at another scary place and never wake up from it.

All I can think about is the what if's. I should have brought him home last night and maybe if he wasn't so stressed he would have been fine. Maybe I should waited till Tuesday morning when the vet was able to perform the surgery. Maybe he would have been fine for one more night but I didn't want to take that chance. All my choices seems to have butchered my cat. Sorry, I'm so irrational right now. I haven't been stopped crying for hours. I just want my cat to come home.
 
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