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my cat urinates every 10 minutes or so (kind of long)...

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My cat, Aries, is three and 1/2 years old. He weighs 19 lbs, but he is just a big cat... he really is not that over weight (when he stands he reaches my waist with his paws), although he could loose one or two pounds (its hard to go on a diet for one cat when you have two).
Three months ago he urinated on my bed which is something he has never done before (he has always urinated in the ltter box). I noticed he whined when I put pressure on his belly so I took him to the vet. She said that he had some mineral build up in his bladder (she suspected) and after x-rays and the works she said he was o.k. she gave me some pills to give to him (not sure what they were-- one I think was an antibiotic). She said it was not a bladder infection. Ever since then, he's been urinating in miscelanious places around the house, and he goes to the litter box every 10 to 30 minutes. He usulally urinates a very small amount every time, but it's clear that something is wrong.
This is the second time he has been "seriously" ill and both times the vet could not find what was wrong. The vet is an extremely reputable place (VCA cat hospital of Philadelphia). Basically I can't afford another vet bill when the vet is not helping my cat. Has anyone experienced this before? Any ideas what could be wrong with my kitty?
By the way his brother has NO health problems whatsoever, so I do not think it is a parasite or anything like that...

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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well after more tests from the vet it turns out my kitty has a chronic illness that (from what I'm told) is common in male cats... I forgot the exact name of the illness, but tiny "cystals" form in the bladder if the cat. These lead to discomfort and infection (kind of like a bladder infection) that causes the cat to feel like he has to urinate all the time. It seems that de-flamitories and antibiotics help, but the only solutiuon is to have the kitty drink a lot of water. If he/she wont drink, feed them wet foot (b/c it has a lot of water in it). The point it to flush out the crystals before they clog up the urinary track (which is very serious). I fed Aries wet food for a week and he is 10 time better... he's acting like his old self and urinating at a normal pace now :D . The problem is that this can come about any time for the rest of his life and it is not know what causes it :cry: .

Anyways, in case anybody else has this problem, they may want to ask their doctor about this...
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