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I found out yesterday that my little Chloe has bladder stones (and LOTS of them). She's scheduled for surgery on the 2nd (that's the first availability they had). Has anyone's cat ever been through this surgery? What is the recovery like? I'm so worried about her.
 

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Oh no I'm so sorry to hear that! I haven't been through bladder stones, but I have been through struvite crystals that caused a blockage in my male. Recovery time took him 3 months until he was able to pee comfortably, took a long time for all the crystals to dissolve because there were so many.

I'm surprised the vet is making you wait until August 2... Bladder stones are serious and most vets categorize them as an emergency surgery, because you never know if one will cause a blockage, plus they are really painful.

What kind of food are you feeding your cat right now? Do you feed canned food?
 

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What kind of food are you feeding your cat right now? Do you feed canned food?
I feed them the petsmart brand sensitive solutions dry food. It's the only one I've found that one of my cats doesn't vomit too much on. I was feeding canned once a day and the rest dry, but I'm going to switch to all canned now.

Also, on top of the stones, it appeared in the x-rays that one kidney is smaller than the other so we're not sure if she has kidney problems as well. We're going to check her kidney levels after the surgery is done and see if we need to get her on a special diet for that.
 

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That food is pretty high in calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. The magnesium is especially high at .12% which could most likely be the main contributing factor to the bladder stones.

I feed my cats Acana grasslands formula. I only give half a palmful to each cat twice a day morning and night, and the rest of the day I feed only canned food. I find if I feed just canned food they stop eating it so I use the kibble to sort of "trigger" their hunger for the canned.

If there is a kidney issue, if it was my cat, I would honestly look into higher quality canned, and avoid going on a vet prescription kibble/canned food. The ingredients in vet foods are terrible.

Adding more moisture to the diet will help though... The kidneys have to work harder with a mostly kibble diet. Cats don't have a high thirst drive so feeding mostly kibble is taxing on the kidneys because their body has to use its own water reserve to digest the kibble.
 

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That food is pretty high in calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. The magnesium is especially high at .12% which could most likely be the main contributing factor to the bladder stones.

I feed my cats Acana grasslands formula. I only give half a palmful to each cat twice a day morning and night, and the rest of the day I feed only canned food. I find if I feed just canned food they stop eating it so I use the kibble to sort of "trigger" their hunger for the canned.

If there is a kidney issue, if it was my cat, I would honestly look into higher quality canned, and avoid going on a vet prescription kibble/canned food. The ingredients in vet foods are terrible.

Adding more moisture to the diet will help though... The kidneys have to work harder with a mostly kibble diet. Cats don't have a high thirst drive so feeding mostly kibble is taxing on the kidneys because their body has to use its own water reserve to digest the kibble.

Do you think Wellness brand canned food would be acceptable? I've given them that before and they liked it. I'll try to do some research on my own to see what I come up with. I want to have a plan in place when the surgery is done so I can tell the vet what I'm going to do.
 

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I was feeding canned once a day and the rest dry, but I'm going to switch to all canned now.
Good!
Also, on top of the stones, it appeared in the x-rays that one kidney is smaller than the other so we're not sure if she has kidney problems as well. We're going to check her kidney levels after the surgery is done and see if we need to get her on a special diet for that.
If by "check her kidney levels," you mean labwork (chemistry), that needs to be done NOW, well ahead of the surgery, not after it! The creatinine level and BUN, etc. will let you know if her kidneys are up to the surgery (kidney and liver filter the anesthesia). If there is kidney damage, the vet needs to know that ahead of the surgery b/c then it might be better to have a specialist do it, or at least to take special precautions.

If she hasn't had a CBC and chemistry in the last month, I would get it done ASAP, before the surgery.
 

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Wellness Core would be okay, but I wouldnt feed the regular wellness cans, I've known a few cats and dogs who have gotten crystals from the regular wellness cans and kibble.

Reading ingredients and looking at the guaranteed analysis is important, for a while, until he recovers from the surgery, avoid fish - or if you can't, only feed fish based products at most once a week.

I contacted several companies to find the canned foods that are safe for cats with urinary issues and the ones with the proper pH for bladder health are : natural balance, holistic select, natures variety, and I also feed a bit of the Go! Natural.

For kibble the safer ones are natural balance, holistic select (only the duck one), and Acana.
 

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Good!

If by "check her kidney levels," you mean labwork (chemistry), that needs to be done NOW, well ahead of the surgery, not after it! The creatinine level and BUN, etc. will let you know if her kidneys are up to the surgery (kidney and liver filter the anesthesia). If there is kidney damage, the vet needs to know that ahead of the surgery b/c then it might be better to have a specialist do it, or at least to take special precautions.

If she hasn't had a CBC and chemistry in the last month, I would get it done ASAP, before the surgery.
She had bloodwork and urinalysis all done a couple of weeks ago. It showed she had "elevated kidney levels". The vet said she doesn't know if the bladder stones are what is affecting the kidney levels or not, so she's going to recheck them after removing the stones to see if the levels go back to normal or not.

This is all so scary to me because I really don't know what she's talking about. I'm putting all my trust in her and that's hard for me to do.
 

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Wellness Core would be okay, but I wouldnt feed the regular wellness cans, I've known a few cats and dogs who have gotten crystals from the regular wellness cans and kibble.

Reading ingredients and looking at the guaranteed analysis is important, for a while, until he recovers from the surgery, avoid fish - or if you can't, only feed fish based products at most once a week.

I contacted several companies to find the canned foods that are safe for cats with urinary issues and the ones with the proper pH for bladder health are : natural balance, holistic select, natures variety, and I also feed a bit of the Go! Natural.

For kibble the safer ones are natural balance, holistic select (only the duck one), and Acana.
Thank you so much for your help!!
 

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Chloe had her surgery today. The vet just called me and let me know she came through it and is doing great. They have her on IV fluids for now and I get to pick her up in a few hours. :D
 

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glad the surgery went well. good luck and best wishes for a quick recovery!
 
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