Today’s guest post comes from Leah and her cat Frazzle.
Having had a to deal with a cat with bladder crystals I thought you would like to hear my experiences to help you deal with this situation if it arises.
Bladder crystals become an emergency when they get stuck as they block the urethra and cause the bladder to fill, left this can cause kidney or nerve damage or worst case the bladder to rupture
Bladder crystals are formed from minerals in the cat’s urine, these mineral deposits build up and eventually stick together to form stones
Bladder crystals are more common in neutered males:
- due to the narrowness of the urethra
- due to the decreased levels of hormones which make urine more acidic
So now I will tell you about my story…
I had started to notice my cat Frazzle had started to wee up my lovely red velvet curtains!!!! Which he had never done before and also that he was going to the toilet a lot but not seeming to do that much wee. Sometimes the wee seemed a little red and he was constantly washing his bits. Then one day he went off his food, he can be a little fussy so we thought nothing of it, then next day he hadn’t moved from where he sat and seemed very dull, so we took him to the vets, the vet palpated his stomach area and he let out a little yelp. The vet said his bladder was very full and rushed him straight in to unblock him.
The next day I went back into collect him, took him home and noticed his back legs were soaking wet, I thought that’s odd but perhaps they has just gave him a quick clean, I quickly noticed that he was dripping wee and he was rushed back to the vets, the vet squeezed him and said his bladder was still full, he took a sample and it was very red brown and was concerned that he may have kidney damage. He was also concerned that because his bladder had got soo full he had damaged his nerve and he had become incontinent.
He was took in put on a drip and a catheter and we had to hope he got better….
During the week, the nerve was not healing and we were going to visit him at the the weekend in case the worst was to happen. On the Saturday we were due to visit I got a phone call, Frazzle had decided to pull his catheter out.., then I knew he was on the mend, they left it out and by Tuesday he had stopped dripping, his kidney levels were fine, and £500 (approx 750USD or 700 Euros) later (which I didn’t have insurance for so is very important to get!) he was allowed to come home. We then went through 6 months of constant trips to the vets to get unblocked, trying many different things.
First of all he came home with some specialist urinary cat food, you can get this from Royal Canin or Hill’s Science Plan. We gave him both biscuits and wet food, but having 3 other cats, we left normal cat biscuits out daily so they could graze and only gave Frazzle his special food when we were around.
The vet advised crushing up vitamin C tablets into his food to increase the acidity of his urine but this didn’t work, we tried a vitamin C gel, but this gave him an upset stomach. We tried to syringe water into his mouth and soak his cat biscuits to increase water intake – but he just became very adept at picking the biscuits out!
We were fast running out of options and the only one left was to give him an operation to make his urethra bigger and essentially make him a her. It wasn’t until I was standing at the reception desk and the practice manager said to me have you tried feeding them all the biscuits, it won’t do the others any harm that we may have finally stumbled across the solution. It wasn’t the cheapest option but all four cats graze on these biscuits daily, the only difference is they have a little bit of dandruff as these are low in oils that help the coat – but what’s a little dandruff between friends! Frazzle only has the special wet food as we can watch that he eats this, and he is now living a happy and normal life – albeit a bit odd!
So if you see you cat struggling to go or having any cystitis type symptoms, take them straight to the vet, as this can come on very suddenly. If it is confirmed they do have them, there are options out there even if you have more than one cat.
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