View Full Version : Cat with bladder infection?
10-09-2007, 03:04 AM
About 2 weeks ago my cat began some weird behaviour. He started squatting all over and trying to pee, only a bit would come out and it was bloody.
I got him to the vet ASAP, they had to drain him and he went on antibiotics. It was a urinary tract infection.
He was on the meds for 10 days and was doing absolutely fine. The meds ended on friday and now yesterday and today he started with the squatting all over again and the blood. I am getting him into the vet again tomorrow, but I am very worried. Is this common for the UTI to not clear up and to come back right away and need more meds? Could this be more serious? Anyone else have this issue. He is a male, neutered persian.
10-09-2007, 09:56 AM
Yes, it is common. The first thing tried by the Vets are draining or flushing the bladder, and giving antibiotics. Sometimes, if the meds don't work, they insert a cathedar into the bladder, and drain the bladder for a couple days while the cat stays in the hospital. As a last resort, they do surgery. If it's an extreme case, they may also do a "sex change", which is not as common, but it can happen. My 17 yr old cat had one maybe 10 years ago or longer, but is now UTI problem free.
Not the only fix, but high quality diet with no fillers, low in ash and magnesium help to keep the urinary tract from becoming infected again.
10-09-2007, 11:14 AM
Thanx for that info. I had read about all the things that can happen and its rather scary. Poor little guy.
Well I talked to my Vet and he is puttin him back on antibiotics for 21 days. Lets hope this will clear things up. He is also on a different diet as well.
10-09-2007, 12:09 PM
We've been through the antibiotics twice, thankfully we had no blood.
My guy is prone to UTI and the vet recommended a daily dish of canned food mixed half/half with water which seems to keep it at bay. I've noticed that if I don't give him the "soup" for about 3 days, he starts straining to pee again. He has access to dry food as well but the wet seems to help quite a bit.
Just keep it mind for later long term.
10-09-2007, 03:48 PM
One of my old cats was prone to this also, my vet said that any male neutered cat should always be fed some kind of wet food to help flush their systems. That cat has since past on but the cats I have now get wet food daily along with their kibble and so far a over 10 we have never had a UTI.
Hope your kitty feels better soon!
10-09-2007, 04:55 PM
Thanx for sharing your stories everyone. My lil guy is started on his meds again aso I am hoping it will work.
I have always fed my cats the wet food as well as dry. I recently started them with the special food that is good for their urinary tract. They recommended it at the pet store. My vet did not even mention his diet though. Anyways, I hope this will help keep it at bay once this bout clears!
10-09-2007, 07:51 PM
I have 2 male cats and have had them in the past and never had a problem with UTI's. Knock on wood!
I've never heard of wet food making a difference either.
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