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Cat Urinary Tract Infection: Signs and Treatment

Updated on February 20, 2016
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Cats Can Get Urinary Tract Infections

Your cat has started to display some odd behavior lately. Your previously house-trained cat has been found urinating in your bathtub or on your bed. Also, your cat has been found straining as if constipated, just sitting there in the litter box waiting and repeatedly scratching.

Not all owners can recognize these key signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Having worked at a veterinary hospital, I have come across many cats that were thought by their owners to be constipated, or worse, just simply displaying behavioral issues.

Cats that are peeing in the bathtub or on the bed are doing so for a very specific reason. Their trip to the litter box has turned unpleasant. Your cat has tried to urinate in the litter box but it turned out to be too painful, and therefore, he has started associating the litter box with something negative. To a cat, avoidance is the best solution, so he will try a bath tub or a bed to see if it will in any way ease the discomfort.

Another common sign of a cat affected by a U.T.I is insistently licking the genital area. Cats tend to lick their wounds, so licking their genital area is the way they try to "heal" the burning sensation they are feeling.

If you have happened to find some occult blood around the home it is very likely coming from the cat. Blood may appear as normal red drops or it may have a pinkish tint if it is mixed with the urine.

Veterinarian Discusses Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Common signs of a cat with a urinary tract infection are:

  • Persistent straining in the litter box
  • More frequent trips to urinate, but urine often limited to just a few drops
  • Inappropriate urination in other areas
  • Crying while straining
  • Licking the genital area
  • Bloody urine

A urinary tract infection in a female cat may seem like a minor issue, though annoying and needing treatment. But in male cats, a urinary tract problem can easily become life-threatening due to the narrowness of their urethra, which can easily become blocked. A urinary blockage can turn out to be deadly if veterinary attention is not sought immediately. A cat with a urinary blockage will produce no urine and become poisoned by a buildup of toxins.

Vomiting, nausea, lethargy, and loss of appetite in a male cat should never be ignored. A male cat urinating a few drops is slightly better off than one not producing any urine at all, but still requires immediate intervention.

Diagnosis of a Urinary Infection in Cats

Diagnosis of a U.T.I. is usually confirmed by a urinalysis. Collecting urine from a cat may be challenging. Owners can try replacing the normal litter with lentils, beans, or Styrofoam packaging peanuts; these materials will not absorb the urine, which makes it easier to collect. In some cases the vet may need to perform a cystocentesis, whch consists of inserting a needle directly into the bladder to collect some urine.

Treatment of a Urinary Infection in Cats

Treatment is based on findings. Bladder stones or crystals in the urinary tract may cause symptoms like those of a U.T.I. If this is the case, surgery or a diet change may solve the problem. If a U.T.I is confirmed, a round of antibiotics will help fight the infection. When a urinary blockage is present, a catheter may be inserted in the male cat's urethra and flushed to unblock it. Special diets may be prescribed if necessary.

So next time your cat is urinating in odd places, don't assume it's a behavioral issue; have him checked to rule out this dangerous condition. Many times it turns out to be just a moment of stress or a dirty litter box, but the saying "better safe than sorry" becomes a savvy one when dealing with your feline companion's health.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 weeks ago from USA

      It can be he is having trouble urinating due to formation of crystals which are blocking the urethra or perhaps there is inflammation. While it's good your male cat eventually peed, I would suggest reporting this to your vet to determine the underlying cause. A urinary blockage in a male cat can be quickly deadly.

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      Robin 2 weeks ago

      My 9 year old male cat just started peeing in side on the carpets or different places in the house he squats like he is peeing he shakes his tale then he doesn't go or sometimes he does pee. I try to make him move to stop him so he can run outside but he just stays in the same position meows low I try again samething again and again then all of a sudden he runs away but no pee.Later that day he peed in the living room a lot he has never done this but it's more frequently what can be wrong with him??? Please help !!!

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      Al 4 weeks ago

      Cat not drinking water or not eating drags hind leg

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      Jolee Owen-Cartee 2 months ago

      Ok so my male cat biggy had a procedure done not that long ago they had to unblock his bladder he had crystals they went in the first time with a catheter an unblocked him or so they thought an he took his catheter out when he woke up completely so they went in the next day an did it again an sedated him we have had him home for about a week an a half an he just recently started peeing on beds bookbags floors you name it he has pretty much done it an his litterbox is cleaned out three times a day so I don't know if I should take him in again or seek another vets attention he finished his anti biotics last week we brought him home the day before the 4th of july so I could really use some helpful guidance

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      The contrary dyslexic 7 months ago

      There is a essential amino acid called DL-Methionine that works wonders on UTIs. It used to be prescribed for urinary troubles in the mid 90s on back. It's in that uti health pet food we buy. Food company's and vets don't want us to know so the can get all our money. Demand DL-Methionine from your vets for UTIs and watch you animal get better and stay better. You can get 1000 200mg tablets for 25 dollers!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 7 months ago from USA

      Jack, I am hoping you were able to find a vet or an emergency vet, blockages in male cats can be very dangerous and need immediate attention.

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      JACK 7 months ago

      My male cat has been acting weird. This morning he was just fine, went to the bathroom like he always does in the morning. I let him into our courtyard as I always do (he has no way to leave the small area. It has extremely tall walls) and now he's acting weird. He's been sitting in a weird position, lifting his leg while shaking, and crying out. Every few minutes he gets up and walks slowly to a new area and continues. It looks like he is trying to go to the bathroom, but can't. There is also this liquid that comes out in a few drops (it looks like urine). He keeps crying out in pain and it breaks my heart. The vet isn't answering the phone and we've called another one, but they are closed.

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      miss Kitty 8 months ago

      Hello:

      I have a cat that has blood in her urine, she is a very sensitive cat with allergies to foods - she gets ear infections, break outs under her chin.

      I have remedied her food allergies and we've cleared the ear infection.

      Over the weekend she started dragging her rear end on the rough carpet and rubbed herself raw! I rushed her to the vets and she cleaned her up, she has an infection now, a very sore private area.

      The vet gave her an injection of cortisone, antibiotic. But later towards the evening, she started going to the litter box and was not able to urinate. Then, I noticed when she did, it was pink!

      I immediately went to the Pet Smart and bought a dog kennel big enough to place puppy pads, and a small litter box in. This way, when she has to go, which presently she has little puddles about every hour, I can change out the puppy pads. My house is safe from letting her roam about. She is happy (well, as happy as can be expected) safe and warm in the kennel and contained. she's right by the fireplace, and I can socialize with her in the living room, but she is contained.

      We go back to the Vets this afternoon, hopefully we can find a quick answer - it's probably bladder stones or gravel, but will know more.

      I'd say, consider investing in a large dog kennel when any of your cats are sick. You can buy the sanitary puppy pads, and save yourself lots of frustration. The cat can be monitored at home better too.

      Food that are commercial seem to be alot of the problem.

      Hope this suggestion helps. I'm giving her ACV with a little organic honey & water - she also has some other herbal tinctures for this issue, and I'm giving ascorbic acid powder mixed in some water & honey - I've read they need to acidify the urine to heal up and it unclogs the stones too.

      Don't give up on your pets, just become more informed and help them by making them safe, and your home safe from urine accidents.

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      Patty 11 months ago

      Hi. I just noticed that my 3 year old male cat keeps trying to pee but nothing is there! He's otherwise acting fine, eating and playing. Its 10pm and vet doesn't open till 8am! What should I do???

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 12 months ago from USA

      As my article outlines, urinary problems in male cats are a medical emergency, see your vet at once.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 12 months ago from USA

      SC, if you are finding brown discharge that smells bad it could vaginitis or it could be a problem with the anal glands. You should get a culture done by the vet to determine what it is and determine the proper treatment.

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      SC 12 months ago

      I have a 10 year old female cat who had a UTI last year. Alongside her UTI last time she had a terrible odor around her backside, like old urine. I have not seen any litter box related issues recently however in the past few days she has started to smell so terrible I do not want her on the bed with me. I started doing what her vet previously told me to do, and have been using baby wipes on her backside. However as these are unscented they don't seem to be doing much. I'm being sure to not use the same wipe on her genital and anal area. There seems to be a brown discoloration on the baby wipes every single time but I cannot tell if this is discharge or just old urine in her fur, as I've seen old cat urine stain things brown. She's also overweight and not able to reach back there, making it hard to tell if she is overgrooming or can't completely reach and thus is undergrooming. I'm unable to tell if she has inflammation or not. I also recently took in another cat, who she does not like very much, so she is a bit stressed, and from her upcoming vet visit, I'm not going to have much money. I'm very neurotic about my cat's health and I can't decide if I should go into debt over this or keep an eye on her and keep cleaning her off. The last time she had a UTI, the first round of antibiotics were liquid and hard to get into her properly, so she ended up having the UTI for a month or so, so I know that it's not an immediate veterinary emergency as it is in male cats, but this is still worrying me.

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      Trina 12 months ago

      I have a 4 year old persian. Last week he urinated on the spare bed. I notice his urine had some water pink blood. Nothing since, last night he started crying when i picked him up. Today when i went home for lunch he was under the end table, when i ppicked him up he was crying. I got him some more water and food. He jumped on the bed crying. I was petting him and rubbed his belly he was crying and crying. what do i do.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 15 months ago from USA

      It's not normal that your kitty hasn't used the litter box as he normally would. Please see the vet as blockages can turn into emergencies quickly in male cats.

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      Michelle 15 months ago

      My cat is a neutered male not quite yet 2 years of age. He has always used the litter box with no accidents. Recently, I lost my beloved dog of 14 years who was always close to my cat. The very next day my cat started peeing and pooping outside of the litter box. I did change his litter, so yesterday I dumped the litter, cleaned the box thouroughly and went back to his old litter. Last night he peed and pooped in his litter box but after he peed he licked himself for a very long time which is not normal. Today, he was sleeping next to me and I was petting him when all of a sudden he meowed at me and a little tiny bit of white stuff came out of his pee/penis hole. He has not yet used the litter box today as he usually goes after I feed him in about an hour. Any ideas of what this could be? Should I be worried? Was it sperm?

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      Jsherwood 16 months ago

      My 3 yr old male started growling while cleaning after using the litter box. :(

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      xhulia 16 months ago

      hello

      my 2 year old male cat has his genitals inflamed i just saw it. tomorrow i am sending him to vet can someone advice me what has happen whith him

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 16 months ago from USA

      In male cats, things can get downhill fast, in females it's less urgent, but nonetheless painful.

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      Marie610 16 months ago

      I think my cat has this. The problem is I'm worrying about how much time we have to get her to the vet. I saw something about it being fatal after 48 hours is this true? And do all vets have the cat stay overnight?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 16 months ago from USA

      Only your vet can really give you a prognosis, hopefully he'll be recovering soon, some cats bounce back quickly.

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      Nickt33617 16 months ago

      My boy kitty roly poly seemed fine one day then the next day was vomiting an crying out like he was in pain we rushed him to the emergency vet!! Do u think he will be ok or did we wait to long ? The kept him over nite. I worried now after seeing that this is life threatening

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 17 months ago from USA

      Did they send your cat home with some medication? It's not unusual for a cat to have some residual inflammation just from the catheter placement, on top of the bladder inflammation in the first place. At this point, I think you should call your vet tomorrow morning just to be sure. It's good that he seems to be peeing normally, but be extra watchful for any symptoms suggesting he is re-blocking. Hopefully, it's just inflammation from the catheter. Perhaps he needs medication to help relax the urethra ?

      often seen that cats will re block after it is removed.

      Blockage occurs either from sludge/crystals physically blocking the urethra or more commonly from spasm of the urethra and the tube narrows so much that urine cannot be passed.

      I would expect there to be continued discomfort and inflammation, but ideally not enough to cause blockage.

      Usually, these cats require more prolonged anti-inflammatory medication following discharge home to keep on top of the inflammation, sometimes they are also sent home with a drug which relaxes the urethral muscles.

      You are right that stress is a known cause/contributor to this condition and this can be worsened by the stress created from pain, so a vicious circle develops, which is why appropriate pain relief is paramount in cats with bladder/urethral inflammation.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 17 months ago from USA

      Call you local shelters and see if they have any sources for you. VCA/Banfield animals hospitals often offer a free first vet visit, bu you will have to pay for meds/tests. If your cat is a male and has trouble urinating, this is a medical emergency.

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      julied 17 months ago

      I just got my cat back home after a 2 1/2 day vet visit. He was taking forever trying to pee in the litter box, then started squatting on the rug and nothing but a drop would come out. He'd also lick his privates more often than normal and hissed at me after climbing out of the litter box.

      They told me his bladder was a little big but not too bad and they wanted to keep him a couple days. They did a catheter and said he did have some blood in his urine but they took the catheter out once it started running clear and kept him another day to monitor his urine.

      My question is: since he's been home, he's been super affectionate and seems more tired than usual (deeper sleep) maybe even lethargic but I'm not sure. The main thing that scares me is he is still grooming his privates more than usual and I watched him pee, which seemed normal, but then he started whining when he got out of the box and started licking himself. Should I be worried or is this normal behavior for what he's been through?

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      Lady Lenox 17 months ago

      I need help for my cat but can't afford a vet coming out or getting my cat to the vet where do go?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 17 months ago from USA

      Unfortunately, if your cat has a blockage (even if partial) antibiotics are unlikely to work. The treatment is to get the blockage taken care of. Left untreated, in a cat who cannot urinate, the toxins will accumulate and things can go downhill fast. http://www.justanswer.petmd.com/cat-health/6nmhx-t...

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      kp 18 months ago

      I have an indoor male cat, 9 yrs old. Since yesterday morning, 4:30 am I awoke to a noise I have never heard before, like a groan/meow. He was laying on his side (his right side), and lifting his left leg and liquid was expelling outward. He then got up and seemed to struggle to pee or "mark" the wall...and I have never seen him do either of these things since he is fixed, and uses a litter box just fine. I then did my research and thought ok, he may have a UTI, I have cipro on hand and have given him so far since 5 am yesterday, 3 doses @ 120 mgs every 12 hrs. I would hope I would see a little sigh of relief by now?? He seems still uncomfortable and still "spotting" like trying to pee...some comes out though...I literally gave him this med the third time like I said 3 hours ago and debating on vet now. I am just scared of my financial situation and what they will charge, but obvi, I have to do what it takes for my baby. How long does it normally take when u treat a cat with cipro for it to at least "calm down their symptoms"??

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 18 months ago from USA

      If it was a partial or total blockage and then you kitty peed, he still can be in danger from the accumulation of toxins. After being unblocked our vets would flush the cat's kidneys with IV fluids and offer supportive care. I would call around several vets and tell them your situation. Some emergency vets have trained nurses who can sometimes give you an idea of what may be going on or at least ask tell you how to check vitals to determine how critical things can be, but they will tell you to bring the cat in because they can't legally make a diagnosis over the phone. Call around also because there are vets who know of shelters with low cost options or you can apply for care credit. But please call or see a vet as you kitty sounds like he is suffering.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 18 months ago from USA

      SL please see the vet if this continues. Male cats can die if they are unable to urinate. The symptoms sound very alarming. How is your cat doing today?

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      SL 18 months ago

      We do not have money for vet, the cat has also never been to the vet. He is a year old. We kind of just took him in because he was not wanted by anyone. He also has two extra toes so maybe he isn't "normal".. He is in a bundle of towels now still breathing but he is limp and seems very weak. I'm not sure if it could be a UTI because he was in a pretty big puddle of pee, and in the bath he peed a normal amount too. And the water was not pink..just yellow. I'm sure it could be numerous things because he hasn't been to the vet, stays outside a lot, and so on. Just trying to figure it out because it breaks our hearts not knowing.

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      SL 18 months ago

      I am not sure if my cat has a UTI or could possibly just be dying. Sounds strange I know. But one morning I woke up and prepared him some food and he just laid in the floor waiting for it. Which was weird because he is always jumping up trying to get to the food as fast as possible. Then I noticed he didn't finish all of his food. Maybe half of it. Thinking not much of it, I put him outside for a few hours. He is an inside cat but he is potty trained to go to the bathroom outside and he comes in during night time. Or just whenever he decides to come to the door to be let in. But I called for him and as he was jogging, then kind of just stopped and laid in the grass. I went to pick him up and he was panting, his tongue was sticking out, & he was somewhat drooling. I thought he was just dehydrated so I put him inside. He wouldn't drink anything or eat the rest of the day. He just laid in one spot. He is breathing a lot faster too. He also can't walk without having to lay down constantly. We kept him in our room and woke up to him in a puddle of pee. I didn't want to but the smell was so bad so we ran some bath water. He hated it but didn't fight me. He also just laid in the tub (which was strange for him) and then started peeing in the water.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 18 months ago from USA

      Sounds like a urinary tract infection or bladder stones. You will need to have your kitty see the vet.

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      klaudia 18 months ago

      I mean she keeps licking around her vulva area. There is also a clear looking discharge around it.

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      klaudia 18 months ago

      My female cat Hazel, has recently been having some problems urinating. It all started today, she was peeing into her litter box and right afterwards she started licking her urinary tract area. Throughout the whole day I caught her licking that area. Then hours later she went to pee and she meowed in pain, she then got out of her litter box and wiped her butt on the carpet. She has done this several times today. I am not sure what may be causing this. I did change her diet this week and her litter to a different brand can this be a food or litter allergy?

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Yep my two adult male senior cats did it last summer. Thanks for the tips. I do know about Care Credit for veterinary services. I would have to make calls next week.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Do you mean your kitties are urine marking after a recent move? Many stressed cats do this, and since you're seeing it in both cats it's most likely a stress-related issue. Some cats improve with Feliway, if it's stress-based. Could be too the previous owners had cats and your cats are marking over previously soiled areas. But yes, definitively best to see the vet to rule medical problems out, also since they're older cats. The vet visit shouldn't be incredibly expensive, call some vets offices around and ask what it may cost for a physical exam and urinalysis. I know VCA animals hospitals and Banfield often run specials where you get a free vet visit, but then you must pay for tests and treatments.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Real useful information. This sounds like my two adult cats lately. Before it was doing the pre-moving stages last summer and now they're doing it a little bit here and there. They're 17 years old. I'm thinking of taking them to the vet to be sure, since I've steam-cleaned, vacuumed the floors with baking soda, sprayed the floor with Gone spray, and used a vinegar water solution. Right now I'm using a plastic carpet runner under my desk with 4 doggie training pads, which is working now. Any ideas for affordable vet care solutions?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Oh my, those vet bills seem to add up to incredible amounts. With stones, it's helpful to determine if they're calcium oxalate or struvite stones. Often these are determined for sure after surgery after they are removed, but sometimes a urinalysis can give some clues as calcium oxalate stones mostly develop in acidic urine while struvite stones mostly develop in alkaline urine. Also, crystals of these stones may appear microscopically in the urine sample. Generally, struvite crystals may dissolve through prescription diets, whereas,

      calcium oxalate crystals typically do not dissolve and unfortunately need surgical removal. If so, maybe you can call around and see if there are other clinics that charge considerably less?Also, inquire if any do a procedure known as urohydropulsion, where the bladder is expressed to empty it of stones if this is a feasible option.

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      jessica 2 years ago

      My baby bubba is not sitting in the emergency vet. He just got neutered two weeks ago and two days ago he was acting strange. He never hisses and he started to his which made me follow him I followed him to the litter box and he went in and just started crying. I had a bad feeling that something was wrong and I was right. I took him to the emergency vet they said his bladder was small and they couldn't feel anything and he peed in the crate but he only peed because he was scared. My bubba is a big baby but a loveable and kind hearted cat and always purring. He sleeps next to me every night and follows me. So they wanted me to take him but I told them I wanted them to just check and they took him in the back and the got some pee sample and they said it looked dark ish and cloudy so they wanted to keep him for the day. After 8 hours he didn't pee and when trying nothing came out. So they put him on a catheter and they said he started to pee and they did an xray and he has stuff in his bladder. After 12 hours he blocked and they had to redo the catheter bc they couldn't unblock it. They did an ultrasound and they think they see a stone and a lot of grit in his bladder. They are keeping him there till Monday with a catheter to make sure he doesn't block and then going to take it out and see if he can pee by himself. I just don't understand how there is nothing that can be given to help reduce the size of the grits or stone. I am so lost without him and the vet bills are so expensive. It went from 300 to 500 and now it is 3000 to 5000 and now they want to do the surgery which is another 4000 dollars.. he is only one and I can't afford that money and I can't see him in pain but I will have to put him to sleep which is breaking my hurt bc I can't see my life without him. Please any advice I would appreciate thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      There are cases where a real cause is never found. In sensitive cats, stress at times can be a trigger. At the vet's office we used to call these cases "feline idiopathic cystitis" and it was really frustrating for owners. Here's an article that discusses that:

      http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/a...

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      confusedmomma 2 years ago

      My 3 yr old male cat had a UTI then a blockage, he was hospitalized for 8 days. After all of that we got him home and not 2 weeks later he seems to have a UTI again. He is still urinating, and his appetite is healthy. He is going to his litter box, but he strains then after going he gets out of the box and grooms. While grooming he fusses at his privates. When all of this started we had just gotten rid of our dog, and someone dropped a stray cat out at my home. This is not my first time with feline UTI, but it is confusing me as to what is causing it. The vet gave him antibiotics, but I am worried this may not be that simple. What are your thoughts?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      I am not a vet and no longer work for a veterinarian hospital, so I can't give an answer based on experience. What I can give you though is information I have found on this drug. According to the Convenia website "Peak blood levels of CONVENIA are seen within 2.0 hours in the cat. This means that CONVENIA can start killing the bacteria quickly. However, this is not when you would expect to see a difference in the skin. Based on the severity of the infection, your veterinarian is best able to share that expectation with you". I would expect the same to happen when treating a UTI, it may take time to see the cat back to 100 percent, but your vet can truly let you know if the drug is helping as he has seen how severe the infection was. Did your vet do a culture to determine what bacteria were found in the urine? If finances are an issue, ask how much it costs for a recheck. In the vet office I worked for rechecks cost much less since it's something the vet already took care of. Ask for the pricing. Also, consider you can just call your vet and give the receptionist an idea of what is happening. Most likely, your vet will call you back and tell you what to do or he will let the receptionist call you and give you directions or tell you to come back for another type of antibiotic.This can save you an unnecessary vet visit if your vet thinks it's a matter of time.

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      Ally 3 years ago

      I should also mention, he kept on licking himself starting on Sunday, and it has continued. In fact, he is doing that right at this moment, and just was a few minutes ago. Overall he seems improved, with less frequent signs, but still showing signs of an issue.

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      Ally 3 years ago

      My cat started showing signs of UTI on Sunday (I found pee spots and blood droplets in his cat bed). For a few days before, he acted strange. Very clingy to me, seemed depressed and did not beg for food like normal. Sunday he started squatting where his cat bed used to be, in the basement by his litter box, in his litter box, and even on our bed! A few drips would come out each time. I called my vet right away on Monday. My cat is very friendly and outgoing, and was perfectly normal acting at the vet. She diagnosed him as UTI and said he did not feel blocked and his bladder was empty. She gave him a shot of convenia. it is not wednesday evening. Even though my cat is in better spirit and I haven't seen him squatting, I found him sitting in his cat box in the basement today, for like 10 minutes. He came out and went back in and was squatting again. I am concerned that he should be just about healed by now, but maybe my expectations are not realistic? He certainly is not acting sickly anymore. I could barely afford to take him to the vet the first time, I can't imagine what it would cost if I had to go back. I am hoping i may just be overreacting and need to wait, but should he be fully healed at 72 hour mark, or just improving?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Always see a vet promptly when a male cat has symptoms of a uti. Things can go downhill quickly. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Megan 3 years ago

      my cat is having a bladder problem so he uses the bathroom only on my bed . he sometimes cries cause he' s in pain . but we will take him to the vet and he should be alright. the vet will probably check his stool for any blood. my cat takes after me like they say animals take after there owners so he has a little Ocd like myself.

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      crycarla 3 years ago

      today, which is Monday, I found my cat, Duke, dead. I took him to the vet on Saturday to be treated for urinary obstruction. he was at the vet all day Saturday and I picked him up Saturday night with antibiotics and a new diet of wet food. when the vet brought him in he was still heavily sedated and the anesthesia had not worn off completely and that was understandable. then the next day he still was not himself, he was still sedated and I assumed, like an idiot that it was normal because of the pain medication, burenex. it said on his script that it couldcause the animal to act sedated. he was urinating but it was green and I thought that that was due to the meds as well and I was happy that at least he was peeing. I tried to feed him the wet food he was not eating it he was on a dry food diet before but I thought giving him some ctime because of my medication to get his appetite back would be okay for the first couple days then Monday I covered him up after getting his medications at 9 p.m. I put his blanket on him to keep him warm and snuggly and when I came homeTuesday at 9 a.m. he was dead. rigamortis had set cause he this was as its hard as a rock. I feel like shit I feel like shit like I should have done a better job at giving his medication and taking care of him and I just want some answer lik when did he die was he scarex or in pain or did he go peacefully in his sleep. was it my fault did I give him his medication correctly could have been prevented am I a bad mom did I kill my baby bear? Pls help me

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Sounds like this kitty should be seen by a vet. Is mother cat trying to take care of it or is this kitten separated and by itself? Is mother cat cleaning this kitten's bottom?

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      cameron 3 years ago

      Hi, I am 14 years old and we have a litter of 4 kittens, but one in particular has poop in it and it wint get up, its definitely alive. I have no idea what to do please help.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      No it's not normal to go to the litter box every 20-30 minutes, with only a little bit of pee coming out every time. You should see your vet at once as in male cats this can quickly become an emergency.

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      Tanya 3 years ago

      My Male Cat Not Long Came Out Of Hospital

      He Had A UTI.

      They Didn't Tell Me What His Samples Will Be Like...... He Goes On Letterbox Every 20-30 Minutes And Only A Little Is Coming Out.

      Im Just Wondering If This Is Normal

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      You'll need to have him see the vet. Licking so much can be a sign of pain, his anal glands maybe bothering him or he may have a urinary tract problem. Meowing all day can be his way of manifesting discomfort. Is he neutered? if not ,there may be a female in heat somewhere. Only your vet can tell for sure what's wrong with him, but it sounds like something is bothering him, please have him seen, best wishes!..

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      fufu92 3 years ago

      my 2 years old male cat is meowing all day except when he is asleep he eat normal but hungry all day and he keeps liking his anal area plus from time to time he spry over my desk and room plssss tell me what could be wrong with him ?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      When I worked for a vet, we had to do what was known as phone "triage" to determine which pets needed same-day appointments or emergency visits. In male cats, we were mostly concerned about those who weren't urinating at all, and their bladder was enlarged. We often had these come in as emergencies. Since your cat urinated without straining and a lot too and he seems to be active, I wouldn't think it was a blockage, BUT walking slow and having trouble moving around and vocalizing is seen in cats with blockages but often have also other accompanying signs (straining in litter box, blood urine etc), and it could also be a variety other things. To play it safe and for peace of mind, I would take your kitty to the vet. Since you spent already a lot of money on this kitty, have you tried getting a free vet visit at your local VCA hospital. If you google "VCA free visit" and have never been there before they can give you a free visit, but you'll have to pay for meds and tests.I hope your kitty is doing better by now, best wishes!

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      Tammy 3 years ago

      Hi - We have a male cat - Chaos - 6 years old - who has had 4 blockages in 5 years. The first two blockages was when he was only a year old. He stayed in hospital for a week both times! It ran us $3000. He was fine for four years until this last Dec when we noticed he wasn't urinating in his box, walking slow, meowing while trying to lick himself & vomiting right before we rushed him to vet. They cath'd him & sent him home after with meds. Vet said he was ok to go home as he was eating & pee'd well right after Cath. We changed his diet to the special urinary wet only - no dry ever (he was previously on dry) & no treats. Also lots of water. He did great for three weeks and blocked again. We took him back to Vet & repeated the same as last time. He has been doing great again! It's been almost 5 weeks.

      Tonight - he DEF used his litter box normally. I was right there when he peed in box! And it was a lot - no blood - no straining - nothing. He ate normal too! Was running around & being our normal Chaos! Then about an hour ago - he walked slowly to my bed - jumped up (he always comes to bed with me) - and kinda meowed weirdly as if he couldn't lick himself. He kept lifting his back leg out but couldn't get there & would meow like a baby kitten as if he was in pain. But now has been sleeping normal. He isn't getting up to lick. He is still sleeping.

      Is the walking slow & trouble lifting leg to lick a sign of a blockage again??? I'm so worried! Not only is this costing me a billion dollars, but, I'm so afraid he is sick again. He is our WORLD! And he has his brother - Binx - a gray kitty who beats up on him daily but still they love each other. They eat together - chill together - everything.

      Am I just paranoid? If he urinated normal a couple hours ago can he block up that fast?? He has been fine!

      Anyway - I'm sorry for all of you who have to go through this. You all love your cats so much & I send hugs to every one of you. I'm sorry for those who have lost their previous angels to this too. Don't blame yourselves either. This is a tricky thing to deal with and VERY $$!!

      Ty to the person who answers too :) your help is very much appreciated by not only me but my cat too ;)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Maegan, please don't blame yourself. things can go bad really quickly with urinary blockages in males. many were put to sleep by our vets because it was too late. Some arrived dead already at the clinic. It's one of those horrible conditions that give little time to act and are often confused with other conditions--if this was a urinary blockage to start with. Sending you my deepest condolences.

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      maegan 3 years ago

      Our 5 year old cat Simba just passed away from evrry sign of the UTI you have explained he was our baby and we just thought he was constipated. Now his brother who was brought home with him is going around the house crying for him. Simba layed down in his bed next to his daddy and died. It happened Oct. 19 and we still cry all day and all night I feel so guilty he was our baby and your supposed to protect your babies how can I ever live with myself

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      CatLover2012 4 years ago

      No problem. I wasn't aware of them until about 18months ago either when a friend me about them. Real easy to use as well.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Oh wow, wasn't aware there was such a product to detect dog and cat urinary tract infections, thanks for sharing!

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      CatLover2012 4 years ago

      You can take a lot of the uncertainty and worry of knowing if your cat has a UTI or now by doing your own home UTI test. Its a lot easier than it sounds (honest!) .... much better than sitting over a long weekend waiting to see the vet or trying to get an emergency appointment. One such kit is: http://accesspetwellness.com/ :-)

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      BYRON 5 years ago

      my nine year old male cat bo_bo had all the signs ... he would try like heck to use his litterbox straining 4 ever wth just a little pee ... 4all his pain n strain .... then he would try 2 pee anywere he could wth same small amounts of pee .... no blood though ...next day he was vomiting white foam fluid in the early morning .... an would only get up to vomit crying when he did ... then he'd lay back down .... he didn't look very good ... by the time i figured what was going on ... it was past 5 o'clock pm so we found a 24/7 emergency vet that was 45 min's away .... we got him there in time the vet doctor checked him out an thats what bo_bo had a UTI ..... an that she could save him if i had $1,200 dollars that included all the test .... i lost my job an told her i didn't have that kind of money 2 spend ...... she wouldn't let me do a payment plan ....but would give me a break on putting bo_bo down for $ 250'00 dollars ..... then in her own words she said that would be better 4 him then letting him suffer?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Things can go quickly downhill with male cats.Is he urinating at all? If it was a female things would be slightly different. I would see an emergency vet which is open 24 hours. I am surprised your vet did not suggest that.

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      Saya 5 years ago

      My male cat is showing signs of UTI but the very cannot see him til friday andit is monday will he be ok til then?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      No, you did not link, you copied it. There is a difference in this. If you want to link, you post 50 words with a link back to my article. What you are doing now is called plagiarism.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Chris, having worked for a vet I agree. But many people are not aware of this and my hub has helped people rush to their male cat to the vet.

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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      UTI's in male cats are a veterinary emergency. Blocked cats can die within 24 hours. If they are blocked they have to be catheterized. Twitch has had many blockages. I give him special fool (Hill c/d), subcutaneous injections and I always have a Feliway going.

      A few years ago, when nothing was helping I had the doctor flush out his bladder.

      People should not be looking for veterinary advice here. Yes, educate yourselves, but call a vet.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      You may need to do some investigative work and figure out if he is straining for a bowel movement or urine. If he is urinating well, not crying out or displaying any signs of a UTI, then perhaps you are dealing with constipation since you mention he is having less bowel movements. here is a link for cat constipation. https://pethelpful.com/cats/What-to-do-if-your-cat...

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      Sheila 5 years ago

      My cat has been having very confusing symptoms. I thought he was having trouble urinating sometime last week, but after and hour or two he used the box and was fine. He's been fine for about a week, urinating normally (he seems to be defecating less, once a day rather than 2-3 times), but not again tonight he seems to be having problems. There's been no blood in his urine, he doesn't cry out, he hasn't been urinating in other places, the ONLY symptom he has is that he's straining in the box, and even that hasn't been a consistent symptom. Thoughts?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Is he urinating at all? You really need to contact the vet because not all antibiotics are effective and if he is a male you do not want to use something ineffective since they can get blocked which is a very dangerous situation. Generally speaking, antibiotics for a UTI are given for 7 to 10 days using clavamox (amoxicillin) but male cats may be suffering from blockages where grit and mucous block the cat, making it hard to urinate and this requires a vet's intervention to save the cat's life.

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      jessica 5 years ago

      My cat is experiencing these symptoms and I have antibiotics but how long should they take to work and should I let him continue licking himself?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If he sent your cat with antibiotics it sounds like your vet already suspected a urinary infection. Did he run a urinalysis? By resisting antibiotics do you mean you think they weren't working or your cat did not want to take them? Was this a male cat? in male cats infections can turn deadly very fast due to blockages.

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      Bubba toes 5 years ago

      My cat went from playful and snuggling on day 1 to fever and vomiting on night 2. Went to the vet morning 3. Sent home with antibiotics. Day 4 appeared fine. Day 5 appeared fine but resisting antibiotics. Day 6 disaster. Morning 7 dead. Vet said kidney failure from bladder infection but failed to diagnose bladder infection on day 2. How hard is it for a bet to detect a bladder infection in an 8 year old cat?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Generally within 48-72 hours you should see signs of improvement. Contact your vet immediately if he is not urinating.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Generally within 48-72 hours you should start seeing signs of improvement, call your vet if he does not seem to be getting any better

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      sheryl 5 years ago

      how many days till i see improvement after starting antibiotics for a male cat with a uti

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If he is able to pee that is a god sign, the worst cases are cats unable to pee because they get blocked and can die from the accumulation of toxins in the body. I would keep an eye on his urine output making sure he does empty his bladder and be in immediate touch with the vet if he starts acting sick or fails to urinate. Make sure he has plenty to drink.

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      Kelli 5 years ago

      On thursday of last week, I noticed my cat going and sitting in his litter box numerous times and nothing happening. So I called the vet and rushed him up there. The vet said that he had a UTI, just based on the questions he asked me and I answered. He gave him a shot and some antibiotics for me to give him for 10 days 2 times a day. my cat just wasn't himself, he wasn't using the box, he was just stopping and trying to use the bathroom anywhere he could find. He did us it in a box that he used to play in, and on the carpet once or twice. We changed out his litter, but he still wasn't using his box, so we went and bought a new box and put it in a new location. He was doing so much better, going to that litter box and even started using his other litter box again too, then this morning I woke up to him scratching in the litter box, so I got up to check on him and there was blood in the litter box. He seems happy, even wanted to play before we left for work this morning, but he still has blood in his urine. I called the vet but they said to "wait it out" until the end of the week. If no better then to bring him back. I'm just nervous, because I've always heard so many bad things about UTI's and he's our baby. I'm kind of at my wits end not knowing how he is, because of course he can't really tell me what's hurting. Should I just give it a few more days?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If you are unsure have your vet see her; you really want to rule out medical problems before assuming it may be due to stress or behavioral problems. If she is meowing it could be due to the bringing sensation produced from an infection or bladder stones. Going out of the litter box is normal because cats start associating the litter box with pain and avoid it as much as possible. I knew my cats had a UTI when they started peeing in the bath tub.

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      Lin 5 years ago

      My cat has been meowing loudly and peeing in random spots but poopin in the litter box. I dont understand why. Ive been looking it up and U.T.I. Doesn't seem like what she has and shes still like only 1 year old.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Plug-in diffuser like Feliway found in pet stores or online may help is this is stress-related. Cleaning up messes with an enzyme based cleaner helps remove traces of smells which can mean a big ''bathroom sign'' to cats. Try to enrich her environment and play with her if she is lonely during the day. Doesn't hurt to rule out a UTI if you think it may not be behavioral though.

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      JingleCatJames 5 years ago

      Yes, she is spayed. We moved a year ago into a smaller place, but only the last month or so she has been doing this. A plug-in diffuser like a scented thing? (the bath mat gets peed on, so it's mostly in the bathroom)

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Is she spayed? it does sound like urine marking, but spayed females may also urine mark. Any recent changes? stress? I would try a plug-in diffuser, cleaning up the messes with an enzyme product and leaving dropped stuff out of the way.

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      JingleCatJames 5 years ago

      My middle aged cat is peeing on towels and not going outside to do her business. She only pees(as opposed to both types of "business") in the house, typically on dropped clothes,towels, or other misc cloth. We have put out a litter box on the patio, which works when she is out there. It seems that she only urinates in the mornings and evenings... including the dig and scratching on the floor as to "cover" it up. She is healthy but rather stupid. She has always been diligent by going outside. We leave the laundry room window open for both cats to go outside freely ( helps us sleep by not having to open the door at 2 in the morning.. if you know what I mean!) What do you think could be the problem? It doesn't sound too much like a UTI to me, does it?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      That's hard to say as it would depend on a variety of factors. If there is no urine output at all that would be a life threatening medical emergency. At the vet we used to see cats with complete blockages on an emergency basis, whereas when the cat was still able to urinate we would treat it as a normal office visit after assessing the cat.

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      louise 5 years ago

      Hello, my cat has had a uti before, that appears to be happening again although he is not peeing all over the house like last time. He is vomiting a lot, perhaps it is something else, but if it is indeed a UTI again, how much time can pass without him peeing before I should suspect a blockage?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If it's the food, your vet has some prescription diets for that or you can look for some high-end brands for cats with urinary problems per your vet's recommendation. Are they struvite crystals? Make sure he has access to fresh water.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Angela if he is not peeing this is very critical, even if in doubt, better go the safety route, look for an open emergency center in your area, male cats can die quickly from urinary blockages, best wishes!

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      Angela 5 years ago

      BTW the doctor told me it could be the food that he is eating is the culprit to the crystals....I feed him on Friskies this last month cause they got rid of my iams brand :( damn walmart and their unhealthy cat and dog food selections... I got some blue buffalo coming in the mail.

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      Angela 5 years ago

      Worried about my cat. The first day I noticed symptoms he was acting strange I looked online and seen that he could have urine blockage symptoms. I took him to the vet right away the next morning and they looked at him. Did a few test and seen he had lots of crystals in his kidney's.

      They gave him some shots, and gave me some amoxacilin to give him twice daily.

      The next morning I gave him his first dosage of amoxacilin, 1 hour later he is lying on the floor with instead of sitting with his leg up and trying to pee but blood is coming out. Not a lot just a few drops did. I called the vet told him if I should worry, and he said that he would feel like shit for a few days...

      I can't tell if he's peeing, the doctor said if he's not peeing bring him in immediately...He tries to go constantly but nothing comes out.

      How long does it take for the medicine to start working???I"m so worried I don't want my cat to die he's special to our family.

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      anastasia21 5 years ago

      He has been Neutered. but maybe he is marking now my other cat has gone.Thanks for the advice will go to the vets.

      Kind Regards

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I would collect a urine sample and make a vet appointment to rule out a UTI. bladder infections in male cats can get serious rather quickly. Do you think he is urinating or marking? Is he neutered?

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      anastasia21 5 years ago

      Need Help

      My 3 year old female cat died from Antifeez poisoning 2 weeks ago.

      My male cat has now started urinate in the house. He will get up urinate in the corner then want to go outside?

      Im so upset over the loss of poppy(cat) this is really confusing me

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      Kristen 5 years ago

      A few months ago my 5 year old cat, Adia, had a UTI. She was licking herself constantly and growling while she did it. She didn't pee anywhere outside of the litter box though. I got medication for her and a few days later she was acting amazing. A few days after that my mom found her on the kitchen floor with foam around her mouth and heard her take her last breath. The vet told me it probably had nothing to do with the UTI and more than likely she had cardiomyopathy. I didn't have an autopsy done because obviously that wouldn't have brought her back. It's just really hard for me to believe it had nothing to do with the bladder infection.

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      Bentley 5 years ago

      Karen, you did not include a diagnosis for your cat but it seems that it is in acute kidney failure. Flushing or diuresis is used to try to restart kidney function. It may work and they may function for a few months on their own or they may fail as soon as the flushing process is stopped. Even if they restart, treatment will be ongoing and expensive. It may be time to think about quality of life versus quantity. Palliative care, pain meds and keeping kitty comfortable and euthanasia when this no longer works.

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      Karen 5 years ago

      My cat has this, we have taken him to the Vet. They want 400.00-500.00 dollars to flush his kidenys and we just don't have that kind of money. I love him dearly, he is a recue cat, and have spent a lot on him, but not at one given time.

      We do not qualify for help, so I really don't know what to do.

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      Runtrat 5 years ago

      I have seen a lot good questions asked and a lot of good answers. I lost my first male cat to UTI and that was due to not knowing things about kitties, many years ago. You can start from when you first bring the furbaby home. My vet gave some very simple things to follow. Watch the food intake, you want to stay away from the red dye and food with high ash content, especially the male kitties. My simple rule of thumb to that is, if the stuff(dry or can)looks redish it gets thrown out.So please stop feeding your kitty that store brand meow mix. I was also told the male kitties were susceptible to UTI if they were fed dry food that was a tarter control. I am sorry I forgot what ingredient it has that makes it a bad thing. He told me that they hadn't come up with with a tarder control dry food that was male kitty friendly yet. My vet also suggested spring water all around, enough said about that. My vet also suggested for multi- kitty homes each kitty you have you should have a litter box , something to do with territory issues and possible behavior problems. Plus he suggested to use low or dust free litter and scoop the poop at least twice a day and change the litter every 4-7days. I am a proud owner of a male furry furbaby this time who just turned 21 and is in good health. Please if your kitty gets any of the symptoms get to a vet ASAP. Kitties are really great in hiding their pain. I really believe it is because of the love have for you they will endure that pain and not complain! Unfortunately once the symptoms do appear their health is critical and they could pass or you might to make that very hard decision. If you can get to a vet in time, be sure to follow the instructions to the letter from your vet. If you were told to give the kitty (ex.)pills until script was exhausted, do so. Even if the kitty looks like it's feeling better, don't stop and throw the leftover pills in a drawer for next time. Remember I said kitties are good in keeping how they are feeling a secret. Really you don't want your kitty to build up a tolerance on medicine which was suppose of been used up on the UTI and now you've become the Dr and decided to use the remaining medicine on what you think is another UTI,

      you could be fatally wrong.Don't make that mistake.

      I am not a specialist! Never said I was. I am only passing on the suggestions my vet gave to me who thanks to him has helped keep my Simon healthy. Hope it can help.

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      Monica 5 years ago

      My 1 1/2 yr old female cat has been having unsuccessful trips to the litter box, I changed her litter yesterday morning she has pooped but not peed, she has a soft belly since I thought she was constipated and she has not cried or stopped playing...

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      Holly 5 years ago

      Hey, I have two cats. They are both 7 years old. One of my cats has always been very good with going pee outside..that is until a week or so ago. She has been urinating around the bathroom on fallen towels and such. It is upsetting that this is happening to her. Around the same time as it first started, I noticed a rather large lump near her back/tail area. It was soft and liquidy. I kept my eye on it and checked it every day, and it disappeared a few days ago. I thought maybe the lump had caused her to urinate. The lump is gone and she hasn't stopped. I haven't noticed any blood or her licking herself in the genitals.. so I am not too sure what it is. Could it be a UTI?

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      james 5 years ago

      Our female cat has had UTI several times.

      She used to get really stressed when we put her in the cattery when we went on holiday which brought it on so now we have someone cat sit but it's still happening.

      We take her to the vets and they put her on anti biotics and it seems to go away only to come back again a few months later. It's starting to seem like we're just putting a band aid on the problem but I don't know what to do.

      She's spotting blood at the moment and the vet has actually given her a short course of morphine along with anti inflamorty and anti biotic pills.

      Like I said before I thought it was stress bringing it on but she doesn't seem to be stressed at all now. The vet has sent of to check the culture in the urine sample. Is there any more avenues we can go down?

      Any ideas would be much appreciated!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      You can try to change litter box, get a different one and use a totally different type of litter. This way he should not generalize it with pain. Keep him in a small room with it, so he cannot miss it. You can try feliway pheromone plug-in case he is stressed. I hope he resumes his usual use of it.