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Most frequently, especially in older females, this is a medical problem. There could be crystals in the urine causing bladder irritation, or a chronic urinary tract infection, or a bladder stone. The first step here is to see your veterinarian for a urinalysis and potentially a bladder ultrasound. If a problem is identified, your veterinarian can treat it, and the problem should resolve. If no problem is identified, then your veterinarian can suggest behavior modification medications.
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Cats and dogs do not have heart attacks. She would be a little bit stressed, but she would recover from it. you asked if there is a guarantee that either of your cats could be helped… Of course not. But there certainly is no way to help them without finding out what is wrong. I charge $20 for a brief bladder ultrasound, and $350 sounds like a lot. There really aren't many techniques you can try at home without knowing whether this is behavioral or medical. You could try buying a Feliway diffuser on Amazon.com... You plug it in and it releases a pheromone that calms and soothes cats. You can help with behavioral or stress urination issues. If you do not want to take the Torti to the veterinarian, that is what I would try. Best of luck!
I would do a urinalysis on the torti before an ultrasound. A brief bladder ultrasound to check for stones or masses in the bladder takes about two minutes. That's why I don't charge much for it. But a full abdominal ultrasound is only $140 at my clinic here in Michigan.
Yeah, when I worked at Fresh Pond Animal Hospital in Cambridge the prices were much higher than here in Michigan. I would just call around and price shop.