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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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Feline difficulty in urination. After 1-2 days of very

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Feline difficulty in urination. After 1-2 days of very little urination output, ook him into "emergency vet clinic" 12/24. Was given OK on kidneys, all other major possibilities. Given Rx for canned food and 1 per day cosequin powder (mixed with food). After a few days he seemed to be OK, i.e. eliminating 2-3 biscuit size clumps (of urine) daily. He is an 8 yr old neutered male, does not seem to be in pain or distress. Drinks about 1/2 cup or more of water daily. As of today at 12;30 PM (Jan 1st) he has not had a urine output/clump of average size since about 8PM last night. How long can he keep drinking w/no pee production without damage? His appetite is good, and he otherwise seems normal. Any ideas on this.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the feline?
Customer: No cannot think of anything. I would say his normal output of urine is at least 2 or 3 biscuit size clumps 1/2" thick or more.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

I understand your concerns. As long as a male cat isn't attempting to urinate but can't as is seen with the classic "blocked cat" from idiopathic cystitis, you can be patient with him. Other signs of being blocked include overzealous licking of the genitals, vocalizing, and stranguria - frequent attempts to urinate little or no urine.

If an otherwise normal cat isn't producing his normal amount of urine, he's likely to be dehydrated. If he weren't producing enough urine due to anuric renal failure, you would be seeing quite an ill cat. I believe that if you're patient you're going to see a very productive trip to his litter box shortly. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.