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Thank you. I have not cleaned these areas with anything like urine off and that might be a problem. I simply have changed out the towels and put in fresh litter, not thinking of the bathroom tiles. If I switch to special food then I'm a bit concerned about my other cat. My cats feed freely, kibble is always available, etc. Lastly, my cat with the possible URI has a long and pendulous abdomen that lays an inch from the ground and swings when she walks. She came this way last year, very unusual and almost comical, always going side-to-side. I wondered if this might affect her in some way? Again, do you think I need to move to an x-ray just yet? My Vet. charges seventy dollars and they almost never come out, still have to cover costs. Thanks.
Hi Candy, I urine-offed the areas and put new litter in the pans and everyone went in the boxes. This morning I was cleaning up a hairball with a small kitchen towel and left it on the floor when I went to take the dog out. When I came back the large cat was near the small dish towel. I picked it up and she had peed on it. I also read about FLUTD and she exhibits none of these symptoms --i.e. pain with urinating, blood in urine, licking her private area, obsession with the litter pan. I'd say a larger observation is that she only wants to use the box once a day, as if she holds her urine for lengthy periods. I'm seeing the Vet. today. I wondered your thoughts on this new information?
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Hello Candy, We discovered something at the Vet.'s that was quite unexpected. My cat Nora is old. The x-ray showed no stones but serious deterioration in her back hips, the type that they do surgery on. The Vet. was mystified because last years papers said Nora was "two" and her teeth were very clean. They could not get a urine sample but did a full blood work-up and gave me pain meds. to take home. Nora should weigh 12 pounds and is verging on 14 pounds, though given her hips the Vet. wants her to trim down to 10 pounds. So I have my work cut out for me. Nora might have had an infection but it is also possible that she isn't making it into the litter box because of pain in her legs. So until the results are in we won't know much more. Will keep you updated and thanks for caring. Bonnie PS The Vet. was so busy, a full house, and I just wondered if serious hip arthritis can happen to younger cats? Can it be genetics? Never got to ask....
Thank you Candy. My Vet. mentioned the rubber maid. I'll check it all out tomorrow. I think she felt a surgery was in order, that there might have been a previous surgery or previous damage, but I'm of the cosequin, glucosamine/chondroitin stage right now, and far from surgery costs. I'm already over my limit by one animal. If the pain gets too severe on a cat do they put them to sleep? I'm not going there now, will work with NSAIDS etc., but I don't believe I'll spring for a surgery, due to restricted funds at this time of my life. I'm going to start her new diet first thing and go out and get supplements. I promise to pay again, the next time I wrote. Appreciate your help. Hope your grandson is doing alright. Bonnie
Thank you so very much. Good night now!
Hi Candy, Just a quick question about the ongoing UTI with my cat. Her blood work and thyroid were normal, no diabetes/sugar issues, the x-rays showed no stones. She completed three weeks of two antibiotics and in the last four days she has no urinated outside the box nor had any interest (other than normal) with the litter pan. The Vet. wanted me to bring her in for another urine test (she was unable to get any the day we did testing last week so I'd have to leave her) but as this causes my cat so much stress (she stresses out easily) I'm wondering if I can let the final retest go?
Thanks a lot. I think your suggestion of Urine-Off did the trick!
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Hi Candy, I thought you might have some insights. A few days ago I brought home six cats from Tavares AC (four kittens at five weeks old) and an eight week old, a five month old. They are in the back bedroom with a gate up, all of their activity is there, and they are healthy. My cat who was urinating around the house (happened when I had other kittens here and I contact you (above)) has start to vomit her food in several places, for four days now. She seems perfectly fine. Also, my little dog has urinated by the doorway, which I thought he had broken the habit of, but overall my cat and dog seem healthy. The work up on my cat who was urinating showed she had no medical problems whatsoever. I did a full work-up, took x-rays, and she doesn't have stones, just hip dysplasia. Do you think this vomiting could be because of the new cats in the house? They won't be here more than a few weeks. I don't want to spend even more money if I don't have to. I have two cats of my own but this particular cat, Nora, seems very sensitive to any change.
Oh gosh thanks. I have Feliway here and I'll plug it back in. It's frustrating but I can't get angry with the animals. Both cats are avoiding their wet food and are very clingy and rarely see the other cats. I think animals really teach us what is important. A black light shows that my Karistan carpeting, that I saved three years for, is just about ruined. I'm thinking laminates in 2014. God bless you Candy and thanks for clearing up my worry and I hope you have a spectacular Thanksgiving.
Candy, I'm trying to find a way to tip you. How do I do that?
Thanks Candy. I hope your grandson is doing better. I'll try to towel trick. Great idea. HAPPY THANKSGIVING.