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My male cat has problems urinating which just came up today

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my male cat has problems urinating which just came up today
he had crystals back in 2012 and has been on royal canin Urinary SO
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Dear *****,

I am so sorry Buttons is ill.

Is he unable to urinate?

When was he last seen by his vet?

Does he eat a dry food diet?

After your reply please give me a few minutes to type detailed answer.

Thanks,

Terri

Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Dear *****,

I do not want to alarm you but I am very concerned about your boy.These are very serious and can even be life threatening symptoms Any time a cat cant stay out of his box he is either sick or in pain.

You should make a trip to the vet ASAP. - If you think he has a urinary tract infection and is in danger of becoming blocked.

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/urinary_blockage.html

UTI's are serious in males because they are caused by sticky crystals in the bladder.At any time they can block the urethra.Since this is going on a while your boy is in great danger.Cats are very stoic animals so he may not cry out.

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/urinary_tract_infection.html

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_interstitial_cystitis.html

Many times this is caused by a dry food diet:

www.catinfo.org

If he becomes unable to urinate that is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY . His bladder could burst and he would have to be catheterized to save his life.

If that is the case, you must take him to the vet right away

http://www.carecredit.com/ may finance his visit if money is an issue.

He may have a UTI that can be treated economically.

UTI's must be treated with an effective broad spectrum antibiotic like Clavamox or clidimycin and for a long enough duration so all bacteria is eradicated. If not, they will refluorish, stronger and more resistant and reinfect him. In addition, the bacteria can become tolerant of the same antibiotic so the medication should be varied for best results.

Please take Buttons to a vet ASAP and let me know how he is doing.

I hope all will be well.

Kind regards,

Terri

Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Buttons. How is everything going?
Terri