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I think my cat is male neutered 3 y. o. cat is suffering

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I think my cat is male neutered 3 y. o. cat is suffering from a uti. He has incontinence, pain (he cries out) and very lethargic. He also has very dilated pupils which has me very concerned that something is terribly wrong. he was just fine and very playful 2 days ago and just yesterday showed all these symptoms.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 11 months ago.

Hi Sheri,

I am sorry your boy is not feeling well.

Is he able to urinate or is he just passing small drops?

Thanks,

Terri

Expert:  Terri replied 11 months ago.

Dear Sheri,

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. - I 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.

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.

A UTI is characterized by straining, going in and out of his box with little or no production, pain and sometimes fever. This can be very serious in males and needs immediate evaluation by a vet.

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

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.

You can give him a few drops of unsweetened cranberry juice or 100 mg of vitamin C - That will reduce the PH of his urine but it is only to make him feel better.He still needs to see a vet for an antibiotic.

I have coupons for a free vet visit and they are open weekends:

here are two Vets that offer a free first visit:

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer

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Kindest regards,

Terri

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