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Most cats are able to be unblocked to get the stones/ crystals out of the urethra once under anesthesia. If we're unable to get a catheter passed, then a PU is needed. It's pretty rare, though, that the obstruction can't be relieved once the cat is anesthetized.
The cost for a PU surgery is typically ~ 1500-2000. The cost of a cystotomy is usually ~(###) ###-#### ***** estimate is pretty reasonable for both procedures. Typically, both are done at the same time under the same anesthesia.
I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Most cats go on to live a normal life after surgery. There will be a stone analysis to see what type they are. Sometimes we'll put the cats on a special diet (Hill's C/D) to help prevent stones/ crystals from forming in the future. In a multi-cat house, that may not be ideal. In that case, offering canned food daily can help increase water consumption and make crystals less likely to develop.
These cats usually bounce back quickly from surgery. They'll usually have an e-collar on for 2 weeks to prevent licking or chewing at the PU incision sutures. You may be best off keeping him isolated from the other cats in a bathroom with a litter box and his food/ water. After 2 weeks, the e-collar comes off and it's back to normal activity.
You don't have to separate him, but it would be ideal to keep him in a separate room if at all possible.
You can use regular litter, just make sure it's not getting stuck to the PU site. If it is, you'll have to use paper litter for the first few days.
I understand, it sounds like separation is not a realistic option. That's ok. We make due with what we have. Improvise if there ends up being an issue.
I wouldn't let him jump up on a bed for a couple weeks- as much as you can prevent it. That's more for the abdominal incision to let it heal.
One other thought you could do, is get a big dog crate. Something that fits a litter box and food/ water bowls. That would keep him isolated with his own paper litter and also allow him to be in a room with other cats. Just another suggestion.
Sorry about that wait- I had a call I had to take.
You could just get a medium sized dog crate. 3-4 ft long would be plenty of room.