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Bladder Infection in Cat - ?s

ownedbycats
September 9th, 2009, 12:40 PM
My cat was just diagnosed with a massive bladder infection on Tuesday. She started showing signs Monday, but due to Labour Day I wasn't able to get her in until 1st thing Tuesday morning. The vet did some blood work and urine analysis, and an X-ray. She said that there was a lot of bacteria, and white blood cells but no crystals. According to the X- rays my cat's kidneys are a funny shape. Misty didn't eat or drink Monday so she is currently at the vets' on intravenous fluid, and pain meds.
I'm still waiting for the vet to get the blood work. Does anyone know what causes bladder infections? Is there something I could have done to prevent this, or can do in the future? Do you know if having one infection means she is more likely to have another?

sugarcatmom
September 9th, 2009, 01:12 PM
How old is your cat? What does she eat? Is it possible for you to get the results of the urinalysis?

ownedbycats
September 9th, 2009, 09:12 PM
Misty is, we think, 2-3 years old, but she could be older that is just a guess. She eats mainly canned food, in particular Eagle Pack Holistics, the pink can, and Wellness. Occasionally gets dry food as a treat or when she steals the Sunshine's food.
Actually, the vet called and left a message while I was asleep. The pain isn't coming completely from the bladder infection. Apparently there is some sort of partial blockage. The vet was confused because the pain wasn't stopping despite Misty having pee'ed and being on antibiotics. She took a second X-ray, and there is some sort of spot on Misty's sternum. Now I have to wait for tomorrow to see what she recommends.
Tuesday evening I went in to visit because the vet couldn't get Misty to eat. Turns out they were trying to feed her Medi-cal :yuck: I brought some Wellness to leave with them and now Misty is eating again.:D

beckiandthetrio
September 10th, 2009, 09:37 AM
POOR Misty!!!! Having had my cat at the vet overnight recently I know how you feel!!! They were feeding him Science Diet--double:sick:!!! I hope Misty recovers from her illness and the spot on the xray isnt a big deal


Becki

ownedbycats
September 10th, 2009, 11:56 AM
UPDATE:
Called the vet this morning to get more info. The bladder infection is clearing up quickly, and Misty is eating again. That spot on the X-ray? Turns out Misty broke a bone. Apparently there is a little bone just below the sternum (the sternum sits in between your ribs) and cat's have an equivalent bone. Can't remember the name for the life of me, although the vet told me what it is called. Anyway, that is the bone Misty broke. The fracture caused most of the pain and swelling. The vet is trying to get a through to a specialist to find out exactly what to do about it. No matter what, I will probably get to bring Misty home tonight, along with paiin meds and antibiotics.

Love4himies
September 10th, 2009, 12:03 PM
Thanks for the update.

Puddles in her 13 years has had 2 bladder infections, both when she was eating a mostly crap kibble diet (corn main ingredient) and she was not drinking very much water. Her urine was always very concentrated so that may have led to her infections. I was also told if a kitty is stressed and holding their urine can cause infections.


As for the broken bone :eek:. Is it a new break? Poor kitty :grouphug:

ownedbycats
September 10th, 2009, 12:06 PM
Oh, and Im still racking my brains trying to figure out how she managed to break that particular bone. That bone can't be an easy one to break. My vet had to ask a specialist because it's not something she has seen before, so it's not common. Could she have hit something on her way down from an up high perch?

Love4himies
September 10th, 2009, 01:26 PM
Oh, and Im still racking my brains trying to figure out how she managed to break that particular bone. That bone can't be an easy one to break. My vet had to ask a specialist because it's not something she has seen before, so it's not common. Could she have hit something on her way down from an up high perch?

Does she run for the stairs and could have possibly missed?

I hate to ask, but does she go outside unaccompanied? If so, could somebody have kicked her?

ownedbycats
September 10th, 2009, 09:57 PM
She does like to jump onto the bunkbed, but she gets up using nearby furniture as steps, so no big jumps, unless she slipped on the way down? She is a complete indoor cat, so no possible outside injury. She also likes to drink from the sink, so maybe she slipped into the bathtub?
UPDATE: Misty is home from the vet. Apparently she managed to dislocate the two bones and put them out of place. Now, I have to keep her completely still for

growler~GateKeeper
September 11th, 2009, 12:44 AM
Could she have hit something on her way down from an up high perch?

She probably hit something jumping up, my grrl Duffy did that 2 or 3 times jumping onto the bed where she either misjudged the distance or slipped & hit the bed then landed on the floor. She now has a box placed beside the bed to help her up & down.

If she hit something on the way down I would think she wouldn't broken a leg instead :shrug:, the sternum is fairly well protected by the legs when jumping down.

Glad the infection is clearing up & she's back to eating normally :thumbs up

ownedbycats
September 11th, 2009, 01:49 AM
I was thinking she may have hit halfway, so that her front legs were on whatever she was jumping down to, but her chest hit the edge of it. Just a theory though. Since I didn't see it happen I'll never kow for sure.The vet thought it must have taken a fair bit of force to dislocate those two bones.
Keeping her still for the next few weeks is going to be a headache. I tried the crate, she raced around in circles, threw herself at the bars, etc. She is in my room until I can figure out a way to get her to tolerate the crate. My room has too many temptations to jump.