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Cat can't relax bladder

sina
June 5th, 2011, 03:33 PM
This is my first post on this forum and i am kind of desperate to find a solution to my problem.
About 2 weeks ago my 1 year old cat "Danger" has bee acting strangely, i took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with urinary tract infection.
I took him home the same day and was promised that he will be fine.
A couple of days later the urine was still bloody and last sunday morning he was incapable to pee.He and me were in such a state and i took him back to the vet in the very early hours.All in all he spend 4 days at the vet, they tried everything, catheter, drips, antibiotics you name it.Finally he was released and seemed to be doing okey.However i soon noticed that he was still struggling to pee,constantly squatting in the litter box and pretty much everywhere else in the house and only ever releasing a few drops.
Back at the vet we were told that there is no sign of any kind of bladder infection or chrystals, temperature was normal.They are suspecting that he might be unable to relax his bladder due to all that stress and he was given some meds to make him relax his bladder in addition to the valium he was prescribed to calm him down.
Luckily i work from home so i can monitor him constantly. he seemed better and able to squeeze out a bit more urine although it isn't back to normal.He still squats way too long.
A couple of hours ago he vomited and we are back to square one.
Obviously his bladder was bursting and we took it upon ourself to express his bladder. I am not an expert in doing that so my question is does the urine usually come out in short squirts or should it be a continuous stream?
He seems better now but i am just so worried.What is wrong with him?Does he really just need to learn to relax is bladder and how can i help him with that? I most likely will have to continue expressing his bladder for now.Will that prevent him from learning how to relax his bladder and start urinating properly by himself again?
I'd really would appreciate any advice from anyone who has experienced that before.I am at such a loss and just want to help him getting back to normal.
I don't want to give up on him.

sugarcatmom
June 5th, 2011, 06:00 PM
What does Danger eat?

sina
June 6th, 2011, 12:21 AM
He is on a prescription diet, it is Hill's c/d which prevents chrystals from forming and blocking his bladder.I'm not giving him anything else, it is this or nothing.
He just made quite a big pee this morning, it took him very long but it was more than usual.

sugarcatmom
June 6th, 2011, 07:23 AM
He is on a prescription diet, it is Hill's c/d which prevents chrystals from forming and blocking his bladder.I'm not giving him anything else, it is this or nothing.
He just made quite a big pee this morning, it took him very long but it was more than usual.

Is that canned or kibble C/D? What was he eating before that? Wet? Dry?

I highly recommend checking out this link on feline urinary tract health and how it relates to diet: http://www.catinfo.org/?link=urinarytracthealth

Especially this part about the prescription diets (which are NOT meant to be fed long-term, by the way):
http://www.catinfo.org/?link=urinarytracthealth#Prescription_Diets

sina
June 8th, 2011, 04:35 AM
he was eating mainly dry food, canned food only sometimes.
At the moment he is eating the c/d pellets.
I read through the website and now i am really confused, everyone seems to have a different opinion about which food to give your cats.
The vet only recommended the c/d diet and didn't mention anything about whether to give him only canned food or not.
I will give it a try, he doesn't like Hills which makes it very difficult, i just hope the little guy gets better soon.

sugarcatmom
June 8th, 2011, 07:21 AM
The vet only recommended the c/d diet and didn't mention anything about whether to give him only canned food or not.


Sadly, most vets are totally clueless about what cats should be eating. That doesn't mean that they're bad vets, I just wouldn't take any nutritional advice from the vast majority of them. Any vet that recommends kibble for a cat with urinary tract issues is one of the clueless ones. A couple of articles on that subject, if you feel like reading some more:
http://naturalcathealth.blogspot.com/2007/08/for-many-years-like-majority-of-pet.html
http://catnutrition.wordpress.com/2008/01/22/dry-food-and-vets/

sina
June 11th, 2011, 05:52 AM
Well, i have bought him the canned version and will stick to that.I think that is the best option.Thanks a mill for your help.
He is still in trouble though, still trying to pee and nothing coming out although the bladder is full.
Been back to the vet and was reassured that there is no bladder infection and no blockage.
What it could be however is that due to the blockage the bladder's muscles are weak and however hard he is trying to squeeze now the muscles aren't strong enough to do what they are supposed to do.
How can i help him to get them strong again?

catlover2
June 16th, 2011, 08:56 PM
Some years ago I had a somewhat similar thing happen with one of my neutered males. He had had a couple bouts of crystals, and then one time he couldn't pee at all on his own. After treatment at the vet he was send home and again blocked up. Back to the vet again, but this time it was discovered he had a tumor. At that time it was considered inoperable, and sadly he had to be euthanized. I'm assuming your vet checked for a tumor?