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Old November 13th, 2013, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by friskey099 View Post
He was adopted so we are guessing he is between 2 - 3 years old. That makes me feel a little better that he may not have a UTI.
He is at a prime age for urinary tract issues though (often collectively referred to as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease - aka FLUTD), just probably not an actual bacterial infection, and those can still be very serious. Many male cats die every year from a blocked urethra - so it's great that you're getting him looked at.

Originally Posted by friskey099 View Post
He eats more wet food then kibble as I read somewhere that was better for him.
Depending on what the lab work shows, you may want to consider ditching the dry altogether.

Originally Posted by friskey099 View Post
We actually have two cats so we can't 100% be certain if he is using the litter box but he still does go into the litter box and digs in the litter, not sure if he is using it though.
If he's doing that several times within a short period, he may be having trouble peeing. Does he lick his genitals a lot?

Originally Posted by friskey099 View Post
Any idea how much all that would cost?
Can vary a lot between vet clinics so I can't say for sure. A basic exam and urinalysis shouldn't break the bank though. Don't let the vet talk you into antibiotics without knowing for sure whether there actually is an infection. Many just automatically dispense them whenever there's a urinary tract issue, when most of the time they're completely useless (and may eventually contribute to an increase in antibiotic-resistent bacteria). A better protocol would be to try pain meds (just not Metacam!) and/or urinary antispasmodics. Adding extra water to wet food can also help prevent future incidents.

Originally Posted by friskey099 View Post
Do you think he might have something else? Diabetes maybe?
Diabetes isn't very common in young cats, and you'd probably notice a considerable increase in the amount that he drinks, eats and pees. You could always ask the vet to check his urine for glucose (might be part of a regular urinalysis anyway), but I think it's much more likely to be a crystal or inflammation issue.

Good luck! Let us know what the vet says.....
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