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Old June 29th, 2007, 10:21 AM
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Cat with transition cells in bladder - Answered by Dr. Lee

Our 12 year old cat suddenly started hiding under the couch about a week ago. He wouldn't pee or drink but would eat his food. He would hiss at us when we took him from under the couch. He is normally a very affectionate cat. So, we took him to the vet where they have finally diagnosed him as having a thickened bladder wall and also transition cells in his bladder. Although they can't say if they are cancerous or not. They have him new meds and an IV and he is doing much better.

We are worried though, what are transition cells? What will happen to him? What should we be doing?

Any help on this would be most appreciated as we are very confused. Thank you.
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Old June 29th, 2007, 11:47 AM
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So sorry your kitty is sick... I don't know what transition cells are but I imagine that you could ask your vet to explain that better for you. I hope everything turns out all right!
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Old June 29th, 2007, 02:25 PM
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Sorry to hear about your cat, I really hope it's not too serious. I wonder if this is what your vet is referring to: Transition Cell Carcinoma.

Keeping my fingers crossed that everything turns out okay.
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Old June 29th, 2007, 04:21 PM
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Cat with transition cells in bladder

Thank you both for your kind words. I hope that all will work out. I love my cat so much and I couldn't bear to lose him.

My mom spoke to the vet on the phone and he talks quite quickly. He just said he has the transitional cells but that they do not know if they are cancerous.

I'm not sure why they are not further testing him. Maybe because he (after having IV and meds) has perked back up and is doing well? Maybe because they want to see if the new meds will help him before doing an invasive biopsy. I'm not sure but I'm hoping an online vet will help give us some insight.
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Old June 29th, 2007, 05:20 PM
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The website that Sugarcatmom posted is a good one for information. Did your vet do a urine culture as well as the urinalysis? How long is your cat on antibiotics for? Is your vet going to do another urine test when your cat is finished the medication before proceeding with the next tests? I would phone him back for clarification. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old June 29th, 2007, 06:05 PM
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when you cat goes to the bathroom does he have blood in the urine? I hope your kitty is fine lots of kisses helps
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