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Old 01-03-09, 11:01 PM
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YACT: cat has crystals?

I took my cat in to the vet today because he was trying to urinate 4x in 5 mins... something was really wrong when his "lipstick" would always be out.

Vet says they needed to put a catheter in to drain his bladder which was very full...

vet says that commercial food is bad for him and will need "special food" for the rest of his life. commercial food is said to form crystals in the urine to form urea or something like that... not sure.

estimate will be $300-400 for being at the vet for 3-5 days. they need to keep him for flushing his system out.

has anyone gone through this before ?
Old 01-03-09, 11:13 PM
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Yeah, been through it before. Fortunately mine had the kind that could be dissolved so there was no surgery needed and we caught it in time so that it didn't get past the point of no return.

They'll try and sell you on the "prescription" food. Do your research because those foods are generally garbage. You'll probably be good with a high quality canned food and avoid fish flavors.
Old 01-03-09, 11:15 PM
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luckily ours does not need surgery as well...

how old was your cat when it had these crystals?
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Fairly young, 3-4 I think.
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My cat had crystals as well. After about a year of him living with me (he was a stray, estimated age 3-5 yrs) The vet said it was because he became an indoor cat and fixed. So he's not running around spraying and eating a variety of crap. He had was back and forth to the vet for over a month (full blockage and infections). He has to be on a dry food called Feline Urinary S.O., which I've only been able to get through my vet. It's 42.00 for a 16 pound bag. It lasts me about a month (I have 3 other cats that have to eat it too since there is no way to feed them seperately).

The one side effect I noticed from the food is that their breath is HORRID. Not that cat breath is ever nice but now it's really bad..

Also, the food makes them drink more water (to constantly flush their system) so I go through cat litter more.
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ic.. is this cat food available anywhere?

update on him- still on IV, catheter has been put in no prob, eating the special food...

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Look up recipes for home made cat food. There's some good stuff out there.
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My cat had this problem about two years ago. My vet said to use the Purina One: Urinary Tract Health Formula, and he hasn't had a problem since we switched to it. (He being my cat...not the vet.)
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Ugh, why would a vet give a cat with urinary problems dry cat food? You want them to have as much moisture in there diet as possible and cats aren't really water drinkers so they get the majority of there moisture from there food. Plus dry food is one of the major causes of feline diabetes as well so it doesn't make sense that they continue to recommend that garbage for your cat.
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The food makes my cats drink a lot more water. I had a choice between dry or wet and I chose the dry. It was cheaper and lasts longer.
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sorry mole but that nasty avatar gets you moved to ignore.
nothing personal.
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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

we have a 9-10 year old female cat with crystals. When we got her the previous owners fed her nothing but canned tuna which basically destroyed her system. A few hundred dollars in vet bills later and she's on a special type of cat food (only available from the vet in dry and moist varieties).

Depending on the cat your situation will undoubtedly differ from others, as is the case with our cat. Once we had the problem diagnosed we got her two different litter boxes, changed the litter to a different, cleaner variety, and got a drinkwell water fountain. Basically you want the cat to get as much moisture into them as possible (drinking and plenty of litter to pee) so the crystals don't build up. We have to take her into the vet annually for a checkup, but since we started the regiment and switched her food she's been fine. Then again the crystal problem is slightly more serious for boy cats if i'm not mistaken.
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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

My cat is on a special diet of butt licking. We have not tried to put her on any special butts, and so far she just seems to want to lick her own.
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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

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sorry mole but that nasty avatar gets you moved to ignore.
nothing personal.
did the same thing
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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

vet said he had to put the catheter back in this morning

he said possible nerve damage since my cat can not urinate on his own yet.
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If you're really unlucky and he can't pee/keeps blocking, he gets to have sex change surgery!
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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

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My cat is on a special diet of butt licking. We have not tried to put her on any special butts, and so far she just seems to want to lick her own.
Aren't you thankful for that?
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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

I could make it work either way.
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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

one of our cats had this problem and had to have a surgery. He was 9 at the time. Had to put him on dry Waltham SO (now Royal Canin SO i believe) and he was on this diet for 5 years until his death. Worked really well, and he never had a relapse.
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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

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Ugh, why would a vet give a cat with urinary problems dry cat food? You want them to have as much moisture in there diet as possible and cats aren't really water drinkers so they get the majority of there moisture from there food. Plus dry food is one of the major causes of feline diabetes as well so it doesn't make sense that they continue to recommend that garbage for your cat.
Dry SO actually works better for preventing crystals. It makes them drink much more which flushes their system. It's also better for their teeth.
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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

But the real important question is, what's it do for their self-esteem?


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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

300-400 bucks thats a loser. Get a new cat.
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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

update:

the vet can not get rid of the crystals. Im going down in a bit to have them put my cat for 12 years to sleep.


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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

I'm so sorry! But I am glad that you are not going to let your baby suffer. He is lucky to have had you for 12 years.
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Re: YACT: cat has crystals?

i take it surgery wasn't an option?
I'm very sorry.

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