The past month has been crazy with the kitties!
About 2 months ago we switched our cat litter from the clay litter to the wood pellet litter; reason being is because the wood litter smells almost 0 while the clay litter will make our whole house smell like ammonia, yuck.
Well ever since we switched our litter Peata, our older cat, started peeing outside of the litterbox about once every few days. We didn't think much of it other than he probably didn't like the new litter, but that he'd get used to it.
Back track about 3 weeks ago on a Friday and Peata just peed on the floor right in front of me and Michael about 5 times in 10 minutes. Not normal. Mixed with the fact that he had been peeing outside of the litterbox for a month and now seemed like he couldn't hold it in, and seemed like he was in pain while trying to pee, I made a vet appointment.
That same night we took Peata in to the vet and $250 later and a couple of hours afterwards we found out that he had a UTI (urinary tract infection) as well as a build up of crystals in his bladder that were almost at a point of causing a blockage (not good!).
Thank goodness I listened to my instincts and took him in asap.
So after the vet visit Peata had gotten an antibiotic shot to get rid of the UTI, as well as pills to take for 3 days to make it easier for him to pee, as well as new food to help get rid of the crystals in his bladder.
For a day and a half after the vet visit he was peeing blood (most likely from the act of taking a urine sample which I won't get in to), and was dribbling pee allllll over. Thankfully we had him in "quarantine" in our coat room which is an approximately 10'x5' room that goes to our back door. It has linoleum floor so if he was peeing all over it wouldn't wreck anything.
He was in that room for 1 week, poor boy! He seemed so miserable and in pain, but thankfully after exactly 1 week we were able to let him out and he was back to his old self.
The plan now is to switch our cat's food to all wet food (no dry) to prevent this happening again. Usually the cause of UTI's in cats is that they don't get enough water in their diet from dry food and also overweight cats are prone to them too (which Peata is). Now that he's had a UTI Peata will be prone to them for the rest of his life, so I want to make sure his diet is very high in water content to try to prevent them happening again! I realize how painful a blockage is and I don't want my cat experiencing that!
Anyways, now after my long blurb here are some happy pictures of sleepy kitties!