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Cat Update!

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!

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poor guy, glad he is better... I have had many UTI's over the years as well as a kidney stone... Not fun!
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They are so sweet and beautiful.

Unfortunately many cats have problems with these stones.
One problem is the composition of most cat foods.
In nature cats eat meat and nothing else.
But the cat food contains much unhealthy staff like grains and plant and animal by-products.
That damages the acid-base balance of the cat's body and causes these stones.
I recommend my cat keeping friends to buy cat's food which contains meat and no grains and by- products although it is a bit more expensive.
I wish your little guy a happy and painless time without these nasty kidney stones.
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poor guy, glad he is better... I have had many UTI's over the years as well as a kidney stone... Not fun!
I believe that! My Dad had kidney stones last year and apparently he was in so much pain and on such strong painkillers he didn't even notice my Mom was there in the hospital with him. :\ Really glad I didn't have to deal with a blockage with our kitty!

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They are so sweet and beautiful.

Unfortunately many cats have problems with these stones.
One problem is the composition of most cat foods.
In nature cats eat meat and nothing else.
But the cat food contains much unhealthy staff like grains and plant and animal by-products.
That damages the acid-base balance of the cat's body and causes these stones.
I recommend my cat keeping friends to buy cat's food which contains meat and no grains and by- products although it is a bit more expensive.
I wish your little guy a happy and painless time without these nasty kidney stones.
Thank you! I have done a lot of research now and realize that the diet we've been feeding them is far from ideal.
We're going to be switching over to wet food that has very little to no grains or vegetables in it. In the future I hope to switch them over to a home-made cat food diet with a blend of raw and cooked meat straight from the animal.



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So glad it worked out. Good thing you took him to the I vet, cats can die if the crystals block them off completely.

As an aside, I don't think the new litter worked in reducing the ammonia smell

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Yes, I would not want that to happen ever

And oh yeah, LOL. Thankfully after we took him to the vet and he was feeling better after a week he has been using the litter box again :P



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Glad Peata is much better. That had to have been painful for him. Hope the new diet does the trick and he never has to go through the infection again.

Your kitties are adorable!! So cute with the tongue sticking out in the one photo!

I no longer keep cats, our last one I got for my son Jory when he was 11 from the Humane Society. She lived to be 18 1/2yrs old and was the best cat I had ever owned. I do have 5 'Grandkitties' and a 'Grandchinchilla'. My daughter-n-law can't have children, so they have 5 cats and a chinchilla.
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Thanks! I'm really glad it was an easy fix and there was no blockage and no surgery needed. I felt so bad for him, you could tell he was in pain! Poor guy
They are adorable brats, lol. I have a love/hate relationship with cats. I love them and they are one of my favourite animals but they also like to get in to EVERYthing and chew on things they shouldn't be or break things... *sigh*



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And I don't see a photo with their tongue out anywhere? Lol



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Aww so sorry to hear about Peata!! Glad he is doing much better I'm glad you brought this up, my sister-in-law has a male cat that she adopted two years ago and he eats wet and dry, but I'm wondering if she should cut the dry out? He's probably about 5 years old, and indoor cat and could probably lose a couple pounds thanks for sharing!
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Thanks Jill! At least your sister-in-law's cat is eating some wet, but yes, I would suggest all dry food is cut out. Cats apparently need to get at least 70% moisture from their food because they just do not drink enough from a water dish to make up that deficit if they're eating mostly dry food.
Daisy pointed out though that you could soak the dry food in water until it's soft and then feed it; I thought that was a great idea for myself to use up the rest of the dry food we have before starting on wet. ^_^



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They are adorable brats, lol. I have a love/hate relationship with cats. I love them and they are one of my favourite animals but they also like to get in to EVERYthing and chew on things they shouldn't be or break things... *sigh*
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That's very true, LOL



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Awh I'm sorry to hear he had gone through so much It's a good job you spotted it in time. Little Noog, one of Jack's cats, had a blockage but unfortunately as he lived mostly outdoors nobody noticed until he came stumbling in, not himself at all. He stayed at the vets over night but he never made it. He was only a youngster too. So sad. I struggle a lot with UTIs too and always have. Something to do with some cells that need flushing but I can't deal with hospitals Gorgeous photos though! And I hope he continues to get better and doesn't have that trouble again

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Thanks Daisy! I hope he never goes through that again, I felt so bad! I expect my Cats to live past 20 so it would be lovely if they were healthy that whole time. :P



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LoL, sorry 'bout that and the tongue thing. I was on my phone like I am this morning.

I think when I scrolled my screen and didn't enlarge the photos the one with your fingers under the chin of the orange kitty looked like a tongue sticking out.
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Oooooh, LOL. Yeah that would do it! :P



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