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Buddha Update

He's back at the vet and going under sedation for treatment of a urinary blockage. He will probably be at the vet's for several days, but they expect that he will be fine. They are going to look for kidney stones et al. and let us know what they find out.

Thanks for the well-wishes all! They're much appreciated. The situation is not trivial, but at the moment at least looks like things will turn out all right in the end.

-The Gneech



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Nov. 30th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty. Afterwards, he deserves extra scritches wherever he likes 'em best!

Oh, and Buddha needs spoiling too ;-)
Nov. 30th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Poor Buddha! Fuzzle his fur for me when he's feeling better.

Have the best

Nov. 30th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
My cousin's cat went through the same thing. Just means more expensive food in the long run and watching what he eats. Thankfully nothing more serious than that for poor Bhudda.

ps. Who's the scary looking dude in that Icon pic? Bhudda gets a glance at him he'd be pooping in no time! ;) :D

pps. or you could just show him mine...
Nov. 30th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ah, I've gone through this. It's a little nerve wracking at first, but he should recover okay. Were the stones struvite? They're the most common type of bladder stones. My cat Sable had that, he's on prescription cat food to keep them from reforming. Aside from having to feed it to all three of my cats, it's not been a problem (aside from being a wee bit more expensive). But it's good food, at least, so they're happy.

Dec. 1st, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
Just read both your first post and this at the same time. I'm really sorry to hear he's having problems again. I hope all goes well for the poor fellow and for you as well. Keep us informed.
Dec. 1st, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
Here's hoping that his kidney issues are quickly and (reasonably) painlessly resolved.
Dec. 1st, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
Urinary blockages in male cats is unfortunately common, so glad you caught it in time. Your cat didn't give the usual signals, or I would have said something sooner, usually when they are blocked they cry alot, lick at the offending anatomy, and keep heading to the litter box and crying in frustration cause they can't go.

It can be life threatening, so I am glad you took him to the vet. Your main thing with diet changes is to get a food low in ash, magnesium, etc. Most of your cheap cat foods are high ash. Iams is a good choice, and I strongly suspect that the Kirkland brand cat food in the purple bag at Costco is Iams in disguise. It is the same shape, color, and size as Iams cat food, but far cheaper, but the ingredient list and protein stats, etc are identical.

Anyway, I went through this with my older cat Zinc a year and a half ago, and knowing what I know from being a vet tech, I was a bit worried, since I'd trained the cats to go outside and had no litterbox...I was so lucky I was paying attention that day when he attempted to urinate on the grass while we were all outside.

Anyway, if you ever suspect this problem in the future, a good way to check is to place your hand under your cat, with your hand open in a pincher position, then gently squeeze the abdomen as close to the back legs as you can, if you feel a golf ball sized lump, then he's blocked. The lump is the full bladder.

If a cat stays blocked for more than 2 days he can develop blood poisoning, which is most often fatal. Sadly for me, and the cat, I've had to go through that with a client's cat, they just hadn't picked up on the signs in time. He expired as doc and I were trying to help him, I'm such a softy, I cried.

Anyway, sorry for the lecture, but unfortunately vets don't think to educate owners about this problem, and it's scary how many cat owners don't know about urinary tract blocakages. I'm hoping the info I leave here will help other cat owners, as well as help you with diagnosing should this happen again in the future.

I'm glad the kitty is going to be okay, and that the problem was figured out in time, but I kinda don't understand how the vet missed it the first time.

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