Aby-a-Day – May 24: “Yellow” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Yellow.”

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Jacoby still has his urinary tract issues.

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Despite eating only UT prescription food, he still gets the occasional flare-up. His most recent attack was last month.

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He’s never had a blockage, thank goodness. He only gets an infection which causes spasms. He feels like he has to go but when he does, nothing comes out because his bladder is already empty. But he keeps trying, hopping in and out of both boxes every few minutes. When he does that, it’s time to see the vet again.

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He gets prescribed an antibiotic and a painkiller and in a few days he’s back to normal.

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There doesn’t seem to be any obvious trigger to these episodes with him. I’ve read that they can be caused by stress or the environment…but as far as I can tell with Jake, it just happens sometimes. It does seem that he’s more likely to have an attack in the spring, though; I’ll keep an eye out to see if that holds true in the future.

10 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – May 24: “Yellow” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

  1. Wild Bill had a bacterial bladder infection, not crystals, last fall I think it was. He got an antibiotic and that cleared it up. I’ve noticed him taking a bit longer in the litter box sometimes, but wondering if he’s just nervous with the other “long term” visitors around. I’ve been feeding more canned food to increase water consumption (you can also add some water to that), and I got some PH test strips. I tested a couple of cats the other day and their PH is a little high, so I’ll give them some DL-Methionine which is what they put in Urinary cat food formulas as an acidifier.

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  2. Interestingly, Jake’s UTI issues sound a lot like what we’ve encountered with Liam. L’s problems started up around age 3, after I moved for grad school. If I think back, most of his episodes occurred during times when I was under significant stress. I’m not sure if it’s related, but given the fact that cats can be so in sync with their owner(s), it’s certainly possible. Eventually, Liam’s vet had him go on a wet food diet to make sure that he was getting plenty of moisture, which was hard because he had never eaten wet food. Additionally, he’d prescribe antibiotics/pain meds to help him feel better. It’s so hard to see them deal with these issues. Hopefully Jake is feeling better!

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  3. We’ve had that problem (we refer to it as the pee-pee problem) with our boy, and as long as he gets enough fluids he seems to be OK. He does get a 95% canned food diet, all healthy and organic stuff and sometimes I’ll even mix in a few extra tablespoons of water to his meal. I feel certain that you’re already taking the best of care of Jake and the gang, but I feel better for putting my two cents in. 🙂

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  4. Our little boy Corky has had that problem and its not only distressing for him but for us as well. Corky got blocked which resulted in a £1000 emergency vet bill, operation and 4 day stay in the vet hospital – thank goodness for pet insurance. Luckily he has been clear for 2 1/2 years now thanks to a prescription diet, daily tablets and feliway diffuser but the worry about it happening again is always there!

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  5. We haven’t ever been able to diagnose what causes Sedona’s UTI’s either. We are trying a new antibiotic for a longer period of time to see if that will knock it out.

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  6. Poor Jake must be in a fair amount of pain when his UTI flares up 😦 Is the vet sure that it’s an infection and not an inflammation? Treatment for both are different. Have you tried adding more canned food to Jake’s diet? The high water content in canned food can help with urinary problems. More water intake = a healthy urinary system and body. You can read http://www.catinfo.org/?link=urinarytracthealth when you get a chance 🙂

    Hope Jake is feeling better soon 🙂

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