Long distance pet care
June 1, 2009 8:17 AM Subscribe
Cat pee question of the day: My cat is thousands of miles away from me, staying with my family due to circumstances beyond my control. They are OK with looking after him, except for that he pees and throws up everywhere.
posted by amethysts to Pets & Animals (9 answers total)
My cat lives with my dad. My mom took him to the vet. The vet tried to get a pee sample by sticking a needle in and drawing some out, but couldn't locate the bladder with the needle.
The vet sent my mom home with instructions to put cellophane over the litterbox to collect some pee. It sounds simple but my dad is simply not going to do this (for Reasons that i can't control). Meanwhile, the peeing continues, and the vet says they can't diagnose anything without a pee sample, but we can't collect it, and neither can the vet.
Not knowing what else to do, they kind of gave up at this point. I'm very sad about the whole thing. If I can't have my cat with me, I'd at least like him to be well. And if he'd be better off with another family, we can't even find one for him until he's not peeing and throwing up everywhere. This has been going on since January.
Should I be looking for another vet for them to take him to, or should they go back to our original vet (who has been seeing Smeagol since he showed up at our door)? Is this a normal thing, that they are unable to extract a urine sample? Is trying to collect a sample at home the only way? Is he maybe acting out because I'm not around anymore, and if so, how would we even solve that?