Cat with a UTI and possibly stones?
March 23, 2012 7:47 AM Subscribe
My 3 year old female cat (DSH) is having urinary issues. We are on day 9 of antibiotics for a UTI (she had no crystals on her UA)and she is not improving. She will be going to the vet for a recheck soon, but I'd really like to hear other people's experiences with UTIs and bladder stones in cats. Does anyone recommend a particular supplement like cranberry? Should I ask the veterinarian to culture her urine for the right antibiotic? Money is in short supply, but I LOVE my cat and will do whatever it takes to get her better.
posted by biograd08 to pets & animals (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Since I know people will ask, we feed Natural Balance low calorie dry food (she is overweight but not obese) Probably body condition score of 4 out of 5. We got her at the humane society, and they thought she was 1 and 1/2 years old at the time. She would now be 3, and has never shown urinary syptoms like this since we've had her. She frequently urinates, when she goes, it is in small amounts, though she stays squatting in position for a couple minutes (no obvious straining, but maybe this is just not observable?). She has started going out of the box, the urine has blood in it, and she does seem quite painful, we catch her licking down there, which we discourage by distracting her with toys.
I used to be a vet assistant, and to be honest, I don't think I ever saw a cat that had stones- only dogs. How common are bladder or kidney stones (since her urinalysis didn't show crystals) in cats?
She is on Clavamox twice a day, but we have not seen improvement! My vet bills are really adding up, so I just want to know when I should say no to an unnecessary test or if there is a treatment people have tried that really doesn't help. One thing they asked me was "Does she drink a lot of water?" Probably not quite as much as our other cat drinks, though we have more than one water bowl. She likes to dip her paw and then lick water off that way. I am looking into purchasing a water fountain type device for cats. So any recommendations on brands or models of those are GREATLY appreciated!!!
Simple advice like "call your vet" is not helpful. They said if after 2 weeks on antibiotics she isn't better to bring her in. I am not particularly happy with our current vet clinic (we go to Brickyard Animal Hospital in SLC, UT). So her next visit will probably be at a new hospital....
I am really grateful for responses! I love this cat SOOOO much- she really is one of the best cats I've ever known and I want to get her better!