Sunday, April 30, 2017

We Almost Lost Cat!

Long time readers might remember, Cat, our tuxedo cat. You can read his back story here.

He's a wonderful animal, full of personality. Sometimes, though, he is just up to trouble.

He insists on being the center of attention.

Hey! You can't play darts without ME!

No, no working!

No surfing! Play with me, not the computer!

He loves to be around people. I don't think he has met one that he didn't like.

Most of all, he loves his human dad.

Here we are in 2017. He came to stay with us in late 2010. We still don't really know how old he is, but the vet says over 10. We've become very attached to our vagabond.

Curled up with my grand daughter

Cat started acting funny about 3 or 4 days ago. First, he couldn't seem to get comfortable. Then, he began meowing for no apparent reason. He kept licking his genital area. But, the real kickers were when he refused his tuna fish juice treat and slept under our bed, which he had never done before. We resolved to take him to the vet in the morning. That was yesterday. By morning, he was clearly in a lot of pain and moved from spot to spot trying to get comfortable. He was really pitiful.

My grand daughter wasn't aware of what our plans were, so when Cat wanted out in the morning, she let him out. Knowing that animals will go off by themselves to die, I was really upset. The whole household searched for him and called him all day long. I stayed up most of the night last night hoping to hear him at the door. Nothing. Not a peep or a glimpse. We began to suspect the worst. I felt horrible about how much pain he must be in. Of course, I felt guilty, too. Most of all, I was just worried and hoping against the odds.

He has a habit of sleeping with a paw lifted up

This morning, very early, my grand daughter was out calling for him and she heard him crying!! He was about three houses down. Interestingly, his favorite stray buddies were with him. I like to think they were comforting him or watching over him. He was just lying there crying in pain. DH quickly got over there and scooped him up. We got him into the carrier as gently as we could and DH whisked him off to the ER vet. I was still in my pajamas so I stayed home- no time to change. He was clearly in agony.

Doing what cats do best!

We had another male cat with this issue before, so we suspected that he might have a urinary tract problem. It can very easily be fatal. Luckily, he got to the vet in time! He wouldn't have lasted much longer. When DH reached the vet's office, he was seen right away because it was obvious that Cat was in a lot of pain. Our suspicions were confirmed. His urethra was over 90% blocked. His bladder is stretched out, too. After they got the catheter in and ran tests, they decided to treat him as if he had been 100% blocked because of his age and because his kidney blood tests were off the chart unreadable. They suspect kidney damage. However, after talking to the doc, we learned that he would probably just need a special diet and maybe supplements if there is damage. So, we agreed to treatment, which is costing an arm and a leg. He's worth it to us and, after all, he is our responsibility. How could we not care for him?

Cat will be resting in hospital for maybe 3 days. He is comfortable with pain meds and a heated cage. Cat will live! He is now down one of his lives, though. (And my hair is a little more gray!)

Cat will survive!!!
If you have a male cat, it is good to know about this condition. Males are more susceptible. One thing you can do is feed them urinary ph control specialized food. It helps. Cat had been on it, as a preventative, but DH stopped buying it for whatever reason. It isn't much more expensive. Lesson learned. I'm just happy that he is out of pain and will be returning to us.


  1. What a scare! So, so glad you found him in time, and that he is on the mend. Such a lovely cat, inside and out.

    1. He really is a good boy! We love him to death. :) He is such a good friend to DH. Cat has him wrapped around his finger. LOL!


  2. Tela,

    We had a tuxedo too, male and comfortably nursed him for about 5 years with renal failure. Three times a week we, but mostly my DH, gave subq fluids to him. That gave many extra good years to his life and ours. I'm so happy he's responding, they become such a big part of us.

    Hugs to you!

    1. Hi Kate,

      How awesome you could do that! Honestly, there was a time in our lives when Cat's treatment would have been unaffordable to us. I don't know what we would have done! I'm just glad we could do this for him. DH is out picking him up from the vet right now. His blood work finally came back normal and he is peeing on his own. Now, he will be spoiled with cuddling for a good while. Especially if my grand daughter has anything to do with it. :)


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    1. It really is. He is doing really well today. Back to his old self. He isn't happy about taking medicine, but otherwise he seems to be in a great mood. Very lovable. :)



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