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5/8/12 8:25 A

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Hi everyone

Another update:

Had a urine sample for Marbles checked and all came back clear so was very relieved, but then the very next day she done a wee on the bed again. I don't know if this is relevant, but she was purring when she did it? I called the vet who then gave us a further 10 day course of antibiotics just incase there was still an infection lingering. We are now almost at the end of the 10 days, and on Sunday she weed on the bed in the morning and at night - thats the first time we have had it happen more than once within a week never mind within a day!

The vet has said to keep an eye on her over the next few days and see what happens as she is not sure what could be causing it, but I feel that if anything it must be getting worse and it worries me to leave it emoticon

Other than the wee on the bed she seems fine - not meowing during the night as much and is drinking a lot more water. We have switched her onto a complete wet diet now and are adding water to it each time too, and she seems to be enjoying it.

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4/26/12 7:40 A

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I'm glad she's feeling better. I hope she is all better soon!

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4/25/12 3:52 P

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Aww that's lovely, she really appreciates that :)

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4/25/12 3:36 P

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My furbabies Maggie May and Alice say 'Get well soon' to Marbles.

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4/24/12 3:15 P

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Hi everyone, just a quick update.

Had Marbles back at the vet tonight, the anti-inflammatory Metacor is most likely the cause of some squidgy poo she has had last night/this morning. I have been told to take her off of it but continue the anti-biotics. I have been given sachets which are meant to help get her tummy back to how it should be.

The vet also had a good feel of her - her bladder was feeling much better than on Saturday. She has advised me to keep an eye on her poos and if they are not solidifying in a few days I will need to take in a sample. I am also taking a sample of urine in at the end of the week to make sure her uti has cleared up.

I am now also in the process of switching her onto a wet only diet. I will now just have to try and decide on the best brand for her.

Most importantly, Marbles is seeming a lot more settled and happy in herself tonight :)

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4/24/12 10:07 A

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The system ate my post, so I'll start again:

FIC can have the same symptoms as a UTI. Difficulty urinating, blood in urine, going frequently but not producing much, urinating outside of the litter box. The main difference is that FIC doesn't have bacteria present--a UTI does. Hopefully, your vet will have more info.

I wondered what my kitties could possibly stress about (they have such 'hard lives'--sarcasm). However, it can be triggered by just about anything that upsets their usual routine (new furniture, strangers in the house, etc.). I had a cold just about when this started and didn't scoop the litter boxes as often as I should have. A dirty litter box can be stressful. I also was having some knee issues and was using a cane for a while. Both cats eyed it suspiciously until they realized that it wouldn't hurt them (LOL!).

I hope your furbaby gets better soon.

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4/24/12 4:28 A

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Thanks everyone.

I am taking her back to the vet today as she has now started having a touch of diarrhoea. I am just hoping its something to do with the medication and nothing more sinister emoticon

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Getting enough water into cats can be a real problem, which is why wet food is so highly recommended for cats. Also, be careful about food quality. Quality ingredients vs. inferior ingredients can make a big difference for kitties. Avoid the common allergens (soy, wheat, corn, eggs and milk). Grain-free (which is not the same carbohydrate free - some vegetable matter is necessary) is also best unless there are indications otherwise.

Try offering warm water. My girl loves hot tap water.

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4/23/12 5:40 P

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Thanks for that! That's a lot of info! I didn't know about FIC - does this have similar symptoms like blood in urine etc? I will have to speak with the vet and see if we can do more tests to make sure we are treating the right thing.

Also, I didn't know issues like this could be stressed related. I don't think she is stressed, but I guess I had never thought of a cat as getting stressed before so I will definitely keep an eye on her.

I have just been looking at different types of wet food so hopefully changing to a higher quality with no dry food might help too.

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4/23/12 5:25 P

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I thought that my cat Maggie May had a UTI, and the vet gave her one of those long-lasting antibiotic shots (Convena). She didn't get much better, and so he decided that she probably had Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC). Something to do with the lining of the bladder getting inflamed and causing the UTI-like symptoms. (I also did some research and found that it is pretty uncommon for a young cat to get a UTI. When they have the symptoms, it's usually FIC). Anyway, he wanted to put her on some type of anti-depressant pill (because it is commonly a stress-related problem--although I don't know what kind of stress my spoiled babies can have, LOL!) but agreed to let me try some other things first (I did a LOT of research). I got her (and her sister benefits from this, too) a really nice tall 'cat tree' (since if cat has a nice secure-feeling place to climb to it can help stress levels), I put a little water in their canned food so that she gets more liquid in her diet--they both like the extra 'gravy', I make sure that there is plenty of water to drink and keep the litter boxes scooped often. And (the biggest change), I've begun feeding both of them some wet food in the mornings (before, they only got wet food for dinner and dry food for grazing). I started doing this so that more water could get into her and also the vet prescribed some feline glucosomine for her (Cosequin). It's usually used for joint issues, but since it's an anti-imflammatory it helps with bladder issues too. I make sure that she gets the 'juice' that's in the wet food in her serving, I open the capsule and mix in the powder, and feed her separately from her sister. I've been told that the powder tastes like tuna so she eats it with no problem. (I also bought some of that expensive 'bladder issues' dry food, but hope to find something that is just as good and cheaper at PetSmart.)

So far, it seems to have been a success. She's using the litter box fine and I haven't seen any problems. I like this resolution much better than giving her an anti-depressent pill every day that can have side effects such as lethargy. I don't want a doped-up kitty! (The only side effect from the Cosequin can be diarrhea, but I haven't seen that problem yet.)

Keep us posted!

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4/23/12 10:55 A

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Thanks for that - I had never seen one of those Pill Pockets before but I just googled them. By the looks of things they pinch closed so I could pour in the powder and close it. She isn't very fussy with eating small things which look like treats so I think that could work!

Lets hope it helps! emoticon

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4/23/12 10:42 A

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You can probably open the capsule up and pour the powder into a Pill Pocket. Or, you can coat the capsule in a little bit of butter. This will make it slippery, so that if you can get it to the back of her throat, it should go down more easily.

I'm glad the anti's are liquid and small pill. Those are the really important ones.

Your vet should be able to help you with diet. Generally, if you DO decide to restrict her diet, you'll have to transition her slowly, and you may go through quite a bit of food before you find one she likes.

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4/23/12 10:28 A

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Thanks for your replies so far guys.

I am managing to give her the antibiotic pill easily as it is very small and she just eats it out my hand, and the anti-inflammatory is a liquid so that is fine also, but the pill the vet discussed with me is about the same size as a paracetamol - and as its a capsule i would have to give her it whole or sprinkle the powder on food. As she is already very fussy with her food so the powder is likely to put her off - I just wanted to find out if there were any other ideas I could try as stuffing it down her throat seems cruel :( Don't get me wrong, if that's what needs to be done to stop her getting ill I will do it - just dont like the idea.

I have also heard before about dry diets causing problems. At the moment she is on a mixed diet, but since she was really young she has always preferred dry food. I have persisted with giving her the wet regardless of whether it gets eaten or ends up in the bin so at least she eats some of it.

She is almost old enough for adult food now - at the moment where I live there is a very small variety of kitten foods available so hopefully once she can get the adult food she might find something she likes better and I will be able to get her on a wet diet.

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4/23/12 10:07 A

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If you are afraid the pill is too big for her, get a pill cutter, cut the pill into smaller pieces, and get som Pill Pockets. See if she will take them that way. They are a treat that you can wrap a pill in. They work with most of my cats.

The best thing to do is not to experiment, but to keep in contact with your vet. If you have trouble, call the vet. If she won't take the meds or continues to have trouble, call the vet.

Also, talk to your vet about whether she needs to be on a canned food only diet. I have a (male) cat with lower urinary tract disease, and I have two elderly cats in kidney failure. All three of these cats are now on wet food only. The male cat has not had any problems since I stopped giving him dry food.

Again--talk to your vet.

Good luck with your kitty! It stinks when they are in so much pain!

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4/23/12 8:33 A

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I had a cat years ago that constantly got UTIs. Make sure you give the meds because it could kill the kitty without them. I understand it is quite painful for them trying to urinate. Ask you vet or local pet store about a "pill shooter". You put the pill on the end of the plunger, open the cat's mouth and shoot the pill to the back of their throat forcing them to immediately swallow. The first time works great, then they get wise to what's coming and and you have to be more inventive. I hope the baby gets better.

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4/23/12 7:43 A

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Hi Everyone!

My little kitten is 8 months old and has her second UTI. The vet diagnosed this with a urine sample which came back saying there was blood in her urine, and a tiny bit of protein.

We have been given antibiotics and anti-inflammitory stuff for her to take for a week and have to take another urine sample back at the end of treatment to make sure it is gone, and the vet has also suggested if she gets another one we will have to investigate the issue further.

I don't want my kitty to be ill or sore! The vet also spoke about these tablets which we can try her on which can improve her bladder and decrease the likelyhood of her getting another infection but they are huge and I know I would have to force her to take them as she hates tablets - does anyone know anything about these? Are they worth putting her on under these circumstances?

Also, I have been reading up online about 'Cranimals' which claim to help prevent UTI's in cats and dogs - does anyone have any experience of these or info at all?

Just looking for a bit of information or anything anyone knows about the issue!

Thanks very much for reading!! emoticon

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