Monday, April 8, 2013

Kitty 911 | Urinary Tract Obstruction

Most pet owners know dogs are creatures of habit. They like (even demand!) to be fed at the same time each day, look forward to regularly scheduled potty breaks, and seem to memorize the schedule of our comings and goings. Cats, though arguably more independent than dogs, are not all that different. This is why when Diego didn't show up for breakfast this morning we were a little concerned. I scoured the loft for the kitty and located him in one of the litter boxes. He was in the box for quite some time and he appeared to be straining to urinate. When he stepped out of the box I peaked inside and it didn't seem like he had gone at all. This immediately set off alarm bells in my head as it's a sign of a urinary tract blockage. I waited a bit to see if he would return and sure enough he came back soon after and had the same unsuccessful results.

I called our vet's office and they recommended that we bring him in immediately to be assessed and treated if necessary. Urinary tract obstructions in cats can quickly lead to complications and imminent death if not treated pronto,
typically within 48 hours. We dropped Diego off earlier today and I just got a call from the vet letting us know that he's doing fine after treatment (Whew!). They had to put him under, insert a urinary catheter, and flush out his tubes. It turns out he had several small stones causing the blockage. The vet says Diego's prognosis is good - this is a relatively common problem and a change in diet should take care of it. Emergencies like this remind me of how important it is to know what is and isn't "normal" behavior for our pets. If we hadn't picked up on the fact that Diego hadn't shown up for breakfast this morning we might not have noticed that anything was wrong with him at all. Will let you know how Diego's doing after we pick him up from the vet tomorrow.   

For more information on cats and urinary tract obstructions check out PetMD.


  1. glad to hear diego is doing better.

    1. We are too! I want to spend as little time (and money!) at the vet as possible for the remainder of the year. Here's to healthy quadrupedal and bipedal little ones!