My poor kitty had a urethal blockage
Wow...what a weekend. Started like any other Saturday with us doing stuff around the house. We noticed Joey was acting a bit odd - meowing and restless, but it was full moon and they do get a bit rangy every once in awhile so didn't think much of it. An hour or so later, my hubby was working in the basement and noticed Joey come down to try to use the box about a half dozen times. I thought he was constipated so called the on call vet (of course our vet was closed by now) b/c I didn't know if it was a concern especially since vet wouldn't open until Monday. He said it was more likely a blockage and not something that could wait. Tried one more thing of taking him out to his favourite garden spot with no luck. There he started drooling and making gut-wrenching meows. During the stressful 45 min drive, I thought he was going to die. The sounds stopped, his breathing was shallow and he curled into a ball at the back of his box and closed his eyes.
As soon as we got there, the vet diagnosed a blockage and told us what he was experiencing and what they'd need to do. It was either the procedure or he'd die (euthanizing was never an option - he's our guy and we thankfully, have a pet fund). So, he stayed and they catheterized him and gave him lots of fluids. X-rays showed no stones so that is a relief.
I called for a night check a few minutes and he is doing well!! Alert, catheter out, and peeing like a champ! He can come home in the morning. :) I will work from home for a few days to keep an eye on him and he will need special food to prevent the crystals from re-forming. Whew. SO glad hubby was not only in the basement, but actually noticed something was not right. I did a bit of reading and was shocked at how quickly it can become fatal. And, the timing omg - often we go out during the day. Had we done that, we could have lost him.
Joey is such a fighter - he was an abused stray when we adopted him 4 years ago and came with MULTIPLE health issues that we have worked through yet he's always so easygoing and happy. :) Everyone loves him...techs at the emerg may not let him go lol
I miss him SO much...can't wait to get him. :)