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Aug. 17th, 2008 10:22 pm Sick Cat

After all of the stress of the trip and the new job, we got one more stress added today. Yesterday, the cat started vomiting, and then quit eating. Today, he started hiding and being very lethargic, and showed no signs of having used the bathroom.

Finally this afternoon, Tara found him sitting in the litter box. But it still took us an hour or two before we decided it was looking bad. I ended up taking him to the UC Davis affiliated emergency Vet clinic, apparently just in time.

It turns out that he had a blockage in his urinary tract, but because of the potassium and the pain, he was suffering from tachycardia. However, the vet was able to give him dextrose and insulin and got the heart back to normal, and was able to catheterize him to clear the blockage. He is still in ICU, and will be there for another day or two, and this is costing a lot more than I ever imagined I'd spend on vet bills, but given our current stress and mood, especially Derrick's, having a dead cat would have been too much stress.

Current Mood: worriedworried

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Date:August 18th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's pretty advanced. We've had a cat with blockage before, males are susceptible to it. You're going to have to change his diet. FWIW, we switched our cats to Diamond, I think they make a mature cat blend. The vet will undoubtedly recommend Science Diet. Check the label, compare it against Diamond. We found the content analysis to be identical and it worked well for our cat, and we've been feeding nothing but Diamond for 10 years now with no problems. The local feed store carries it, and it's about 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of Science Diet. Also the animals loved the taste of SD so well that they'd camp over the bowl and gain weight, so the Diamond was an additional bonus there.