This is Skittles. He's at the veterinary clinic, right now. A couple of days ago, he was struggling and straining to use the litter box. Both of my guys have had urinary tract issues before so I know that a blockage can quickly become urgent. It was that way with Skitty.
On Monday morning, after having been away for a few days, I noticed him straining. I had recently changed his food, and thought that perhaps it was his bowels giving him some grief. As the day progressed, it began to dawn on me that his difficulty was in peeing and I made the 6 o'clock appointment. Up until the time we brought him in, he still had an appetite and was mildly playful.
By the time we got him to the vet, he was becoming toxic. He needed to be catheterized and have fluids administered by IV in order to empty and flush his bladder, which they did shortly after our arrival. According to the vet, his urine was "wall to wall crystals" preventing him from being able to pass even a trickle from his bladder.
Twenty four hours later, he's due to have the catheter removed and if he continues peeing on his own, they'll do a blood test to see if there is any damage to his kidneys from this episode.
Skitty is one special cat. He has an exceptionally fun, curious, comical, loving way about him. Everyone who knows him can see what a sweetie he is. I adore that boy.
His brother Zephyr is waiting patiently for his return - along with the rest of us.
Hurry and get well, my sweet Skitty.
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