Wednesday, November 08, 2006

ANOTHER emergency trip to the V-E-T

Cat Couch here:

Last night around 8 pm I noticed that Chatham was walking like he had a "load in his pants". I examined him and saw that his penis was extended and an angry red color. While we were calling the emergency (after hours) vet clinic, he managed to pass two large BMs.

Dr. Lee said that there was a small amount of urine in Chatham's bladder. He wanted to hydrate him and observe him to see if he could urinate on his own. Our fear was that he had a urinary tract blockage (he's had it before. The odd thing was that I know he had been using the litter box successfully during the day). Dr. Lee said that if Chatham didn't pee or if they couldn't manually express the urine, that he would have to catherize him by 4 am.

The difficulty in this was Chatham's age - at 19 years old, we were afraid that he would never awaken after the procedure. The Vet said he could do it without the anesthesia, but that would be horrible!

So we left Chatham at the clinic and hoped for the best.

I called at midnight to check his progress. They said that they were able to express urine, so they felt that they would not have to do anything but observe until 6 am, when we would have to come and get him. (They would have called at 4 am if they felt like they had to do something.)

Chatham came home this morning and went straight to his litter box and PEED a long, steady stream (makes me wonder how much fluid they got in him!). He then demanded food.

So far today he seems fine. We need to get a urine sample in to his regular Vet to see what's up.

14 Comments:

Blogger Anita said...

Ohhh!...
I´m happy because Chatham feels better...
A lot of purrrsssss...

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Meezers said...

Oh my goodness - we is happy that chatham peed lots. we hadded prollems like that wif norton when he gotted old too. keep feeling better Chatham!

2:58 PM  
Blogger Victor Tabbycat said...

Oh, I hope he's ok!
Mom's tried twice now to get a stool sample less than 12 hours old, but 12 hours after the box is clean, we haven't... cooperated... yet.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Derby said...

Oh my, glad that the treatment worked. Purrs that things go well from here on.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Gemini said...

Oh Chatham, I am furry sorry things are still not back to normal.

8:33 PM  
Blogger one of us said...

Oh it is good he peed. He must have some kinda kidney/bladder problem poor poodie. Get even better Chatham. Drink lots and lots and lots of water ~Merlin, Shadow, KO KO

11:44 PM  
Blogger DEBRA said...

{{{{{Chatham}}}}}buddy yu's needs to stay aways from those emergency vets! I knows you are gettin tired of dem messing wif yu.

I am happy to learns yu are home and doin better! Keep feelin gud!

*Abby

5:05 AM  
Blogger Hot(M)BC said...

Oh we's sorry he hadded to go to the mergency V-E-T but we's furry glad he peed lots! Hope you feels better and better Chatham. We luvs you!
Purrrrrrrrrrs,
Sanjee, Boni, Pepi, Gree, Mini and Mom Robyn

6:07 AM  
Blogger Mademoiselle Cécilia said...

Ask your wet about food, in our case food made cristals in urin and then blood, it was horrible, and my Peca eat Walthams prescription diet food. I know am new in your community :))), but I have to tell you what worked for us. Love to Chatham

6:38 AM  
Blogger Patches & Mittens said...

Oh, poor baby! Many headbutts and purrs coming your way. Keep us posted.

CalicoMom Toni

1:12 PM  
Blogger Gigolo Kitty said...

Oy! I am glad he is feeling better.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Beau Beau & Angie said...

Them ut blockages are some UGLY things to happen to a kitty. Things are good if the stream of pee was straight. That means at least there's probably nothing blocking it a little so it is coming out crooked.

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

Express the urine??? That sounds like.....uhhhh....not fun?

I had a cat that got plugged up. It was freaky. The cat was running about the house, howling. He would go to the box and nothing would happen. So I had to take him to the vet. At 2 AM. And be at work the next morning.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

So sorry Chatham. You poor baby.

Love, Granny

8:52 AM  

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