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My cat isn't urinating!
dandy_lion posted:
I took my cat to the vet this afternoon since he was having trouble urinating - only a small amount would come out. They eliminated him and gave him antibiotics. They also took blood and urine samples for tests. He just woke up a half hour ago and has been trying to urinate but nothing is coming out. What do I need to do for him? Is it normal for him not to be able to urinate after they've eliminated him?
ShivaChi responded:
If he has drank at all since the vet visit, it's not at all normal for him not to be able to pee. If he hadn't drank anything yet, see what happens today.

If he still can't go today, call your vet and ask them what you should do as it's not healthly for him not to be able to go. They really should have told you something or given you some drug(if they make any) to help him go until they could figure out what the problem is.

Good luck. Hope they figure out what's wrong with him soon so they can get him fixed up.
Drew_Weigner_DVM_ABVP responded:
It sounds like your cat has cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder. This can have many causes but the one most worrisome is if he has "crystals" which are really tiny bladder stones. This is the cause of most urinary blockages in male cats. All the other causes can have the same symptoms, but they won't cause a blockage. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to tell and it's very important as a cat with a urinary blockage can die in the course of a day or two if it's not treated promptly.

If your cat doesn't have a blockage, your veterinarian can prescribe a medication to decrease the straining to make him more comfortable. In the long term, your veterinarian may prescribe a special diet so this doesn't recur.

By the way, I hope they didn't eliminate him. He sounds like a very nice cat!

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP

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