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I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the surgery they use for cats with chronic cases.

My little guy, 18 months old, started showing the classic signs of this last Saturday...crying when trying to pee, peeing outside of the litter box and very very little amounts of urine. So I took him right away to the vet where he has been ever since.

So far they have had to catheterize him 3 times. He's good for about 12 hours and then blocks up again. They took the catheter out last night and were going to monitor him again today to see if he can pee on his own ok. If not, they are going to recommend surgery.

I've read a fair amount on this and the info is pretty consistent. They do a procedure to basically amputate the penis which then provides a larger opening so even if crystals re-form, they don't block up.

Because he's blocked 3 times in the past week, we don't even have a chance to manage with his diet. By having surgery, this would also give us time to get him on the right diet so that we can prevent reforming of crystals.

I'm almost positive I will go through with the surgery because in all I've read it is pretty effective. I just have this *thing* going through my head about the amputation part. It seems such a severe alteration, even though it should help him greatly.

I guess I just wanted to see if anyone out there had any experience with this surgery for their cats.

Sorry for the novel and warm chocolate chip cookies for all who have made it through.
 

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Oh, the poor baby. I have no experience with the surgery but I am sending good wishes and warm milk your way. I hope he comes through okay and it takes care of the problem. I feel so sorry for him. Give him a hug from me next time you see him.
 

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Awww thanks so much smrobs! He is my husbands little guy and when we brought him in on Sat, we completely forgot his 'baby' which is a ragged stuffed squirrel he carts around. So during the week my husband went in to visit him and bring him his baby!
 

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We had a cat that got crystals all the time. He had 4 separate surgeries for it and we finally gave up and put him down.

I would definitely suggest wet cat food to up the water intake. Maybe ask them if you can add some sort of supplement to his diet as well to help prevent any more blocks.

Hopefully your guy does better than ours!
 

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Well...the little guy had the surgery yesterday because he blocked for the 4th time over the weekend. :( But he is doing well so they think we can bring him home tomorrow. Yah!

I am definitely planning to switch to wet food Lucara...apparently there are now formula's that prevent the crystals from forming which the vet is going to go over with us tomorrow when we pick him up. Hopefully they work and aren't just 'gimmicks'. There is also dry food that has a higher water content (one of these special formulas) so we'll see what they recommend and what my research tells me.

One of the other things I read is to also provide distilled water as the minerals in well water can contribute to the issue. Guess I have some more research and some cat food/water shopping to do!
 

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i work at a vet clinic that does this surgery, a lot more often than you would think ! ive always seen it work really well. i hope your little guy is feeling better !
 

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That's awesome gypsygirl...thanks so much for posting that!

But I did forget to say I'm so sorry in my other reply Lucara. I'm sorry your poor baby had to go through all of that and nothing helped. :-(

Hopefully my little Split (Splitty) J. Mac (yes...that is his name) is on the road to recovery.
 

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I am glad to hear that the surgery went well and I truly hope that it will prevent the problem from happening again in the future.
 

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I'm sorry that he had to go through that.

What food was he eating? The melamine scare might not be over. Menu Foods Income Fund - Annual General Meeting
When it started, it was cats with urinary blockages. It hit cats harder due to their small size and their anatomy.

Even after all this recalled food info hit the news, WalMart and other stores still hadn't pulled it from shelves. There were a few instances where the original bar codes on recalled food had been pasted over with new stickers.
 

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Thanks smrobs! :)

gypsygirl...what brand of food does your clinic recommend for this condition? I think my vet mentioned Science Diet CD but I work for the company that makes Royal Canin and would like to stay brand loyal if possible (I feed all of my cats RC #40 at the moment). So if you have any input on diet, that would be great!
 

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Royal Canin does have a urinary food called urinary SO. thats what the clinic i work for uses, we just switched over to royal canin for all of our food =]
 

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Thanks! I knew they had a formula for this, but my vet doesn't carry it. However I can order it from petdirect and I even can get it at a discount and free shipping! It is expensive but my 3 black cats who have been eating the other RC formula for years are so shiny they shimmer! So I'll most likely be switching to this formula and sticking with the RC.

Thanks so much for your input!
 
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