This month our team did something very special! This beautiful boy, who has been newly named Mr Chubbs, was suffering from a blocked bladder. Sadly, his family couldn't afford to pay for the surgery and decided to surrender him, leaving him in our care. Our vets and nurses proceeded to support his treatment and adoption. He has been through surgery to rectify his blockage and has made a wonderful recovery. Our vets and nurses have fallen in love with him and are so happy to have been able to help him in his recovery, especially as we help him find his furever home.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, please contact us ASAP:
- Blood in urine
- Straining to urinate with little or no urine being produced
- Frequent trips to the kitty litter
- Behavioural changes ie more vocal, hiding
- Uncomfortable or swollen abdomen
- Increased thirst
- Lack of appetite
- Licking at genitals
- Urinating outside of the kitty litter
There are a number of things that can be done including ensuring your cat drinks water frequently, or alternatively feeding them more wet food as this has a high proportion of water in it. It is important to visit the vet if you notice any clinical signs suggestive of stones or urinary tract infections as prompt treatment of urinary problems help to prevent stone formation. It is also important to feed your pet good quality or prescription foods that are specifically designed to dissolve crystals and ensure the pH is optimised. If a bladder stone is detected and removed surgically then it is important that it gets sent off for assessment to determine what sort of bladder stone it is. This helps in deciding on the treatment and preventative measures that ensure this particular stone does not form again.