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Dear Dr. Debra, My partner and I have a 1 ½-year-old cat called Stinky. From the information we have been told by vets stinky is healthy and weights 6 kilos (about 12 pounds). 2 weeks ago Stinky developed a urine problem. He keeps running to his toilet tray every time 5 minutes but ends up doing a very small wee with blood in it. His now starting to pee everywhere he can find and mostly on cool surfaces. At night he cries, probably because his in pain. We took him to the vet, they did a urine test and gave him a general check up and said he was fine accept for a urine infection, which they just gave us antibiotics to clear up the infection. We think it might be a bit more serious than what the vets make it out to be. Any relevant information and future actions to help Stinky will be very much appreciated. Thank you very time for your time and knowledge!!!
Hi – thanks for your email Katherine. Sorry to hear about Stinky. It sounds like he does indeed have a urinary problem – he is going small amounts frequently with blood. This can be caused by urinary tract infections (bacterial cystitis), urinary calculi (e.g. bladder stones), feline idiopathic cystitis or feline lower urinary tract disease.
If we look at this list….
I'd recommend that you read the article Feline idiopathic cystitis. Treatments often involve a change in diet from a dry food to a canned food and attempts to minimize stress in the animal's environment. Some cats benefit from anti-inflammatory medications and/or pain medications.
Talk to your vet about the possible underlying causes. Most cats with an acute bout of FIC will get well within in 5 to 7 days regardless of the treatment employed.
Best of luck!
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