Max is a sweet 4 year old domestic shorthaired cat presented to our clinic with stranguria (slow, painful urination) as well as Polydipsia (excessive consumption of water) and Polyuria (excessive production of urine). During consultation with Dr Gavin, it was discovered that Max had a full bladder that he was unable to express on his own and a diagnosis concluded that Max had FLUTD, a very common disease in cats.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is a disease that results in inflammation of the bladder (cystitis) and/or the urethra (urethritis). The condition may result in partial or complete obstruction of the urinary tract. Urinary obstructions are life threatening and require immediate veterinary treatment.
Max was admitted into our hospital ward and had his procedure performed. The procedure involved the placement of a urinary catheter and the manual expressing of his bladder. He was given pain relief and antibiotics to help him to urinate on his own. After his procedure, his urine was sampled and looked at under the microscope. The sample showed that his urine had both types of urine crystals (struvite and calcium oxylate).
Max recovered extremely well from his procedure and was in our hospital for a few days recovering and having frequent urine checks to ensure he was urinating well. Max loved his cuddles and was very happy to receive all of the attention he got!
Max is doing well at home and using his litter tray normally. Well done Max!