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Hi, My cat Whiskey is nearly 2 yrs old and he is de-sexed and just recently he has been squatting in certain stop in my lounge room  but noting ever comes out.
I am just wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this with their cat..
thanx
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Please get Whiskey to the vet quickly.  It sounds like he has a blockage or crystals which are preventing him from urinating.  Whiskey needs a vet visit ASAP!  
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YES, I agree w/ Jade 100%.....this really does sound like a urinary blockage.  I'm not trying to scare ya, but this really can be fatal quickly.  The bladder can burst.  I hope the squatting hasn't been going on for too long!  =(

I'd get him to a vet ASAP!!!

ZQ

PS-How ya doing?  Haven't seen ya on the forum for a long time!
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Move fast.  You don't have a lot of time if the kitty has urinary blockage.  Good luck!
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He is goin to he litter tray and is doin his stuff in there alot, so i think everything is working ok. I noticed the other day when i had a friend over with his dog he Squatted every 5 mins. i think its a teritory thing
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NO its not a territorial thing...........the other members gave you good advice in response to your question. squatting isn't normal. Crystals form in the bladder all the time, so if he has a temporary blockage and than able to pass one time doesn't mean he'll be so lucky the next day..................... Is it really worth taking a gamble with?
Not only can he get into a life threatening situation requiring an emergency visit(and costly too) but he's also in alot of discomfort. Have you ever had a urinary tract infection? remember how painful that was everytime you urinated?....burns like heck, and if the blockage occurs the pain becomes excruciating for them.
please see a Vet for a urinalysis and PH level test. this is not an expensive test.
and IF you are feeding dry food please stop and buy canned food, its the lack of moisture in the dry that leads to the formation of crystals....but NO they won't dissolve on there own even after a change, it will only help treat and hopefully prevent future episodes. It doesn't matter if kitty is drinking lots of water it doesn't compensate for the dry.
good luck and please help your kitty asap ♥
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I feed him dry and wet food so should i stop feeding him dry food completely?
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He hasnt Squatted today.
im assuming that is a good thing
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No, it's not a good thing at all.  All of the squatting that Whiskey, a neutered male, is doing is not normal at all.  I'd be willing to bet that he's got a urine crystal problem.  He needs to see a vet ASAP to get his urine tested(pretty inexpensive) to see what kind of urine crystals he's got.  Once you find that out, you'll be able to alter his diet and possibly give him some meds to prevent this from happening again........and, it most likely WILL.  Don't let it get to the point where he gets blocked and can't urinate.  You have a chance of preventing this from happening.  

Please, trust us on this one!   =)
ZQ

PS-He might have passed a crystal, and that could be why he's stopped the squatting.  
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Ok thanx. ill have him to docs by weekend.
He still wee's in his litter no prob.
should there be somethin i can do for now b4 the vet to help?
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good for you I'm so relieved that you will be having him examined by a Vet.....its best to be sure. Make sure the Vet does a ph level test as well as the U/A. (urinalysis) the best thing you can do for your cat is to give him canned food...no more dry and to have lots of fresh water avail so he drinks as much as possible.
good luck hon and please let us know the results from the Vet visit okay...♥
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Hi hon, I am also glad to hear your bringing him to the vet!  You're doing the right thing.

As far as making him more comfortable, I would just offer lots of fresh water and lots of wet food, until you see the vet.  I know they will give you some more detailed instructions, once they know what kind of urine crystals Whiskey is forming.  There are 2  kinds-calcium and struvite crystals.  They are both treated in different ways.  

Dang......I should've thrown a link up here, but didn't realize that I was gonna get into all that about the crystals.  =(  I'll try to find something a little later!  
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yeah thats ok. my mum has been watching him today and she said that he hasnt done it today and that he has just been himself. I called my vet and they are booked for a week and a half :S
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Well Finally got whiskey into the vet and he has to stay over night :'( they don't know what his has just yet
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Hi Whiskey, thanks for the update!  Let us know how things turn out or if you need any more advice or help!

Hugs
ZQ
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Hi, Well Whiskey had to stay in vets for 2 nights and he had crystals. Vet said he had allot and could be blocking up his "wee maker" and he started to wee blood which nearly made me die. He is home now with some medication and special food.. So i hope now he will be ok..
Thanx heaps for all the help everyone xoxox
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I am so thankful you got him some help...this is such a painful condition and needs ongoing treatment.
be sure he is on WET food and plenty of water(always)....this conditioned is never cured, only managed so you will have to keep a steady eye on him for signs of a blockage for the rest of his life.  there were lots of crystals he will still be passing more and could still become blocked very suddenly, so please keep a close WATCH.
I have a male with this problem too.....and I blame the dry food industry for this becoming so common.
I wish you and Whiskey all the best and thanks for being a good mommy...♥
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I am also very happy that you got him some help.  With the right foods and keeping a close eye on him for the rest of his life, you'll probably have no problem managing this condition.  

If I were you, I'd do all the research I could about the condition.  Arm yourself w/ information to give Whiskey the best, happiest life possible.

And, any other problems or concerns....ya know where to come and you can also PM me any time about anything.

ZQ
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Thanx heaps, I will definitely research all i can about it.
I wont be giving him any dry food for a very long time if ever.
I cant thank you all enough for helping me get onto his condition As soon as it happened
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Glad to help, girl!  

Happy endings and great pet owners like you, make this forum truly awesome!!!

Best best wishes to you and Whiskey!

Hugs
ZQ
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Well Whiskey had been sick and has had diarrhea today so i am a bit worried i don't know if its a side effect to his tablets.  
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Poor Whiskey!!  Sorry to hear that he's got diarrhea.  =(  What tablets is he taking?  If it's antibiotics, they can most definitely make him nauseous and give him loose stools.  Hey...it happens to us, too!!  Is Whiskey eating decent?

PS-Did the vet test the crystals to see what they're made of?  I hope so, because that's important and could help you prevent the crystals in the future.

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Yeah its antibiotics. He is eating what they gave him which is nothing compared to what i normally give him.
They didnt tell me if they tested the crystals so im kinda peeved.
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Whiskey will feel a whole lot better once he's off antibiotics.....at least he's eating.  Some cats won't eat and wind up puking from the antibiotics.


I would definitely call the vets to ask about the results of the urinalysis and that should tell you about the crystals.  I'm pretty sure that they did this test.  Maybe it'll take a while for the results to come in.  Call and ask them, you do need to know.

Here's a very good link that I found.....check it out!
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OOOOPS....LOL

Here's the link!!  =)

http://www.uvma.org/cats/urinary-problems.htm

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i have to take his pee into the vet again in a couple of days so ill ask them then.
thanks for the link
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Well We have found out what was the cause of Whiskey's Crystals and It is dry food (One of his most favourite things to eat).
So he is now on a no dry food diet which is really hard because thats all he wants sometimes
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Yeah, many cats love their dry food - unfortunately, crystals are the outcome for many.  I'm so glad you got to the bottom of Whiskey's problem and he's now on the road to recovery!.  Good job, hon!  Just be a tough mama - you're doing the right thing by denying him.  I do know how hard it is to change a cats diet, but it's for his own good - and your pocketbook.  What kind of food did you decide to go with?
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Thanx.
Umm we feeding him chicken necks and roo meat now
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Thanks for the update.  Was that a vet recommended diet that you have him on?

Hope he does better on his new diet!!  =)
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Have to throw my 2 cents in ....hope Whiskey is soon over this mess.  I learned on the cat forum about how to prevent UTIs in our cats.   Now I can't bring myself to feed any kit that appears @ my door anything but Wellness canned food.....which they usually love, tho I suspect dry food is their usual diet.  One ate Shadow's leftover kitten chow..again it was a no grain product made by Wellness....so am sure it was fine.

Isn't it amazing how the entire paradigm of feeding animals has changed???  If Whiskey will eat raw meat it is good.  Some cats can't make that transition.  Good luck.
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I changed his diet on my own. And he loves it and he has put on weight which is good bcoz he lost some being sick.
He doesn't ask for dry food now which is great :D
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It's great that you got him off of the hard food and he loves his new diet, BUT there are certain extremely important nutrients that Whiskey might not be getting.  I would add either some high quality hard food....just a little, to make sure that he's getting the right nutrients.  For example, taurine is extremely extremely important-it helps w/ the normal function of the heart and eyes.  I'd be willing to bet that the diet your cat is on doesn't have enough of this nutrient in it.

Please, add a high quality hard food(ex. Wellness Core) or getting a powder vit/min supplement to add to his food.  This is very important, because taurine deficiencies can be life threatening.

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So glad Whiskey made the transition with no fuss.  But......I agree completely with zodiac, he needs nutrients a totally raw diet of meat cannot give him.  

I have leaned on the entire Wellness selection of foods for my kits.  There are others, I am sure, but for me, it was delightful to discover foods in this brand.  Altho' you do spend a bit more for the food, in Whiskey's case, it won't break the bank.  

I'm pushing for the Wellness food as adding a supplement to his food may or may not work and you will be out the $.  I tried lots of things before getting into Wellness brand: they even have tasty treats which every cat or kitten I've befriended loved ....altho' they had been used to Temptations treats......

Love and congrats again for getting Whiskey back to health,
SG
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We dont have the Wellness food here, but i will def get the best thing that we have here.
I might try and get the powder so it can be mixed in with his food so he has to have it lol
thanx heaps xox
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I keep forgetting that you're in Australia.  lol  There's some other very good brands out there, too.  You can order it online, BUT I don't even want to think about how much the shipping would cost....probably pretty damn scary!

Anyway....good luck girl, and know that all of us on here only want the best for you and Whiskey!!!  =)
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Sorry its been awhile. I have finally found a dry food that Whiskey can eat and he seems to love it. So i hope now his crystals are a thing of the past
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honey I think you did good by getting Whiskey off the chicken necks and roo.....he does need a good source of protien, but honey that HAS to be in a canned food NOT a dry, dry will only make his crystals much worse.....chicken necks would be dangerous because of the small bones...but roo is probably ok...better than dry food!!!!
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can you find a  canned food that you can afford? its best of course to be feeding those high quality ones but dear any canned food is far better than the dry...so see what you can find that he likes....please post again..♥
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He is on canned food, and he is on expensive dry that balances out the stuff that courses the crystals. He mainly eats canned food but he gets about a small hand full of dry a day
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It sounds like you've got the purrfect balance for Whiskey.

Good job, girl!!!!
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Thanks He is happy again lol. Its so hard being a young mum lol
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Great to hear!!  =)

Keep letting us know how he's doing!!  We love updates!
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Yeah i will.
Thanks for the help xox
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