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Did the Vet hurt my cats bladder??

Papa's is the name of my 5 yr old, male kitty.  Unfortunately about 2 days ago I noticed something was seriously wrong with him after I found him unable to get comfortable and having trouble moving around.  He would scream (meow VERY loudly) when I touched him near/around his tummy.  After going online and researching a little I realized alot of what he was showing fit the description of FUS (feline uroligic syndrome).  I quickly took him to the Vet that morning only for them to clarify that it was in fact FUS and that poor Papa's had a bladder the size of a softball.  I was unable to afford the close to $600 overnight treatment, so instead the vet kept him for the day, placed a cath (under anesthesia) and sent him home that evening with antibiotics.  That night he was EXTREMELY thirsty, very unbalanced and shaking throughout the night, he finally went tinkle at about 2 am but it was hardly anything.  I was up with him the entire night applying warm compressions and trying to keep him as comfortable as I possibly could.  

DAY #2:  The following day I called the Vet again and asked if it was normal that he wasnt peeing nearly as much urine and he would intake water.  I also mentioned the unbalance and shaking...he said it was probably the uria causing him to be unbalanced and that he needed a lot of water intake to flush it out and also that as long as he was peeing he wasnt worried however if i wanted to take him in he could excrete his urine cause he might possibly have another full bladder which wasnt good.  We took him in that same day and he was able to empty his bladder, prescribed him a diet and gave him pain meds.  

DAY #3:  He is urinating a lot more then before except now its almost as he cannot control where he does it.  He'll release small amounts of urine while sitting or laying , also the smell is horrible and it doesnt smell like normal urine it almost has a chemical smell to it.  His fur is constantly wet all along his private and down his legs and tail.  He will not eat although he does drink water.  He often just wants to stay in the litter box.  On a more positive note he does walk a little more and will pur here and there especially when I apply the warm compression to his tummy.  I feel horrible...he is more alert but you can still tell that something just doesnt seem right.  Is this normal?? Might the Vet have cause more damage after excreting his urine?? Is there a possibility that I may have to put him down?!  Or is this normal after all the trauma hes gone through??  I am the BIGGEST worry-wort and to be frankly honest I just dont want my angel to be suffering. PLEASE HELP!!!
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He obviously already had bladder/urinary track inflamation since that is why you took him to the vet in the first place.  The catheterization was to try to remove existing blockage and the antibiotics to fight infection.  FUS is just a catch all term for any type of urinary track issue and includes anything from urinary track infection (very common in adult male cats) to bladder or kidney stones.  Increased thirst (a good thing) and decreased and painful urination are typical symptoms.  The change in diet is to lower ash and magnesium which affects pH and exacerbate urinary track infections.  The chemical smell may be from a build up of these chemicals that he is now excreting.  You cat may be urinating in frequent small amounts outside of his box because it is painful to urinate so he is trying to hold it as much as he can.  Be sure to continue giving him the antibiotics for the full course prescibed by the vet, even if his symptoms improve.  It can take several weeks for any infection to be eliminated but you should continue to see some improvement over that time.  If he stops improving, there may be something else going on (like a stone or other blockage) that might need to be surgically removed.  
874521 tn?1424120397

FUS is now referred to as FLUTD(feline lower urinary tract disease)
I have a kitty with it too.

Did the Vet NOT do a urinalysis to tell you what type of crystals your kitty has?
If he has struvite crystals they are very treatable with the proper diet.....be sure to NOT feed dry food...needs to be can food as they all have 3x the water content of dry. he needs plenty of fluids to flush out his bladder,  the proper can food plus lots of drinking will disolve and flush this type of crystal.

If he has the oxolate crystals than unfortunately diet won't eliminate the problem and kitty will continue to have bladder blockages....this condition requires surgery.

monitor kitties output, he needs to be peeing and lots.
the leakage could be caused by a present crystal(stone) in the urethra  and the urine is just bypassing because his bladder is full, this is a very painful condition so be sure he is peeing and not blocked again, if this happens he will need emergency Vet care once again.

keep us informed on how he is doing please, and I wish you 'both' all the best of luck.
874521 tn?1424120397
sorry I meant to answer your initial question, no the Vet didn't hurt your kitty. manual manipulation won't cause any damage.
I also should mention the Vet may need to install a catheter and leave it in for a few days, cats urethra's are so tiny its difficult to pass some of these crystals a catheter will allow some of the larger ones to be eliminated, I'm glad he did give him something for the pain.
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