Pepi's painful urination
Pepi is a lovely ginger cat whose owner noticed that he was straining to urinate in his litter tray at home and promptly brought him to the clinic for a check up. Once Dr Andrea examined poor Pepi she concluded that he had Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease and his urethra was blocked, preventing him from being able to pass urine normally. This is not only a very painful condition but it can also be life threatening for male cats.
Pepi was hospitalised and placed on intravenous fluids to provide rehydration and pain relief was also administered. A urinary catheter was placed to ensure he was passing urine during the following days of his hospitalisation.
A sample of Pepi's urine was tested which resulted in large amounts of blood. Struvite crystals were detected under the microscope and responsible for blocking his urethra - 'Ouch!'
A urine sample was also sent to the laboratory for further examination of bacteria, so we could treat his illness with the right medication.
Pepi was a trooper in hospital and despite his illness was always up for a cuddle. Two days later after much love and care from our nursing team, Pepi was discharged and bounded for home.
Pepi now has a new diet which is specifically designed to help prevent crystals forming again. The diet is low in sodium, high in antioxidants and balanced minerals. Pepi's owner will keep a close eye on him at home to make sure he doesn't have any trouble urinating again.