March 19, 2013

Craft Your Happiness: The joys of owning a cat

Recently my 11 year old cat, Freckle was experiencing what appeared to be a medical crisis; in and out of the litter box, growling as he struggled to urinate, cleaning his "privates" every chance, blood in his urine.

We rushed him to the Animal Medical Center, at 1am on a Saturday night and of course we had guests staying the weekend. He was diagnosed with a UTI.

A few weeks  later his symptoms reappeared. We rushed him back to the Animal Medical Center.

This time there was no, clear medical reason for this episode of "I can't pee".
His diagnosis:  FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease).

How to treat FLUTD:

  • Have available a large litter box, (more than one, since we have two cats). Litter boxes to be kept in a quiet, safe area of the house.
  • Food and fresh drinking water located in multiple areas throughout the house. Preferably a "drinking fountain"
  • Clear a special, quiet, dark area for sleep.
  • Reduce noise, stress.
Clearly he's going to be living better than me. It's not so easy since we live in an apartment, with incessant city noise, few areas to hide multiple litter boxes, and have a kitten who likes to startle him by jumping on his back to play.

Needless to say, Freckle has not responded well to any of this. He's a nervous wreck. In fact, last night he climbed onto the bed, perched himself on our pillows and pee'd (only a little, of course, since he isn't drinking any water). 

Good news, he seems able to urinate. Bad news he's now a koo-koo bird.