not my cat thank goodness, he's had enough problems
a coworker's cat has been suffering from a lower urinary tract infection or something. they're not entirely sure. they thought a uti then they thought kidney stones, he did pass some crytals apparantly, now they say it's lower urinary tract disease (lutd) but i think that's a BS diagnosis, aka: "we don't really know, so here give him these meds and shut up"
he's on some kind of meds and a prescribed food and it seems to be getting a bit better but it's gotten better and then worse again like 2 or 3 times. the emergency vet visits are costing her a fortune and a lot of stress on her and the poor cat.
he's licking himself raw, he has no fur on his abdomen, he cries all the time, squats all over the house trying to pee but either can't or won't because it hurts to go. one emergency vet visit resulted in a catheter to empty his bladder because he just wouldn't go and his bladder was full full full. the vet showed her how to check to see if his bladder is too full
i told her that i'd read before that for cats that won't urinate you can coax them with a warm wet washcloth, simulating a mother cat licking her young to make them go. she said she'll try anything so she'll give it a shot if he still won't go.
when he does pee he's straining and crying to the point that he's damaged blood vessels in one eye, she rushed him in again the other day because one eye was red and the pupil in one was wide open while the other eye was a slit. the damaged one also look a bit hazy she said. they checked it out and checked for tumors or clots and said it's fine it's just from straining, so they gave her drops to help it heal.
anyway i'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions or recommendations, any ideas what's causing this, natural remedies she can try, foods, etc? she will try anything.
food is tricky though because he's picky and will not eat wet food. when this first started up the vet said make sure he drinks lots of water or eats wet food, she was actually forcing water into him with a syringe to make sure he was drinking enough because he won't touch wet food.
thanks in advance