If you don't like cats, don't read this post
Our cat Mookie was admitted to the hospital today.
They think he might have an obstructed urethra. AGAIN.
I'm going to write about Mookie's medical issues in the hopes that someone might read this, have been through the same thing, and has found a solution.
Mookie started having problems when he was about a year old.
He was peeing outside of the litter box.
We are not the type of people to just get rid of an animal when they have behavioral issues, but cat pee destroys things.
He peed on Dexter's dog bed, we had to throw it out.
He peed on our brand new $1,000 mattress (purchased as a desperate attemp tto fix my back problems), we had to call a steam cleaning company, and paid a ton of money for an emergency appointment.
We really didn't know what to do.
Then one day I stepped out of the shower and Mookie jumped in.
He looked right at me and peed blood.
I took him to the vet. (Our vet at the time was two blocks away and we had a very close relationship with them.)
And so, over the next few years this would happen.
Mookie would walk around crying, would go in and out of the litter box, lick his crotch excessively, and would occasionally pee on something. Then the vet would put him on medicine, and it would eventually pass.
We tried different kitty litters. We tried all different kinds of food. We got him a kitty water fountain. But, he would still get sick.
The one thing that really seemed to help was taking him off dry food. I had done a bunch of research, and I had read that cats derive most of their moisture from their food, so if they eat dry food they are not getting enough moisture.
So he's been on only wet food for a couple of years now.
Then one morning he started walking around and screaming like I had never heard him before. Then he got up on the couch and was straining to pee, and he was straining so hard that he pooped.
My vet told me to take him right to the hospital.
So, I took him to one of the top animal hospitals in the country, which I happened to live a few blocks from. A doctor took us into a triage room and felt his bladder. She looked me in the eye and said "I have to take him in the back RIGHT NOW- this is an emergency".
It turns out that he had a blocked urethra. They told me that if I hadn't brought him in, he would have died.
He stayed in the hospital for three days.
Then the vet put him on a supplement (cosequin).
He was healthy for a few months, then he got sick again.
Then we started putting water on his food. That seemed to work, until today.
So, here is a list of all of the things we have done to try to prevent Mookie form getting sick, all of which has either been recommended by a vet, or I have come across while doing research:
-We feed him only wet food.
-We use an all natural kitty litter.
-We scoop the litter frequently
-We put water on his food.
-We feed him frequently (three times a day).
-We got him a water fountain.
-We give him a supplement.
I should also mention:
-Mookie is in great shape. He's very active.
-I hate Science Diet. The ingredients are crappy. I would really love him to be on a natural food. (Right now he's on Wellness.) However, if the only thing that helps him is Science Diet, than I will begrudgingly put him on it.
-I REALLY want to avoid him having surgery because there are some nasty side effects.
We have been dealing with this for about 7 years.
We are out of ideas.
I'm sick of seeing Mookie in pain. I love him, and I just want him to feel better.
I'm sick of loosing thousands of dollars. (Although I should say, we have, and we will, pay any amount of money to make him feel better.)
Does anybody have any suggestion?