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My cat has Struvite Crystals and FLUTD!

Nov 10, 2008 - 13 comments
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My cat was in emergency animal clinic for 3 days, then came home for 2 days and was blocked again, so back to the emergency clinic for another 4 days, $3,000.00 later i was able to bring him home. He has been home for 2 days now, the first day home he was urinating quarter size clumps, but today he has only gone 3 times and they are about nickel size now.  He is not eating his food that the vet has prescribed. He is on Tribissen, Buprenorphine and phenoxybenzamine.  He has been sleeping a lot since he has been home.  He is not drinking water.  I was squirting water in his mouth tonight with a baster. How long is this healing process, so that he is eating and urinating again??
He does have an apt. tomorrow with the vet.  Is there anything i can do at home to help him, or any ideas with getting him to eat food?

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by ettebette, Nov 10, 2008
Hi.  One of my cats had crystals, but I'm not sure if they were the Struvite type (I believe there are two types).  We have him on a medication (liquid) that helps to keep his urine ph at the correct level. We get this at a compounding pharmacy. He also eats only soft cat food, and it's Friskies special diet, which he loves.  All of our other cats eat it, too.  Hard food, on a regular basis, he should stay away from as they tend to contribute to blockage.  On occasion, we do give our cats some Friskies treats.  You may want to give him baby food, but there's some ingredient in some of the baby foodsf you have to avoid, and I forget what that is.  Ask you vet.  He/she will probably know.  Good luck.

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by ettebette, Nov 10, 2008
I can emphathize with you about this situation. I asked my husband what type of crystals our cat had, and he said Struvite. Our cat wouldn't eat the food the vet recommended, so that's why we have to give him this special medication to keep his urine ph at the correct level.  Ask your vet about this.  I think its called DL Methyoline.  I'm not sure if this is the correct spelling, but your vet will know.  Also, glucosamine for cats, sprinkled on their food is supposed to help.  Keeping low magnesium in their food is supposed to help, which is why we used the Friskies Special Diet, soft food.  I hope this helps.  Keep me posted.

Ellen (ettebette)

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by Bex81, Nov 11, 2008
My cat was at the Vet today, and she said he is doing ok. but needs to eat and drink more water (as he was not) She suggested the dissolution dry food, and i gave me some syringes to squirt water into his mouth as much as i can.  She did give him some liquids through needle as he has not been eating. So hopefully this all work, and he can get back to a somewhat normal.

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by ettebette, Nov 13, 2008
For preventive care, did you mention the DL Methyoline?  It helps keep the urine ph where it should be, thus, hopefully, preventing the formation of possible future crystals.  How about the Special Diet -- soft food?  Did you ask about that?  I'm just curious.  I'm glad you pussycat is doing better.

ettebette

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by Bex81, Nov 13, 2008
No, I did not mention the DL Methyoline.  What is it?  He is on the dissolution diet, but he is not eating or drinking much again.  It seems he is still in a lot pain. We are not sure what else we can do for him... Any suggestions?

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by Bex81, Nov 14, 2008
we had to put him down tonight, as he had lots of blood in his urine.

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by ettebette, Nov 15, 2008
Dear Bex,

I am so so sorry to hear the news about your sweet kitty.  He is no longer in any pain, and you did what you had to do.  It is my belief that we are reunited with all of our loved ones (be they human of animal) after we die, and become pure spirit.  I believe you will see your pussycat again.  Remember what a good life he had while he was with you, and how much love you gave to one another.  If you EVER need to talk, please don't hesitate to contact me.  I'm always here for you.  Take good care of yourself.

Love,

Ellen (ettebette)

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by jesscat, Oct 19, 2009
My male cat has blocked 3 times in 18 months due to struvite crystals. During his blockages I tried a combination of medications prescribed by my vet. These include Hills S/D dietry food, metacam, methingel, synolux antibiotics, and cystaid tablets. Nothing disolved the crystals. On the 3rd time he blocked the vets wanted to put him down, i begged and begged until they agreed to give him one last try. As a last ditch attempt I changed all his medication and within 5 weeks he was crystal free! Here's what I did...

Changed dietry food to Royal Canin S/O moderate calorie urinary dry food. (he wouldnt eat the wet)
Healthy Cat vitimins (from Pets at Home)
Cranberry Treats (from pets at home)
Distilled water mixed with a teaspoon of tuna in springwater. He would drink the tuna flavoured water to get to the tuna at the bottom of the bowl, hence increasing his fluid intake.
Cysteese tablets worked better than cystaid in my opinion.
multistix & katkor to test urine at home.


He will never be totally out of the woods and is a high risk to block again, but he now has a chance if i can keep him crystal free and if you've tried everything the above is definatley worth a go.

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by thinkpositive247, Nov 14, 2009
I'm sorry to hear of your loss Bex.

We are currently experiencing struvite crystals with our 7 year old male cat also. So this has been helpful information.what did you have done for $3000?

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by ollie12, Mar 04, 2010
Or male cat was blocked about 3 weeks ago with struvite crystals.  Was at vet for 4 days.  He wouldn't eat any of the medicated food after getting home.  Yesterday he started showing signs of being blocked again.  The vet thought he wasn't blocked but had spasoms that prevented him from urinating caused by the crystals.  He would look like he was going to pee, but couldn't.  He got a shot of something I can't remember the name of and given pred.  At two oclock last night he finially started to pee, first all over (in the bed on the rug).  This morning he was back to normal, peed twice in the litter box during the night large amount of urine.  Back to normal behavior.  A side note, just 2 days ago, we finially tried him on the Royal Cannin s/o wet food and he loved it.  We wenr through 2 other brands that he would not touch wet of dry.  

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by Chimpy59, Jun 23, 2010
Whatever you do, DO NOT give these cats dry food and if you must give them Hill's Prescription Diet, do it only for a limited time and insist only on the canned.  Cats were NEVER meant to eat dry food and most of these vets will push the dry junk on you you, especially Hill's, because it's what they're only taught about nutrition in vet school.  Vets need to step it up and really LEARN about pet nutrition because many of them are doing our animals a great disservice.  Also, alot of vets get little perks from Hill's and certain other pet food companies.  If you can, consult with a holistic vet and again - ONLY give these cats either a healthy canned food or slowly switch them to a raw food diet.  My cat has repeatedly had crystals and nearly died.  I've spent thousands at the vet (they saw me coming).  After alot of research and talking with other pet owners, my cat is doing so much better.  No dry food and only the best in canned food - examples are WELLNESS grain-free foods.  There are other quality canned cat foods and though they cost more, it sure beats your beloved pet going thru these horrible bouts with the crystals, the blockage and the FLUTD.  Buy grain free and gluten free.  Also, I sprinkle, twice a day, cranberry powder on his food (cranberry is good for the urinary tract system) and I also sprinkle probiotics on all 3 of my cats food.

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by alecat10, Mar 13, 2015
My cat has FLUTD & I give  him moisture, moisture, moisture.... I soak his high protein, low carb dry food
in hot water to make a cereal, and he has no problem drinking all that moisture up. He also gets canned food sprinkled with DL methionine from time to time. The DL raises the acidity to an environment where crystals do not form. Carbs should be under 10% and Phosphorus under 1%. It is minerals that joint together to form Struvite bladder crystals..Moisture flushes them out. Also grain free food..NO corn wheat or gluten. I have just started him on Glucospet. Glucosamine and MSM help with  inflammation. Finding food that fit this profile is difficult to say the least! It's been one heckuofa ride keeping my large Maine Coon out of the Vets office. Currently my cats are eating Young Again dry food; Friskies "Special" diet canned Turkey & giblets (not available in Canada) Halo Chicken canned; Innova chicken and turkey grain free dry (always soaked in hot water) Again these foods are high protein/low carb/low Phosphorus. . I also purchased PH test strips and dip it in the first pee of the day prior to him eating. This lets me know if his PH is too high. If so crystals are probably forming. Also I pay strict attention to the litter box/his behavior to ensure his pee balls are not getting smaller. The warning bells go off when I see that leg up in the air and he is licking his bladder area.  

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by alecat10, Mar 13, 2015
One last thing... always seek the prompt advice of your Veterinarian if you suspect FLUTD. Male cats can get into very serious trouble in 48 hours if they cannot pee! :-)


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