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Alixana
02-09-2012, 06:28 PM
Hugs to Runcible. Once the antibiotics kick in, he should improve quickly. My 2 males have gone on renal food and never had UTIs again. My vet also suggested adding water to their food.

Yazmeen
02-09-2012, 06:40 PM
Major hugs to you - my Charlie Brown will be boarding with our vet for a while as his cholangitis (gall bladder infection) and pancreatitis calms down. He is diabetic, so not eating is very bad for him. Our local vet emergency center was a godsend as this all came down on Sunday. He is doing better on antibiotics, but need to get him extra care. We have another cat, and he doesn't want to be around her right now, so a little more time "in-hospital" is the best thing.

Hugs and prayers for Runcible. Agree that when the antibiotics kick in, he should do better and eat.

Edited to add: Always get a sick kitty checked out after that first 24 hours. Our vet pointed out that cats tend to hide their illness until they really are sick. As for dogs, he said "Dogs are like husbands, they let you know they're sick right away..." :D

BittyBug
02-09-2012, 07:21 PM
((((((Spiralgraph)))))) UTIs are very common in male cats. Fortunately, you acted swiftly and your cat is getting the care he needs. You'll probably need to switch his food after this, but that's a minor matter. I hope he recovers quickly.

Patsy
02-09-2012, 07:31 PM
Cats are masters at hiding when they don't feel well, so when you can *tell* something's wrong, it's WRONG! Glad Runcible is at the vets and they're doing what they can for him.

Japanfan
02-09-2012, 10:33 PM
UTIs are not really not uncommon. You brought him in early so his chances for full recovery are very good. :)


This.

When one my cats had a UTI he recovered well.

Japanfan
02-09-2012, 10:38 PM
Major hugs to you - my Charlie Brown will be boarding with our vet for a while as his cholangitis (gall bladder infection) and pancreatitis calms down. He is diabetic, so not eating is very bad for him.

I wonder how you our managing the diabetes?

We had a diabetic dog Maia and cat Ohenry at the same time, odd. Maia (lab shepherd cross) lived for four years after diagnosis, blind for most of them. She was down for the count so many times but always pulled through - we put her to sleep at 14 after her hind legs failed her. Regulating her insulin and blood sugar was a challenge the whole time and we only managed because we could test her.

Ohenry didn't make it because we couldn't test his blood sugar - there was just nowhere on his body he would accept the skin being pricked. Cats are more difficult than dogs so far as I know. I do know someone who kept her diabetic cat alive for quite a few years, but she was able to test regularly. On top of that she spent about $500 per month at the vet for the duration of the cat's illness, not sure why but regular antibiotics was part of the program.

snoopysnake
02-10-2012, 04:30 AM
Antibiotics can work wonders. Prayers for Runcible and you from my kitties and me.

Civic
02-10-2012, 08:56 AM
I hope Runcible makes a complete recovery. May I ask where you found his name?

Finnice
02-10-2012, 09:54 AM
Two of my cats, both male, have had UTI´s and the antibiotics helped. So, Runcible will very surely be ok again. They may order a special diet and ask you to keep him active.
Hugs to both of you!

Spiralgraph
02-10-2012, 01:12 PM
I hope Runcible makes a complete recovery. May I ask where you found his name?

I'm a Dr Who fan and Runcible was the name of a character in one of the shows in the 1970s.

No change in Runcible as of last night. I'll know more this afternoon. Thanks for all the good thoughts, everyone.

KikiSashaFan
02-10-2012, 04:24 PM
I hope he feels better soon! My cat I had growing up used to get UTIs and bladder infections every so often and antibiotics did wonders, I hope the same happens for you and Runcible.

Yazmeen
02-10-2012, 05:10 PM
I wonder how you our managing the diabetes?

Ohenry didn't make it because we couldn't test his blood sugar - there was just nowhere on his body he would accept the skin being pricked. Cats are more difficult than dogs so far as I know. I do know someone who kept her diabetic cat alive for quite a few years, but she was able to test regularly. On top of that she spent about $500 per month at the vet for the duration of the cat's illness, not sure why but regular antibiotics was part of the program.

Diet only at this time, prescription Purina DM (dietetic management) wet cat food only for both cats, no kibble, CB can't have carbs -Purina DM is "all meat" and seems to work very well, but you have to get it through your vet. Seemed to be working, he was spilling less sugar in the urine. Vet just checking him via urine tests, he tends toward conservative management. Charlie loves the food and was doing better. Not sure what led to the current situation, no direct link to the diabetes.

Scrufflet
02-10-2012, 07:12 PM
More good thoughts and wishes coming from me and my cats. A lot of good advice here.

Spiralgraph
02-11-2012, 12:54 PM
As of last night, Runcible's temperature is down and he's eating. :)

But they took an ultrasound and a lymph node in his groin area looks enlarged, so they're doing a biopsy. I won't have results until Tuesday.I'm staying positive.

But he'll be able to come home either today or tomorrow, most likely. :)

Thanks, everybody.

BittyBug
02-11-2012, 04:36 PM
Eating is great sign. :)

Try not to worry about the lymph node. He obviously just had an infection of some sort, so it's not entirely out of the ordinary for his lymph node to be enlarged. It's prudent to check it out but it's likely nothing.