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My cat meowed in discomfort while peeing
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:22:56 PM »
So while I was in the bathroom where the kitty litter is I heard my cat Toulouse peeing (boy can he pee a lot). But it wasn't the amount that left me troubled but the fact that he meowed three times in the way he does when he's not comfortable.

I thought that strange, even with my tardiness of switching out the cat litter (which I did forthwith, he is a bit picky).

Another thing I noticed a few days ago was that his last two nipples near the hindquarters were swollen and easily seen. If he were a girl I would think he might be pregnant.

Any ideas on what this can be and is there anything we can do at home to help him feel better? If we need to take him to the vet we will but if there's anything we can do to help him while we find one (living in a new area) that'd be great.
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Re: My cat meowed in discomfort while peeing
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2014, 09:34:47 AM »
Male cats can have urinary tract issues so I'd definitely recommend a vet check to rule out crystals or blockages for it. The swolleness honestly confuses me - I've never seen that before. In the mean time, make sure he has plenty of fresh water and I'd offer him wet or raw food to increase his water intake to help flush out his system. Cats don't have a great thirst drive so try to encourage him to take in more water if you can.

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Re: My cat meowed in discomfort while peeing
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2014, 10:45:05 AM »
Yeah, push liquids (canned food with a little water added to make it soupy is great for this) and keep a close eye.  If he stops peeing, it's time for an e-vet, as a blockage can be deadly.

And I'm not sure about the swelling, either.  Proximity suggests that they might be related issues, but I've discovered that just because something looks like it might be related doesn't necessarily mean it is...  Unless it is uncomfortable to him, or you see redness in the area, I'd just watch until you can find a vet. 

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Re: My cat meowed in discomfort while peeing
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2014, 03:36:23 PM »
Mutewolf, I actually see him drink water out of the bowl a couple times a day, so no worries there.

Marybelle, think I should stop the dry food then? I do both dry and wet. Wet for breakfast and for dinner.
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Re: My cat meowed in discomfort while peeing
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2014, 06:43:42 PM »
It might not be a bad idea.  Or at least cut down on it.  The more liquids he gets, the better off he'll be if there are crystals or infection.

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Re: My cat meowed in discomfort while peeing
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2014, 11:21:04 PM »
So, we're back from the vet and he does not appear to have a UTI. He's over weight. Doh!  Now he gets to go on a diet but details on what kind are pending. We're gonna cease dry food altogether though. The vet is concerned that he may have diabetes. So, we have to go back for the urinary sample since Toulouse peed on the way to the vet, he was really freaking out, and there wasn't anything left for the vet. Alas.  I now have some very nice scratches from bathing him upon my return home. Yay. I really hope he is only borderline at most so all we have to do is have him lose weight.
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Re: My cat meowed in discomfort while peeing
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2014, 11:24:12 PM »
Poor bubba.  :(  I hope you're able to get him sorted.

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Re: My cat meowed in discomfort while peeing
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2014, 08:19:49 PM »
Good news! He's just pudgy and needs to lose a couple pounds. :D
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Re: My cat meowed in discomfort while peeing
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2014, 08:27:15 PM »
I assume that means no diabetes, so yay!  :)  Hopefully the switch to wet will help him lose some weight.  :)

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Re: My cat meowed in discomfort while peeing
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2014, 12:36:47 AM »
Great news that it was not a blockage or urinary infection. I feared he had a blockage and the nipples were pronounced due to distended bladder. Whew! You were awesome to get him checked out so quick. As with us, and I'm an expert having lost the same few pounds over and over and over, slow diet is better than fast. I lost a beautiful Maine Coon neuter to fatty liver syndrome and they think it was from reducing his calories too fast. He was jumping and spinning for treats one morning and panting under the couch in the afternoon. It was a holiday and by the time our vet met us in the late afternoon, referred us to another specialist and we got him to that specialist, he was in a coma. IT was horrible. The vet who helped us at the end had lost a cat the same way and he was under her careful observation.
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