Oh, no! My cat has struvite crystals!

Oh, no! My cat has struvite crystals.  Last week I observed my cat, Presley hanging out by the litterbox and urinating frequently and noticed blood.  He was also peeing on blankets frequently too.  I contacted my veterinarian and he told me to come in immediately which I did.  On a side, if a male cat has a urinary tract infection, it can be very serious if left untreated.  Male cats have been known to die within in three days as they get blockage.

So I went to the vet and he said he does indeed have a Urinary Tract Infection.  Thankfully he was not blocked.  The bladder area was soft which was good.  He suggested Presley start on a veterinary food diet and take an antibiotic called Orbax, that I administer once a day by mouth and a prescription of 1/4 tablet of Valium to relax his urethra, and drink a lot of water.  He also sent me home with a test kit to get a sample of his urine.  The test turned out to be that Presley has the Struvite Crystals.

I am not a fan of veterinary food.  So, I went to Healthy Pets with Dr. Karen Becker‘s website and read that raw rabbit would be a good protein for my cat and cranberry helps too.  So I purchased the raw rabbit, which Presley devoured thankfully.  I also went to a local vitamin store and purchased Stone Free,™ which is an herb that dissolves stones and crystals as well as provides urinary, kidney and gall bladder support, and cranberry d’mannose.  I mixed a tablet of each and put it in a glass with 1 oz of purified water which lasts three days —  On day 3, you must change to new tablets and water —

Then I filled up an eyedropper and have been giving it to him two times a day.  I also purchased a cat water fountain placed away from the food.  Very important is your cat have water.  So far Presley, my cat is doing well.  He is peeing good.  I have been checking his litter box for blood which there has been no presence of thankfully.  So far this regiment is working well.  As a cat sitter in Jupiter, FL, it is my honor and duty to keep my clients and audience informed of how Presley is doing.

*Disclaimer  This is not to substitute for veterinary advice.  Always consult with your veterinarian and follow what you feel is right for you.  This is a very serious challenge that requires veterinary attention.

Photo courtesy of June Collins, Pet Sitter in Jupiter, FL

Photo courtesy of June Collins, Pet Sitter in Jupiter, FL

Hurricane Preparedness for your Pet


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Here are some invaluable basic hurricane preparedness tips to keep your pets safe from the storm.

Make sure all of your pet’s vaccinations and medical records are up to date. And have copies of them with you. Also, have enough medication on hand.
• Have a carrier on hand just in case you have to transport and to keep them safe. Make sure you have bedding, so if you have to evacuate, your pet is comfortable. (Have contact info visible on the carrier.)
• Keep your pet inside and not in your vehicle. If you have to evacuate, bring your pet with you, so they will not get traumatized.
• Make sure your pet is micro- chipped, so if your pet does get lost, he can be found.
• Have plenty of water, (make sure it is the water your pet is used to drinking.) If it is different water, it could trigger a digestive episode.
• Have enough dry food and treats for a few days. (Wet food not recommended, as it needs refrigeration.) Unless it is a small can of wet food.
• Collars and leashes. On the collar, make sure their tags are secure and have your contact information.
• Have a pet first aid kit as a precaution for any cuts or wounds.
• If you want to board your pet, make a reservation ahead of time. Should the necessity of going to a shelter arise, make sure the shelter that you go to allows pets.
• For this and other information, contact the experts at President Max-well Pet Services, we will be happy to help.  561-827-7298

Some websites to consider: for pet friendly hotels, motels, restaurants and other resources for pets and their owners.

ASPCA for further info on disaster preparedness

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