Spider came to WVRC’s Waukesha ER due to signs of feline lower urinary tract disease. His owners had been out of town for a long weekend and returned to find Spider crying and laying around in the basement. The next day he worsened, becoming more lethargic and was unable to eat or drink. His owners were unsure if he had been urinating because they had another cat in the household.
An exam and diagnostics revealed that Spider had Feline Lower UrinaryTract Disease (FLUTD) – a recurring disorder in cats causing frequent urination, straining to urinate, urinating in inappropriate places and bloody urine. Diseases of the lower urinary tract (bladder and urethra) can be caused by bacterial and viral infections, stones, tumors, congenital abnormalities, or trauma.
In Spider’s case, he was blocked and unable to urinate, had a serious infection, and was in extreme pain. Because it was possible that this had been going on for a few days, it was hard to predict how or if he would recover, as his brain, heart, and kidneys could all have irreversible damage.
It was a rocky road, but after a few days in ICU with around the clock care and monitoring, he was unblocked and given IV fluids to rehydrate along with meds for his pain and infection. Finally, his levels started to get back to normal, he was eating well, gained his strength back, and most importantly was able to urinate unaided. Luckily for Spider there were no long-term adverse affects and he was able to go home to continue his recovery.