Bladder Stones

Is your cat suffering from a bladder infection? Learn to recognize the symptoms.

Posted: Wed Dec 18 00:00:00 PST 2002

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Uroliths or bladder stones are less common than they were15 years ago because of new nutritional information and cat food reformulation. However, they are still found, particularly in middle-aged cats. Stone analysis determines the cause, allowing risk management to minimize recurrence. If bladder infection triggers stone formation, the cause would be diagnosed as bacterial during stone analysis.

Mineral crystals can also be a causative agent. The formation of these "rocks" is like an oyster creating a pearl around a grain of sand. If crystals of magnesium ammonium phosphate or struvite are found during urinalysis, it is possible to use a special diet prescribed by your veterinarian as the sole source of nutrition and to cause dissolution of the struvite stones. This process takes time, though. Surgical removal of the stones via cystotomy provides immediate relief, making surgery a viable option.

Usually bladder infection/bladder stone patients are miserable. They exhibit signs such as frequent urination, straining to urinate, blood-tinged urine and excessive grooming of the perineal area.

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Tana    Rapid City, SD

8/28/2012 6:18:46 AM

My cat Zippy had to be put to sleep because of stones in his bladder. I spent $1500.00, every thing I had in savings and after 2 different vet visits, 2 catheters and changing his food didn't work. The third time he started straining to pee I took him to another vet she took an x-ray and called a vet school in Texas that knows a lot about the latest treatments and after talking to them told me there was nothing she could do for him, except give him another catheter.
I decided I wasn't going to make him go through anymore agony and had her put him to sleep.
That was probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do, I got Zippy when I was so depressed I couldn't get out of bed. He used to come and lay down beside me and put his paw on my hand as if to say "its alright every thing is going to be okay." I loved that cat.

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

10/5/2010 6:25:53 AM

important information, thanks very much

janet    bethlehem, PA

5/26/2010 4:16:57 AM

good article thanks

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

11/26/2008 4:45:55 AM

My Teddy Bear had struvite stones and was very miserable. He had to have surgery to remove the stones and flush out the bladder. He is now on a special diet for life and has just passed his third pee test. Yeah!!! They can die from this if not treated.

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