Urinary blockage...so frustrated
Warning: I'm using this as a way to vent my frustrations. :)
My cat had emergency surgery last night because he was blocked. Luckily I caught it in time and the vet says he'll be fine.
I'm a range of emotions right now. I'm feeling guilty because I know he's been going through this for 2 weeks now and I assumed it was because I changed the litter because things seemed normal when I changed it back. That is, until he started peeing blood on Saturday night. I took him in and he wasn't blocked so we started him on antibiotics since they couldn't see anything on the ultrasound. Then last night he squatted for 5 minutes, not producing anything then left the litter box in extreme pain. He was hissing and growling and attacking my other cats so I took him to the ER vet and they unblocked him. He's still there for another 24 hours recovering.
I'm stressed out because it's $1,500 for this surgery. There really wasn't a choice as it was either pay it or he dies so of course I did. But I don't really have that sort of cash just laying around. I'm a responsible pet owner but that's a lot of money.
I'm frustrated because I do whatever I can to keep these cats healthy. They're on premium canned food that cost me over $100 a month. They always have clean litter and fresh water. I don't use chemicals in my house. They're indoor-only. They get plenty of love and attention. I'm so frustrated because I feel like they keep getting sick. He's only 3 years old. I don't know what else I can do to prevent things like this.
I'm kicking myself because I ALMOST bought pet insurance 2 months ago. I did a ton of research then got busy and didn't complete the transaction and now of course they won't ever cover him for another urinary problem if I did get it. I don't know if it's worth it at this point because all of the cats have had a variety of things already and I imagine they wouldn't be covered. I'm thinking of opening a savings account and just transferring $100 a month into it as my own form of pet insurance.
I'm also worried because the vet said that since he was blocked, he's more likely to be blocked again. He's so young and this worries me. Not only financially, which is does, but because he's obviously in a lot of pain. I have 3 cats total, I live alone and I work full time so it's really hard for me to monitor who is peeing well and who isn't.
They want me to switch to a prescription diet to prevent more crystals. Of course I want to prevent but I'm afraid the nutrition won't be at the level that I want it to be.
I'm not sure what the point of this post is other than I really wanted to vent and no one in my circle understands. They all think I'm nuts to spend so much on a cat. Of course, I'm incredibly relieved he'll be okay and I realize it's just money but it's hard.
Has anyone dealt with a cat prone to blockage? Any advice on prevention? The recommendations were the special food and to try to get him to drink more water. I'm thinking of getting one of those fountains. Thanks!