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Old 17.10.2016, 18:27
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incontinence in older cat

Hi all,
I did a search but couldn't find any mention of this but plenty for dogs. Our cat is 16 1/2 and has an overactive thyroid that he is treated for. I collected him today from the cattery as we had been away for 2 weeks - they said all was fine. When I got him home I noticed that he is dribbling urine - little spots - but if he sits in one place for a while he is then in a little puddle. I have made an appointment already but want to be prepared. All my googling seems to point at possible urinary infection which could be treated - I just don't want to be blindsided. He was our first baby and we will do anything possible for him but want him happy too.
at the moment we have put mats down - left over from the kid's beds so soft but waterproof and hope this will work overnight if he chooses to sleep on the bed.
any thoughts or advice before we get to the vet?
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Old 17.10.2016, 18:36
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Re: incontinence in older cat

The only thing I can think of is that you might collect a urine sample before you go to the vet, using a sterile container, and bring it with you. Call the vet and ask if they can supply a container, or if you can get one at a pharmacy or such.

The trip to the vet may be enough of a strain that he is empty by the time you get there, and he may not want to drink anything once there.
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Re: incontinence in older cat

thanks, yes a good idea, they gave me a syringe to help collect some urine but not sure how easy that will be from little spots here and there??
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thanks, yes a good idea, they gave me a syringe to help collect some urine but not sure how easy that will be from little spots here and there??
Wait till there's a puddle on one of the mats, don plastic gloves and wring it into a container?
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thanks, yes a good idea, they gave me a syringe to help collect some urine but not sure how easy that will be from little spots here and there??
My cat needed a urine analysis once and they gave me a syringe and some special, non-absorbant cat littler (which I had to pay for).

The cat litter was a miniscule amount which made a pitiful heap in the litter tray.

I stayed home all day as the urine had to be collected 'fresh'. My cat did not use the litter box, but became increasingly distressed.

I was woken up in the small hours by her meowing. She had urinated on the floor. I did my best to collect the urine sample from the puddle and cleared up the mess.

Thankfully the sample was sufficient, and it was not contaminated by dust from the floor, but it was very traumatic for my cat (and not nice for me to watch as a cat owner).

When she needed another test some months later, I paid for her to have a minor procedure to have a urine sample taken while she was under anesthetic. I felt it was easier for her than to go through all that palaver again.
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Re: incontinence in older cat

Since you are going to the vet, they'll be able to take a sample, if you don't manage.

Now, emergency ideas to make a non absorbing litter:
- corn (for pop corn), or grains
- small plastic round pieces - should work, but you may not have the material ...

Good luck tomorrow!
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Re: incontinence in older cat

an update for all those who took the time to read or reply.
I spent 3 hours at the vet yesterday and she was concerned that besides the leaking urine my cat had lost more weight and his eyes seemed a bit in his head - not sure that makes sense but I knew what she meant. He is already on daily tablets for an overactive thyroid so the concern was for his kidneys.
The urine problem has been diagnosed as cystitis and we have antibiotics for that - interestingly after she expressed urine for a kidney function test (we only collected enough for a very basic test) he has hardly leaked at all so hoping the AB will be effective as well.
He then went on to have blood taken, x-ray, ultrasound and a saline infusion as his kidneys are not looking good and she wanted to flush toxins to give him a bit of help. He seems tons better today and we are changing to special kidney food while waiting for the full kidney report. She has told us to prepare ourselves that at 17 he may not have forever left and we may have to make a decision sooner rather than later but I am trying to be very optimistic and while he is happy, eating, playing, loving and himself I am not even going to think about saying goodbye.
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Old 19.10.2016, 17:15
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Re: incontinence in older cat

My cat lived to 19. She was rather incontinent in the end which was a bit frustrating, but she did have a lot of love still to give - we lived 2 years with the constant drip surprise (perhaps the reason I have a trauma with shoes lying around instead of being inside a wardrobe).

Hope your kitty gets well!
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