Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kimo Update

We are missing Kimo while he's at the vet's through the weekend. He has to have the catheter in until sometime Monday. He has to wear a cone collar so he doesn't pull the catheter out. We will find out Monday when he can come home.

You can read more about Feline Urinary Blockage HERE. There are tons of articles on the internet, but this was a simple, short one so you could get the jist of the condition.

Thanks for all the suggestions, advice, and prayers. We'll keep you posted.

*You can read the initial post below.

28 comments:

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I am glad he is doing well! The initial hours are always the most critical. Purrs to Kimo.

Ikaika said...

We just heard about poor Kimo! We are sending lots of purrs and healing vibes his way.

One of our ones-who-came-before, Shellshock, had blockages and had to be catheterized. My mom doesn't remember the type of crystals he had, but he was on acidifying meds for the rest of his life. He lived to be 21!

We will keep purring for Kimo to get all better and never have to deal with this again ... ever!

'Kaika and the Yosemite cats

Karen Jo said...

I just heard about Kimo. My initial reaction was OUCH!!! I hope that he continues to do well and that a special diet can prevent this from ever happening again.

Max said...

Oh man, poor Kimo! I'm glad they got it early, but it sucks to have to have the catheter. That can't be comfortable. In fact, my nether regions just clenched in sympathy for him...

Everycat said...

Oh Kimo bro' I feel your pain. I am prone to this problem. Not every mancat who gets blocked gets repeatedly blocked, sometimes it's a once off. So don't lose heart. I make Struvite crystals.

I am on special fuuds forever, but just recently I got blocked again, by a rogue crystal in my urethra (probably formed in old scar tissue) The fuuds are ok. I also get a Cystaid capsule sprinkled onto my fuuds daily to help make sure my bladder makes enough mucous - Cystaid contains a type of special glucosamine which tells the bladder to keep making the mucous. I get an extra 30mls of water in my fuud at each meal too - just to make sure I keep peeing and flush those potential crystals out, out, out! I have made the apes keep four big water bowls out through the house too, so that I have plenty of oppotunity to drink.

I get a urine cyrstal analysis done about every six months to check that I'm not making more crystals or that the apes have over controlled the crystals and made the type of crystals change from Struvite to Oxylate, which can happen occasionally. Oxylate crystals need a different fuud to Struvite crystals to dissolve them. Both types of fuuds come in wet and dry forms and there are lots of different makes so a bit of variety in taste can be had so I don't get bored.

I have been blocked twice, and each time the blockage could be attributed to a stressful event. Sometimes it can be a bacterial infection that causes the crystals or mucous plugs to form too. After each blockage was cleared I take anti-inflamatory medicine for a week or so after to make sure I don't get sore again - sometimes being sore causes stress and that will cause another blockage.

Sending you huge rumbly purrs Kimo for a speedy recovery and some love to your beans too.

Whicky Wuudler

Daisy said...

Oh noes! I have had surgery to have bladder stones removed. Mine were oxalate stones. I ate a special prescription diet for a while, but my current vet does not like the Hills C/D foods. He says the most important thing is to get lots of fluid: eat nutritious canned food, and drink lots. I am purring for Kimo to get all better soon!

Alexi said...

We are purring and the beans are praying for Kimo to get better soon!

Eric and Flynn said...

We will keep purring for Kimo so he feels all better and can come home tomorrow.

Kaz's Cats said...

We'll keep purring for Kimo to recover completely, so he can come home soon,

{{{hugs}}}

Gypsy & Tasha

Mr. Chen and Ollie said...

Oh we just heard the news (sorry we are so behind on visiting we didn't know sooner) about Kimo!! Poor Kimo! We hope he is feeling better soon!! We are purring and purring for him. ((((hugs))))
Mr. Chen, Ollie (and Mommy and Daddy and the Blurp, too)

Lilly Lu, Iris and Maxwell Mufsa Millon said...

I had stones too i on a speacal deit too. the key is finding one he likes i did not like the eunkba but i love the roal chain s/o that is yummmy. The water is ther most importe thing maybe your mama could intvatge a drink well foution for you keep water fesh and yummy


Lilly Lu tell kimo it not fun to be ick

Monty Q. Kat said...

I just got my interwebs back and I ran over to see how you are doin, dude. Don't worry us like that!

(And MomBean and I want to know if you need any green papers to help out. Anything for a friend.)

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Two of my brofurs have had cath's and had to wear that collar because they pulled it owt! We hope Kimo will be at home and well very soon!!

Is Sabi missing him a lot?
~ Miss Emily

Tink said...

Sending healing vibes and purrs over to Kimo!

Cory said...

Kimo, we are sending purrs your way for a speedy recovery!

Gandalf and Grayson said...

Poor Kimo. We do not think being a cone head is much fun. We are glad he did well and will purr for him to be all better and come home Monday!

Furkidsmom said...

We just heard about Kimo. We're purring really loud for him. One of the cats who came before, Kashmir, had problems like that and had a couple of stones removed. She ate special food too and never had another problem.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Kimo, we are sending our strongest healing purrs to you, furriend! Our tuxie brother Max at the Bridge had this problem too, but his was so bad that he had to have the surgery. He had to eat the C/D food for the rest of his life, and was fine. We hope that things can be fixed for you without the surgery, and are purraying very hard for you too ...
Many hugs, purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

Hansel said...

So sorry about KIMO! mom sees kittens come in for being blocked ALL the time! A lot of times you get switched to special foods to prevent it from happening again- and go on some meds. --- usually, there's no problem at all, and we're sure kimo will do just fine! we're woofing and purring for you!

~benny and hans

Honey P. Sunshine said...

poor kimo, we hope yoo git to come home soon, do not furgit to drink lots of water

MaoMao said...

Alla us Ballicai are sendin Kimo lots of love and huggies and purrs! We're glad he's doin bettur and we know he can't wait to come home to his fambly!

Yay fur you, Mommakitty, fur katchin Kimo's kondishun early!

Love to yur fambly from MaoMao, Dorydoo, Brainball, Marilyn, and the Ballicus Mom.

Willie said...

Oh no's! Kimo, this is upsetting to hear. I am glad that you are doing better and hope you get to home really soon. Purrs to you and your family.

Willie and Willie's Mum

Victor Tabbycat said...

Poor Kimo! An Sabi must be lonely, too. Good fing Mammakitty was payin attention. See, Mom? DAT's why I go rite affer you clean da litterbox - so's you can watch an see I's healthy.
Purrs fur all y'all!
Victor & Nina
Tabbymom here: My first cat had FUS that meant almost constant bladder infections. Not fun, but he lived to 15. I don't know how old he was when it developed.

Black Cat said...

Poor Kimo. I'm glad he's doing better and hope he can come home tomorrow and be all better and never have a blockage ever, ever again. :) xxx

Fin said...

So sorry to hear your sick Kimo, hope you are all better very soon.

Camie's Kitties said...

We just found out Kimo was sick(mom wouldn't let us on). We are purring that he feels better soon, and doesn't have anything like this happen again.

Tavi, Cody, Camie, Miss Jade and Gracie

Poppy Q said...

Kimo I was sorry to hear that your pee tube was all blocked up, but glad it wasn't your pooper.

Get better soon buddy.

Big smoocheroonies

Milo and Alfie said...

We are purring hard for Kimo and hope he keeps on getting betterer and betterer.