Poppy and her special diet – November’s Pet of the Month!

19 Dec 2016 | Pet of the month

Poppy - November's Pet of the Month
Poppy - November's Pet of the Month
Poppy - November's Pet of the Month

Poppy is an 18 month old cat who was found to be suffering from something most unusual for a young, female cat.

Poppy’s owners noticed her acting strangely one day, for example she started urinating in the bath which was very out of character for her. A week or so later she was straining to urinate properly and only passing very small amounts of urine. Her worried owners brought her down to Quantock to be checked over and Tessa, the vet decided that she be admitted for further investigation and supportive care.

On further examination we found we were unable to fully express her bladder manually as only small drops of urine were being produced. An ultrasound scan of the bladder and x-rays were taken to look for the presence of stones or other causes of urethral obstruction. The ultrasound showed sludgy material within the bladder but no obvious stones were visible.

It is extremely rare for female cats to become blocked and unable to urinate, therefore, she was kept in overnight on fluids and given medication to help relax the muscle around the bladder to hopefully allow her to urinate. Unlike male cats where a catheter can be used to relieve the blockage by passing it up the penis, this procedure is extremely difficult and usually fails in female cats.

Overnight poor Poppy passed small volumes of urine but her bladder was still very enlarged. After discussion with specialists it was decided to go into surgery to relieve the blockage. Poppy was taken into surgery and her bladder opened up and cleaned out, a catheter had to be placed in surgery to relieve the blockage.

The surgery was a success. Once Poppy was awake and recovered from surgery she started to produce urine from the catheter which was a good sign. She stayed in with us on fluid therapy and medication. The urinary catheter was removed after about 3 days. She was then kept in to monitor her urination for another two days. Poppy was then allowed home once we were all reassured that she was back to urinating normally.

Tessa, the vet explained “Results from an external laboratory analysis of her urine confirmed that the blockage was most likely due to crystals in her urine forming small stones and blocking her urethra. She was able to go home on a special diet to help reduce crystal and stone formation. She’ll always have to stay on this special diet but we hope will never have to suffer the same problem again.”

Take a peek at this rather sweet video of Poppy just after her operation! Bless her!

Poppy was a very popular patient and was voted November’s ‘Pet of the Month’!  Congratulations Poppy!

Mr Everett added “We first began to suspect that something wasn’t quite right when Poppy started spending much longer in the litter tray than usual, often scratching for prolonged periods of time. We also found spots of urine in the bath which was very unusual! This strange behaviour meant a trip to Quantock was on the cards.

“During this worrying time all the staff were fantastic! The different vets, nurses and reception staff were always kind, compassionate and accommodating. During her stay we knew she was in very safe, loving hands! Thankfully she is back to her usual mischievous self, causing havoc with her big sister Pixie, (another Quantock regular). She will have to remain on her special diet for the rest of her years but it’s a small price to pay! Thanks again to everyone at Quantock!”