4 year old female cat straining in litter box for months now. Never lost appetite, in good spirits.

Cat has been straining in litter box for months now. Was on doxycyclene antibiotics never helped. No pain, never lost her appetite, in pretty good spirits from day one. She never eats wet food. Had her on Merrick no grain dry food, now on Purina dry food for uti and I am also giving her vitamin c. Sometimes she has a good urination but for the most part either very little or nothing comes out. Tried homeopathic products, helped temporarily but never cured it. Can't seem to cure this. I need help. Vets just push antibiotics which I have stopped since they were doing more harm then good. Am I better off with the no grain food or should I keep her on the purina UTI food? Giving her 250mg of vitamin c a day, is that enough or should it be less or more? Any help would be appreciated? Have water bowls all over the apt. to lure her to drink more, sometimes she drinks more then others.

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  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    I'm not a vet, but it sounds like your kitty's urination problem goes beyond drinking more water, diet adjustments and vitamin supplements. There may be a physical abnormality in her urinary system that's causing her problems when she tries to urinate. If you are annoyed with your regular vet for, as you say, "pushing antibiotics", then you either need to have a frank, honest discussion with them to take it one step further to x-rays/ultrasounds, etc., change vets or go to a specialist. If she does have an actual physical problem that causes her to not be able to urinate, no amount of homeopathics will help.
  • Melissa FMelissa F Member Posts: 4
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    Like the other answer from Izzie, my mommy would recommend that you see another vet or specialist for a second opinion. A few months of this problem is too long and you want to find out the issue as soon as possible, for your kitty's sake.
  • Melissa FordMelissa Ford Santa CruzMember Posts: 3,914
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    You need to see a vet. If there is a bacterial infection then antibiotics are necessary. the problem is, you would need to culture the urine to determine the proper antibiotics, especially if you have tried others that have not worked. As the others have posted, there could be other issues here...anatomical problems, mass in the bladder, etc. If you are unhappy with your vet, consult a new one or even seek out the advice of an internal medicine specialist.
  • tracy ttracy t Member Posts: 2
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    See another vet - ask about urinary track crystals. It can be fatal if not addressed.
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