Maty is my lovely 6 years old indoor female cat, who was brought home by sister, after her teacher picked Maty from around high school and gave her to my sister. She has been kept indoor since then, although she escaped few times for a short time, being my mother's fault. Luckily, she was fine when she got back indoor. She never went to the vet before, so she doesn't have any vaccine done neither (I don't think that that teacher or someone else took her to the vet when she was a kitty and taken). She isn't spayed neither. Back then, I didn't had my own money and I had nobody who would pay at least for the vaccines.
The Main Problem
Last week, Maty started to have an unusual behaviour. She was going so often to the litter and was trying to either poop or pee, then she was leaving the litter with no change. Sometimes or most of the times, she wasn't trying to cover the sand anymore (which was supposed to be dirty, but there wasn't anything). Initially, I thought that she's constipated as I've found less poop, smaller and it also seemed to be more solid.
I went to the vet for a consultation last Saturday, on 5th September 2020. He checked her, and then he told me that she isn't constipated because he couldn't see any poop inside her and she would've vomitted or ate less than normally if she would've been constipated. But Maty didn't vomit and she ate normally too. Even though her poop seemed to be less and smaller, what he said makes sense to me. It's just like for humans.
After that, the vet said that she most likely has an urinary problem and she feels the need to pee often, ending up doing very little amount or nothing, and sometimes little poop gets out instead that.
He said that her bladder was completely empty and that it's not normal for a healthy normal cat.
The vet said that the manifestations are specific to the lower urinary tract (pollakiuria, very small volume of urine residue) and the most common conditions are:
- Feline Idiopathic Cystitits (FIC)
- Urinary Stones / Bladder Stones
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
I've set this campaign to last a month, but the sooner the better, considering that I read that all three can be or become fatal...
As far as I've understood, if these analyses doesn't point to any of those common conditions, then further analyses are needed.
In the meantime, I was told to give her Loxicom to lessen her discomfort
(0.72ml in the first day and then 0.36ml each 24 hours). He told me to
come back on Monday to take Maty's urine with a syringe. In that
evening, I've tried to get the help of my sister to give the medication
to Maty through her mouth, but we didn't manage. So, I've added it on
top of a bit of canned wet food and she ate all of it. Next day she
didn't go to the litter often anymore, so I assume that the medication
worked. Today seems to be the same.
In that day I've went to the vet, I've paid 134 lei (~28 euros) for the consultation and 51.84 lei (~11 euros) for the amount of the medication which I was given, which lasts about a week. I took Uber to go to the vet place and back to home because cat only stayed indoor and I have no car to drive with. On the way to the vet place, there's a very popular area, and there's a big park, subway station, tramways stations, lots of people, cars and noise. Going with the bycicle I have or bus and walking seemed very risky. I didn't see a better choice. Uber meant only one person and a short time (it would've took about 20-25 mins with bus and walking). I paid 25 lei (~5 euros) in total for Uber that day. So, I spent about 210 lei (~43 euros) in total that day.
Besides finding and fixing Maty's current problem, there's actually some other problems which must be fixed or things which must be done as well. I've did a small search and found prices at different random vet places for these problems.
- large accumulations of tartar, gingivitis in the premolar area. Measures: professional cleaning (ultrasonic descaling and professional brushing) - seems to be about 150 lei (~31 euros) and 80 lei (~16 euros) dental consultation (I don't know if dental consultation would be needed though, since I go to the same vet)
- preventive annual analyze - about 130 lei (~27 euros)
- annual vaccines - about 80 lei (~16 euros) up to 135 lei (~28 euros)
- internal and external deworming - a product seemed to be about 50 lei (~10 euros)
- possibly spaying - about 100 lei (~21 euros) up to 300 lei (~62 euros)
- weight loss and nutrition correction - she just need to eat less and better food
Calculating by the minimum, it would result 590 lei (~122 euros). Calculating by the maximum, it would result 845 lei (~174 euros). Of course, they could cost less or more, or could involve other costs too.
Yesterday, 7th September 2020, I've went with Maty to the vet again, to get the needed analyzes done. Before starting the procedure, the vet informed me that's gonna take about 10 mins and cost me 290 lei (~60 euros), even though on the paper he gave me on Saturday says urinary profile 99 lei (~20 euros) and urine culture 140 lei (~29 euros).
He asked if it's ok and I've accepted. I got out in the waiting room and waited about 10 mins. When he was done and told me to come in, he said that he couldn't take Maty's urine because her bladder was empty. He said that she might've peed on the way to him and mentioned that the sweater from the transporting bag seems to smell as pee (I've put my sweater in the bag before her first ride, trying to make her feel comfortable and safer). Then he said that I have to pay 74 lei (~15 euros) even though he couldn't take her urine. I didn't ask, complain or anything, I just accepted... I didn't think about checking the sweater before starting the procedure (it's like my mind is empty during those situations), but I think that him, as a vet and having experience, should've checked the sweater or should've told me to check before starting the procedure. Not only this didn't happen, but before starting the procedure, he didn't inform me that it'll cost me money if he won't be able to take her urine, even though he informed me about the cost of analyses. Again, I didn't think to ask about it, but him as a vet and with experience, should've did it.
Then he said to come again in 1-2 days and try again. He said that if he'll fail to get Maty's urine again (another 74 lei?...), then there's another way of getting it, with a specific sand for urine collection (which seems to be quite expensive too if I'm not wrong), but that could involve contamination and affect the results of the analyzes. He didn't forget to mention the very important thing that they also sell this kind of sand, just like he didn't forget to mention on Saturday that they also sell the medication which I needed.
At this point, I feel like he's trying to suck me of money. I already wasn't trusting him and this has made it worse. Those vets seems to profit of customer's love for their lovely animal. I could try to go at another vet, but I could experience the same thing and I think the costs are similar.
I've also asked the vet about her weight because on the paper which I got from him says that she's overweight and he didn't talk about it. Maty has currently 3.6kg and the vet said that she's overweight to diabetic and her ideal weight is supposed to be about 2.9 kg. This is an issue is easy to fix since it involves weight loss, but maybe some analyses regarding that would be needed too, I have no idea.
Last evening, Maty started to meow so much and was kinda standing still when she was doing that. I dunno what was wrong, but the meowing kinda sounded like when she's in the heat period, but I'm not sure. She was in the heat period last week and it kinda ended by Friday - Saturday.
I think it was definitely not that. I was in the kitchen and went to her and she started to purr and was going left and right constantly after I got down on my knees, while she was pushing against me and she wasn't meowing anymore. She was also rolling near me, like wanting to pet her or give affection She went to the transporting bag and kinda pushed with the head into it too, while she was purring. Then after I left her, she started to meow again. Then I went back to her again and started to purr and do that stuff again. Then I left her again as I was prepping dinner and then she started to meow again. And she was staying kinda in front of the transporting bag or near it.
I think that something might've been hurting her and I think this might've not happened if I wouldn't have went to the vet. Today, as of writing this, she seems fine.
Possibly Another Problem Too?
The same week I''ve thought that she's constipated, with few days before going to the vet, I've also seen something weird stuck to her near / below her butt. I thought it's kind of an insect or something like that. I was stupid to take the decision to pull it out without knowing anything about it. She was left with a red spot then (today it isn't like that anymore).
I've told the vet about it and he said that it grows overtime, over some months and that could be a tumour, but he said that's most likely a kind of mole, like human mole. But I don't know, it worries me a lot. I've asked if I did something bad that I've pulled it out and he was like "no" or didn't know what to say for sure, and he said that there's still a bit of it left. I haven't noticed that thing until then. I don't know if further check ups / analyses should be done regarding this, but the vet didn't mention that.
On the paper I've got, this thing is mentioned like this:
perineum: epidermal horn type formation, pediculated with ulcerated / sectioned free extremity
The Costs - Recap
- 290 lei (~60 euros) for the urinary analyses to find Maty's condition. Assuming the result of analyses point to one of the three common conditions, then I need money for the needed treatment. I don't know how much that would mean, but I expect it to cost a lot of money. If the result of the analyses doesn't point to one of that three common conditions, then further other analyses are needed and I have no idea how much they would cost and neither the treatment.
- 590 lei (~122 euros) up to 845 lei (~174 euros).
Those adds up to 880 lei (~180 euros) up to 1135 lei (~233 euros) in total, without the treatment or the possibility of needing further analyses. And again, as you know, it could cost less or more, or could involve other costs too.Also,from what I read, if it turns out that the problem is one of the most three common conditions, then Maty might need a dietary change too. I've seen food meant for cats with urinary problems being pretty expensive.
However, the priority is finding her current condition and fixing it with the needed treatment, since it can be or become life-threatening.
Every 1€ that I'm getting from you goes to Maty. Assuming I'd get more money than needed, they'd either go to Maty or I'd try to make some kind of gift or reward for you.
Thank you so much for any amount you may help with!