Sunday, October 28, 2007

Struvite Crystals

Michael Thomas likes to go outside - he knows what doors are and tries to open them. Too bad cats don't have opposable thumbs!

Michael Thomas was in the vet for a couple days this past week. We got him back on Friday. He's fine now - and hopefully will be for a long time. He had crystals in his bladder that clogged him up. He couldn't pee! AJ noticed on Wednesday morning and I called the vet as soon as they opened. They realized what the problem might be and said I could bring him in right away. I did and they put a catheter in him soon after. They thought it would be quick and easy and he could go home that night, but he had it bad and they wanted to keep him there with fluids running in via IV and fluids running out until it was all clear.

We were really worried - but it seems to be OK now - we just can't feed him the food we used to. Too high in magnesium or something. The crystals are called Struvite - so we wondered if Maria's husband Greg is related to the discoverer of the crystals in some way...

Anyways, on the same day Michael Thomas came home, a friend of mine went in to have a stent inserted for kidney stones. This week seems to have been plagued by urinary problems!

3 comments:

shun chu said...

Hope he feels all better now. It must've been painful for him!! So how'd you know that he couldn't pee?

BTW, nice shot on that 2nd photo. I am a sucker for reflections and the color orange. ;)

Mom said...

glad he is feeling better, great job, A, for being SO observant! Very nice shots of your boy!

spaceJASE said...

Thanks Chu - I'm no pro like you, but sometimes a shot feels right! Too bad my camera is assy...