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Vet Associates Hastings

814 Francis Hicks Ave

Raureka, Hastings


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The story of the blocked cat PDF Print E-mail



Would you recognise the signs of a blocked cat?



Bart is a friendly six year old black and white cat who sits at the gate every afternoon to greet his owner Carol as she comes home from work. One day Bart was not in his usual place and Carol found him crying in pain in front of the fire. A family member said that Bart had been ‘acting oddly’ all day and Carol contacted us straight away.


At the clinic we found that Bart’s distress was due to the fact his bladder was hugely distended and he could not urinate at all. When we attempted to pass a urinary catheter through Bart’s penis we found his urethra (the 'pee hole') was clogged with hard gritty material that could not be dislodged. We emptied Bart’s bladder through cystocentesis (a needle placed through the abdomen) and this gave him instant relief, but obviously this is only a short term solution.


Carol was faced with a difficult decision. With a clogged urethra, Bart either needed to be euthanased, or have his damaged penis cut away and a new ‘pee hole’ made for him just under his anus – a perineal urethrostomy.


Carol elected for Bart to have the surgery which took place the next morning. This is a difficult and delicate surgery but Bart’s case went well. Afterwards he was sore for a few days and we kept him well medicated with pain relief. Bart also took a few days to learn how to use his ‘new bottom’ and had to wear an Elizabethian collar for three weeks to prevent him interfering with his sutures. However Bart never lost his good temper and was obviously delighted whenever his owner visited him. After a few days he went home to be cared for in one of our loan crates by his devoted owner for the rest of his convalescence, and his recovery was uneventful.


Bart may be more likely to have urinary tract infections in the future and it has been recommended that for now he stays on wet food (increased water intake), but overall we expect his new waterworks to cause him no problems. Bart should return to his normal routines and we expect him to live a normal life span.


The underlying cause of Bart’s problem is unclear. Cats can be prone to urinary problems and some cats produce large amounts of crystals in their urine. Because male cats have a relatively small penis, sometimes their urethra can become blocked. Any animal that develops an over-full bladder requires immediate veterinary attention, as the condition is painful and can lead to irreversible kidney damage and/or death.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:35