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日本動物医療センター

Came home Thursday evening to find Ben drooling excessively, something which has never happened before (Even if he had his mouth shut, there was a constant drip). Then a little while later he tried going to the toilet, but was unsuccessful, which is when I found out something had to be really wrong. Did a quick search online for animal hospitals that had a 24 hour service (It was about 21:30 by then, so after hours for clinics), found one in Shibuya and called them to let them know we were coming, then rushed off to catch a train.



Unfortunately animal hospitals tend to be inconveniently located (unless you drive a car I suppose), and it was a bit of a nightmare rushing through stations with a cat, in the heat, and never having gone to this place before. Once I got to the station nearest the hospital (about a kilometer from it), I found a taxi which brought us the rest of the way. Would have gotten lost trying to find it on foot in the dark.

Arrived at about 22:30, and there was only one dog there at the moment, so they could see Ben pretty quickly. They did some tests on him, resulting in this:

   

And I'm glad I did rush off to the hospital despite the late hour and ignoring the thought that I might be over-reacting. Cause according to the tests, he seems to have what the doctor referred to as "struvite". I think that's also what's know as kidney stones? Which can happen to humans as well, but in cats it can be fatal if not treated quickly. (Talking hours here, not days).

Does anyone here have any experience with cats and struvite???
Though I grew up with animals, Ben is my first cat, and this is the first time something like this has happened to him. (He'll be four years old this year; I've had him since January 2010)

The hospital gave me some medicines and samples of special food.



I've ordered some more struvite-care foods to give him more variety (He's picky), including some canned food, since he's used to a mix of that and dry food. But if anyone has any recommendations for food, I'd be happy to hear them.

If the medicine and food is successful in dissolving the stones/crystals, we might not have to hospitalize Ben for surgery. So I'm going to stay home for the next few days to keep an eye on him.



We were done at the hospital around half past midnight, but found out there was a night bus leaving from Shinjuku station at 1am, so made it just in time for that by taking a taxi there.

Ben's been acting like his normal self for the past couple of days, and there's not been any more problems so far at least.

Tired after the trip to the vet Thursday night:










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zeldana
May. 19th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Poor Ben. =< Glad you got him to the hospital in time, and also glad that he's feeling a little better. :) Hopefully he'll take to some of the new food. Keep us updated! ^-^
chounohana
May. 20th, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
The food will probably take some time to have an effect, but hopefully the medicine is doing its job until then. One of the capsules is transamin, which should contain acid? It would be great if we could avoid hospitalization and surgery, and so much less stressful for Ben who is scared of everything.
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chounohana
May. 20th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Even if it's painful for him, like most cats he's not showing that it is.... Which makes it hard to find out if anything's wrong. But he's been able to go to the toilet so far, and he's eating his medicine, so for now I'll just have to assume things are going well. At least I know what the problem is now so I know what symptoms to look for.
mina_cross
May. 20th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
That sounds pretty serious! It's really great that you've reacted so quickly and took him to see what's wrong!
I hope he'll get well soon, poor kitty. :/
chounohana
May. 20th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
The time it takes to cure a cat with this condition seems to vary a lot.... From six weeks, to five months. Biggest challenge will be the food. He's already getting tired of the dry food, and didn't want the wet food I tried giving him today at all. But he's drinking a healthy amount of water which is good and will make the process easier. Not sure if he needs a 100% prescription diet for the rest of his life yet, but hopefully we can start mixing it with regular food eventually.
skagirlie
May. 28th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Kidney stones are fairly common in cats. I've been lucky with Charlie (he's almost 16!).

My friend's dad would add a little bit of salt to his cat's water to encourage him to drink more, and that worked out well for them.
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