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  1. Odd and confusing for me.

    This must have occurred long, long ago…

    These days, dilation of both orifices is possible with the proper equipment. Surgical procedures can correct defects. If not, indwelling apparatuses aren’t common but possible.

    I had 2 cats over the years (both male) that could not urinate, only dribble. The cause was calculi (stones). Males are more prone and problematic because they have lengthy urethras.

    No intent to add to the pain of this. But, it confirms that second opinions are often necessary in my thinking.

    • Michael, I was so naive at the time that I thought they could give the cat meds to dissolve the blockage. I was wrong.

      I started not to write this article, but I’m glad I did. I had a hard time writing it, and I see that I didn’t explain one part properly. The doctors did think that Rocky and Coyote could be unblocked. That was before they took the X-rays. Their urethras were not straight, they were twisted and tangled up, like a small handful of wet, cooked spaghetti.

      I made the right decision.

    • Dee, just because the vets in your area know about those procedures does not mean that the vets in my area do. I miss my boys, but I refuse to beat myself up for the decisions I made. Coyote died in 2009. Rocky passed over 5 years before. You were lucky with your cats. Sounds like they had normal plumbing.

      I had a hard time writing that article. I’m glad I did, but I see I left out one detail: the x-rays for both cats showed that their urethra were twisted and tangled, like wet, cooked spaghetti. The normal straight urethra is vastly different from one that is deformed. The vets had never seen anything like it. I’ve heard it all over the years, about surgery, this procedure and that, the special food, and I remain convinced that a second opinion would have only confirmed the first.

  2. Thanks a lot for this. It is interesting and upsetting of course. The Rocky and Coyote euthanasias must have been more tricky. The decision was based on an unfixable birth defect that would cause suffering for the remainder of the cats’ lives. I think you made the correct decision.

    I wonder how it would have been dealt with if a human had the same problem.

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