Monday Morning Vinny

Monday, December 5, 2011

I had quite a scare with Vinny this week. I noticed that he wasn't peeing in his litter box but I was smelling pee all over the rest of the house and finding it in little tiny spots.

I thought he might have a urinary tract infection so I asked a few cat owner friends and they suggested calling my vet just to be safe.

The vet was concerned that Vinny might have a blockage because that tends to happen in male cats more than females. If it's not treated quickly, they could die within a few days.

I took him in for an exam and the x-rays revealed that he has an unusually small bladder. There were no stones present but it was very inflamed in a condition called FIC or Feline Idiopathic Cystitis.

The actual cause is unknown but it can develop in cats when you only feed them a dry diet because cats need to get water from their food. They won't seek out water the way dogs will so Vinny has started on a prescription canned food diet and the vet suggested adding some chicken broth because the salt will encourage more water drinking.

She also suggested a pet fountain. You know how some cats and dogs like to drink out of a hose or a running faucet in the sink? The fountain provides the same concept. I found this one by Animal Planet.

The good news is that Vinny is peeing normally again.

The bad new is that it's on my living room rug.

The vet said that he might still associate the litter box with discomfort so I need to lock him in a room with the litter box so he'll start using it again.

Anything for my Vin Vin!


  1. Our cats love the Fountain. One prefers drinking from the bowl part and the other prefers the stream.

  2. Aaaawwww, so cute! I'm still jealous of anybody with pets, all I have is a husband who sniffs my ears and wags an imaginary tail when he's happy.


  3. OMG, I love that fountain!

    I looks like a little bidet - HA!

    Glad to hear Vin Vin is doing better.

    (((( Vin Vin ))))

    ADORABLE photo, Chrissy!

    Have great week, girl!

    X to you and the gang!

  4. So glad he's doing better (sorry about the rug). Hope you and the beagles are good too!

  5. Glad that Vinny's bladder problem is now gone:-)

    Thank you for remembering my brother Cookie. Now he might be playing with Bernie xxx

  6. He's so cute! One tends to forget that owning a pet can mean some serious worrying from time to time. I'm glad everything turned out fine (except for your rug, of course). xoxoxo from Paris, and a sloppy licky-licky to Vin & the beagles from Nina


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