#purrs4peace Hello everyone, we’re participating in Purrs4Peace Week 46. This weeks Purrs4Peace has us purring for our special Purrs4Peace founder Confucius Cat who has Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and needs our purrs. We also purr for Healthy Urine and Healthy cats everywhere.
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This week has been a difficult one for Confucius Cat.
His Mummy returned home on Monday evening. Their babysitter had noticed that that he was a little stiff in the hind quarters. However, he has always been a bit stiff and she thought it was just that old leftover from a kitty injury and nothing more serious. However, his Mummy knows him better and knew something was wrong. Confucius Cat was pacing and couldn’t seem to lie down comfortably. Then he started straining and nothing would come out. His Mummy took him to the vet and discovered he had a urinary tract blockage.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is common and affects from 0.5% to 1% of the feline population. FLUTD affects cats of both sexes, but tends to be more dangerous in males because they are more susceptible to blockages due to their longer, narrower urethrae. Blockage is very dangerous and can kidney damage, heart attack and even death if not treated. In fact, a few hours can mean the difference between a successful and unsuccessful outcome.
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to this disease including infections, trauma, crystals in the urine (THAT ONE IS ME), bladder stones, tumors and congenital abnormalities. Also, not drinking enough water, being overweight, a diet too high in magnesium or other minerals, stress, in addition to other factors.
Confucius Cat picked the stress reason so that his Mummy will never leave him alone again and take a vacation! Ha!
Confucius Cat did not improve when under the care of the first vet who treated him so his Mummy moved him to a new place with fantastic vets in a facility accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. He is doing okay and expects to get his catheter out on Monday. Then he can pee on his own he can go home. Confucius Cat doesn’t like the idea that he will be on a special diet for the rest of his LONG life…but it’s better than the alternative.
So this week we ask everyone to purr for Confucius Cat and all the other cats who are suffering with FLUTD.
And let’s also purr for all the other cats and dogs and humans we love who need healing because of sickness, disease or injury.
We purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr with a purrrrrrrrrrrrrrpose!
Please stop by and visit the Confucius Cat’s Blog and wish him well, he is after all, our fearless leader on the Purrs 4 Peace project.
The appointed time for Week 46 is Sunday, May 9, 2010. Participants should purr for three minutes commencing at 3:00 p.m.. EDT (U.S.) which is 8:00 p.m. (20:00 hrs.) BST in the U.K. The cat’s human staff should assist their cats with the project by stroking and nuzzling the cat at the appointed time.