I have worked in veterinary medicine for several years. On Saturdays I work the night shift 12-9pm and really enjoy it because we get some quite interesting cases come in..... this one took the cake tonight.
Harley a 5yr old neutered cat came in with symptoms of not urinating well, blood in urine. He has had a calcium oxcalate blockage about a year ago which did require surgery. After much consideration by the owners they decided to go ahead with surgery. Now when we looked at the radiographs it was very obvious we had stones, but it wasn't until the first one came out that we all looked at eachother with a "huh" look on our faces. These are the stones that came out...... http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y248/tanNsexyBecka1104/DSC03089.jpg
So we went back to our x-rays and realized that you could actually see these stones, but without really knowing it. Once they came out you could decifer what was being looked at. Really awsome lol. It was determined by myself that we were needing to find at least 3 :P turns out we got 6! Along with thousands of tiny grain sand looking stones (which are normal) it is quite possible that these stones formed by mixing with the absorbably suture materal which was used to close the bladder after the first surgery. In the next picture you can see the tiny grain stones on the gauze pad. I tried to shoot as littl "blood" as possible for the squeamish lol. Wish I had thought to go and take a picture of our x-ray, but I didn't. Ne-who, hopr you guys enjoy!!! http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y248/tanNsexyBecka1104/DSC03090.jpg
Yeah we did the first surgery a year ago. He's been on c/d maintenance food since, but this cat is prone to making the stones and so he will most likely block again. If the stones had not formed the way they did he may of not had a problem, which is unfortunate. He will always have the grain stones, but they were actually small enough to pass. The "worms" as we called them lol were definately NOT going to pass.
If he blocks again the owners with try the PU surgery, (making a boy into a girl) with luck that will help and he will not have trouble again. He is definately a sweet cat!!!
Ergh Beckabean, that's very sad news. Can you imagine after the PU surgery; The kat is on the arm of the couch and decides to lick "down there" and the face he/she puts up when you catch him/her licking? All like "Wait ta minn-nut!? Wherfs my stpuff?"