Salem suffers from Feline lower urinary tract disease. (FLUTD) Urethral obstruction— occurs when the cat's urethra becomes partly or totally blocked—is one of the most serious results of disease of the feline lower urinary tract.
Male and neutered male cats are at greater risk for obstruction. Complete urethral obstruction or blockage is life threatening and requires immediate veterinary attention.
If the cat is 'blocked,' he is anesthetized and a small catheter is passed first into the urethra to remove the obstruction, then into the bladder to flush it out. The cat is then hospitalized with the urinary catheter in place for at least 24 hours to make sure there is no recurrence of the obstruction. The cat is generally kept on fluids and antibiotics.
The good doctors at our local Vet hospital have been giving Salem wonderful care. We hope to have him home in a few days.