Mon, Jan 22, 2024

My female cat (2yrs old) just had her shots and vacs a little over a week ago. She also had a minor surgery done as well as got spayed. She has been recovering pretty smoothly, tho a few days ago she started peeing outside the litter box and has been doing it much more frequently. She strains to urinate when she does and On top of that she has had discharge from the eyes, been meowing constantly and seems restless and in distress and it's only been getting worse. I think something is seriously wrong tho i dont have money for a vet so what can I do? What's wrong with her?

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Firstly, inappropriate urination and straining could suggest a urinary tract infection (UTI) or inflammation, which is not uncommon in cats. This can be painful and cause them to avoid the litter box because they associate it with discomfort. It's also possible that stress from the recent surgery and veterinary visits has contributed to her symptoms, as stress can exacerbate or trigger urinary issues in cats.

Eye discharge, while it could be related to an upper respiratory infection, especially if she's been vaccinated recently, might also be a sign of conjunctivitis or another eye-related issue. This could be a reaction to the vaccines, a result of the stress of surgery, or an entirely separate issue.

Her constant meowing and restlessness could be due to discomfort or pain from either the urinary issues or her recent surgery.

At home, provide fresh water and encourage her to drink to help flush out her urinary system. Gently clean her eyes with a warm, damp cloth to remove any discharge.

However, it's important to note that if your cat is showing signs of distress, pain, or any worsening of symptoms, it would be necessary to seek veterinary care despite financial constraints.

And if you notice any of the following, it would be imperative to find a way to get veterinary help:

- Complete refusal to eat or drink for more than 24 hours
- Severe or worsening eye discharge, especially if the eyes are becoming swollen or the cat seems to have trouble seeing
- Some blood in the urine
- Continued inappropriate urination or no urination for more than 12-24 hours

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