My Mainecoon cat has been diagnosed with kidney stones. I was hoping to get some feedback from other cat owners who have expierienced this. What treatment did you seek? Was surgery involved? A change in diet? My vet says he is a time bomb waiting to explode. He said there is really nothing he can do. Also maybe some links to websites to do some research.
Thanks in advance
Chris
circa 7 Feb 2004 17:01:44 -0800, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Chris (Email Removed) said,
My Mainecoon cat has been diagnosed with kidney stones. I was hoping to get some feedback from other cat owners ... is really nothing he can do. Also maybe some links to websites to do some research. Thanks in advance Chris

You may want to ask this in alt.med.veterinary. Sorry to be of little assistance.
Laura

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My eleven year-old cat had surgery for a severe case of stones on Friday and is now recovering nicely at home. Her stones had reached the size at which surgery was the only option. The stones will be sent to a lab for analysis before any recommendations as to diet changes will be made. The vet clinic that performed the surgery is a respected feline specialist in Atlanta that tends to be a little more expensive than other general vet practices. The entire cost, including X-rays, was $ 1,390.00, but I'm sure that prices range considerably.
My eleven year-old cat had surgery for a severe case of stones on Friday and is now recovering nicely at ... than other general vet practices. The entire cost, including X-rays, was $ 1,390.00, but I'm sure that prices range considerably.

I would think so!! Like I said we had a vet remove stones from our cat years ago. A small city vet and I'm quite sure that there was no astomomical fee! I would guess all told it might be 500 or under. My present vet would probably charge under 250.
Karen
My eleven year-old cat had surgery for a severe case of stones on Friday and is now recovering nicely at ... than other general vet practices. The entire cost, including X-rays, was $ 1,390.00, but I'm sure that prices range considerably.

Just a note here. Kidney stones are quite different than the run of the mill bladder stones which are easily removed surgically. While they are in the same "system", removal of one is a simple surgery, removal of the other is not the least bit simple.
This is a very timely question. My 8yo was just diagnosed with kidney stones two weeks ago. He has 3 of them in one kidney, the other kidney has shrunk 75% due to overwork. The vet says that surgery is not an option for the kidney stones (unlike bladder stones) so it is interesting to me that other posters have had them removed surgically.
We had to put our cat on prescription kidney disease food (Hills KD), which is a pain because I have four other cats that eat regular food! This food limits his protein and phosphate intake which will hopefully keep the stones from growing, and might help break them down. You definitely want to change your cats diet.
Did you vet have blood work done? Make sure that you have that done. Our cat ended up being in mild kidney failure, which means we have to give him SubQ fluids twice a week (see my other posting).
I myself couldn't find much on the web regarding feline kidney stones, so I will be curious if someone finds something out there. Good luck!