ok, big update time!
first off, he has gunky ears.
so i got him some drops. the ear canal looked good and there was no bacteria. just yeast. because of his ears she gave him a steroid shot. this shot will also help relax his bladder.
ok, bladder time (i even took notes at the vet's):
she ran a urinalysis and found no red or white blood cells and no crystals. so that's good. i asked about the ultrasound and she said that she could make him an appt for one (they have a specialist come in), but that she doesn't think there is one because there are no red blood cells in the urine. but she said we could do one to be on the safe side.
so here is what she thinks:
she said since she didn't find evidence of a UTI right now that she thinks he has Sterile Cystitis. Sterile Cystitis is when a cat has an irritated bladder and goes back and forth from having a UTI to not having one. that is what charlie is doing. (btw - i took home some Cosequin for him, which will help with his bladder lining). so, she and i both believe that he is on a spray-a-thon because of stress.
what stress, you ask?
well, charlie had always been outside before i took him in (and i know he loves it out there) and he likes the stimulis (sp?). the other reason he is stressed is because he wants to be with me ALL the time and i can't spend that much time with him (cause he stays in my room). i want to let him out more, but i can't cause he pees on stuff.
it is a catch 22. so we (dr. and i) both really feel that the main reason that charlie is having bladder/spraying problems is because he is stressed and needs more stimulis and attention. so overall, we feel that his environment is his problem.
she is going to try and help me find someone or an organization that can help me. i won't let him go live in a cage somewhere, but i hope that an organization can list them on their website or that a very knowledgable person can adopt him. she knows someone that has a siamese cat rescue that might be able to help (even though he is tuxedo).
whew! so i will keep you guys updated. if anyone knows of any person or organization in texas (or surrounding areas) that can help me, let me know!
oh ...and he made sure i knew he didn't like going to the vet. he peed in the car on the way home, right on the seat. grr.