Maui Needs Urethral Surgery

Our cat Maui has had a rough couple months. At this point, our family is at a breaking point. On Feb 27th, we had to take him to the emergency vet because his urinary tract was blocked. After having him back home for a couple of days, he became blocked again. Once he was healed from that, he suffered a UTI that lasted weeks and weeks. During his last flare up, our vet used an ultrasound to get a clean urine sample and found two polyps in his bladder. These could be the underlying cause of everything. I scheduled a consultation with an ultra sound specialist to investigate the polyps. However, we had to take Maui back to the emergency vet again last night because we could tell he was blocked again. And we were right.




When a cat has a urinary blockage, it is life threatening. Because this has happened three times in less than three months, it is clear that he needs a perineal urethrostomy, or PU surgery. This procedure lowers the risk of future blockages by removing the narrowest part of a male cat’s urethra.  Ideally this will take place on Monday. And he also likely needs to have his polyps removed.




Less than two weeks ago our other cat Pinky had to be put down. She had a heart murmur and the cardiology vet at U of I found a large intestinal tumor. For a couple of months while dealing with Maui’s urinary issues, Pinky was also wasting away before our eyes. Very rapidly she lost almost half of her body weight. The long trip to U of I drained her of her energy and she caught a cold while she was out of the house. It was a devastating decision to make, but after another two weeks of overall health and energy decline, we feel it was the right decision.




Our vet bills over these past three months have passed the $6,000 mark. And with Maui’s urgent urinary conditions, we are expecting several thousands of dollars more to be added to the pile. The problem is that we still have about $800 in past vet bills that we are paying off and we used everything we had to pay the rest.




We both know that times are uncertain and weird right now, but we are in need of some immediate financial help. Our regular vet requires full payment at time of service. We don’t know exactly how much this surgery will be, but estimates I’ve found online are saying $3,000-$6,000. Any help at all will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Peoria, IL