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I took my male cat into the vet 2 days ago to remove a urinary tract blockage. They removed the block and put in a catheter and today he is home with me awaiting his cystotomy surgery tomorrow morning at 7AM. I just walked in the room to discover that the cat had pulled off his E Collar and ripped out the catheter. Is it necessary that I take him to an emergency clinic today to put the catheter back in or can I wait until his surgery tomorrow morning for it to be put back in. Note: I saw him try to go pee a few minutes ago, but almost nothing came out. When I touched his bladder area, he didn't wince or moan though. I'm using all of my savings for the surgery and I don't really have additional funds to put another catheter in, especially at the cost an emergency clinic will charge, but if it is necessary, I will take him in today. What should I do?
- Thank you.


I would wait at this point unless he gets distressed.  I would also let the clinic know that they had not properly fastened the Elizabeth collar.  He should not have been able to get it off!!!!!!!

Please let me know how the surgery goes.

Concerned regards... Norm.


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Norman Auspitz


I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.


I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.

Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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