The Mighty Mack’s Trip To The Veterinarian and What The Heck Is FLUTD

What’s up? Mighty Mack here and I have to touch on an important subject today. Well, everything I have to say is important. But as much as I wish it wasn’t so, every now and then we have to go to the veterinarian. While I trust my human, I don’t trust them to just wing it with my health. I mean, have you seen what they do with their own health? I’ve seen my human drink this liquid to the point of being sick! And not just once but multiple times. No, you certainly can’t trust them to make sound decisions on your health.

And while I’ve spent a great deal of time reading the Cat Care section of PetMD there are still certain veterinary concepts that elude even the Mightly Mack. There comes a time where there is no other choice but to accept the humiliation of being caged in a box and driven to the veterinarian. This is embarrassing to admit but when you start seeing a little bit of blood the choice is clear. My human wanted to try some holistic hippy nonsense but I will have none of that. I need a veterinarian!

So we went to Parkside Animal Health Center in Aurora, CO. My human recently moved us to Aurora from northwest Florida. While I feel I’m much better suited to the beach life, Colorado is okay. Fewer bugs more mice. I can deal. Anyways, the first step is one of the worse. Into the box. Why, oh why did my human pick purple for my carrier I will never know.

cat in carrier on the way to veterinarian
Hurry and shut the door before someone sees me like this!

Once we finally get there I can tell that Parkside Animal Hospital has their stuff together. The layout keeps me in my purple throne away from dogs. And other undesirables. Convenient. For them! We were quickly brought into an exam room. Which is good because I hate waiting. The exam room was simple and tidy. Unfortunately, I then had to listen to the human explain my urinary issues. More embarrassment. The short version is, I occasionally have trouble peeing and when I do it sure hurts. Just as an experiment, I decided to pee in some other locations around the house. Like the bed, the floor or the laundry. You know, just to see if maybe the pain I was feeling was a result of urinating in the litter box. While it seemed reasonable at the time, it did seem to annoy my human. Whatever, my pee smells awesome.

That’s when the veterinarian, who took plenty of time to pet me in all the good spots, said it sounds like I have a UTI that could be a result of FLUTD. Okay, okay. Too many acronyms. So let’s break this down. UTI stands for a urinary tract infection and that’s what happens when bacteria gets involved in your pee parts. FLUTD stands for Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. Ugh. But the lower part is actually way better than the other option. Lower means it has to do with the urethra and not the bladder. The last thing Mighty Mack wants is a bladder stone.

But this next part was rough. They took a hold of my bladder! While the veterinarian was very gentle, at least it felt like she was trying to be, they got a hold of my bladder and agreed that they could perform a cystocentesis on me.

That…does not sound promising.

And it wasn’t. Okay, I didn’t feel any real pain from this. But still! It was scary!

But to the point. They took a needle and poked my bladder to collect my urine! Here’s a video of what I’m talking about:

But now that I come to think about it…if all humans were trained in such a procedure they could effectively collect our urine for us on a daily basis allowing us to stay in the sun without having to get up and tend to our biological needs. Something to consider.

The Parkside team then ran off with my urine while the veterinarian continued to talk to my human about special diets. The veterinarian then said there was one other thing we should do before we close the case of Mack’s urine. They wanted to radiograph me. While I haven’t been graphically represented previously I was interested. Much more interested than getting cysto-whatever-otised. But that part was over.

The Parkside Animal Hospital website has a great blog post on bladder stones and I pulled a couple photos from that post to show you what the clinic team was looking for. First a normal bladder (which is what yours truly has):

veterinary radiographs of a normal bladder
The arrows are pointing to the bladder. It can be hard to see but look for the little gray shaded circle.


veterinary radiographs of a bladder with stones
Remember where the bladder was? Well, it’s still there but this time filled with bladder stones! Yuck!


But getting radiographed wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. They pinned me down and put me under some kind of beam. They were wearing lead from head to toe and I was just…well I was wearing what I always wear. Nothing! It seemed like I should have had some kind of protection. But after they took a few pictures they looked at my insides. While I felt a bit vulnerable I did appreciate the thoroughness. It turns out that everything inside was good to go. It appeared that I just had some bacteria.

While I didn’t like what was happening, the veterinarian and veterinary technicians made it as pleasant as I think they could. They were always petting me between everything and they seemed to know every spot that felt great. They seemed to really know cats! In fact, I really can’t recommend Parkside enough if you need a veterinary clinic in the Aurora area (seriously check them out). If you live in Aurora, you should go see them. And even if you don’t you should get your human to drive you Aurora from wherever you are just so you can experience some proper petting!

But back to the story. We were back to the exam room and at this point, we had a diagnosis. I had a UTI. And diseases mean medications. And I hate medications! But Dr. E taught my human to do it correctly and it really wasn’t so bad. And Dr. E reminded my human that I should be rewarded after my medication!

So while it wasn’t my favorite place, Parkside Animal Health Center of Aurora is definitely the best experience at a veterinarian I’ve ever had. I give them 3.5/4 Cans of Tuna for the overall animal clinic and 9/10 Power Purrs for the staff.

As for me, I’m feeling better. While I still think about peeing on the bed just for fun I don’t.

At least not today.

6 Things Humans Do That Cats Hate

Ugh, humans. They can be annoying sometimes.They do (or don’t do) some stuff that cats really don’t like. So that we can live in peace and harmony, I’ve decided to put together the top 6 things humans do that they need to fix. And quick.

#1 They Think That They Need To Give Us a Bath

Cats hate getting wet. What part of that is hard to understand? We’re already doing a great job cleaning ourselves. In fact, we spend as much as half of our waking hours grooming ourselves. And humans shower for just about half an hour at most, right? Soaking myself in water is really unthinkable. Just stop with this. Let us handle the cleaning and you worry about making sure we have food in our bowls. And none of that silly dry kibble stuff.

#2 They Don’t Clean The Litter Box

We hate stinky litter boxes. And please, don’t put our water and food bowls near the litter box. It’s just gross! Come to think of it, would you like to eat your dinner beside a toilet bowl? Didn’t think so. And we would help with the process but you should already know that cleaning a litter box is so below us!

#3 Making Loud Noises

Our ears are very sensitive to sound. Which is why things like fireworks, loud parties, and honking car horns scare the hell out of us. Even just a sneeze is enough to spook us. This isn’t because we aren’t tough. We’re just sensitive. And always alert. You know, to make sure you aren’t in any danger. Yeah, we’re doing it for you.

#4 Insisting On Giving Us Medicine

Ever wondered why it takes a lot of effort to make cats take medicines? It’s because their taste is unacceptable. So please bear with us if we are not being enthusiastic about taking that nasty pill you want us to take. Here’s an idea? Mix it with tuna! In fact, why don’t you just go give your cat some tuna!

#5 Aggressive Petting

When you pet a cat aggressively, don’t be surprised when you get bitten, clawed, and hissed at. It happens when we’re overstimulated because of your petting—and we just hate that. Take it easy and be gentle.

#6 Surprising a sleeping cat

Maybe it’s funny to you, humans. But surprising us while we’re sleeping is just rude. We need our 16 hours of sleep in a day, you know. The last thing we welcome is a sleep disruption from an insensitive human. However, make sure you’re awake and ready for us to play at 3am. You need to adjust to your schedule and not the other way around.

There are more disdainful things that humans do to cats, but these are my top six. I’m going to take a nap and maybe when I get up I will put together the rest.

Words of Wisdom from The Mighty Mack

Ever wondered why we do the things we do? Because cats live in the moment. If we want to eat, we eat. If we want to nap, we nap. If we fit in the box, we sit. We don’t overthink about what we should be doing right now.

Dear Hooman, I Want You to Know That…

I love you—but I love me more. You do not own me. I OWN YOU. K. Thanks.Bye!

The Mighty Mack’s Guide to Proper Cat Petting: Do Your Job Right!

The curious thing about humans is that they touch cats anyway they like, but then they complain about getting scratched after trying to rub our precious belly.

So that you can have your cat cuddling sessions unscathed and in peace, keep in mind what parts of a cat’s body can be petted and which ones are off-limits.

Cheeks behind the whiskers: Sure!

Why not? We enjoy being petted there. Rubbing those areas makes us release our scent onto you. Don’t you just love it? It means we can be the best buds! Or maybe not.

Base of the chin: Sure!

This part also releases our scent when rubbed. So go for it! Rub gently along our chin’s underside, particularly the spot between the skull and the jawbone. If we turn our head upward while you’re doing it, that means we’re pleased—and you must continue doing that.

Base of the ears: Yes, please!

Go ahead—scratch it. We won’t protest.

Base of the tail: OMG yes!

We love it when humans put gentle pressure at the base of our tail. It’s our happy spot. We couldn’t help purring!

Back: Go for it!

A gentle stroke on the back is always welcome.

Tummy: Stop—just stop.

The belly is the most sacred part of our body. It’s the part we protect against predators who are out to attack us. Stroking it is a no-no. When we expose our bellies during a rubbing session, don’t take it as a sign that we’re allowing you to touch it. If you don’t want our claws to come out and our fangs to bite you, just back off, please. Hands off our tummy!

Legs, paws, and whiskers: Nope!

These parts have sensitive touch receptors, so we don’t like it when they’re touched.

We are cats, not stuffed toys. It can be stressful for us if you pet us the wrong way. So please handle us with care, okay?

Gift Appreciation 101

This morning, I proudly presented a bloody mouse to my human. But after all that hard work and careful planning, all I got was a horrified expression and a shriek? Seriously?!I am disappointed. Wouldn’t you at least be impressed?

I still love you, though. More bounties later! Maybe you would prefer a grasshopper!

I mean sometimes, it feels like we don’t even speak the same language! Like the time your were petting sitting a puppy for your friend and I peed on your bed. That was just my friendly way of telling you and that puppy to get out. Immediately. Or else. No one pulls my tail…especially not with their mouth! But anyways, it was just a friendly reminder.

So I thought maybe you just don’t know what to do when we give you such an excellent gift. Here’s a quick guide for all you new cat staff.

#1 Act Surprised and Impressed

Let’s agree that you will be surprised at our exceptional prowess. We both know that you know we can hunt mice and bugs. But we just don’t do it very often. We get it. We sleep a lot. But we want you to act suprised and impressed! I’m pretty sure many of your have the surprised part down. You weren’t expecting that dead mouse in your bed, we know that. But the part you’re often missing is the impressed piece. A simple and thoughtful head nod would go a long way in these scenarios.

#2 Put Our Gift Somewhere Special

What’s the worse thing you can do with a gift? Throw it out! And what do you do the majority of the time with our special feline gifts? You throw them out! How could you!? We would like you to put our special gift somewhere safe. You know, that same spot you keep your memorabilia from your ex-boyfriend.

#3 Reward Our Gift

Too many cats are immediately thrown outside or scolded after bringing you a perfectly good dead mouse or similar gift. Don’t punish your cat for loving you! Why would you do that! If you give us a gift of tuna, what do we do with it? We eat it!

Perhaps you could try the same for the gift we worked so hard for.