Woman with fluffy grey cat

The litter box holds many secrets.

It may be icky, it may involve your least favorite chore, but it’s your cat’s closest confidant. When kitty isn’t feeling good, it’s one of the first to know.

And so when Smokey arrived at the Connecticut Humane Society, the litter box showed exactly how he was doing: not good. He couldn’t go to the bathroom. Poor guy was straining to urinate, and he was getting pretty frustrated. He was uncomfortable and felt beyond full.

Though every day is a busy day in the medical department full of surgeries, exams, and diagnostic testing, it becomes a mini ER when someone like Smokey gets there.

Smokey was rushed down the hallway to CHS’ veterinary staff. He had all the signs of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, a serious condition that can turn fatal if a cat doesn’t get immediate treatment when showing symptoms. An x-ray quickly confirmed he was fully blocked. As a senior, he was going to receive extra special care … because supporters like you believe older pets like him still matter.

The medical team immediately began treatment to give him some relief and gave him IV fluids. Within the next couple of days, he was going to the bathroom fine on his own and lounging comfortably in the medical ward. “Super sweet!” his medical chart read. Smokey was soaking up the attention and rewarding his new pals with purrs. They had helped him feel like himself again.

Simple things can help prevent another blockage: small meals frequently, special diets, fresh water at all times, multiple litter boxes, frequent cleaning of those boxes, less stress, and a routine a cat can count on.

After a month of care and close monitoring, Smokey was ready for adoption and headed home in the arms of his new mom. This handsome boy has made his family so happy. His new mom says: “He has settled in so nicely & gets along well with our other cat—a great match! We are so happy!”