I hope you don't mind but I copied this from the end of Porch 69 so it wouldn't get buried.....I could use some kitty advice. On to the cat problems......I am naturally long-winded so I apologize in advance. A little before xmas our cat Zippy was yowling a bit (not unusual, he's very vocal) he has semi-long hair so I assumed he probably had a hairball and would cough it up and be fine. We returned home late xmas eve and he was hiding under our bed. Belly was hard and he seemed uncomfortable. He slept on our bed that night (unlike him) and vomited a few times. Took him to ER xmas morning.....DX blocked urethra, estimate to un-block him $1700.00 plus several days in the hospital!!!! Hubby and I were in tears, no way could we justify that kind of $$. They called my regular vet who estimated that they could take care of the entire episode for $700-800 so we said ok. The ER ended up doing a cystocentesis to keep him alive till morning (needle into the bladder to drain fluid) and drained off 120 ml of bloody urine with instx for us to take him to reg vet the next morning. He was in the hospital for 7 days. He came home Jan 1st and is on a special diet, ABX, valium and prednisone. He was always an indoor/outdoor cat, didn't use a litter box but I have one for him now since I need to monitor his output. He took to the litter box fine but now is urinating in inappropriate places. LIKE MY BED! even with me laying in it looking at him!!!!! I have had to wash all my bedding twice in the past 24 hours and that is no small task as you know. I have been carrying him to the litter box every time he eats or wakes up, sometimes he uses it, sometimes not. I am at my wits end. I know he is still healing and I'm trying to be patient, but........errrrrrrr! I just got out the old spray bottle cuz I caught him starting to go on the dog blanket in the hall, I followed him out to the patio room where his litter box is and he just ignored it. ANY SUGGESTIONS ???? ANYONE ???