We're off to a rocky start this year. We nearly lost Gatsby while we were away.
We left him at my son's house when we went away for a couple of days, and while we were gone he developed a complete urinary blockage. He's had urinary troubles before, but never to this extent. They took him to an emergency clinic in plenty of time, though, so we think he'll be OK.
The vet had to sedate him, which I think is why they shaved his arm. It's pretty bruised, and he's limping on it and walking oddly in general. They kept him two days and released him with three medications and a change in cat food. He was already on a prescription-diet wet food, but they're saying it's not the right one for him. Something to do with the ph of his blood, which I don't really understand.
The good news is, we have him back and he stands a good chance of recovering fully. But this could happen again. We lost another cat to problems like this, and I'm still awfully worried.