Our Buddha kitty is at the vet now. We had a trip to the emergency vet yesterday but the problem was severe enough that it recurred. He's prone to crystals in his urine and is apparently chock-full and was blocked up completely. So we get to wait and make sure that his kidneys are okay after they catheterize him this morning. He'll stay in a couple of days to get as thorough a flushing as possible and then special diet for the rest of his life. I'm beating myself up since I'm in charge of food and feeding and we had them on a urinary tract formula, but food allergies and such made me switch them over to a grain-free dry to try to correct that problem. I guess if it comes to being bald or being able to urinate, then baldness isn't so bad but it seemed so at the time. The vet is advocating a complete switchover to canned food for the ravenous horde so I'm going to investigate our options that way.
He's a gentle kitty and the foot of the bed is going to be empty without him for a couple of days. Wish us luck that his kidneys are okay and that we get everything corrected.
ETA: Vet just called, looks like we dodged a bullet and no permanent kidney damage, as far as she can tell now. Much fluids and such for a couple of days, but she thinks he'll be fine.
13 hours ago