My vet has done needle aspirations of urine from my yorkies and cats before if he needed a urine specimen. It did not seem to bother them at all.
I hope your find out what is wrong with your cat soon!
I was pleading with the vet and their staff to just tap his bladder. It takes a few mins and then he can come home and de-stress. They refused b/c "they prefer to allow the animal to eliminate on their own." Which is really "Your cat is CRAZY! We don't want to touch him with a 10 foot pole." I think we'll be switching vets after this. I love love loved this practice for my whole life (my mom used to take all of our animals growing up here too!) but now that the original vet is semi-retired and has more of a silent participation with the practice, I do not like how my baby was treated.
However, we did get the urine results today. Slightly higher levels of protein, some bacteria, some blood, some crystals.
Vet's diagnosis - it appears Milo had a mild infection, The urinalysis and blood work show his organs and all working exceptionally well and excessive protein, crystals and blood are all indicitive of a minor bladder infection. If he is still exhibiting the same litterbox activities and increased drinking he wants us to put him on an antibiotic and switch to a C/D diet.
When Milo came home yesterday he was SO SO SO SO happy to be home. Normally he's very standoffish and will only give affection rarely and it's normally head butts. Last night he followed me around and gave me sweet kisses and head butts, and I loved up on him with hugs and rubs and treats. He slept curled up next to me all night long and his drinking and eliminating appear to be back to normal. I'm going to keep my eye on him and research holistic, home treatments for prevents UTI's in cats at home. My girlfriend's sister gives her cat a small (1 tsp?) amount of apple cider vinegar once a month.
Has anyone treated UTIs from home before? I don't think he has a UTI any more but I'd like to prevent it from reoccuring.