Well, I got back from the vet awhile ago but didn't get the chance to type an update because I had to leave right away to go run some more errands.
The vet did a physical exam & expressed some urine to do a urinalysis. Scratch's urine was the color of koolaid. It was awful. They were in the back room and I heard the clinics other vet walk up and say "wow, have some blood in your urine!?" The results were mixed. He does NOT have any crystals in his urine at all, which is good but he did have high protien levels as well as both red & white blood cells. His pH was also low(5.0), vet said he would prefer it to be 6.0 or 6.5. The vet diagnosed him with Feline Lower Urinary Track Disease. He got two injections of SQ fluids...his shoulders looked like he had baseballs under his skin, poor guy! He didn't want to keep him at the clinic because he was totally stressed out but sent him home for monitoring today. As long as he is peeing, eating & drinking he should be alright...if he STOPS than he will have to go back to the clinic and be hospitalized. He is on Clavamox to try and fight off whatever virus it is. So far he has used the litterbox several times, has drank a ton & is scarfing down the wet food like there is no tomorrow lol. I'm glad he's doing alright...not real thrilled about having him have a incurable disease that has the potential to cause him pain out of the blue for the rest of his life. The vet said next time he gets an infection they will do another urinalysis to confirm once again there are no crystals...after that it'll probably be a situation where I just call & get antibiotics and watch him at home to make sure he doesn't get worse.
It could have been a lot worse today so I'm thankful that he'll be alright. DH left for work crying because he had convinced himself he wasn't going to see his cat again.
Now that all the errands are done, I suppose I should probably go throw the horses their lunch. They are all standing at the fence staring at the house...come on, I'm only like half an hour late!