My cat recently has had trouble urinating. Recently I thought he started peeing blood. I thought it was a run of the mill UTI, but now upon closer examination, the litter is colored orange, not red. A bit of reading suggests he has crystals from a kidney infection or crystals in the bladder and/or urethra. Some more reading suggests the very first thing to do is to take him to a veterinarian. Sadly that is simply not an option. I have no money for that. (No, not a small amount I think is inadequate, I mean zero.) I read up on UTIs and kidney troubles and crystals and kidney stones. He has a one in three chance of it being a type that can be broken up by forcing him to eat/drink a slightly more acidic diet for a while. In the other two thirds of the cases, he would only have complications from this treatment. Giving him more basic foods would *NOT* break up those acidic crystals in those two thirds of the possibilities. And would be problematic in other ways as well. (Basic meaning higher PH) He is still drinking water, and eating food. And there is no obvious signs of an enlarged or hardened bladder, so I am hopeful he will get over this on his own. I did however check his diet for elevated magnesium and potassium. Only his treats have magnesium even listed, but they do not list how much. So I threw them out. I have no more than $20 USD left for the month, but I already plan to buy some soft food after carefully reading the labels for possible problem ingredients. He only drinks distilled water out of a water fountain that recycles the water through a sump-pump and passes a carbon filter. (The tap water here is undrinkable.) If he does not get better in the next few days and I cannot find a solution that is a real option for my meager finances, I will have no other humane choice but to take him out back and shoot him. I will not watch him die a slow lingering death. So please, let me know if you have any advice. Thank you in advance. My spoiled rotten pet and I would be grateful for any attempt to help him. Before I forget it, he is a neutered male of five or six years age. He is a Sphynx. (Mostly hairless cat.) He is also borderline retarded. No jokes, he really is. But he is my only companion besides my elderly mother. He has little understanding of how to properly clean himself. But he does attempt to anyway.