Poor Maui's back in the hospital, his UTI having relapsed. The docs will probably highly recommend surgery this time. Because of the relapse, I don't know if refusing the procedure a second time is in his best interest. There are pros and cons, but I still think that's the absolute last resort. We'll know more when the ultrasound scan comes back and we can confer over them.
I dropped in on him during the evening visiting hour bearing a can of wet food. He's not been eating and we hoped a rare treat would perk up his appetite some. It worked! He perked up immediately and was a happy boy the whole time I was there.
He is one cat that doesn't get overstimulated by petting. I kept rubbing the top of his head and scratching the bottom of his chin. When I stopped to rest, he sought out my hand for more. Any distraction, I guess, is good to take his mind off the drip and catheter he's been fitted with, and the awkward cone that prevents him from ripping them out.
Perhaps when I visit again tomorrow, I'll be clearer about what options are viable for him in his condition.