HEAD: Detecting and Preventing Feline Urinary Issues
Feline lower urinary tract disease is a common condition. It’s much more prevalent and dangerous in male cats, but you should watch for the following signs in all of your cats.
Symptoms of feline lower urinary tract disease:
- Urinating outside the litter box
- Blood in urine
- Straining to urinate and creating little or no urine
- Frequent trips to the litter box
- Excessive grooming near the rear end
- Excessive vocalizing
Depending on the cause, it can create serious issues. If it’s caused by urinary crystals or stones, the urethra can become blocked (especially in male cats) and cause a life-threatening obstruction. Do not wait to get treatment if you notice these symptoms. A blockage is a serious emergency and needs to be ruled out or treated right away.
Sometimes, these symptoms can be caused by stress. If your veterinarian has ruled out a serious medical cause, you should still find ways to help your cat feel better about using the litter box. Reduce stress around the home by using pheromones and provide plenty of enrichment, like interactive toys and scratching areas, to make your cat feel more comfortable. Also, make sure cats have multiple litter box options and that the boxes are clean. And don’t forget to freshen water at least daily.
If you ever suspect your cat is suffering from urinary issues, schedule an appointment at XXXX as soon as possible by calling 999-999-9999.