The Vet Experts
Urinary Issues In Cats
Urinary tract problems are a common occurrence in cats, and as unfortunate as they may be for your feline friend, they can also be bothersome for you. Knowing the symptoms of feline urinary tract problems can help you eliminate discomfort for the both of you, but it can potentially save your cat's life as well.
Here are the tops things to watch out for regarding your feline friend and possible urinary tract problems.
When cleaning your cat's litter box, if you notice larger or more numerous urine clumps, this could indicate a urinary tract problem. So if you find yourself scooping or changing the litter more often, call your local urgent care vet or an emergency vet. An increased volume of urine or frequency of urination could mean your cat has a urinary tract infection, diabetes, or kidney disease.
Painful or Difficult Urination
A cat that strains or cries when urinating is experiencing pain. There are a number of reasons this could be happening, and the problem needs to be addressed. Call your local urgent care vet or emergency vet immediately.
Accidents Outside The Litter Box
Your feline friend may urinate next to the litter box or somewhere else outside their litter box. Whether this happens regularly or now and then, it is an indication that something is wrong. Set up an appointment with your vet to determine if the symptoms are due to an environmental change or a health problem.
Normal urine color ranges from clear to gold. If you see blood or blood clots in your cat's urine or litter box, this is a good sign that there could be a problem. Changes in your feline friend’s urine color could indicate a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, cystitis, tumors, or other urinary tract problems.
If you notice any blood in your cat’s urine or litter box, call your local urgent care vet or emergency vet and have your pet seen.
Excessive licking at the urinary opening is another good sign of a potential urinary tract problem. Cats are known for grooming themselves through licking, but you should not ignore it if it seems excessive. Inflammation and irritation from urinary tract issues could be the cause of this behavior. Even if you are unsure, it is best to have your cat seen as soon as possible.
Unable to Urinate
If your cat is struggling to urinate, its urinary tract could be blocked or obstructed. If you believe that your cat is experiencing difficulty urinating, seek medical attention immediately.
If you suspect your cat is experiencing any of the above mentioned urinary tract problems, call your local urgent care vet or emergency vet and have your pet seen. We want to ensure that your pets are in optimal health!