There is one thing male cats all have in common – they are at a higher risk of developing a urinary blockage.Urinary blockages are caused by a few things: crystals, stones, mucus, and blood clots. Crystals and stones usually develop due to poor diet or litter choice; whereas, mucus and blood clots are products of urinary tract or bladder infections. Male cats are more prone to blockages due to the anatomy of their urethra; it does still occur in female cats and dogs, but much less often.
Stress can be a huge catalyst for UTIs and bladder infections, and some cats can become stressed very easily. Something as simple as painting a room in the house or having a relative stay over can stress out your kitty and cause them to develop an infection.
The symptoms of urinary problems are usually hard to miss. Your cat will be in and out of the litter box, straining to urinate, licking his genitals, and may meow or howl when he tries to pee. He may even have accidents outside the litterbox and have some blood in his urine. In a few days time, he will become lethargic and not want to eat.
You should bring your furry friend in to see us at Clearbrook Animal Hospital at the first sign of discomfort. Urinary blockages become very dangerous very quickly if left untreated. A urinalysis will be done to determine the cause and treatment will begin quickly. Below are snippets from our in-house urinalysis reports:Depending on the cause of the problem, IV fluids, a change in food and medications may be all that’s required. However, if stones are found to be the culprit the recovery can be a little more intensive as surgery may be necessary to remove them.
Once your pet is diagnosed with urinary issues, it is very important for you to stay on top of it and prevent them from reoccurring. This will mean sticking to a strict diet or using supplements to help keep your fur-baby stress free.
Until next time, Clearbrook Animal Hospital Team
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