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Published on April 22nd, 2013 | by Debbie Martin

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Keeping an Eye on Cats Health – Urinary Problems to Watch Out For

Cats can be prone to urinary problems.  This can be very uncomfortable for them and if left untreated could lead to serious health problems.  It is important if you are a pet owner that you know how to spot the common urinary problems in cats.  This will help to ensure you identify potential problems quickly and act accordingly to protect your cats health.

Types of Urinary Problems

There are several urinary conditions common in cats of all ages.  This includes feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) and cystitis.  The symptoms of these two conditions are very similar and include increased frequency in urination, difficulty urinating and blood in the urine.  Causes of FLUTD can include:

  • Poor diet – diet has been linked to urinary disease.  Some foods can cause urinary crystals to form painful stones in the bladder. This can lead to infection and problems urinating.
  • Obesity – overweight cats can be more prone to infections in their urinary tract.  A balanced, healthy diet and regular exercise is recommended for you and your cat!

Urinary problems will need proper medical advice.  Regular check-ups can help identify potential urinary problems and if you spot any symptoms then take your cat to the vet for more advice.

Renal Problems

Another cause of urinary problems in cats can be related to kidney disease.  This is more common in older cats and the most common symptoms are increased thirst and urination.  Cats are prone to kidney disease in the later years of their lives as their urine is naturally very concentrated.  This means the kidneys have to work very hard and over the years they can start to wear out and fail.  Symptoms of advanced kidney disease include extreme weight loss, lethargy, vomiting and stomach pain.

If you do spot any of these signs then you should book an appointment for your pet at the vet’s as soon as possible for an examination. Regular check-ups can also help identify renal disease as early as possible.

Helping to Prevent Recurrences in Urinary Problems

Unfortunately cats who have experienced urinary problems are far more likely to suffer from them again in the future.  You can take steps though to help reduce recurrences and protect your cat from the pain and suffering of urinary problems:

  • Little and Often – feed your cats small meals frequently throughout the day, rather than one large meal. This will help to reduce the strain on the urinary system and ensure your cat is well-fed but not over-fed.
  • Check Diet – some cats (such as those prone to kidney stones) can benefit from a special diet.  Ask your vet to recommend a suitable diet to help prevent kidney stones forming in the future.
  • Clean Water – make sure your cat always has access to a source of clean, fresh water.  Dehydration can trigger new urinary problems and exacerbate existing ones.
  • Clean Litter Boxes – make sure your cat has access to clean, fresh litter boxes in quiet areas of the house.  Cats can be very fussy about where they urinate and dirty litter boxes in high traffic areas can encourage them to hold on to their urine which can place additional stress on their bladders.

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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.



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