When it comes to different feline emergency situations, urinary conditions are especially serious. Unfortunately, many symptoms are hard to see right away, and a urinary health condition may become exacerbated over time. Look for these symptoms to alert you to potential feline emergencies:
Incontinence often results from simply drinking too much water, but it can also stem from a very weak bladder. Placing litter boxes around your cat’s home is a smart solution to incontinence, but visiting a veterinarian is also a worthwhile endeavor.
Inability to Urinate
Urinary stones are commonly the cause of a cat’s inability to urinate. Calcium oxalate stones do not dissolve and typically require care by a veterinarian. Unfortunately, it is common for these stones to recur. A healthy diet often helps, but it is no guarantee that the cat will never have stones again.
Frequent Trips to the Litter Box
During these trips, your cat might be straining to urinate to no avail. One of the most common causes for this is interstitial cystitis, which results in discomfort of the bladder.
Constant Licking of Urethra
Urethral obstruction is dangerous for cats. It may result from stones or crystals that form in the bladder, but it can actually bedeadly. Licking of the urethra is a common way for cats to try to relieve the pain.
Your cat will be tired and unwilling to move while fighting a urinary disease, often because of intense pain. Pay special attention if you notice your cat heading to cool surfaces, like a bathtub.
Contact us to learn more about the steps you can take to relieve your furry friend of pain and stress caused by urinary conditions. Most cats are not diagnosed with urinary diseases until they are older than one year, and most cats with these issues are male.