Forecast – Rain with chance of an emergency

Cat and reflection in the rainThe weather – it’s not just us feeling down about it. Many cats aren’t venturing outside as much as they normally would, especially to toilet. Instead, they’re holding on or getting stressed, both of which can lead to developing urinary tract problems.
We’re seeing a large number of cats that need urgent attention, which is unusual for this time of year. Most commonly these are overweight neutered males, but any cat can be affected.
You may notice your cat frequently going (or trying to go) to the toilet. It might look like they’re straining, or constipated. Sometimes they manage to pass little drops of urine which may be tinged with blood. At other times, nothing seems to happen. Your cat may cry out, seem distressed, or become quiet and depressed, and they may resent being petted or spend a lot of time cleaning their genital area.
Your cat may have cystitis, or inflammation of the bladder. They will painful, possibly have an infection, and require veterinary attention.
If your cat is male, there is a chance he is partially or totally ‘blocked’. This is an emergency, and he must see a veterinarian immediately! It is a life-threatening condition. The kidneys are no longer able to remove toxins from the blood or maintain a balance of fluids and electrolytes in the body. Without treatment, death frequently occurs when these imbalances lead to heart failure—often in less than twenty-four to forty-eight hours.
If you suspect that your cat is having trouble peeing, contact your veterinarian immediately. Please don’t wait for them to get better on their own, or to get worse before seeking help. For more information on this problem, the symptoms, treatment, and ways to help prevent it, please download a copy of FLUTD Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease , or come into the clinic for a copy of our brochure.