Everything You Need to Know About Urinary Tract Problems in Cats

Jul 1, 2018 | Cats, Emergency Situations

FLUTD or feline lower urinary tract disease is a common cause for many feline emergency veterinary visits. This condition comes in two forms the obstructed and non obstructed forms. In some cases the unobstructed form can progress into the obstructed form—a life threatening, emergency condition.

The causes of FLUTD are many and varied. They include trauma, urinary stones, a mucus plug, UTI, underlying kidney disease, and it can have no discernible cause whatsoever. Cats are mysterious! No matter how it happened, the result is inflammation of the urinary tract. Why is that bad? If your kitty can’t pee, it will buildup urine, distending its bladder. This can lead to electrolyte abnormalities that poison its blood. The bladder itself rupture from the buildup of urine that has no way to escape.

Common signs that your cat is in urinary distress include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Straining to urinate
  • Urination outside the kitty box
  • Lethargy
  • Frequent urination
  • Meowing while attempting to urinate
  • Expressing pain if you touch its abdomen
  • Many owners also notice their cat straining to defecate
  • Some cats excessively groom their nether regions, or drag them across the floor.

While FLUTD can occur in both male and female cats, male cats are more prone to developing the life threatening, obstructive form. This is because males have a long, narrow urethra that can become blocked more easily than the female’s shorter, wider urethra. Obese cats are more prone to developing FLUTD. Diets high in minerals or with a high(alkaline) PH can predispose cats to developing FLUTD. Now, what should you do when you see these signs in your beloved pet. The best answer is prompt veterinary attention.

Once our veterinarians have checked your pet, we will often recommend treatment which may consist of blood work, intravenous fluids, relieving the obstruction by passing a urinary catheter, more fluids, and trying to find what caused your kitty to develop this condition. We might also recommend medications to reduce inflammation, sedate your cat, and provide it relief from pain. If we suspect urinary stones, we may give your cat a radiograph. Abdominal ultrasound is a way to see the stones that can’t be seen on radiographs. urinalysis will be performed help find the cause. Any cats who come in with frequent urinary problems will get a culture of their urine to look for potential bacterial culprits. Your cat will likely need to stay in the veterinary hospital for twenty-four to forty-eight hours to make sure that they do not obstruct again.

As we stated at the outset, the most frustrating thing about FLUTD is the difficulty in figuring out its causes. If you notice any of the signs of FLUTD in your kitties, please don’t try to figure out why—Take them to a veterinarian immediately. Prompt treatment can save your cat’s life.

For more information, contact our team at VETSS!

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Congratulations to our employees of the Month, Kelly Jordan and Rachel Bradley.

Kelly has been with VETSS team since 2013. She graduated from BRCC in 2018, obtaining her license as a veterinary technician. In her spare time, she volunteers with local rescues, runs a hobby farm, and enjoys gardening, camping, and kayaking. Kelly has a special place in her heart for special needs animals and has found her niche in emergency medicine, exotics, and behavior.

Rachel has worked in veterinary clinics for over ten years. In 2016 she graduated from BRCC and became a licensed veterinary technician. Rachel has loved animals all her life. She strongly believes in compassionate care and in her calling to help animals. Her professional interests include dermatology, behavior, and emergency medicine.

Rachel lives in Staunton with her partner Taryn, two dogs, and three cats. She plans to get a few guinea fowl in the near future.
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Congratulations to our employees of the Month, Kelly Jordan and Rachel Bradley.

Kelly has been with VETSS team since 2013. She graduated from BRCC in 2018, obtaining her license as a veterinary technician. In her spare time, she volunteers with local rescues, runs a hobby farm, and enjoys gardening, camping, and kayaking.  Kelly has a special place in her heart for special needs animals and has found her niche in emergency medicine, exotics, and behavior.

Rachel has worked in veterinary clinics for over ten years. In 2016 she graduated from BRCC and became a licensed veterinary technician. Rachel has loved animals all her life. She strongly believes in compassionate care and in her calling to help animals. Her professional interests include dermatology, behavior, and emergency medicine.

Rachel lives in Staunton with her partner Taryn, two dogs, and three cats. She plans to get a few guinea fowl in the near future.Image attachment

 

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Congratulations Kelly. So proud of you. Love you and keep on being the best you can be.

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Thank you Chad Kildea for making this beautiful sign. If this candle is lit, someone is saying goodbye to their dearly beloved pet. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Chad Kildea for making this beautiful sign. If this candle is lit, someone is saying goodbye to their dearly beloved pet. ❤️

 

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Every vet should have this sign!

Just over 6 months ago we were facing this heartbreaking moment. Luckily Dr. McKenna was able to save our Teagan. This is such a beautiful sign and gesture. We love VETSS ❤️

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Forest Lakes Veterinary Hospital also has this sign and candle. 💕💔💕

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Update on the paving! Paving was postponed due to the icy weather we had on the 16th. Paving will be completed TOMORROW. We will still be open, just please park on the little side road in front of the clinic. Thank you!Hello lovely clients and furry friends! We wanted to let you know that on November 15th and November 16th our parking lot is getting repaved. We will still be open of course during this time, but our parking lot will not be accessible. You can park on the side road that is directly in front of our building. You will see our staff cars parked here as well.
Don’t worry- on the 17th our parking lot will be back and accessible as normal, just a lot nicer!! Yay!

Here is a diagram letting you know what will be paved and roped off.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.
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Update on the paving! Paving was postponed due to the icy weather we had on the 16th. Paving will be completed TOMORROW. We will  still be open, just please park on the little side road in front of the clinic. Thank you!
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