Urinary Issues in Felines is More Common then you may Think
Cats can be known for their urinary issues, anything from spraying, inappropriate urination and even blockages. Male cats especially have a very small urethra making them prone to these issues. It’s important to monitor your cats output into their liter box, sometimes small amounts of urine or urinating in unusual places can be a sign you cat is on their way to an infection, or worse a blockage. Blockages can cause kidney damage in as little as 24 hours and in the worst case scenario death in as little as 48 hours.
Some Important Guidelines to follow to make sure you keep an eye on your cats urinary health
- Keep you little box clean, this is both important because, what cat would want a dirty litter box? But also to make sure you can quickly detect changes in their urine. If there is small amounts of urine, blood in the urine or no urine at all.
- If your cat is urinating outside their box, bring them into a vets office before assuming it’s behavioral. Yes, Sometimes cats will urinate outside their box for behavioral issues, but we always want to eliminate any potential health issues first.
- Help Keep your kitty hydrated. Did you know cats get 70% of their moisture from their food? So if you are feeding your cat strictly dry food which only has 5-10% moisture consider adding canned food to their diet, or mixing some water into their normal meals. Cats also tend to prefer moving water over still water bowls. Kitty Fountains are readily available online and in pet stores to help encourage your cat to keep Hydrated
- Provide your cat with enrichment full environment. Often times stressed cats can have more urinary issues. Making sure your home provides stress relive to your cat is important. Toys, Tree Climbing, Places to hide and easy to access cat boxes.
- If you have any concerns regarding your cats health give our office a call today 661-259-7387
Photo provided is our patient recovering from surgery to help his urinary blockage issues.