A regular need for urinating is a vital matter that no living being can live without. It is like drinking and breathing air, and any blockage in the urinary tract that lasts for more than two days could really lead to death.
Feline urinary blockage is a common problem that affects our cats, especially male cats because their urethra are narrower and longer than those in females.
Some cat owners are unable to identify the problem or act immediately in case they can’t reach a vet or in case it is too late at night and no pet clinics are opened; and unfortunately many lost their pets due to the urine blockage problem.
The problem could happen due to several reasons like infections that lead to inflammation, calcium oxalate due to wrong diets, kidney stones with the consumption of dry food, gravels in the urethra, and also in neutered males as they experience muscular contraction such that any tiny stone can get lodged in the urethra, blocking the urine flow.
The problem is known as “Feline lower urinary tract disease or FLUTD”, “feline urinary blockage”, “feline urinary obstruction”, and “feline urinary retention”.
As I said in my previous topic, watching the time and daily amount of urine produced by your cat is very important in detecting the problem before it develops, and hence it will be easier to act or take the cat to the vet.
How to identify feline urinary blockage?
If you notice any change in the amount of urine, or the time which the cat takes to urinate, try to check the cat’s belly with your hand and also see if there is a problem or inflammation in the penis/vulva. The physical examination is very important in diagnosing cases that exhibit complete urinary obstruction. In cases that exhibit bladder inflammation or penis problems, physical examination may not seem helpful; instead, you should take the cat to the vet if you can’t detect an apparent/slight increase in the bladder size while it is obvious that your cat is not comfortable or not urinating as usual.
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