Are you irritated because your cat is urinating wherever she goes or wetting the bed? Then take some time to ponder upon and find out what is the reason behind this condition of your pet. Most of the cat parents come across these situations not knowing what’s wrong with their pets. If you’re one of them then here comes not-so-surprising but crucial fact that your cat may be suffering from urinary tract infection.
Among the most common feline health problems that cat owners notice in their pets is urinary tract disease. Cats suffering from urinary infections are more likely to pee outside the litter box than the healthy cats. This situation most commonly is mistaken as behavioral problem due to the similar symptom depicted by cats.
If your cat is suffering from any urinary tract disease, it shows certain symptoms:
- Frequent attempts to urinate
- Urinating outside the litter box
- Producing unusually small and large amounts of urine
- Pain during urination
- Weight loss
- Licking around the urethra opening
- Increased thirst
- Straining to urinate
- Discolored urine
If you find any of the above symptoms in your cat then she may be suffering from one or another urinary tract disease. Nevertheless, it is not possible to find out from which particular urine infection your cat is suffering from, the only way is to visit a vet for diagnostic testing. Your vet has to perform a physical examination, study a thorough health history record, and obtain a sample of the cat’s urine for analysis. Depending on what your vet found, he further carries out blood work, abdominal X-rays, abdominal ultrasound and sometimes urine culture may also be needed.
The most common urinary tract problems found in cats are as below:
Chronic Kidney Disease
This disease is caused due to numerous reasons but the most common is due to age. As felines age, there is a gradual loss of kidney’s ability to function normally, resulting in the built-up of metabolic waste substances in the blood stream and further resulting into the inability to concentrate urine.
Feline Idiopathic Cystitis
The cause of Feline idiopathic cystitis in cats is unknown. This disease causes inflammation of the lower urinary tract and it is quite painful for cats. Affected cats can recover after few weeks with the medication but can suffer multiple relapses.
Cat Urine Inconsistence
Urine Inconsistence or leaking is age related disease found in older or spayed females. It is the loss of voluntary control of urination. Wetting bed, dribbling of urine are the symptoms that are found due to this condition. After analyzing the underlying cause only, vet can direct the treatment. Some drugs like Homeopathic Leaks No More are recommended in some cases to ease this problem.
Young and healthy cats are less likely to get bladder infections when compared to senior cats.
The chance of bladder infection increases with cat’s age and the presence of a predisposing condition like diabetes mellitus. Bladder infection is quite uncomfortable and potentially serious.
Bladder stones are rock-like collections of minerals, crystals and organic material that are found in cat’s bladder. They remain either small in size or grow up to some millimeters. They cause straining to urinate, bloody urine and urinating in unusual places. These bladder stones can be removed with the help of medications or surgery. Certain medications or dietary changes aid in dissolving the stones or prevent the recurrence of these types of bladder stones.
As a cat owner, if you find that your pet is showing some changes other than her routine urine habit, then is necessary that you take her to a vet. After diagnosing, vet can confirm what type of urinary tract problem your cat is suffering from and can give treatment accordingly.