If you are a cat owner, it is important that you are aware of a potentially life- threatening condition.
Cats are prone to urinary tract disease, especially at times of stress. Symptoms include:
- straining to urinate
- increased frequency of urination
- crying and licking at genitals
- vomiting and loss of appetite
In most cases this is a non-bacterial cystitis, similar to intestinal cystitis in women. In some cases, however, tiny stones may form in the bladder. Female cats are usually able to pass these stones, but males are unable to pass them due to their anatomy. The urine flow becomes blocked, causing the bladder to continue to fill with urine, which then backs up to the kidneys. This causes the cat severe pain, uremia, and will cause death if left untreated.
It is critical for any male cat showing these signs to see a veterinarian IMMEDIATELY. This is an EMERGENCY.
Female cats showing these signs should also be seen by a veterinarian, but generally this is not a life threatening situation for them.
Overweight indoor male cats on all dry food diets have the highest incidence of this condition.