Cat Urinary Health
By: Pet City On: 7 August 2019
Urinary issues in cats can be fatal, so being able to spot the signs early is vital.
Feline Lower urinary Tract Disease (known as FLUTD) often doesn’t have an obvious underlining cause.
A cat’s urinary system can have inflammation, or suffer from a build-up of minerals in the bladder. These minerals can eventually crystallise and then build up to form ‘stones’, which can irritate and block the passage from the bladder. Older cats with frequent urination can also suffer from chronic kidney disease or other systematic illnesses.
When your cat is suffering from a urinary issue you may notice some of the following signs
- Their behaviour may become different when toileting. They may try to urinate more often & only a small amount. Or your cat my not go at all.
- They may look strained or show signs of discomfort when urinating.
- You may notice blood in their urine or it may be cloudy.
- Loss of bladder control
- Inappropriate urination
Which cats are more at risk?
Cats that are predisposed to urinary problems are:
- Male Cats
- Overweight Cats
- Anxious Cats
Some cats will experience urinary issues like idiopathic cystitis just because they are more 'flighty' than other cats, and can be spooked or get anxious easily. Male cats have a longer urethra and this is more likely to be blocked up than females. Studies also suggest that overweight and senior cats are at higher risk than cats with a active, healthy lifestyle.
Treatments for cats
It’s important to take your cat to the vet if you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms, as your vet will identify the issue and suggest the best treatment.
However there are lifestyle and diet changes that can be implemented to maintain your cat’s urinary health
- Encourage Drinking – cats can sometimes be disinclined to drink lots of water. Drinking water is important to keep their urinary system healthy. You can encourage more water consumption by placing more bowls around the house and avoid placing it next to food, litter trays or busy locations. Running water may be more appealing such as water fountain bowls (check out our range of water fountains here).
- Adding Water - to daily food can also help flush the system. You can do this by adding raw or wet cans, or adding normal water to dry food.
- Specialty Diet – Certain diets can assist in keeping the nutrient balance in check. Your vet may recommend options such as : Hills Science Diet Urinary, Royal Canin Urinary
Urinary issues are unfortunately common in cats, however with the right treatment as recommended by your vet you’ll be able to support their health through their diet and lifestyle.