Feline Urinary Tract Disorder - a case study

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Last month, we treated the gorgeous ‘Groot’, a three-and-a-half-year-old male Domestic Long Hair cat with a urinary blockage.

Groot was brought into the clinic after his owners noticed he seemed to be having trouble passing urine. Groot was seen to be straining to toilet and crying in pain whenever he attempted to urinate.

Unfortunately for Groot, he had a urinary tract blockage, so Dr Paula admitted him into hospital for treatment. Groot required a general anaesthesia to clear a plug of debris from his urethra. Then an indwelling urinary catheter was placed to assist in emptying his bladder whilst he was treated with intravenous fluids and antibiotics.

Groot’s urinary catheter was kept in place for 48 hours, after which time the catheter was removed and he was monitored in hospital for a further 24 hours to ensure he could once again urinate on his own. While in hospital, Groot won the hearts of all the staff members and he thoroughly enjoyed all the cuddles and even a grooming session.

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection and/or urinary blockage in cats include:

  • Straining to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Urinating in unusual places such as bath tubs, tile floors or flower pots
  • Crying when trying to urinate
  • Excessive licking at genitals
  • Not actually passing any urine, or passing only tiny amounts when toileting.

If you suspect your cat (particularly males) may have a urinary tract infection or blockage, please seek veterinary attention as soon as possible. This condition cannot wait, as male cats have such a narrow urinary tract that a blockage means urine is unable to be released and the bladder can quickly become over-full and painful. If left untreated, this condition can be fatal.

Cats with urinary issues will also require ongoing management. Ongoing management for cats with urinary issues include changing their diet to urinary specific diet such as Hills™ Prescription Diet™ c/d Multicare or Royal Canin Urinary S/O. These diets are scientifically formulated to help control the pH level of the urine minimising the risk of urinary crystals from forming. It’s also recommended that cats with urinary issues maintain a healthy weight, as obese cats are more prone to developing problems.

Groot is enjoying his new food and doing well at home. He visited us again last week for a re-check and some more cuddles x



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