Signs Your Cat Has An Urinary Tract Obstruction
As a pet owner it can be difficult to determine if you need to take your pet to the animal hospital. Often a situation occurs on a Sunday afternoon or holiday when you are unable to call your regular veterinarian to find out how to proceed. There are certain circumstances where you can’t just wait until the office opens. You need to take your pet to the emergency vet.
For cats, one such circumstance is when you suspect a urinary tract obstruction. In this situation a crystal or plug of mucous has lodged in the urethra and is completely obstructing the flow of urine. Unfortunately, if left untreated this is fatal for cats.
Although it is possible for this situation to occur in a female cat it is most commonly seen in male cats due to their anatomy. If your cat is showing any of the following symptoms you need to seek veterinary assistance immediately.
- Getting in and out of the litter box repeatedly but not creating urine.
- Urinating only a few drops.
- Significant Pain
Once you arrive at the animal hospital the veterinarian will perform a physical exam to determine if a urinary tract obstruction exists. The vet may also recommend a urinalysis or a urine culture. A procedure called a cystocentesis will likely be performed to obtain a urine sample. A needle will be inserted through the skin into the bladder.
Your cat may be put on antibiotics if an infection is identified. If a blockage is identified, the prognosis is generally good. For the long-term health of your cat a dietary change may be required. This will prevent another blockage from occurring in the future.
If you suspect a urinary tract obstruction or any other medical emergency contact us.