My cat has started frequently going to his litter box, but not much is coming out and I’m starting to get concerned – what does this mean?
This means that you need to take him to the Vet immediately! Cat urinary issues are a very common occurrence, in Winter especially – and can turn into a very dangerous one for your cat. Winter time is snuggle time – and cats are no different. Due to them being less active, they drink less and eat less – and therefore go to the toilet less. When this happens, certain types of crystals begin to form in the bladder. When these get big enough, or there are enough of them, these crystals then cause blockages of the bladder, effectively stopping your cat from urinating altogether. This is extremely painful and, in severe, cases can cause the bladder to rupture. Urinary tract infections can also occur, resulting in serious kidney complications.
Caught early, urinary crystals can be dissolved with strong medications and intravenous fluids. However once blocked, your cat will need to undergo surgery to pass a catheter into the bladder to try and unblock the crystals. They then spend a number of days in hospital, as the Vet’s and Nurse’s work to dissolve the crystals. Male cats are especially prone to blockages, given a thinner urinary passage, however any cat has the potential to suffer bladder blockage or infection.
The warning signs to look out for:
- Frequent, unproductive trips to the litter tray
- Spraying or toileting in unusual places
- Inappetance or unwillingness to drink
- Pain or discomfort on urinating (can look like they are trying to defecate)
- Blood in the urine