What to do if the cat cannot urinate

Cat in the sandbox

When our furry goes to his tray, the normal thing is that if he is healthy and is clean, he will relieve himself without problems. But what if something goes wrong? That is when we should be concerned.

If you are wondering what to do if the cat cannot urinateNext, I will also tell you what the causes are so that you can take the appropriate measures.

How do I know if my cat cannot urinate?

First of all, it is important to find out if the furry has trouble urinating or not. For it, we must detect the following:

  • He goes to his sandbox much more often.
  • Meows when trying to urinate.
  • Spend a lot more time in the sandbox.
  • The cat urinates outside the litter box, but the position it adopts is to be crouched.
  • Residual blood is observed in the urine.
  • Stains the sand less.
  • You might stop grooming yourself.

What Causes This Problem?

The causes are various:

  • Urinary stones: they can be made up of different minerals, but struvite crystals are more frequent. The main cause is usually the low intake of water, but also the poor diet (especially, the one that contains cereals and by-products).
  • Urinary infections: like cystitis. They cause inflammation and narrowing of the pathways through which urine is expelled.
  • Masses: either external or internal, pressing on the bladder and urethra.
  • Swelling of the penis: caused especially by the presence of hairs that are wrapped around it.
  • Traumatic: for example, there is a ruptured urinary bladder. Urine continues to be produced, but cannot be evacuated. It is very dangerous: the cat could suffer from acute peritonitis.

Which is the treatment?

Take your cat to the vet whenever he needs it

That a cat cannot urinate or has problems with it is something that should worry us, and a lot. If you are unable to pass urine, within 48-72 hours you could die. For this reason, you have to keep track of the times you go to your litter box and whether or not you can urinate.

In the event that you can't, then you have to take him to the vet as soon as possible, being highly recommended to bring a urine sample. Once there, they will perform a physical exam and analysis to determine the cause and put you on treatment, which can range from a change in diet in milder cases, to surgery if there is a tumor or trauma.

I hope it has been useful to you.

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