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Feline Urinary Tract Disease - It Can Be Fatal!

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 3:50 AM

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases (FLUTD)

About 10% of cats brought to the vet have feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD).  Once called Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS), FLUTD is not merely one problem, but a collection of clinical symptoms that may have more than one possible cause.  

Problems that affect a cat's lower urinary system can prevent the bladder from emptying correctly or even cause a fatal blockage of the urethra, the tube connecting the bladder to the outside of the body.

Female and male cats can both get FLUTD, but males are more likely to due to theirr narrow urethras.

FLUTD often occurs in cats that are overweight, unfit, or who eat dry food.

Stress, a multi-cat household, and sudden changes can all raise a cat's risk of FLUTD, and treatment depends on the type of FLUTD your cat has.

FLUTD symptoms :

  • Straining to urinate
  • Bloody urine
  • Urinating in unusual places
  • Crying when urinating
  • Licking around the urinary area (often because of pain)
  • Depression
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of appetite
  • Vomiting

It's always an emergency if your cat can't urinate. Call your Vet immediately if you suspect your cat has a urinary tract problem.

from WebMD Pets.

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