Schedule a Trip to the Vet’s When Elimination Problems Arise

No one likes to find a puddle of cat urine soaked in the carpet or in the middle of the bed. However, if your cat suddenly starts to misbehave with the litter box, the problem may well be medical. Atypical behavior and inappropriate disposal are warning signs of a visit to the veterinarian, especially if you have not made any changes to the litter box.

Urinary problems can be serious

Urinating where the cat wants to urinate, rather than in the litter box, often means that something is wrong with his urinary system. Only your veterinarian will be able to properly diagnose and treat these conditions. Your cat may run to use the litter box every few minutes or simply let go wherever he is, indicating that he is simply unable to hold it. The amount of urine may be quite small, or it may contain blood or appear cloudy. Urinary problems are often painful too, and your cat can meow when he tries to use the toilet.

  • A simple bladder infection is often treated quite simply with antibiotics. However, if left untreated, it will result in serious complications.

  • Your cat may also suffer from feline interstitial cystitis. It is a kind of catch-all disease involving inflammation and irritation of the bladder and urethra. Crystals may be present in the urine. Antibiotics appear to have little effect on FIC, although dietary changes may help.

  • Feline incontinence may be caused by bladder stones. Some of them can reach a large size, almost filling the bladder. Stones must generally be removed surgically.

  • Crystals can form in the cat’s urinary tract as a result of a diet. These can sometimes evolve into bladder stones or even form a plug that prevents the cat from urinating. The corks should be treated immediately by surgery.

  • Serious health problems, such as tumors, can also lead to frequent and inappropriate urination in your cat.

Urinary problems are much more frequent in male cats than in females, and even more frequent in male cats that have not been sterilized. Although there is no way to guarantee that your cat will never experience these difficulties, there are some things that can help prevent them:

  • Make sure your cat drinks as much water as possible.

  • More acidic diets help prevent the formation of crystals and stones.

  • Canned foods are recommended to keep the urinary tract normal.

  • Feed several small meals during the day, rather than one or two large meals.