Urinary Health Issues in Cats: Symptoms and Reasons

Most cat parents complain about their kitties urinating outside litter box, or wetting the bed or dripping along the way. These are some of the common problems faced by cats having urinary health issues. This is one of the most occurring pet health conditions found in cats. Feline urinary problem causes pain and inflammation in both urinary bladder and urethra.


There are numerous reasons that cause urinary health issue in cats. One common reason is crystals or stones that form in the urine. These are very painful, can cause irritation in urinary tract, and can partially or completely block the flow of urine. Furthermore, in aged cat, urinary inconsistence is most common.

A feline with urinary tract problem shows symptoms such as

  1. Cry when urinating
  2. Licking its genital area excessively
  3. Making frequent trips to litter box
  4. Urinating outside litter box
  5. Dripping everywhere

Apart from these symptoms, sometimes when cats suffer from mucus plugs or crystals, their urethra is blocked and passing urine is too difficult. At such times, felines will

  • Show anxiety by constant pacing or hiding
  • Strain to urinate with little success

There are numerous reasons why your pretty kitty is suffering from urinary tract disease. They can be

  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Anatomical abnormalities
  • Confinement

Diagnosing your feline friend for the possibility of urine infection and finding the reason behind it, helps vet to provide proper treatment.

Your veterinarian may direct certain tests also such as

  • urinalysis to evacuate any crystals
  • blood cells and bacteria in urine
  • urine pH and concentration

According to the test report, your vet will direct treatment for your furry feline. If stone is present, your vet has to remove it immediately. In case of bacterial or viral infection, he may recommend medications.

Regardless of infection, providing plenty of water and proper nutritional diet can help your feline friend to recover faster. Even after treatment, if signs persist after five to seven days, again check with your veterinarian.


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