The Holiday Stress Connection

As the holiday season approaches, our feline friends may find themselves facing environmental stress, a factor strongly correlated with urinary issues. While these concerns vary, they consistently lead to significant stress for both the cat and their caregiver. Rest assured, our dedicated staff is here to support you should you encounter these challenges during this festive time.

Identifying Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Your cat’s  inappropriate urination may prompt concerns about a urinary tract infection (UTI). However, these are less common than assumed. Urine, normally sterile, is defended by the body’s robust immune system. UTIs may stem from underlying issues such as urinary stones, bladder growths, systemic diseases like diabetes mellitus or kidney disease, or immune system complications. Detection typically involves tests, such as urinalysis and culture.

The Main Culprit: Cystitis and FLUTD

If not a UTI, what could it be? Among concerns like bladder stones, tumors, and behavioral problems, cystitis stands out. Inflammation of the bladder lining is often associated with feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). Cats with FLUTD may display various symptoms, including frequent urination, straining to urinate, urinating outside the litter box, bloody or cloudy urine, vocalizing during urination, licking of the urinary opening, lethargy, and vomiting.

Environmental stress, particularly during the holiday season, seems to correlate with flare-ups of this issue. Cats may experience waxing and waning symptoms, with the potential for escalation if the urinary opening becomes obstructed, especially in male cats with narrower urethral openings.If you suspect that your cat is fully blocked, please reach out to us immediately as this constitutes a potentially fatal medical emergency.

Treatment Options at Kauai North Shore Animal Clinic

When addressing feline urinary challenges, our clinic offers a range of treatment options. The first step involves a comprehensive physical examination and testing, including urinalysis and basic blood work, to identify any underlying medical causes.

Collaborative Solutions for Feline Urinary IssuesObserving your cat struggling in the litter box? Don’t hesitate to seek assistance, especially during the holiday season (or stressful time). There’s often a valid reason behind feline urinary problems, and together, we can work towards a solution.