Cats are pretty particular about a lot of things. Ok, particular may be generous and kind you’re thinking, but they can be set in their ways. If you have indoor cats you know they are very particular about their litter box and usually map out quite specifically what each section is for. This makes it easy to notice when there is a change in your cat’s urinary habits and notice you should. Last week I noticed a big drop in my cat’s output. I thought maybe I should troubleshoot this on my own and start with some internet meds but fortunately the more I read the more it sounded like a call to our vet was in order. Hence my post on this. This is always worth a call to your vet first!! While it may be a simple urinary tract infection worthy of medication, it might also be crystals or stones in the bladder or kidney that could form a blockage and if that happens your cat is most likely going to die within 24 hours. Our cat had the stones that had to (of course) be removed surgically, but that is not common, so don’t delay the call. Final word is, in this information age there is a lot you can do for yourself and there is a lot you can learn on your own, and then there are some things you really need to check out with your doc. If you have an indoor/outdoor cat and can’t easily monitor his or her urine output watch for other signs of discomfort or distress such as:
- Inappropriate urination, on furniture or in a sink or in the tub
- Crying out or howling
- Defecating inappropriately indoors
- Loss of appetite
- Failure to groom
We are lucky to have the handsome guy (Ben) pictured above back home and good as new. We have adjusted his diet a bit and look forward to lots of purring to come.