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Everything You Need to Know About Cat Urinary Problems

From UTIs to Kidney Disease

By Sam Bourne. January 22, 2014 | See Comments

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    Dr. Joseph J. Wakshlag, DVM

    Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition

    Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Ithaca, NY

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There are a lot of health issues that can result in a cat being unable to go. Check here for what might be behind your kitty's blocked bladder.

Cat urinary problems can be quite common, unfortunately for both cats and their pet parents. A blockage in the urethra, an infection of the urinary tract, or some other problem can affect a cat's ability to relieve themselves comfortably.

If you notice that your cat is having difficulty urinating, take a look at some of these helpful articles -- chances are your cat is confronting one of these all-too-common ailments.

8 Reasons for Cat Incontinence and Out of Litter Box Messes

From diabetes to old age, this article covers all the reasons that might cause a cat's bathroom troubles. Treatment will depend on the cause, so start by finding out what's causing your cat's litter box woes.

Dealing With Cystitis

Cystitis in Cats

Also known as lower urinary tract disease, this common condition is typically caused by a diet of only dry food with a lot of minerals, causing a blockage. Other causes like high stress, or living only indoors, may also increase the likelihood of this condition. To learn the warning signs of cystitis, and how to treat it, look no further.

5 Ways to Prevent Feline Cystitis

Cystitis is a big problem, but one that can be avoided. This article outlines a few key ways to prevent the buildup of mineral deposits in your cat’s urinary tract. Follow these steps (provided your vet signs off on them) and enjoy a cystitis-free life.

The Best Cat Cystitis Treatments and Preventatives

These targeted treatments and preventative measures will help set your cat right again. If you think your cat is at risk, ask your vet about putting your cat on one of these meds to help them return to a healthy bathroom routine.

Dealing with Urinary Tract Infections

Cat and Dog UTI

Similar to cystitis, the urinary tract infection is a complication that affects cats and dogs all over the world, causing them great amounts of discomfort. To better understand this condition, take a look at this series of articles.

Food to Treat Cat and Dog Urinary Tract Infections

If yours is one of the thousands of cats suffering from a UTI, there is a good chance that the cause is dietary. Here are a number of specially formulated foods designed to help resolve and prevent a urinary tract infection.

Other Feline Urinary Problems

Diets for Dog and Cat Urinary Stones

A buildup of calcified deposits in the bladder is one of the more common reasons a cat’s urinary tract may become blocked. Luckily, there are a bunch of dietary strategies for protecting your cat from this type of mineral accumulation. This article has a few helpful tips on how to prevent urinary stones without jeopardizing the nutrients in your cat's diet.

Feline and Canine Kidney Disease

One of the more serious causes of a urinary obstruction, kidney disease can affect any cat, and if it does, it can be life threatening. Written to help you better detect the symptoms of kidney failure, this series of articles is a great way to learn what kidney disease looks like.

All About Liver Disease in Dogs and Cats

Liver disease is another health issue that can cause your cat to drink, and urinate, much more than they do regularly. If you notice your cat is “going” more than usual, check this article for a better idea on whether liver disease might be the culprit.

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.

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