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A medical condition commonly affecting the feline community, Crystalluria involves the formation of crystals that are expelled via urine. Contrary to popular belief, the detection of urinary crystals within your cat’s system cannot be touted synonymous with kidney stones. However, studies indicate that cats diagnosed with Crystalluria can typically possess a higher risk of contracting other kidney issues (renal stones) as well.So, why does Crystalluria occur?
Development of microscopic crystals within your kitty’s bladder may or may not be indicative of a possible urinary tract infection. The formation of these crystals may be attributed to the super-saturated minerals that eventually precipitate out in the form of fine sand-like particles through urine. Although, the exact causes for cats contracting Crystalluria are not entirely understood, there may be certain triggers such as food and nutrition, genetic makeup, pH fluctuations in urine and consumption of supplements that lead to the occurrence of the disease.What are the tell-tale signs of Crystalluria?
While the actual symptoms of Crystalluria are largely dependent upon the level of infection in your cat’s bladder, there are a few typical signs (such as those reported in any other Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases) that should be reason enough for you to take your ball-of-fur to your vet. Some of the common tell-tale signs of Crystalluria include:
How do you treat Crystalluria?
- Difficulty or strain in urinating
- Abnormal or irregular urine patterns
- Licking of the genital regions
- Frequent urination
- Excessive vocalization
- Cloudy or blood-tinged urine
- Sudden increase in thirst
- Enlarged Belly
- Depression and inactivity
Like all other urinary tract infections, the key to getting rid of Crystalluria lies in incorporating treatment plans that eliminate the crystals from the bladder and prevent their further formation. Here are a few ways in which you can not only cure your cat’s bladder problem but also help alleviate the excessive pain and discomfort that comes along with it.
- Increase the water intake of your cat, in order to flush out the crystals from its bladder. Replace the original dry-diet formula with a wet one to keep your cat’s urinary system clean and infection-free.
- Encourage your cat to engage in frequent and complete urinary voiding, by placing the litter boxes in a conducive and quiet environment.
- Ask your vet to prescribe a well-balanced diet with equal amounts acidic and alkaline ingredients to regulate the pH levels in your cat’s urine.
- Depending upon the extent of the infection, your cat’s vet might also prescribe an appropriate drug therapy and line-of-treatment.
Remember, since Crystalluria when left untreated can transform into a life-threatening urethral obstruction, it is highly recommended that you watch out for the symptoms and consult a doctor on noticing the very early signs of the disease.