When you find your cat straining to pee, you know she’s uncomfortable. Most of the time, the straining that you see is due to cystitis. Cystitis is a bad enough condition. But if left untreated, cystitis can lead to more severe medical conditions like the formation of urethral plugs (a fatal condition that usually leads to the cat becoming blocked or unable to urinate,) or the formation of small stones in the bladder.It is important that you watch for the signs that might indicate difficulty peeing and contact veterinary help as soon as possible once the signs are clearly present.What Should You Watch For?
Chances are, she will make frequent trips to her litter box, in an effort to urinate, and produce no urine or little urine that’s tinged with blood. More severe signs manifest themselves in cats that have been blocked. The pain of the blockage could make him cry out and become more lethargic as the condition worsens. All these symptoms indicate is the fact that the urine that can’t be removed from the body is making the cat sick. It can also become fatal so seek veterinary assistance immediately.Causes
The most prominent cause of a bladder infection, or cystitis, is because of a mineral imbalance, a bacterial infection, or an abnormality in your cat’s pH levels. That causes microscopic crystals to form in your cat’s urine, growing in size as her condition worsens. It can even grow large enough to cause grit that causes a urethral plug.Care Options
Once you’ve noticed the symptoms, the best thing that you can do for your cat is getting her to a qualified veterinarian. Since it is mostly male cats that develop urethral plugs, male cats should be rushed to see the veterinarian as soon as the signs have been noticed. If you notice other symptoms such as vomiting or lethargy, your female cat should then also be rushed to the vet.Treatment Options
If your cat has a simple case of cystitis, she will simply be sent home with antibiotics. Surgery is needed for when there are stones in the bladder. If your pet is blocked, he will spend several days in the hospital where he will be equipped with a urinary catheter that helps to drain the urine from the bladder. He will be given an IV Fluid therapy to flush out all the remaining grit from the bladder.Other Reasons Behind Your Cat Not Being Able To Pee
Methods Of Prevention.
- Bladder inflammation due to an unknown cause (idiopathic cystitis)
- Kidney Disease
Take good care of your cat by providing her with the best quality food and adequate amount of water. Make sure she has a clean litter box that she can use. If your cat once had stones or was blocked, your vet will put her on a prescribed diet that will maximize urine content and minimize the chances of recurrence.