Is Your Cat Not Able To Pee? Here’s Why

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Although it’s easy to get scared of your cat’s inability to pee, don’t worry. This is a pretty common problem with simple solutions. We love our cats and we obviously only want what’s best for them. Seeing them struggle with something as simple as peeing might upset a lot of cat owners mainly because you know that she must be going through a lot of discomfort.The strain that you see with cats is often caused by a condition called crystitis. It is more commonly known as bladder inflammation. As this is a common condition among humans, you can also sympathize with what your cat is going through. While crystitis is a pretty bad condition on its own, if left untreated, it can lead to stones that form in the bladder, urethral plug, or even cause your cat your to become blocked – which is often fatal. Don’t let it get that bad. Here are a few things that you can keep a look out for.

What Should You Watch Out For?

Your cat is likely to attempt urination multiple times although she only ends up producing very little urine that’s usually tinged with blood. Blocked cats develop more severe symptoms and are usually male because of anatomical differences.A blocked cat will become more and more lethargic over time and is also likely to cry out or yelp in pain. The urine is stuck inside the bladder with no place to go. This makes the cat sicker and can lead to death if left untreated.

What Causes Crystitis?
  • It can be caused by a few different things:
  • Bacterial infection
  • Imbalance of minerals
  • Abnormality in the pH levels of your cat

Your cat may be going through either all of those things or just one of them. Any of those things can lead to the development of microscopic crystals in their urine. That’s just during the initial stage. It can eventually grow in size to form urethral plugs.

Other Causes Of Problems With Urination Include:
  • Idiopathic crystitis – bladder inflammation without a known cause
  • Cancer
  • Kidney disease

Once you get your cat to the vet after noticing her inability to successfully urinate, he will examine her using various techniques like a urinalysis, X-rays, and urine cultures. He will then prescribe a method of treatment which is often simple and non-time consuming in nature.How can you prevent crystitis and other urinary problems?This condition can easily be prevented by giving your cat good quality cat food with plenty of water. Most cats are hesitant to use a dirty litter box so make sure you always keep it clean for her. These are the most effective techniques you can use to prevent urinary infections and the formation of crystitis in cats.

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