Got pee problems?
I will never forget the time that Rocky had a urinary blockage (on a holiday weekend, natch, requiring an ER visit). It was awful, just awful. Fortunately, I recognized the problem and we got him to a vet, pronto. Urinary blockages, if not treated immediately, can be fatal within a couple of days.
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, or FLUTD, is a group of diseases that affect both the bladder and the urethra in cats. The disease is sometimes caused by urinary stones or crystals, and it’s more common than you might think.
How to Spot a Pee Problem
Inappropriate urination (peeing outside the box) by a cat with previously good litter box habits is a big red flag. If the litter box is clean and there are no obvious stressors at play (new cat in the house, grandkids visiting, etc.), sit up and take notice.
Other signs include frequent trips to the litter box (often with no output), straining to urinate, excessive licking of the nether regions, or vocalizing in pain while trying to urinate. Sometimes a cat with a pee problem will be so uncomfortable that she’ll just crawl into the back of a closet and hide. Or, she may seem anxious, pacing back and forth.
Most of the time, these signs will be subtle. In a multiple cat household, it can be difficult to determine which of the cats is missing the litter box. So, the minute you discover something is awry, tune in and figure out who’s the culprit and seek veterinary attention.
Urinary Tract Disease Risk Factors
Unfortunately, the risk factors are common. Cats who eat dry food, are kept indoors, who exhibit nervous or fearful behaviors, are stressed, or are members of multi-cat households are at a greater risk for urinary tract diseases. The incidence of urinary obstructions is higher during winter months. And, male cats are more likely to suffer from bladder inflammation leading to mucous plugs.
Good Urinary Tract Health Helpers
Here’s how to ensure your cat’s continued good UT health:
- Encourage your cat to drink lots of water by providing a fountain, like our fave, the Cat Mate Fountain (filtered water, silent operation). This ensures fresh, clean water that has chlorine and excess minerals filtered out.
- Wet food is better than dry food for cats who are prone to UTIs. Cats can get up to 95% of their dietary water from wet food. In one study, cats consuming a dry food diet containing 10% moisture with free access to drinking water had an average daily urine volume of 60 milliliters (or 2 fluid ounces). This urine volume almost doubled when the cats were then fed a canned diet containing 75 percent moisture.
- Feed a diet formulated to promote good urinary tract health like Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets UR Urinary St/Ox Feline Formulas. These are scientifically formulated to meet the special dietary needs of cats who are predisposed to lower urinary tract conditions.
This food promotes increased water intake and urine volume in a tasty formulation that scores high with cats for palatability.
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Now, for a limited time, you can get a $15 off mail in rebate for the new UR Urinary St/Ox Feline Canned Formulas.
This week, we’re giving away a special gift package that includes two coupons for free bags of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets UR Urinary St/Ox Feline Formula cat food, AND the book “I Could Pee on This,” a poetry book by feline pee opportunists. The coupons can be redeemed at any veterinarian’s office that carries the product.
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THE FINE PRINT: This post has been sponsored by Purina and they have provided the coupons for the giveaway.