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Category: bladder and kidney problems

Bladder and kidney problems

Problems with the urinary tract in cats can cause excessive urine production or an urge to urinate frequently.

If your cat has cystitis often the first sign you will notice is that it is passing small amounts of urine very often. Sometimes you will see blood in the urine and occasionally your cat will strain as if trying to go to the toilet but nothing comes out. In these cases cystitis may be mistaken for constipation or an obstruction in the urinary tract. A blockage in the urinary tract is more common in male cats than females. Obstruction to the urinary tract is an emergency situation so if you think your cat is straining to pee then you should contact your vet immediately.

Cats may also choose not to use a litter tray and spray or urinate in other parts of the house. This may be due to a medical problem but in many cases can be a behavioural response to stressful situations. In multicat households cats may avoid using a litter tray frequented by other cats and most cats will avoid a dirty tray.

If you think there may be something wrong with your cat’s toileting habits then you should make an appointment to see your vet. Try to collect a fresh urine sample and take this with you when you take your cat to the vet. Your vet will be able to get a lot of information on what may be wrong with your pet from testing the urine sample.

Urine samples: how to collect

Tests are used by vets to help them diagnose disease in animals that are ill, which means your vet may ask you to bring in a urine sample (water sample) from your pet to help find out what's wrong with

Kidney disease in your cat

Kidney failure is a common health problem in middle-aged and elderly cats. A gradual reduction in the ability of the kidneys to do their job is an inevitable part of the ageing process and occurs at varying rates in different

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)

FLUTD is a catch-all term used by vets to describe a number of conditions which cause cats pain and discomfort when trying to pass urine. These include different types of bladder stones, blockages in the tubes running from the bladder

Drinking: increased water intake in cats

Drinking more is a common medical problem in cats, particularly older cats. This factsheet discusses how to tell if your cat is really drinking excessively, the causes - common and rare - and how the issue may be managed. The medical

Cystitis (bladder inflammation)

As anyone who has ever suffered with cystitis (a sore bladder) will know, it is a very unpleasant condition. Although not usually life-threatening, cystitis can be very distressing for your cat. It is important to seek veterinary advice as soon

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (AD-PKD)

AD-PKD is an inherited condition (passed from parents to their kittens) that can cause progressive kidney failure in cats. The disease has become particularly common in Persian and Exotic Shorthaired cats. In the future it may be possible to eliminate