Feline Urinary Tract Disease

On behalf of Inky and all cats, we are including information about Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) so that your humans will recognize the signs & symptoms and get the proper treatment for you as soon as possible. Below the Signs & Symptoms there are some very informative links.

First and foremost is that it is possible to manage this disease, and no cat should have to be euthanized because of the disease itself as long as it is treated early and has not caused damage to the bladder, kidneys and other organs. It doesn’t happen overnight and it takes some effort from the humans, but it is possible for a cat with urinary tract disease to have a good, symptom free life.  

If there is anything you’d like to add, or if you would like to share your experiences please have your human leave a comment at the bottom of this page.


Signs & Symptoms of Feline Urinary Tract Disease

Cats with urinary tract disease may have one or more of these symptoms. One reason, among others, that it is very important to scoop the litter box frequently is so you can monitor your cat’s litter box habits and urine output and thus be alerted to any problems as soon as they begin. If your kitty is having any of these symptoms it is very important that you have the vet check it out right away. 

  • Frequent trips to the litter box
  • Staying in the litter box longer than usual (and maybe scratching around and changing positions in the box)
  • Straining to urinate with very little urine output
  • Meowing or crying while trying to urinate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Urinating outside of the litter box (this happens because kitty starts associating the pain with the litter box and is trying to find a less painful place to pee; sometimes cats get punished for this because the human doesn’t realize it’s a sign that something is wrong. If your cat suddenly stops using the litter box, don’t punish him or her; take kitty to the vet right away. 
  • Frequent licking of the lower abdomen and/or genitalia (trying to relieve the pain & irritation)
  • No urine output at all (this means the urethra is blocked and kitty cannot pass any urine. It is very serious and requires immediate veterinary attention) Other symptoms of urinary tract blockage can include:
    • distended bladder – if left untreated the bladder fills up and the lower abdomen becomes hard and swollen; the bladder will become severely damaged, maybe beyond repair
    • howling, crying, hissing, growling (because of fear & pain)
    • vomiting
    • hiding
    • stops eating and drinking

If urinary tract blockage is not treated kitty will suffer terribly as toxins build up, the bladder, kidneys and other organs become damaged beyond repair, kitty will lapse into a coma and death will soon follow. This is a terrible way for a kitty to die. If your kitty is blocked please seek treatment right away. If you cannot afford treatment it is better to have kitty euthanized than to allow him or her to suffer this terrible & painful death.

 Other Symptoms

The following general symptoms might accompany urinary tract disease, but can also indicate another problem:

  • uncharacteristic growling and/or hissing
  • vomiting
  • retreating from usual activity
  • uncharacteristic hiding
  • loss of appetite


 Links for more information

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