Urine reveals important data about our state of health. And, also, about your companion animal, especially that of cats , since, through its observation, we can suspect that it may suffer some problem. Some of them can be serious and put your life in danger. Therefore, if we see that our cat has problems with urination, it is best to consult the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Pee is a liquid, yellowish discharge that accumulates in the bladder and is expelled through the urethra as a result of filtration, on the part of the kidneys, of the waste and the excess of water of the blood. Because many substances that are secreted in the blood are eliminated through urine, it is possible to detect problems through it. Hence, urinalysis is a routine test that is usually done to our pets. This will study the color (should be yellow), its appearance (if it is clear or cloudy), the pH, if there are substances that normally should not be in it (for example, blood, excess protein, glucose, bilirubin , ketones), if there are crystals or germs such as bacteria and other pathogens. All this must be done by a specialist. However, you yourself can get an idea of how your cat is looking at how his pee is when you clean his sandpit.
What should you observe from your cat’s urine?
Odor. You can give us a clue to your health status. For example, “if it is very strong, it could be due to an infection, although it is also typical of uncastrated males, since it helps them to mark their territory, so if our companion animal does not present another symptom, it is likely that Nothing happens to him .
Appearance. It also reveals important data. “If the urine is very clear it could be due to a kidney disease, so it would be convenient to discuss it with our veterinarian as soon as possible,” he recommends. Of course, if we observe blood, we must go quickly to a veterinary clinic.
Quantity. “You have to be very careful to see if you urinate more or less than normal, since a change in the frequency or volume of urine could make us suspect the presence of an infection, such as cystitis or a kidney problem,” warns the specialist .
Behavior. If you suffer cystitis, have stones or other alterations, it is likely that when you go to the sandbox, maulle or try to pee and can not. “In these cases, it is essential to confirm that you have managed to urinate.” In case of congestion, you should consult a veterinarian.
He licks often. If you notice that your cat is uncomfortable and licks frequently the genital area could indicate that it has itching, stinging or pain.
Water intake This can also alert us that something is not right. Cats do not usually drink a lot. If, suddenly, it consumes more water than normal, it is necessary to mention it to the veterinarian, since it could be a symptom of some pathology and subject it to a checkup. Especially, if he is older.
There are several pathologies that can affect the way your cat pees or looks. These are the most common diseases.
Bacterial infection If your cat is in good health, it is not often that he suffers an infection. However, if you suffer from other diseases such as diabetes, which can affect your immune system, you could have this ailment
Idiopathic cystitis. It is a common problem that causes painful inflammation in the bladder. It can manifest with problems in urination, pain and even blood in the urine. It is a serious problem that can compromise your life.
Calculations They may suffer from various types of bladder stones. The most common are those of struvite and calcium oxalate. These could clog the urethra and prevent them from peeing normally, as well as causing pain and endangering their lives.
Overweight or obesity An excess of weight in your pet can cause urinary problems, as well as other diseases. Therefore, it is important that you control your diet, avoid giving them trinkets and, as much as possible, encourage them to exercise with toys or playing with it. If you leave, you can also take him for a walk .
Stress. Cats are very susceptible to stress and this can affect their way of peeing. For example, if there has been any change at home, for example, a move, or even if we have forgotten to clean your sandbox, you may pee out of your box. “In any case, the first thing that must be ruled out is that it suffers an organic problem,” insists Ana Anglada.
Renal insufficiency. If the kidneys of your cat suffer some problem, due to age or other pathology, this may manifest with problems in urination. Depending on the degree of the disease, you may be more thirsty and urinate more or not. It can also be shown alerted, unappetizing and disoriented.
To find out what is happening, several tests will be done at the veterinary center. First, a physical examination will be necessary. After that, “it is likely that a blood and urine test will be done (this can be extended to a culture.) Depending on the results, we may have to use an imaging test such as an ultrasound or an x-ray. Do not be surprised if the veterinarian asks to stay with the animal to perform various tests, “concludes veterinarian Ana Anglada.