Does my cat have a urinary tract infection?
Urinary tract problems can arise in cats, and it’s estimated that 3 percent of all cats seen by veterinarians have urinary problems of one type or another, either a cat urinary tract infection (UTI) or a blockage.
What Causes UTI'S in Cats
In some cases, cat urinary tract disease is caused by crystals or stones that form in the urine. These can irritate the lining of the urinary tract and partially or completely block the flow of urine.
Signs of a UTI
With both stones and urinary tract disease, urination may be painful. Some signs of a UTI include:
- Urinating outside the litter box.
- Crying when urinating.
- Straining in the litter box.
- Showing signs of anxiety, like pacing or hiding.
If you see these signs in your cat, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
We hope this information helps you get a better handle on your cat’s urinary tract problems.