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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) with Urinary Obstruction

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) describes a series of conditions relating to the bladder and urethra of cats. These conditions include:

Urethral obstruction is the most serious form of urinary tract disease and is more common in male cats due to the smaller diameter of their urethra.

Symptoms:

If an obstruction is present it can lead to vomiting, weakness, and marked lethargy. A complete blockage is considered a medical emergency because the body can no longer void toxins. This results in severe dehydration and life threatening electrolyte changes.

Diagnosis:

Initial suspicion of lower urinary tract disease is based on symptoms (straining in the litter box, frequent urination, blood in the urine, etc) and further testing is recommended to identify the underlying cause. Testing usually includes a urinalysis (sometimes with bacterial culture), bloodwork, radiographs (x-rays) and possible abdominal ultrasound.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Treatment:

Treatment depends on the condition associated with the lower urinary tract disease.

At Home Management:

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Management includes treating the underlying cause, controlling any pain/discomfort and minimizing stress. The following are tips that may be help prevent recurrent episodes of lower urinary tract disease:

Further information about minimizing stress can be found following this link:
https://indoorpet.osu.edu/cats/basic-indoor-cat-needs

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