It helps to know a bit about some of the common illnesses a cat may have while waiting for your appointment with a veterinarian. Knowing some background should help cat owners be prepared for the truth about their feline friend’s health and possibly prevent it from worsening. In the world of cats, FLUTD, or collectively conditions affecting the urinary bladder, is one of the most difficult diseases your cat may get.
Feline lower urinary tract disease or FLUTD is a range of diseases that can be categorized from mild to serious. FLUTD is usually caused by other infections, diet, behavioral problems and inflammation.
What to look for in FLUTD?
There are a few common signs of FLUTD that should help cat owners suspect if their cat has the disease. If any of the following signs are observed, it’s best to consult your veterinarian right away.
- Frequent urination
If you notice your cat urinating more than usual, or if you’ve observed that he has little to no urine at all, it’s likely that he has the disease.
- Pain when urinating
Cats can be more irritable than usual when they feel discomfort. Licking its genitalia more often is a sign that your cat may be trying to soothe the pain in that area.
- Bloody urine
A blood-tinged urine in cats is a cause for concern.
- Loss of appetite
If your cat is not enjoying its usual meal or treat, he or she may be trying to tell you that something’s not right.
- Peeing outside the litter box
Although this is not necessarily a medical problem, a cat peeing outside its litter box could mean that it has FLUTD, if all the other symptoms are present.
Which cats are more vulnerable to FLUTD?
About one to three percent of cats are affected by FLUTD every year, according to icatcare.org. Since FLUTD is caused by different factors, cats of any breed, gender or age are at risk for developing the disease.
Generally, though, cats that are middle-aged, neutered, overweight or get a little amount of exercise, purely indoors and eat mostly dry food are commonly at risk.
What to do about FLUTD?
The best management of FLUTD is provided by your veterinarian. Make sure your cat gets checked at the first sign of symptoms. Treatment usually depends on the underlying cause of the disease. Prevention also comes in handy and it can be done by making sure that your cat stays well hydrated. It is also encouraged that cats be fed wet food from time to time.
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