My Cat Cant Urinate: What Can I Do?

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My Cat Cant Urinate: What Can I Do?

Did you know that on average 70% of veterinary emergencies that occur with cats are associated with kidney problems and lower urinary tract problems?

If you are wondering why my cat cannot urinate and what things you should do to remedy it, you are in the right place.

Feeding and stress are often the main reasons why a cat might have trouble urinating. This condition tends to be aggravated in neutered males, presenting more complex cases that must be treated in time.

We must be very attentive to the urinary disorders of our furry dogs, especially since in some cases the symptoms are almost imperceptible. Below you will know in-depth each of the causes why a cat cannot urinate and how to prevent them.

My cat urinates little and frequently 

This is one of the most common behaviors when we are in the presence of a possible cystitis or infection in the lower urinary tract. The urination problems of some cats can go from a more acute condition to a definitely more chronic situation, which should be addressed immediately by your veterinarian.

If your cat:

  • Meows or complains while in the litterbox.
  • Visits the litterbox several times a day, with a frequency that is not usual.
  • It licks its genitals insistently.
  • It begins to mess outside the sandbox, leaving small amounts of urine in various corners of the house.
  • Urine with blood.

You are in the presence of a urinary problem and you need the assistance of a professional. All these symptoms could be associated with cystitis, infection, or partial or total obstruction of the urethra due to the presence of stones in the urine.

Urinary disorders should be treated as soon as possible, as they affect the kidney health of your pet, they could cause the pet to lose appetite, weight loss, decay, and, in a short period of time, death

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Why can’t my cat urinate?

Let’s talk about the general causes, as well as the most common circumstances, why your cat could have a urination problem.

Bad Nutrition

You want to make sure to give your cat a quality supplement. Maintenance food lines usually have ingredients that in addition to causing obesity, favor the formation of stones which will cause urinary problems.

It occupies a line of premium or super premium food that not only takes care of their kidney health but also stimulates water consumption in your pet. A feline that drinks plenty of clean, freshwater is less likely to have urination problems!

Bladder stone problem 

This is another of the most common causes why your cat cannot urinate. Depending on the size of the stones and the severity of the problem, the obstruction could be partial, making urination difficult and causing burning or pain, or total.

Your cat could have stress problems 

A stressful condition or that keeps your gift anxious or nervous, will undoubtedly affect their habits, not only when occupying the litterbox, but also when eating or resting.

If your kitten has recently undergone a sudden change, such as a move, the arrival of a new pet at home, or the presence of a stranger, its behavior problems could be a consequence of this abnormality.

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Other causes that could lead to urinary disorders 

In addition to those already mentioned, your cat may have problems urinating due to a bacterial infection (which is usually very common in diabetic cats or those that already have a previous kidney condition), possible abnormalities or malformations in the urinary tract, and cystitis idiopathic, characterized among other things by the presence of blood in the urine.

You must be alert to any of these conditions because if they are not attended to in time they could be lethal.

Prevent urinary problems

Preventive medicine is the best option when it comes to taking care of your cat’s kidney health. Anticipate urinary problems by selecting the right diet for it at a young age.

If your pet has a kidney condition, do not hesitate to feed it special food formulas suited for such conditions.

Make sure your cat has fresh water 

It is normal for cats to be a bit reluctant to hydrate as often as necessary. Some kittens are quite fussy about the purity of the water, its freshness, as well as the container from which they drink it.

Some diets for cats are formulated to force the pet to drink frequently. You can also help make drinking water a pleasure for your cat, always offering clean, fresh, and preferably drinkable water.

Monitor the hygiene of the litterbox 

Keeping your cat’s litter tray in optimal condition will help it to go to it frequently, without causing discomfort or stress.

Believe it or not, the place in the house where you place the litter box, the constant hygiene of the substrate or sand, as well as the possibility that your cat comes to it without feeling threatened or observed, are determining factors for the health and behavior of your pet.

Provide several servings of food per day 

Offering your cat small portions of food during the day is a very effective way to take care of its kidney health. It is not enough to choose a good supplement for the care of the urinary tract, eating in small portions helps the urine pH to remain stable and balanced.

Don’t forget to avoid stressful situations! 

Being alone for a long time, the arrival of a new pet at home, sudden changes in the environment … All these factors alter the tranquility of your cat, and believe it or not, situations of anxiety or stress can lead your pet to live an episode of idiopathic cystitis.

Watch every detail from the feeding and the care of your cat with attention and affection. In this way, you can be sure that you will keep your kidney health and any inconvenience that may affect it under control.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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