My cat can not urinate – Causes

The dysuria or difficulty in urination is a symptom that may indicate a serious or very serious condition to the cat owner. The difficulty to urinate is usually accompanied by a decrease in the volume of urine excreted or the total absence of urine (enuresis). Both are real emergency situations because the kidney filtration function for when the urine is not expelled.Kidneys that do not work represent a kidney failure, a situation that can actually compromise the cat’s life. Thus, to the slightest suspicion of dysuria or enuresis, it is necessary to take the cat to the veterinarian.

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In this article by YourCatCareguide we will explain to you as much as to identify the dysuria as the causes that can cause a cat to not be able to urinate . Keep reading and be informed to be able to describe to the veterinarian each of the symptoms that your feline presents.

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How is dysuria identified in cats?

It is not easy to know if the cat urinated too much or too little, because the amount of urine produced is never directly measured. Therefore, it is necessary that the owner is very attentive to any change in the cat’s urination behavior. The details to take into account to detect dysuria or enuresis are:

  • If the cat is more than normal to the litter box.
  • If the time that the cat is in the litter box increases, as well as the meows, which are due to the pain it feels when urinating.
  • If the sand does not get stained as quickly as before. Abnormal staining in the sand (hematuria, ie, bloody color) may also be seen.
  • If the cat starts urinating out of the litter box, but the urination position is crouched (it is not marking territory). This is because the cat associates pain with the litter box.
  • If you start to have the back stained, as if the animal spends more time in the litter box, it becomes more susceptible to tarnish. In addition, it may begin to be observed that the cleaning behavior of the cat is less.

What causes dysuria?

The difficulty to urinate in cats is associated with conditions of the lower urinary tract , mainly:

  • Urinary calculations . They may be formed by different minerals, although in the cat very often the crystals of struvite (phosphate magnesium ammonia). Although the cause can be varied, it is associated with a poor water intake, a food with little water in its composition, a high content of magnesium in the diet and alkaline urine.
  • Urinary infections . Infectious cystitis and urethritis usually cause inflammation and a narrowing in the urinary tract, causing difficulty in urinating in the feline.
  • External or internal masses that press the bladder and urethra. Tumors in both females and males, or inflammation of the prostate (uncommon in cats).
  • Inflammation of the penis in the cat . Due mainly to the presence of hairs that curl around them.
  • Traumatic . There may be a rupture of the urinary bladder. Urine continues to be produced, but is not expelled to the outside. It is a very dangerous situation for the cat, because it suffers the risk of acute peritonitis by the presence of urine in the abdominal cavity.

What should be done?

The owner must be aware that an aneurysm is a potential death situation of the animal in 48-72 hours, as it causes acute renal failure and can enter uremic coma in a short time, as a result of the accumulation of toxins in the body. The longer the time elapses between the onset of dysuria or anuresis and consultation with the veterinarian , the worse the prognosis for the animal. Therefore, rather than identifying the fact that the cat can not urinate, you should go to the specialist to be examined and determine both the cause and the treatment.

If your cat, besides not being able to urinate, also can not defecate, read our article on what to do if the cat can not defecate .

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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