Just like humans, cats can develop urinary tract problems that prevent the bladder from emptying or even block the urethra (the tube that connects the bladder to the outside of the body). Veterinarians often refer to this problem as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), which can have several symptoms such as bloody urine, loss of bladder control or an inability to urinate, as well as several root causes such as cancer, urinary blockages, bladder stones or infection. Any of these problems can be life threatening if not treated, and you should always consult with a vet as soon as possible.
Male cats, especially those over 4 year old, are more prone to FLUTD, as their urethra is generally narrower. Kittens are rarely diagnosed with FLUTD. If you notice your cat excessively licking the urinary opening, avoiding the litter box or straining/prolonged swatting in the litter box, you should consult your veterinarian immediately.
Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment of FLUTD may require surgery. However often a simple change in food and water intake can go a long way in both healing and prevention of future infections. Many vets recommend that an increase in water intake helps keep the urinary tract healthy. Not only does canned food provide more moisture for feline digestive systems, but it also more closely matches a cat’s natural carnivorous diet. Often too much dry food can lead to water depletion and potential urinary tract infections. For cats susceptible to urinary tract infections, we recommend Evanger’s Holistic Pheasant Dinners. If you don't want to do a completely canned food diet, Evanger's Grain Free Game Meats are a GREAT moist addition to any dry food diet - these are just pure meat cans that will add moisture and nutrition to your cat's diet Nothing But Natural Freeze Dried Beef Tripe treats. For a comprehensive list of recommended products, check out our Problems and Solutions guide on our website.
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