Understanding Feline Urinary Blockage
When you are extremely close to your pet, the last thing you want is for any complication to cut short the great moments you share. Unfortunately, there are many of these that you will have to deal with every other time. For male cats especially, feline urinary blockage is a huge reality. This uncomfortable condition is caused by some genetic disposition to developing elements that result in blockage, such as stones and mucus. In some cases, it is caused by a generally poor diet. The condition has been reported to recur in some male cats, which are then prescribed special foods by vets.
If there is anything that causes extreme pain to a cat, it has to be feline urinary blockage. The pain that comes with it is many times unbearable for most male felines. If not treated early enough by a well qualified veterinarian, the condition quickly becomes life threatening in just a few hours. With many toxins usually expelled with urine accumulating in the body, a complete system failure could be looming. This is why every time a cat experiences difficulty in urination, the condition has to be considered a medical emergency. This is regardless of the gender of the cat and whether or not the condition is feline urinary blockage.
A better understanding of this condition could reveal what a serious complication it is. It results from the lodging of mucus, crystals and kidney stones in the urethra. Since the function of the urethra is to expel urine from the bladder, the lodging traps urine within the body. Some of the symptoms of this condition include:
• Frequent trips to the litter box but very little urine being expelled.
• Absolutely no urine being expelled.
• The cat wailing or meowing in great pain.
• Illness which prevents the cat from standing. This occurs in the latter stages.
Your pet may also start vomiting or get a swollen belly, which is caused by a bladder that is dangerously full.
Are There Any Remedies?
Research has shown that feline urinary blockage occurs commonly during spring. This could be as a result of both a poor diet and a genetic predisposition to some blockage elements. By putting your cat on a high quality diet, you will significantly reduce the chances of developing such complications. There are some special foods that are prescribed specifically for male dogs, which are more susceptible to feline urinary blockage.
When prevention fails to yield result, the last resort is the counsel of your veterinarian. Once the condition is diagnosed, this specialist will try to get rid of the obstruction. A catheter is placed inside the urethra and the region flushed using a sterile solution. The solution will then dislodge any blockage that is present in the urethra. The catheter can be sewn in position for a few more days for the condition to subside. However, when the situation recurs, a surgery known as perineal urethrostomy, or simply PU, is recommended. It involves a full reconstruction of the penis to create a larger urethra opening.