A Medical Condition No Cat Owner Wants for Their Cats!
18 November, 2015
As cat owners, we want are cats to be happy, healthy and eat well. And, of course, we do our best to feed them good healthy food and take them to our veterinarians for their annual physical. But, even with our best effort, our cats can encounter a painful condition where they have crystals in their urine or for those who want the medical term, Crystillaria.
What are Urine Crystals?
Sometimes crystals will form in the bladder of cats. While these crystals are microscopic, they have very sharp edges which rub on and cause irritation to the walls of the bladder. This leads to inflammation, irritation, and often blood in the urine. Affected cats will show the typical signs of cystitis–frequent urination with little passed, often with blood and causing them pain.
Is your kitty having trouble urinating?
One of the most common signs of urine crystals is when your kitty approaches the litter box and just sits there and doesn’t release much or any urine. They try to relieve that irritation by urinating frequently or often outside the litterbox. Because they urinate so frequently, the bladder remains almost empty. Therefore the cat urinates only a few drops at a time or sometimes not at all, which can be painful for your kitty (and you to watch).
If you think your cat has crystals, take him to the vet immediately
If any cat has signs of crystals, he or she should be examined by a veterinarian immediately to stop it from becoming a bigger issue. Your vet will withdraw urine from your kitty and conduct a urinalysis. They usually check to see if there is bacterial, crystals, blood cells and other substances in the urine as well as measuring the concentration and pH of the urine. All this information gives the doctor clues as to the underlying cause of the cat’s problem.
If your cat does have urine crystals, what happens next?
If your cat does have urine crystals, your vet will usually recommend treatment that sometimes will include antibiotics, a specific type of cat food (always wet) and will try to help you find ways to get your kitties to drink more water.