Have you ever heard of the disease urinary tract blockage, especially in cats? If you are a cat owner or even thinking about getting a cat, this is something that you need to know about. This is a potentially life threatening disease and it can strike at any time with little warning. It happens as the direct result of a urinary tract infection, which is a common disease in cats. If you fail to successfully treat the infection, this is something that can strike your cat. It happens even in cases of urinary tract infections with symptoms so subtle that you might not even notice them. There are typically five different stages of symptoms when it comes to urinary tract blockage. The symptoms can occur suddenly and the disease can prove deadly within a matter of a few days. If you start to notice that your cat is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it’s imperative that you get them to the vet immediately. If you wait in hopes that your cat will improve without medical care, you could very well be putting your cat’s life in jeopardy. You can read more about the five stages you should look out for below.
1. You cat behaves strangely
Most cats use their litter box normally without any issues. One of the first symptoms of urinary tract blockage involves odd behavior that centers around the litter box. You might notice your cat attempting to urinate more often than usual or you may see her go to the litter box repeatedly without actually urinating. Your cat might even cry and become agitated because of the pain. In some cases, you might notice your cat urinating all over the house, or at least making the attempt. You may also see the cat licking its genital area as if it’s significantly bothered by something.
2. Your cat is obviously in pain
This is why it’s so important to pay close attention to the behaviors of your cat. That way, you have a better chance of knowing when something seems amiss. Your cat may become aggressive or he may run away and hide. In all likelihood, your cat is going to resist being handled in any capacity. If you try to touch her belly, she will respond in pain. If you notice this, it’s time to get to the vet right away. You simply don’t have any time to lose.
3. You cat becomes lethargic
If, for some reason, you don’t manage to get your cat to the vet early on, the next thing you’re likely to notice is that he doesn’t have any desire to move. He isn’t likely to show any interest in much of anything, and it’s even less likely that he’ll have any desire to eat or drink. This is because dangerous toxins are being released into his system. If you fail to address things right away, your cat is in serious danger of dying. Remember, time is of the essence when it comes to this disease, so the longer you wait, the less likely it is that your cat can be successfully treated.
4. Your cat could collapse
This is when you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have a serious problem. This happens when your cat can no longer take everything that is going on inside his body. The toxins have gotten to the point that he can’t even stand up. This is probably because the toxins from the failing kidneys have entered the bloodstream, effectively interrupting every major system in the cat’s body. This can cause problems with the heartbeat, blood pressure, and virtually everything else. In all honesty, if you have failed to seek veterinary treatment by now, your cat is highly unlikely to survive, even if you do decide to take him to the vet as soon as he collapses.
5. Your cat doesn’t survive
As previously mentioned, this disease can kill very quickly. It’s not unlike a house of cards. Once the first symptoms begin to appear, you have very little time before more serious things happen. It really is critical that you get your cat to treatment during the first couple of stages of the disease. Otherwise, there may not be enough time to save him. Worse yet, you know he is suffering with each passing minute. The truth is, even with comprehensive veterinary treatment that occurs almost immediately, there is no guarantee that your cat will survive this disease. It can occur in cats both young and old and it can happen in cats that appear to be relatively healthy. If you notice any change in your cat’s behavior and you have any doubts whatsoever, the best thing you can do is get him to treatment right away.