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8 Things You Should Know About Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
By Jane A Kelley

So, your cat just peed all over the carpet. You may think she’s being naughty or trying to tell you that she’s “pissed off” about something, but you’d be wrong. The odds are good that the reason she did it is because she’s suffering from feline lower urinary tract disorder, or FLUTD. But what is FLUTD, and what can you do about it?


1. FLUTD is a term that describes several problems

Urinary tract symptoms could result from crystals or stones, a urinary tract infection, trauma, a tumor, a congenital abnormality, an obstruction, or idiopathic cystitis. There’s no way to know why a cat is having urinary symptoms without a visit to the vet.


2. The most frustrating of these problems is feline idiopathic cystitis


“Idiopathic” means the cause of the problem is unknown. Urinalysis may not reveal any infection or stones, but the cat is clearly suffering. Some vets believe stress is a trigger for FIC episodes, so it’s important to minimize the stress experienced by a FLUTD-prone cat.
A urinalysis is a critical first step in diagnosing and treating urinary tract problems.


3. Some of the symptoms can be hard to associate with FLUTD


Most of us know to look for symptoms like running back and forth to the litter box, genital licking, blood in the urine, and straining to urinate. However, cats with urinary issues can engage in inappropriate urination -- peeing over drains is fairly common, presumably because the cool air coming from the drain may be comforting -- “barbering” of the fur on the lower abdomen, and even incontinence.


4. If you do no other diagnostic tests, at least have the vet do a urinalysis

The only way you and your vet can know for sure if your cat has a urinary tract infection or a different problem is by examining a urine sample. Just by looking at your cat’s urine to see if it’s cloudy or has blood and mucus in it, your vet will be able to tell a lot. If your vet does find bacteria in your cat’s urine, she may recommend a culture and sensitivity test to find out which antibiotics will kill the bacteria, something important to know because many bacteria are becoming antibiotic-resistant.

This cat has crystals and stones blocking his bladder, so he's being catheterized to get the urine out and flush the bladder to get rid of any other stones and crystals.


5. Most young cats don’t actually have infections


Vets may prescribe antibiotics for a cat with FLUTD, but research has revealed that the vast majority of young-adult to middle-age cats do not actually have bacteria in their urine.


6. On the other hand, most old cats do have infections

Senior and geriatric cats are much more prone to infections. Illnesses like diabetes and kidney disease cause the urine to be more watery than usual, which means its natural germ-fighting qualities don’t work as well. Bacteria that travel from the outside of the body up the urethra and into the bladder have a nice, warm place to reproduce like crazy.
The cone of shame is a small price to pay for not being in pain anymore.


7. FLUTD episodes warrant a same-day vet visit

Urinary tract problems can become very serious, very quickly, especially in male cats. Males have longer, narrower urethras than females and as a result could experience a potentially fatal complete blockage. If a male cat is having urinary symptoms, take him to the vet right away, even if that means a midnight trip to the emergency clinic.


8. Prevention is the best cure

Keep the risk of urinary tract problems low by providing plenty of fresh, clean filtered water. Since cats have a very low thirst drive, add some canned food to your cat’s diet. Litter boxes should be cleaned regularly in order to stop bacteria from building up and to prevent the cat from avoiding the box because it’s dirty. I also recommend having multiple litter boxes in different rooms so that cat territory conflicts don’t cause stress.


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The following is a relatively short yet very heartening list of those who have contributed in support of the Infinite Cat Project over the years. In lieu of listing the names in any intelligent way I decided to post them alphabetically. It's not a perfect system, as those of you of Polish descent get the shaft again <grin> but at least it helps me keep the names straight.

In case you're wondering, names in white indicate donations of $5 or less, while green notates donations in excess of $10. The single listing in orange is for a very exceptional cat lover who recently earned the prestigious "Quadruple Kittyhead" for her generous and continuing support. (You know who you are and I want to have your children.)

M. Adam, S. Adams, L. Aimone, S. Almaguer, G. Ancell, M. Axtell, A. Bachman, D. Baker, O. Balaban, K. Berenson, H. Bielefeldt, T. Blassingame, P. Blassingame, A. Bolt, R. Bruner, J. Bullas, A. Chiang, M. Cogen, D. Conlin, B. Coren, M. Cracauer, D.Davis, M. Dawson, J. Delton, T. Devrick, J. Diamond, T. Dixon, C. Dofer, E. Dorfman, B. Dutton, E. Fitzpatrick, B. Fonteboa, E. Foss, B. Friesner, G. Garcia, M. Gordon, A. Greeley, A. Gunn, J. Hamblen, B. Harper, J. Hays, T. Henry, D. Herbert, A. Hertz, M. Hester, A. Hilbert, K. Hildebrandt, A. Hoger, P. Houser, V. Huston, , J. Ikeda, B. Jones, S. Jowett, P. Keachie, M. Knight, R. Kunz, D. Lawley, W. Lee, M. Lufkin, C. Lewis, K. MacKenzie, M. Mcgann, J. McGinnis, M. Mckercher, S. Melhuish, T. Miles, D. Morse-Kahn, A. Neduha, A. Nelson, L. Nevins, C. O'Brien, A. Ocean, www.oldamericancentury.org, K. Orman, K. Otto, Pinky & Bunny, R. Owens, J. Pavlov, R. Perry, C. Phillips, H. Pirani, C. Plant, R. Poletto, K. Pride, D. Rakowski, R. Redman, R. Riitala, M. Ryan, W. Ryngwelski,  D. Sanders, M. Schluter, H. Sherwood-Taylor, J. Sokel, S. Somero, M. Stabile, F. Street, J.P. Thompson, D. Thoms, G. Toland, C. Ullrich, J. van Luyt, A. Walls, J. Weisenfeld, K. Welles, B. Wilkinson, J. Williams.

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