Commonly we hear from clients that their cat is peeing outside the litter box. Many owners think this is a normal behaviour for cats, or the cat is mad, spiteful or stupid. This can go on for years before it is mentioned to us, or addressed! Urinary concerns in cats often have a combination of factors that are contributing to the issue. We strongly recommend contacting us as soon as your cat starts inappropriately urinating around the house.
- Bladder infections
- Inflammation of the bladder
- Crystals and bladder stones
- Litter box aversion
What you might see:
- Urinating in inappropriate places
- Blood in the urine
- Small amounts of urine in the litter box
- Frequent visits to the litter box
- Excessive grooming of genital area
- Spraying (urinating on vertical surfaces)
If you notice any of these symptoms please call the clinic. Left untreated, some cats will get an obstruction which is an emergency and requires immediate treatment.
What to expect at your appointment:
- The doctor will get a complete history. This will include the duration, frequency an
- d location of elimination, recent changes to the household, number of litter boxes, litter box type, type of litter used, number of cats and other pets or children in the house
- A physical exam
- Urine collection and evaluation
- Other diagnostics such as (blood work, x-rays) if they are warranted
With this information our veterinarians will be able to evaluate the situation and prescribe the needed medications, household changes and behaviour modification techniques required to resolve the problem. Any questions please contact the clinic!