Autumn will begin showing its colors before too long, and with the change in season there is an increased risk of your cat becoming blocked. Yep, this time of year veterinarians tend to see a rise in cases of feline urethral obstruction, a potentially fatal condition which prevents cats from urinating.
Why the uptick of cases during the fall? It is possible that as the heat eases and temperatures cool, your cat may consume less water. While it is very difficult to prevent the condition, you can minimize the risks by making sure your cat always has access to plenty of fresh water and feeding him a wet diet, which will help keep the urine more dilute.
Though the condition is not necessarily exclusive to them, neutered male cats have a high risk of developing a urinary obstruction. If you notice your guy trying to go yet nothing happening, he may be ‘blocked,’ a condition that becomes increasingly painful and potentially life-threatening. The inability to urinate could cause the bladder to rupture, and the chemicals that are normally expelled through urination may actually build up in the bloodstream, resulting in what is essentially self-poisoning.
This condition is extremely painful, therefore your cat will probably vocalize excessively as he strains to urinate or if you touch his tender abdomen. The discomfort may cause him to be restless, to hide and eventually lose his appetite and become lethargic. An obstruction can cause kidney failure in as little as 24 hours and potentially death within 48 hours.
If you suspect your cat might have a urinary obstruction, seek medical treatment for him right away. If your pet needs immediate care and your primary veterinarian is not available, Memphis Animal Emergency is here for you. We’ll provide the care your pet urgently needs until your regular veterinarian can continue the necessary treatment.