Emergency of a blocked cat

Is he making frequent trips to the litter box and not producing urine? Is he howling and licking his genitals? Is he laying on his side, not moving, listless, not eating, vomiting?

If the cat is a male, he is at risk for an especially life-threatening complication of this syndrome: the urinary blockage.DO NOT PUT OFF HAVING THE CAT CHECKED! If the blockage persists for longer than 24 hours,urinary toxins will have started to build up in the system.

Mucus, crystals and even tiny bladder stones can clump together to form an actual plug in the narrow male cat urethra. The opening is so small that it does not take a lot to completely or even partially obstruct urine flow. Only a few drops of urine are produced or sometimes no urine at all is produced.

It is hard to tell when a cat is actually blocked as the inflammation, urgency, and non-productive straining also accompany cystitis whether or not there is a blockage. The easiest way to tell is by actually feeling in the belly for the presence of a distended bladder. It is often the size of a peach and about as hard and firm as a peach if it there is an obstruction. (Normal bladders are usually soft like partly filled water balloons and non-obstructed inflamed bladders are usually very small or empty). Still, while this size and texture difference is obvious to the veterinarian, most pet owners are not able to feel for the bladder correctly. If there is any question about whether a male cat is blocked, he should be taken to the vet for evaluation as soon as possible.

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