My cat just recently began urinating outside of the litterbox. Nothing stressful going on in the home. Wondering if she may have a UTI. She is a "fraidy cat" so she hides when strangers come over and sleeps on the couch at night. I am not able to drive due to a seizure disorder so looking to find out if there is anyway I can tell if she has one myself or anything I can give her at home until I get her into the vet later this week? She is still being lovey dovey with me. Doesn't seem to be in pain. Just odd that she is urinating outside of the box. I clean it twice a day. Thanks in advance for your help and advice!
The following signs may indicate that your cat is having trouble with his urinary tract:
Inability to urinate or only passing a small amount of urine
Bloody or cloudy urine
Loss of bladder control, dribbling urine
Increased frequency of urination or visits to the litter box
Straining and/or crying out in pain when trying to pass urine
Prolonged squatting in litter box
Fear/avoidance of litter box and soiling in inappropriate places
Constant licking of urinary opening
Strong odor of ammonia in urine
Increased water consumption
Hard, distended abdomen
What Should I Do If I Think My Cat Has Lower Urinary Tract Problems?
Please see your veterinarian for immediate medical attention, especially if your cat is straining to urinate or crying out in pain. This could be a medical emergency!
How Are Lower Urinary Tract Problems Diagnosed?
To diagnose a lower urinary tract problem, your vet should conduct a complete physical exam, a urinalysis and possibly urine culture, blood work, radiographs or ultrasound.
How Are Lower Urinary Tract Problems Treated?
Because feline urinary problems are so varied and potentially serious in nature, your first step is to get immediate veterinary care. Depending on your cat’s prognosis, one of the following may be recommended:
Antibiotics or other medications
Increase in water intake
Expelling of small stones through urethra
Surgery to either remove bladder stones or tumor, or to correct congenital abnormality
Urinary catheter or surgery to remove urethral blockage in male cats
I had a cat with FUS (feline urinary syndrome), the way we first discovered this was that she was also urinating outside the litter box.
I took her to the vet, who put her on some tablets which stopped the symptoms and she stopped urinating outside her litter box.
The Ash content in canned or dry cat food is very VERY important. Check all labels and buy only the lowest of ash content in any food for your cat. That is what began my cat's urinary problems, all that ash!
Best to you and kitty,
Hi, first let me ask you the simple question: have you changed the cat litter that you use or the cleaning solution? These simple things can cause a cat to shun the litter box. Other than this, Masso has given you fantastic advice, so follow his directions... the main thing that will show you she has a UTI, is straining to urinate with no response, having a bloated abdomen, crying when trying to urinate and generally feeling tender/painful around her abdomen/stomach area. UTI's can be very dangerous and sometimes emergency situations. Considering she is showing none of the signs other than urinating outside the box, you should be OK to wait a few days. But if she displays any of the above symptoms, she needs to visit the vet asap. Hoping she is well
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