Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is one of the most common
condition seen in cats. It can quickly turn into a
life-or-death situation for your cat, especially if there’s a
blockage caused by crystals or stones. When there is a total
blockage, death can occur within 72 hours if left untreated.
So what is FLUTD?
Feline LUTD is a term used to describe a collection of
conditions that can affect the bladder/urethra. There are many
possible causes, and cats usually show signs of difficulty and
pain when urinating. Affected cats tend to lick their genital
area excessively, and sometimes urinate outside of their litter
The condition can be seen in cats of any age,
but it is frequently seen in middle-aged over-weight cats, which
get little exercise, use an indoor litter box with restricted/no
access outside and eat a dry diet. Environmental or stress
factors can also increase risk for LUTD – such as interactions
with owners, multi-cat households & changes in routine.
What can you do to prevent FLUTD?
Feed small meals on a regular basis
Provide clean & fresh water
at all times
If using indoor litter boxes,
make sure you provide enough (usually one more than the number of cats in the household)
Keep litter boxes in quiet,
safe areas of the house
Keep litter boxes clean
Minimize major changes in
If your cat has previously had formed blockages, feed a
diet which promotes acidic urine (this may be a prescribed medicated diet, although many
commercial diets also meet this criteria - talk with your local vet).
Treatment includes catheterizing to drain the bladder,
medication to dissolve stones or blockages, and in severe or
recurring cases surgery.
If you think your kitty has any
signs of FLUTD, don’t wait around... talk to your vet today!
(This information should not replace the advice of your vet)
Does your cat ever strain to urinate? Our friends at
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Tobasco Hammarsal is a cuddly 6yr old neutered ginger
moggy – who one late night was straining to urinate.
His owners noticed and were worried, doing the right
thing they immediately took him to their local emergency
It wasn’t good news – the vet quickly examined Tobasco
and determined he had a blocked bladder (FLUTD) and
needed immediate surgery. Lucky for Tobasco his owners
discovered him straining, as the vet said that if they
had not taken him to the emergency vet right away, he
would have been dead in less than 24 hours. Poor
Tobasco was in hospital for well over a week.
The condition he had is deadly, but if caught in time,
is totally curable. He is now on a special diet and
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