This cat presented with a urinary obstruction. The cat was treated at the Cuyahoga Falls Veterinary Clinic who have given me express permission to use their photos on condition I link to their site. We hear a lot about bladder stones in cats and feline lower urinary tract disease. It is the most common disorder affecting the ‘lower urinary tract’ in cats.
The anatomy comprises the urinary bladder, bladder sphincters and urethra. Bladder stones are called ‘uroliths’. The most common types are struvite (magnesium phosphate) and calcium oxalate. Two important factors in the creation of struvite crystals are (a) urine with a high pH (alkaline) of over 6.8 and (b) high concentrations of magnesium in the urine. Female cats in the age range 1-2 years have more chance of developing struvite uroliths. More than 85% of urethral plugs are caused by struvite crystals.
This is what they look like:
This is almost invariably about kidney malfunction/failure…. “Cat drinking a lot of water?” is something that comes up as a query on the Internet. Other search terms are: “cat drinking too much water” and “cat excessive vocalizations and drinking”. Sometimes … please continue reading
by Colin Major (Sussex , England) Picture added by Michael (Admin). He is Angel. He suffers from kidney disease. He lives in Brazil. Photo by fofurasfelinas We have a female cat that has been spayed and it is about one … please continue reading