Internet surfers also search using similar terms such as:
- Why do male cats get blocked
- Why do male cats get crystals
Although crystals and a blockage are not strictly the same as an infection, blockages can result in infections. By “blocked bladders” I am assuming that cat owners are referring to a blockage in between the bladder and the exterior.
Sandy a regular visitor says:
“Since I started a FB page called CAT Advocate, I have people contacting me with questions. One common health issue in males is UTI. It’s unusual to have a male cat (fixed or not) that hasn’t suffered from UTI blockages.”
These contributions got me thinking. Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) encompasses feline UTIs (Urinary tract infections).
The anatomy of the male cat in the area of the lower urinary tract is different that of the female. The urethra – the tube which runs from the bladder to the exterior – is much narrower and longer in the male than the female.
“The anatomy of the male increases the likelihood of bladder obstruction” (Dr Debra Eldredge DVM et al)
It would seem that the added length and the narrowness of the male urethra makes is more susceptible to becoming blocked by a ‘plug’ of accumulated cells, crystals, debris and proteins or a small stone (a urolith) or a swelling of the urethra (due to an infection?).
This is the reason why males are more likely to have a urethral blockage which is one form of urinary tract disease.
Lower urinary tract problems are a major health concern of cat owners. There is a high rate (50-70%) of recurrence. FLUTD is also more common in older cats due to a mechanical problem or due to old age or inactivity.
A blocked urethra needs immediate veterinary care. I am not going to go over treatments of preventative actions. A vet can describe those.
However, I’d like to mention what Sandy said about preventative a treatment which I had never heard of before and neither have many vets. She said:
“A few years ago I was fortunate to speak with the owner of Vitality Science when my female cat had a UTI. He recommended UroCleanse, with D-Mannose to keep the urinary tract clear of bacteria. D-Mannose also helps people who experience frequent UTI. I sprinkle 1/4 tsp in each of my cat’s meals, as a preventative. I’ve mentioned it to vets, and none of them had heard of it. Not surprising!
Although it’s mainly a preventative, I’ve read that when used in larger quantities it has been used to treat UTI. But many times antibiotics are needed, so I wouldn’t rely on it as a treatment.”
I am putting this info out there. People can decide for themselves if they should act on it in consultation with their vet if she/he has heard about it.