One of the most frustrating things for a pet owner is when your cat starts to urinate outside of his litter box, sometimes leaving little drops here and there and sometimes ruining that great pairs of shoes you were going to wear for a big event.
Did you know this could be an emergency? Cats, especially males, with irritated bladders can become unable to pee very quickly. This is an excruciatingly painful condition that can lead to death very quickly as the cat’s kidneys become unable to function. Caught early, management is relatively simple and usually a few lifestyle changes will help prevent recurrence. Left to fester, saving your cat’s life can be complicated and much more expensive.
Should you see your cat straining, urinating outside of his litter box, blood in his urine or excessive licking of the penis or vulva, please see your veterinarian rapidly.