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RE: kitten straining in litter box (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: meghane on 02.12.2011 at 12:03 pm in Pets Forum

Most cats don't get UTIs but sterile cystitis instead. It causes the same type of irritation of the bladder as you'd expect with a UTI but there is no bacteria so antibiotics are useless. The concerns are 1) the cats seem uncomfortable with the bladder inflammation and 2) they can get enough cells to clump together to cause a urinary blockage which is a life-threatening emergency.

I'd have ultrasounded the bladder to make sure there were not any stones or debris. Diet can be helpful in managing stones or excessive crystals, so it would be nice to know if that was the problem. The culture will most likely be negative but I've been surprised upon rare occasion. If negative I would definitely take a quick US look at bladder to make sure nothing is wrong and then manage her for sterile cystitis.


clipped on: 02.13.2011 at 11:03 pm    last updated on: 02.13.2011 at 11:09 pm