Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease is a common condition I find prevalent amongst the cats I see in Los Angeles as it affects around 1-3% of pet cats each year. Cats of any age, breed and gender may be affected by it because there are so many related causes, but it is most common amongst cats that are middle-aged, neutered, over-weight, as well as cats that don’t exercise, go outdoors, and that eat mostly dry food. The average age for cats suffering from this condition is four years and is rarely diagnosed in cats younger than one year. It is more common in male cats because they have narrower urethras.
FLUTD is not a specific disease, but instead refers to a series of conditions that block cats’ ability to urinate. The following symptoms may indicate that your cat is having urinary trouble:
- They are unable to urinate or are only urinating a small amount
- Their urine is bloody
- Their urine is dribbling out sporadically
- They visit the litter box more often
- They cry when they urinate
- They squat longer in the litter box
- They avoid the litter box
- They are constantly licking their urinary opening
- They drink more water
- Their abdomen is hard and distended
If your cat is suffering from any of these conditions, I advise you to see a veterinarian right away. Their are many veterinary practices available in Los Angeles and some of the best are specialty clinics. I own and operate a mobile veterinary service for cats out of Los Angeles, California and have been in practice for over 30 years. I make myself available to anyone in the area looking for a boutique veterinary service for their cat. My former clinic, Westside Hospital for Cats, was mentioned in LA Weekly to have the best vets in Los Angeles for cat owners (see link below).
If your cats urinary problems go untreated, it can cause partial or complete obstruction of the urethra and prevent the cat from urinating. It can very quickly lead to kidney failure and/or rupture of the bladder and should be treated as a medical emergency as it can be fatal if not relieved right away.
Dr. Elyse Kent DVM is the primary veterinarian and founder of Elite Cat Care in West Los Angeles.
LA Weekly Article: http://www.laweekly.com/best-of/2008/shopping-and-services/best-vet-for-crazy-cat-ladies-2201925