Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, or FLUTD, is a group of diseases that affect both the bladder and the urethra in cats. The disease is sometimes caused by urinary stones or crystals, and it’s more common than you might think. Thanks to Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets, you will learn : how to identify if your cat has the risk factors, as well as how to recognize the symptoms which are sometimes dismissed by owners as common litter box problems.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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When I was first contacted by my friends at Purina asking if I would be interested in the opportunity to share important information about FLUTD with my readers, my first thought went to my Angel Bobo. Bobo DID suffer from having SIX kidney stones (ALL AT ONE TIME! He takes after his Mama), when he was about sixteen years old. I found out he had them after he had been throwing up white foam numerous times during the day. I asked my friends at Purina if the kidney stones that Bobo had were related to FLUTD.
I was provided with some interesting information from Purina Veterinarian Dr. Grace
Long, and learned that Urinary stones is a broader term and would encompass both kidney stones (stones actually in the kidneys) and bladder stones (stones in the urinary bladder).
Per Dr.Grace Long, Purina Veterinarian, Stones are just one form of FLUTD.
What is FLUTD?
FLUTD Risk Factors
Age, gender and physical activity can help indicate whether or not your cat is at a higher risk for developing FLUTD.
· Gender: Both male and female cats can experience urinary tract disorders, but since male cats have longer and narrower urethras, their urinary tracts are more likely to be obstructed by crystals and mucous.
· Breed: Urinary problems are more common in certain breeds, such as Persians, where there is a lower incidence in Siamese.
· Age: Young adult cats between the ages of 2 and 6 years are more likely to have lower urinary tract disorders, but cats of any age are susceptible.
· Activity Level: indoor cats seem to be more susceptible to lower urinary tract disorders. This may be because confinement reduces physical activities, which in turn may reduce the amount of water consumed and frequency of urination, allowing crystals to form in the urine.
· Diet: high levels of ash and magnesium in the diet were once through to cause crystals.
However, more recent work indicates that urine pH and concentration are more important factors in the development of FLUTD. Increasing water intake is highly recommended to help reduce the risk of FLUTD.
How to Recognize the Symptoms
You will likely notice a change in your cat’s appearance or behavior if he or she is experiencing FLUTD. Look for common signs, such as:
· Makes frequent trips to the litter box
· Cries when urinating
· Urinates outside the litter box
· Licks genital area excessively
· Strains to urinate, with little success
· Displays signs of anxiety, such as pacing or hiding
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