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Your Cat May Need Veterinary Attention Now!

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Do you know the signs that your cat needs emergency vet service? If not, it pays to learn them so that you can respond quickly and appropriately.

One of the signs you should never ignore is abnormal urination. This can be a sign of some serious illnesses, so if your cat suddenly has a change in toilet habits, seek professional attention immediately.

Abnormal Urination in Cats


Abnormal urination in cats can be caused by a variety of illnesses and conditions. In some cases, cats are simply upset at a change in routine or have eaten or drunk something that does not agree with them. However, in some cases, a change in urine habits could signal urinary obstruction, a potentially life-threatening condition. So, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and have your cat examined by a veterinarian.

One of the first signs that most cat owners notice in urinary obstruction is an increase in the frequency of litter box trips. However, it can be difficult at this point to determine if the increase is due to urinary obstruction, constipation or some other cause. Here are some signs to look for that can help you confirm the possibility of urinary obstruction. If these signs are present, take your cat to an emergency veterinarian immediately:

  • Straining to urinate. It may be difficult to tell if the cat is straining to urinate or defecate, so watch carefully to see if there is any urine in the pan.
  • Urinating outside the litter box. This can actually be a sign of obstruction, since the cat may associate the litter box with pain when trying to urinate, or the urge to urinate may come on suddenly and the cat may not have time to get to the pan.
  • Producing small quantities of urine. If the cat makes frequent trips to the litter box but only produces very small quantities of urine, this should considered a sign of possible urinary obstruction.
  • Vocalization. Many cats will yowl or make other noises in pain when they try to urinate if they have an obstruction.
  • Excessive grooming. Some cats will excessively groom their genitals due to pain.
  • Lack of appetite. Sick cats usually will not eat, so combined with other symptoms, this can be a sign that your cat is in pain.
  • Vomiting. Sometimes obstructions can lead to vomiting in cats.
  • Dark or blood-streaked urine. If you notice dark or bloody urine, it is important to take your cat to the vet immediately.


Left untreated, urinary obstruction can lead to agonizing pain, kidney failure, bladder rupture and cardiac arrest. Male cats are most likely to suffer urinary obstruction, although females can suffer from this condition as well.

If your cat shows any signs of urinary obstruction, seek the help of a vet immediately. If your vet is not available, be sure to contact Crossroads Animal Emergency for immediate service.

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