Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. Cats

Urinary crystals in cats

See also

Felines can and do suffer from crystals. Crystals in the urinary system of felines are associated with FLUTD, feline urinary tract disease. FLUTD is more widespread in males than females. This can be a painful, expensive and long-term sickness to treat, but there are alternatives,

The feline strains to urinate or may not be able to pass water at all. He/she uses the litter box recurrently, but lack of output is obvious from the presence of tiny litter clumps or no clumps whatsoever. When the condition is left untreated for too long, a cat's kidneys will befall damage. There is a danger of bladder rupture, and the cat will vomit and then be too weak to stand.

The most frequent category of crystals formed in cats is struvite crystals, made from ammonium, magnesium, and phosphate. Less frequent are calcium oxalate crystals. Struvite crystals are alkaline; calcium oxalate and are acidic.

Appropriate diagnosis must be carried out by a veterinarian. Blood work and urine analysis can establish what kind of crystals the feline suffers from. Other means of diagnosis may include biopsies and ultrasounds.

A catheter is inserted to clear the urinary tract, and fluids are administered. The disease can often be controlled by special prescription food, be it alkaline or acidic dependent on crystal nature. The second alternative is surgery--perineal urethrostomy--the cat's penis is to a degree amputated to fashion a wider opening.

Clean water, a clean litter box and prevention of obesity in a cat are all sure ways to help prevent FLUTD. The kitty should also have a twice-yearly checkup

Advertisement

Life

  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Video
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Camera
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Video
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!