"The Ranger" > wrote in message
> Phil P. > wrote in message
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> > "The Ranger" > wrote in message
> > > > As I said, the only warning, before the situation becomes
> > > > critical, is straining to urinate. Have you ever had a cat
> > > > that developed a urinary tract obstruction?
> There seems to be some professionals that disagree with you, Phil,
> on warning signs.
I don't see any disagreements-- even though you're using outdated and
> "Feline lower urinary tract disease, or FLUTD, is the term that
> describes the following group of clinical signs:
> * bloody urine
> * straining to urinate (can easily be mistaken for straining to
> * urinating in unusual places
> * urinary blockage (almost exclusively a male cat problem)
> * licking the urinary opening (usually due to pain)"
FLUTD and FUS are general outdated terms that usually apply to Feline
Interstitial Cystits. Urolithiasis, Urinary Tract Obstruction or Urethral
Obstruction are the specific terms used to distinguish an UTO from FIC. The
clinical signs of "FLUTD/FUS and FIC and UTO are almost identical.
> From wikipedia:
> "Symptoms of the disease include prolonged squatting and straining
> during attempts to urinate, frequent trips to the litterbox or a
> reluctance to leave the area, small amounts of urine voided in each
> attempt, blood in the urine, howling, crying, or other
These are symptoms of Feline Interstitial Cystits, formerly known as FUS and
FLUTD. The symptoms FIC and UTO are almost identical- except for the
obstruction. Google my old posts on Feline Interstitial Cystits to learn how
FIC produces the same symptoms as a UTO- but without the obstruction.
Male cats may suffer complete blockage of the
> urethra, leading to painful bladder distension as the organ fills
> with urine. Kidney failure and uremia will follow within hours. A
> male cat may protrude its penis. The cat may seek seclusion, stop
> eating and drinking, begin to vomit, and become lethargic and
> eventually comatose as toxins accumulate in the bloodstream. This is
> a veterinary emergency which will lead to death if not treated."
Yes! Abostively! I agree completely. These are all symptoms that develop
*later* in the course of the disease.
> > > Yes; twice. _Both_ times the one broke his routines and
> > > his urge to urinate was predominent. It was a stressful time
> > > but he managed to overcome the problems.
> > >
> > He managed to overcome the problems-- twice?? Amazing cat.
> My Boy yowled and squatted to pee in every place _but_ the box both
> times we had to treat him for this disease. During the first
> incident, he hid (in our walkin closet behind boxes) and was more
> lethargic than I knew was normal. I lifted him from the floor of my
> closet for the trip to our vet; I knew his stomach area was too hard
> but didn't know it was a telling sign. When I touched it, his
> lethargy dissolved into a Hellion's spit and claw; something that
> had NEVER happened with him prior.
> It's not a silent killer that comes upon an unaware owner...
Zoom! Your completely missing the point. All the symptoms you've mentioned
occur *later* in the course of the condition- *after* the obstruction is
well established and urine and uremic toxins begin to accumulate and the
bladder becomes overdistended.
The *early* warning signs begin with difficulty urinating and passing small
amounts of urine-- the *early* symptoms you can't see with a covered litter
box. That's my point. *Early* detection and intervention are *crucial* in
preventing irreversible destruction of the kidneys, bladder and urethra.
> He was six with the first occurance and had a relapse when he was
And you're probably still using a covered litter box... I hope you have at
least the sense to feed him a canned diet. If he reblocked, his urethra may
have permanent damage- from the obstruction itself or from catherization.
So, you should monitor his litter box behavior *very* closely for *early*
warning signs and not wait until he develops overt symptoms.