How to Tell if Your Cat Has a Bladder Infection

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Cats are prone to getting bladder infections, and signs of such infections include a litter box with small amounts of urine, as well as a cat sitting in a litter box for long periods of time. Learn about cats drinking excessive amounts of water with help from a veterinarian in this free video on cat bladder infections.

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I'm Dr. Jace King, and this is Austin Zimmerman, and we're here with the Washington Family Veterinary Clinic. Today, we're going to be talking a little bit about how to, signs to look for if your cat has a bladder infection. Cats are really common to get bladder infection, especially male cats that have been neutered. And so, a few signs that you want to look for when you, if you might think that your cat does have a bladder infection is, is first of all, to check the litter box. If the litter box is dry, or you see a very small amount of urine in the litter box, that's when you're going to start to, start to think if my cat is either not going to the bathroom in the litter box or is the cat is urinating somewhere else in the house, or can the cat urinate? The most common, the most common thing that we see with cats that have a urinary problem is the cat going to the litter box and actually sitting in the litter box for long periods of time. So, as they go, they go in and they sit and they sit and they sit and they sit, and they can't go. They don't have any urination come out. So, they'll sit and they'll, they will never have anything happen. So, that's one thing to watch for, is your cat going to the litter box but not producing any urine. The other thing we see a lot of is the cat going to the water dish a lot and actually drinking lots of water. So, they'll drink lots of water. What they're trying to do is, it's a self-mechanism to try to flush out their bladder. So, as they go, they drink and they try to flush out that bladder to try to help them get rid of their own bladder infections. One other thing to look for, that you can actually feel for on the cat itself, is actually to feel in the abdomen, in the caudal, or the most back part of the abdomen. You will actually be able to feel in here, and if you feel a very large soft ball, or orange size or really hard balloon or ball in the abdomen, back here in, in the very back into the abdomen and the cat cries in pain when you actually feel it, then you know that your cat's probably got a urinary problem. If you're feeling the abdomen, and you feel that big ball and the cat actually makes some noise and cries in pain, you know your cat's probably got a urinary problem. These are some very key points when looking for a cat with a urinary tract infection, because cats generally will get, if they have a urinary problem, it can actually back up and it can hurt their kidneys. So, it's very important to look for some of these signs in case you, you're assuming that your cat may have a bladder infection because of the damage that it can cause to the kidneys and other, other parts of the body. So, those are some things that you can look for.

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