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Helping manage your cat’s
urinary tract health

How can you tell if your cat has
a urinary disorder?

  • Head slightly inclined
    downwards
  • Arched
    back
  • Hunched
    posture
  • Front legs & hind legs more vertical

Look out for the signs

  • Peeing in the house
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Crying whilst peeing

What is FLUTD?

cat
  • FIC
    (feline idiopathic cystitis)
  • Urethral
    plugs
  • Calcium
    oxalate stones
  • Struvite
    stones

Cat's bladder health affected by FLUTD

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is a general term for various infections, inflammatory diseases and other conditions affecting your pet’s urinary tract.

The most common type of FLUTD is Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC), a kind of sterile inflammation of the bladder wall. The precise cause is unknown, but FIC can be triggered by stressful situations.

FLUTD does include urinary tract infections but only seldom. If you see blood in your cat's urine, it is most probably a sign of FIC, bladder stones or a urethral plug — not an infection. In dogs, blood in the urine often is a sign of an infection, but this is rarely the case in young till middle aged cats.

Sometimes FLUTD is caused by bladder stones. Struvite and calcium oxalate stones are common stone types.

Struvite crystals in your cat’s urine can combine with mucous and form a urethral plug. The urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder and out of the body.

If your cat is not peeing freely, a urinary blockage may be the cause. Contact your vet immediately as this condition is urgent and could be fatal if not treated.

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Common FLUTD risk factors

Stress

Stress

Stress may play a major role in FIC, the most common type of FLUTD. Learn how to relieve your cat’s stress.

Certain food

Certain food

Some cat foods may be high in certain minerals, which may cause bladder stones to form.

Excess weight

Excess weight

Overweight cats are also more likely to suffer from FLUTD.

Low water intake

Low water intake

When pets drink less, their urine is more concentrated, which increases the likelihood of stone formation.

Stress may play a major role in FIC.
See how you can help relieve your cat's stress at home.

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