18 November 2017
Some cats can suffer from a condition where blockages stop them urinating. This is often when they don’t drink enough water, perhaps when it is hot. This can encourage small stones and other material to form, blocking the flow of urine from the bladder. Feline urethral obstruction, or the ‘blocked cat’, is potentially fatal if not treated, so if you notice any of these signs, get your cat checked by your vet immediately.
- Trying to urinate but nothing coming out
- Tense posture, arched back and clear discomfort when trying to urinate
- Howling when touched or when trying to urinate
- Scratching or biting when touched
- Lethargic, not wanting to get up or eat
Blocking is more common in neutered male cats, but can affect female cats too, so get any symptoms checked out and make sure your cat always has plenty of fresh water to drink.