It is important to recognize urinary blockages in male cats to give you the best chance of getting your cat help when they need it. Because cats are so independent, it can be hard to tell when they need help. As solitary hunters in the wild, cats have evolved to minimize signs of weakness. Even a cat who has enjoyed a comfortable and pampered life in a warm home will still have these instincts. Here are some of the most common urine troubles in males including blockages and what to do about them:

Urinary Blockages in Male Cats

Urinary blockage is a condition that affects male cats. Urinary obstructions may occur in female cats, but those instances are fairly rare. Without treatment, it will cause pain and can even become fatal. These blockages happen when inflammation in and around the urethra blocks it from draining urine from the bladder and into the penis. Without the ability to eliminate the urine, your cat might develop swollen kidneys. Urinary blockages can also lead to tears in the bladder itself. This condition is very painful for your kitty, and he will rely on you to get him the help he needs to get past it.

Causes of Urinary Blockages in Male Cats

Urinary blockages in male cats are often seen in altered cats, because their urethra narrows after neutering. A diet with too much magnesium or an underlying illness known as feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) can also cause this condition. If you are concerned that your cat is at risk for a urinary blockage, ask your veterinarian to perform proactive testing. 

Spotting a Urinary Blockage in Male Cats

It is important to get your cat immediate veterinary care when he is dealing with a urinary blockage. One of the biggest signs your cat is dealing with this uncomfortable condition is if nothing comes out when he uses the litter box. He might also experience pain while trying to urinate, which could cause him to yowl or cry. Other signs include:

  • Depression
  • Confused mental state
  • Vomiting
  • Slow heart rate
  • Avoiding contact with humans

If you notice any of the above symptoms, it is very important to schedule a visit with your veterinarian. Urinary blockages in male cats are often considered emergent cases. A veterinarian will need to drain the urine and give your cat fluids intravenously. The sooner your cat can get treatment, the better chance you’ll have for a positive outcome.

Other Urinary Troubles in Male Cats

Other urinary troubles in male cats include cystitis, urethral spasms, and urinary tract infections. Regular wellness exams, a healthy diet, and keeping your cat properly hydrated can help reduce the risks. You should also schedule annual wellness exams so your vet can ensure your cat is healthy. If you notice that your cat is acting differently, drinking more or less than normal, or seems to have trouble urinating, call your vet for an appointment. 

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