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Dr. Frank Lavac
VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital

Bladder Infections in Cats
(Continued from Monthly Columns)

They often show signs of bloody urine, frequent urination, straining to urinate and not urinating in the litter box. There can be many causes including stress, crystals, bladder stones, idiopathic (known causes), and infections. In this age group, particularly in male cats, bladder infections are very rare, accounting for less than 1% of cases. So, unless the urine test suggests infection, it is contraindicated to prescribe antibiotics.  

More commonly we discuss feeding a good quality diet and trying to identify stressors in the cat’s life. It seems odd to think of a cat’s life being stressful, as much of their life seems to revolve around eating and sleeping. Nonetheless, it is a legitimate concern and problem. It is very important to initially assess if your male cat is obstructed, as that is a life-threatening emergency. That can typically be diagnosed by palpating the bladder and determining if it is overly distended. Most cats, even ones that are obstructed, typically have a good prognosis.

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Dr. Frank Lavac can be reached by calling 310-828-4587.



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