How to know if my cat has bladder stones

One of the most frequent problems in cats is the formation of stones, colloquially known as "stones" in the bladder or other points of the urinary tract. Although at first sight it seems to have no great importance, it is a disease that can have very serious and painful consequences, such as obstruction. To help you detect it in time, in .com we explain how to know if a cat has bladder stones.

Know the risk factors.

The abundant consumption of water reduces the formation of crystals, which, when joined, end up forming the stones, which is more common in cats that do not have continuous access to water.

On the other hand, due to the structure of the urinary tract, obstructions are more frequent in males than in females, especially if they have been castrated .

Associated diseases

Some diseases, such as urinary tract infections and hyperadrenocorticism or Cushing's disease, may increase the risk of bladder stones.

See how your cat urinates

The first symptom that can be detected is pollakiuria, which means that the cat urinates small amounts many times a day . Sometimes you can see that the cat makes an effort when trying to urinate.

Examine the urine

If you have the chance, look at the appearance of the urine. If it is reddish it could indicate the presence of blood, which is often related to the stones.

Background

If your cat ever had calculations, it is likely that he will have them again. To prevent it, it is recommended to give for life a specific feed for cats with urinary problems, which you will find in veterinarians and specialized stores.

The vet

If you have observed any of the above symptoms, you should take your cat to the veterinarian. A urinalysis can detect the presence of crystals and an ultrasound can locate the stone (or stones) and assess its size.