Signs of Urinary Distress in Cats

Signs of Urinary Distress in Cats

Urinary issues in cats are a big deal and happen quite often. One of the most common reasons cats are abandoned to rescue shelters is because of these types of issues. In this blog, we will discuss urinary tract infection symptoms in cats and solutions to these medical diseases.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Straining to urinate– bladder inflammation causing cats to strain while urinating is the most common cause of urinary diseases in cats.
  • Frequent attempts to urinate– when cats urinate an abnormal amount of times per day, this could be a sign of urinary issues. This can be very dangerous to a cat because they are unable to let out toxic waste products.
  • Painful urination– your cat may lick themselves in their private area to try and soothe the pain from urinating.
  • Bloody urine– cats with urinary issues will often have discolored or blood-tinged urine.
  • Urinating outside the litter box– this may not always be a sign of a medical issue, but you should be concerned if this behavior is paired with any of the other symptoms mentioned.


If your cat is exhibiting any of the above symptoms of urinary tract disease, or you suspect something is wrong, you should schedule an appointment with your vet as soon as possible. If your cat has stopped urinating altogether, this could be due to a blockage and medical attention is needed immediately. Your veterinarian will evaluate your cat and collect urine samples for testing, which may require blood testing as well. X-rays are often taken, as well as abdominal ultrasounds in order to diagnose this disease.


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