Friday, February 15, 2008

Urinary Tract Problems in Cats

What is Feline Lower
Urinary Tract Disorder?
"Feline lower urinary tract disorders"
(commonly referred to as FLUTD, LUTD, or FUS--feline urologic syndrome)
come in at least three distinct varieties. All of them put together affect
less than 3% of cats, but for those who are affected, it can be a major
problem. Bladder diseases occur in both male and female cats, although
males have a higher risk of life-threatening blockage of the urethra. It
is usually first seen in cats between 2 and 7 years of age (though some
very young and very old cats may develop signs). Episodes of FLUTD are
usually triggered by stress, such as home remodelling, severe weather, or
loss or addition of a family member.
What are the symptoms
of  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorders?
The clinical signs of all the FLUTDs are
very similar. Cats may go to the litterbox frequently, strain to urinate,
pass very small amounts at a time, lick their genitals more frequently or
more intensely than usual
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