How to address common emergencies with your pet cat

Signs to look out for and the steps to take next

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The experts at VCA Hawaii say that a blocked cat is one of the most common emergencies people bring their pet cats in for. A blocked cat when they are unable to urinate due to the urethra becoming plugged. The plug can be made of bladder stones, a tumor or a mix of mucus and protein.

The most common symptoms cat owners should be on the lookout for are crying, hiding, and mainly straining repeatedly in the litter box. If your cat’s urethra becomes plugged, this is definitely an emergency situation. If you see these signs, seek a veterinarian right away. A few hours can make a big difference. The longer those toxins circulate, the more pain the cat experiences and the harder it is to unblock them.

“Once they get sick, they stop producing any urine. They can be lethargic, they can start vomiting, and if it lasts for even up to 24 hours or 48 hours, it can definitely be life threatening,” says Dr. Anna Steele with VCA Hawaii. “It is never wrong to be safe rather than sorry. Any abnormal urination, especially in a male cat, we do recommend they get checked sooner.”

Dr. Steele says in these cases, the first thing veterinarians asses is to make sure the pet cat can empty their bladder. If they are truly blocked, they put them under anesthesia and try to pass a urine catheter.

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