Urinary Obstruction in Male Cats
Mucus, crystals, small stones, and inflammation that have formed in the urinary tract block urine outflow from the bladder. The cause of the formation of obstructing material is not known but viral infections, diet, stress, and water intake may play a role.
Clinical Signs of Urinary Obstruction
Diagnosis & Immediate Care
Inability to express the bladder or pass a urinary catheter support lower urinary obstruction and patients with urinary obstruction will need immediate relief and drainage of their bladder. Abdominal imaging (radiographs +/- ultrasound) may help determine if urinary stones are present or if bladder rupture has occurred. Bloodwork is required to look for abnormalities requiring correction with IV fluid therapy and to evaluate the overall health of each patient.