Before you can treat a cat with feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) it must be determined which of the many possible causes it could be. In general most cats suffering a feline lower urinary tract disorder is about four years old.
Some causes for feline lower urinary tract disease could be;
1. Urinary tract infection
2. Bladder stones
3. Urethral blockage or partial blockage or obstruction
4. Kidney failure
5. Urinating in inappropriate locations for behavioral reasons
7. Struvite Urinary Crystals
8. Oxalate urinary crystals
9. Trauma (i.e. hit by a car)
Cats with a urethral obstruction will pass little or no urine and will become increasingly distressed. A urethral obstruction is an absolute emergency, requiring immediate veterinary treatment.
There are quite a few steps you can take to reduce feline lower urinary tract disorder from returning these are:
1. Feed small natural moist meals on a frequent basis.
2. Struvite formation can be greatly reduced if the cat is fed a diet that promotes the formation of urine that is acidic. Avoid supplementing such diets with additional urinary acidifiers, because over-acidification can cause other medical conditions such as metabolic acidosis, impaired kidney function, and mineral imbalance.
3. Provide clean, fresh water at all times.
4. Provide enough litter boxes; one more than the number of cats in the household.
5. Keep litter boxes in quiet, safe areas of the house.
6. Keep litter boxes clean.
7. Minimize major changes in routine so there is no more stress than necessary.
Follow these steps and think about adding a homeopathic remedy to support your cats' bladder and immune system to give them a fighting chance to never have a FLUTD again.