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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder, FLUTD and Respiratory Ailments - A Beginner's Guide

If your cat is having trouble urinating, if you see him straining in a squatting position or if there is blood in his urine, take him to the veterinarian at once. He could have Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder or FLUTD.

Other signs include not using the litter pan, incontinence and frequent licking of the genital area. If your cat's urinary tract is blocked, he will die without immediate treatment.

It is not known what causes FLUTD, or why episodes recur. Urinary stones are one cause and cystitis, a urethral plug or a tumor may be others. Although we do not know yet how to prevent it, increasing the water intake, and decreasing stress, may help.

Most importantly, feeding a cat food that results in acidic urine and is low in magnesium can help to maintain urinary tract health.

Respiratory Ailments

Cats are prone to respiratory problems. Although you have already protected your cat against the serious cat flu, or FVR, he is still susceptible to other infections. Early signs of respiratory ailments include watery eyes, sneezing and coughing.

You should take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as these signs appear or nose and chest congestion develop. Your veterinarian may prescribe a course of antibiotics (be sure to finish the entire course, no stopping just because the signs seem to have gone away).

The cat may also need eye drops or nose drops. If he is severely congested, you may be advised to try a bulb type aspirator. Although the veterinarian will give the medication that is best for your cat's illness, it is up to you to provide the tender loving care.

You may need to coax the cat to eat and he will usually recover far more quickly at home that in the hospital. Be sure to follow the general care recommendations.

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