Friday, November 15, 2013

Feline Urological Syndrome

Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) is a common problem that affects cats. Its exact cause is still unknown.
Diet, inadequate water intake, bacteria, viruses, and stress may all be involved.
Four common disorders are often associated with FUS include:
Cystitis — inflammation of the lining and wall of the urinary bladder.
Infections — blood or mucus associated with inflamed tissue is a perfect place for bacterial infections.
Urethral Blockage — crystallization of minerals and irritation of the lining of the bladder and urethra can plug up or block the urinary outflow tract. This blockage is life-threatening if not relieved.

Uremia — a life-threatening accumulation of poisonous wastes in the bloodstream. The lack of urination causes a full bladder and this prevents the kidneys from discharging wastes from the body. Unless the blockage is promptly removed, the cat will suffer a painful death. Straining to urinate, depression, weakness, vomiting, and collapse are the signs which, if not corrected, lead to coma and death.

Symptoms to look for:
  • Straining to urinate
  • Small amounts or no urine at all
  • Failure to use a litter box
  • Urinating in a sink or bath tub
  • Blood in the urine
Since we do not know the exact cause of FUS, the treatment procedures may vary. Medication may help or minimize the problem, but some cases may require surgical or professionally applied procedures. In order to avoid FUS, be sure to provide plenty of fresh water, feed your cat a balanced diet, keep a clean litter box, and provide your pet with exercise.

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  1. The main cause is WATER DEFICIT which predisposes the minerals and ions in the bladder to accumulate. This is favored when cats are fed COMMERCIAL DRY FOOD, most of it containing only 8-10% water. Cats haven't evolved to ingest such kind of food. This condiction is easily prevented feeding cats natural RAW diet (water content: 70-80%). This way cats will have a continuous urine flow which prevents solutes from building up and blocking the tiny urethra. dr.diaz.mv@gmail.com

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    1. Along with feed/diet plenty of fresh water is vital to prevent this condition up to extend ....

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