think outside the litter box

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Privacy is every cat’s prerogative. So if you’re like most kitty parents, what happens in the litter box can be a bit of a mystery. Is he going more than usual? Is everything (uhh...umm...) coming out normally? Since your cat’s not about to call for help from the bathroom, it’s up to you to make sure all’s well in there. By keeping tabs on his litter habits, you can spot the signs of urinary tract problems and get him the veterinary care he needs.

straining: The inflammation associated with urinary tract disease can cause your cat to strain even when there’s no urine in their bladder. If your cat is spending lots of time in the box but there’s very little “produced,” this is usually the reason. Because of their different anatomy, male cats are at risk for urinary blockage, a life-threatening condition that requires urgent care. If your male kitty is straining and producing no urine at all, get him to the vet immediately.

frequency: Wasn’t kitty just in there a minute go? When you notice an increase in the number of trips your cat is making to the box, it’s time to start paying closer attention.

inappropriate urination: On the kitchen floor? Really? Look at it this way, by peeing outside the litter box, your cat lets you know something isn’t right. Take the hint and investigate.

volume: Cats with urinary tract disease tend to produce small amounts of urine. If your pet is urinating more frequently but is producing large amounts of urine, it could be a sign of another serious problem, like diabetes or kidney disease.