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Byline: By Elaine Pendlebury

Dear vet, Should I be worried about my cat? I have noticed that he is weeing blood in his litter tray, but he is eating, and is generally in good health. Any advice?

Dear Tilly

You need to get your cat to the vets as soon as you can.

Cystitis or inflammation of the bladder can cause blood in the urine.

This may be due to an external infection, but can also result from a physical condition, such as urinary retention or bladder stones.

As he is a male cat, untreated symptoms like this may lead to a blocked bladder - a very serious condition.

Make sure water is available for him to drink at all time, and make an appointment as soon as you can.

The symptoms of a blocked bladder include frequent crouching and straining to urinate, with little or no urine passed.

The cat may cry in pain when picked up, be lethargic, off their food and may even be sick.

There may be a change in their behaviour and the cat may be scared or aggressive.

I would also suggest that you take along with you a fresh urine sample from your cat when you visit the surgery with him.

Getting a urine sample from a cat is relatively easy.

Put an impervious material in the litter tray, such as shredded tin foil.

Some cats don't like gravel as they may feel it is too painful to walk on.

Wearing gloves, decant the urine into a very clean screw top container that you have rinsed out with previously boiled water.

Take that along with you to the vet who will be able to do a quick initial test on the urine sample.
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Title Annotation:Family Life
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2004
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