I just wanted to spend some time on blocked cats. This seems to be the most common issue for those emergency visits. If you find any of these signs consult your nearest vet.
Urothlis most commonly known as bladder stones in the form of calcium oxalate. Most are in the bladder but can form in the kidneys and urethra. Urothlis block the urine from flowing from the urethra and cause the bladder to fill.
Diet is another cause for the blocked cat. It is said that the magnesium in food is the main cause for blockage. Most food today has low magnesium levels. So check the ingredients in the food you are buying or buy prescription diet from your local vet.
Urethra obstruction can cause blockage and can be fatal with the time frame of 72 hours.
Symptoms of these are a straining cat when using the litter box. When going a dribble of urine is produced. Urinating outside of the litter box is another big sign. Behavioral changes such as hiding, loss of appetite, vomiting and lethargic. For a obstructed car it is of the most importance to stay on top of theses because the results are fatal.
Be sure to pay close attention to what your cat is eating and it’s behaviors and you can eliminate blockage and that emergency visit and cost. I’ve attached a book for further education.
Handbook. New York: Howell Book House, 1995.