First aid for a cat that can’t pee
What to do if your cat can’t pee
Step one: Check your cat
- Being unable to pee is a life threatening condition.
- Check for symptoms such as straining, crying, vomiting, a painful belly, blood in their urine and licking a lot around their belly and genitals.
- If your cat is unable to pass urine, they may be suffering from a blocked bladder which is an emergency that can cause death.
- If your cat is passing small amounts of urine, they may be suffering from a urine infection or a condition called Feline Idiopathic Cystitis - both which can lead to a blocked bladder if left untreated.
Step two: Check your cat’s urine
- Check your cat’s litter tray to see if they have passed anything at all.
- Also check around the house, especially cold/hard floors, the bath, sink behind furniture and on beds - many cats change where they pee if they are in pain.
- Check for blood in their urine.
Step three: Call your vet
- Never attempt to treat your cat at home, call your vets ASAP if your cat is unable to pee.
- Call your vet for advice if your cat has any other urine problems.
Published: March 2020
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Written by vets and vet nurses. This advice is for UK pets only.
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