Movember: Male Cat Health

In support of Movember, we’re raising awareness on male cat health! If you have a special little man in your life listen up! You need to know this!

Male cats are at high risk of developing urinary obstruction. Obstructions are caused from crystals, inflammatory material, mucus or small stones that travel down from the kidneys. (Female cats can also suffer from urinary issues or obstruction but it is less common.)

Because male cats have a low narrow urethra it’s easy for build up to lead to complete blockage, which can be a very serious, life-threatening condition. Complete obstruction can cause death in 3-6 days. We don’t mean to scare you, but we do want to spread awareness about the seriousness of this condition.

Signs and symptoms to look for:

  • Urinating outside the box
  • Taking frequent trips to the litter box
  • Straining to urinate

It’s important to note some cats will not show symptoms of urinary crystals forming, therefore it’s important for your kitty to get a urinalysis bi-annually once they become seniors (when they are at a higher risk).

If your kitty has had urinary issues in the past:

  • Pick up a urinary maintenance diet. (It can be difficult to change your cat’s food so we recommend changing the diet gradually.)
  • Bring your cat in for a recheck urinalysis every 6 months to make sure no crystals are present.

Additional risk factors for cats who:

  • Eat only dry food
  • Are indoor only (which is most of our San Francisco kitties!)
  • Are prone to being nervous or stressed
  • Live in a multi-cat household
  • Have a history of urinary issues