What to do if the cat cannot urinate

When our furry goes to his tray, the normal thing is that if he is healthy and clean, he will relieve himself without problems. But what if something goes wrong? That is when we should be concerned.

If you are wondering what to do if the cat cannot urinate , then I will also tell you what the causes are so that you can take the appropriate measures.

How do I know if my cat cannot urinate?

First of all, it is important to find out if the furry has trouble urinating or not. To do this, we must detect the following :

What Causes This Problem?

The causes are various:

  • Urinary stones: they can be made up of different minerals, but struvite crystals are more frequent. The main cause is usually the low intake of water, but also poor diet (especially, the one that contains cereals and by-products).
  • Urinary infections: like cystitis. They cause inflammation and narrowing of the pathways through which urine is expelled.
  • Masses: either external or internal, which press on the bladder and urethra.
  • Inflammation of the penis: caused especially by the presence of hairs that are wrapped around it.
  • Traumatic: for example, that there is a rupture of the urinary bladder. Urine is still being produced, but cannot be passed. It is very dangerous: the cat could suffer from acute peritonitis.

Which is the treatment?


That a cat cannot urinate or has problems with it is something that should worry us, and a lot. If you are unable to pass urine, within 48-72 hours you could die. For this reason, you have to keep track of how many times you go to your litter box and whether or not you can urinate.

In the event that it cannot, then it is necessary to take it to the vet as soon as possible , being highly recommended to take a urine sample. Once there, they will perform a physical exam and analysis to determine the cause and put you on treatment, which can range from a change in diet in the mildest cases, to surgery if there is a tumor or trauma.


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