Sometimes it is hard to tell when there is a problem with your cat’s health. Cats will tolerate a lot of pain, often purring and snuggling to attract your attention. Sometimes your first indication of a problem will be your cat refusing to use the litter box. You may be surprised to find your previously well-behaved kitty suddenly using the sink or a pot plant for his litter box. Sometimes it is hard to tell whether he is feeling threatened or insecure. A stressed cat will mark his territory. He will spray around his home, especially if he scents another cat. The difference with a urinary tract infection is that he may have difficulty urinating and the urine may be tinged with blood. The reason he will not use the litter box is that he comes to associate the pain of urination with the litter box and chooses to urinate elsewhere.
If your cat suddenly starts to misbehave, maybe you should have him checked by your vet. A urinary tract infection can be very painful and if left untreated can become life threatening. It can clear up by itself but would you take that risk with your pet? A simple course of antibiotics can have him well in a short time. You can find herbal treatments if you do not like antibiotics. I personally prefer to get the problem sorted as quickly as possible, so I go for the antibiotics.
Some other signs to watch for are your cat crying in pain when he urinates, frequent urination, small or no urination, blood in the urine or if he stops using the litter box.
Another sign is excessive grooming of the genitals. The genitals may appear tender and swollen. Any excessive grooming in a cat is a sign of a problem.
The most common urinary tract disorder for cats is urolithiasis, where stones from an accumulation of crystals are formed in the urinary tract. In severe cases, this can result in a complete blockage.
If you notice a tinge of blood in his urine, he will probably have a Urinary Tract Infection. Any sign of blood in your cat’s urine should be checked by a veterinarian. So many problems can be treated easily if caught early. Your cat will not complain of pain until he is in severe distress. Do not let him reach this stage. Get any sign of discomfort or unusual behaviour checked early.