Schnurrli once again seeks out the litter box. He struggles visibly to urinate, but without much success. Only now and then come a few blood-mixed droplets. Cat Sally was always housebroken, but lately she’s just putting her Lackerl in the apartment or next to the litter box. Both velvet paws suffer from the disease of the lower urinary tract referred to by veterinarians as FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease). This health disorder is very common in cats. When trying to urinate, they often mewle miserably. Some animals lose housebreaking, as they associate the urinary pain with the litter box. Almost a third of the affected animals are the cause of the disease detectable: urinary and urinary stones, but also infections with bacteria and viruses. However, over two-thirds of diseased cats still do not know why the urinary bladder and urethra are inflamed. However, it is clear that stress situations, such. For example, social conflicts, changes in habitual environment, separation anxiety or boredom If urination plays a major role in the development of chronic cystitis.
Cats tend to form urinary stones
Cats are more likely to get urinary gravel and stones when compared to other pets. This partly because the urine is thickened particularly strong in cats, on the other hand also plays a role that ready-made food for cats often contains too high a proportion of cereals. However, cats are naturally carnivores and meat makes an acid urine. Is the Cereal content in the food too high, the urine becomes alkaline, which favors the formation of Struvitsteinen (the most common type of stone in cats). However, changes in the urinary environment from the acidic to the alkaline region often also result from inflammation of the lower urinary tract, especially due to cystitis. But obesity, lack of exercise, too low water intake and rare urination can contribute to stone formation. For example, if the fat cat is too lazy to visit the litter box or if the box is so dirty that the tiger does not want to use it anymore.
Obstacle to the urine flow
If stones settle in front of the exit of the bladder or in the urethra, they impede the urinary tract. Partial backflow of urine slowly but surely damages the kidneys. However, if the urethra is completely displaced by urinary grit (sand) or stones, the life-threatening total retention of the urine in the kidneys occurs. In order to save the life of the animal, immediate veterinary help is needed. Male velvet paws are more at risk than females. The reason for this is that hangovers have a narrower and longer urethra that narrows towards the penis tip and is therefore more prone to blockage. In the female cat, the urethra is shorter and more elastic, so that sand and small stones are easier to go with the urine. Only larger bladder stones cause serious problems in female animals. On the other hand, hangovers are more likely to suffer from urinary bladder, which builds up in the urethra. In response to the irritation of the urinary bladder, the bladder and urethra produce an organic substance that acts like a binder, forming a paste-like plug with the urinary groove as a closure in the urethra. The cat owner then notices that the animal often goes to the litter box and tries unsuccessfully to urinate.
Deficient mucus layer promotes disease
Recent studies have shown that all cats affected by FLUTD have one thing in common: the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) mucus layer on the inner wall of the bladder is too thin. This makes the bladder wall more permeable and pathogens and urinary crystals can more easily enter the bladder wall from the urine and cause inflammation. Samtpfoten with diseases of the lower urinary tract have approximately only a third of the GAG amount of healthy animals in the urine. Why this is so and why this protective layer of mucus is incomplete, you do not know yet. The only certainty is that without an intact mucus barrier on the bladder wall, inflammation will occur, regardless of whether urinary stones have formed or not.
Help your cat with “Astorin”
Since more than two-thirds of velvet paws suffer from cystitis of unknown cause, their treatment focuses on enhancing the mucous lining of the inner bladder wall. The new “Astorin FLUTD tablets” contain a high proportion of Glucosaminoglykanen (GAG), which are quickly incorporated into the mucus layer on the inner bladder wall and reinforce it. Pathogens and urinary crystals can thus not easily penetrate into the bladder wall and the risk of inflammation is reduced. GAGs also have an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. As Astorin FLUTD tablets also contain uric acid additives, struvite stones are dissolved in the period of five to twelve weeks and flushed out with the urine. Only in a few cases, the surgical removal of particularly large stones can not be avoided.
Astorin FLUTD tablets are a natural dietary supplement supplement derived from shellfish. The tablets are used as a dietary adjunct to therapeutic measures at the first onset of lower urinary tract inflammation. Only one tablet daily is sufficient. Either directly into the mouth or administer with the feed. To minimize the risk of relapse of cystitis and struvite calcification, astorin should be used for at least six months.
What else can you do to help your cat recover?
Offer your velvet paw a stress-free environment with lots of attention and employment. In particular, pure cats need sufficient hiding places, scratching posts, increased resting places and game incentives to feel comfortable and reduce tension.
Ingestion of raw onion plants in dogs and cats causes damage to the red blood cells. Within a day or two, the symptoms of intoxication begin. It comes to anemia with pale mucous membranes and the excretion of red blood pigment on the dark colored urine. The animals refuse to eat, vomit and are dull. In addition to the classic onion, garlic, leeks and wild garlic can cause similar poisoning. Cases of poisoning in cats due to ingestion of onion powder in baby food are documented. Although the red blood cells are replicated after a few days, in severe cases, a blood transfusion may be necessary. Kidney damage as a result of excretion of the red blood pigment has also been described. Other known foods with potentially toxic properties for pets are avocados, hops (when home-brewing bad for our animals from beer at home), raw yeast dough and sugar-free chewing gums. The incompatibility of fresh milk in adult dogs and cats is not poisoning in the classical sense, but a typical example of “well meant – poorly tolerated”. Stone fruit seeds contain substances that are similar to hydrogen cyanide. In addition to the risk of intestinal obstruction in the dog after ingestion of chewed kernels, the consumption of larger quantities of chewed or broken kernels can lead to poisoning. First, gastrointestinal symptoms come to the fore. Only in very rare, severe poisoning, the mucous membranes of the dog are strikingly rosy with simultaneous breathlessness.
Tempting for animals: dung bag and organic waste
Lastly, the danger of spoiled food should be pointed out. What we ourselves would not eat, we should not offer our pets! But unfortunately it happens again and again that dogs use themselves on the full dung bag or on the compost heap. As a result, it often comes within a few minutes to a few hours to vomiting and sometimes to diarrhea. Rarely, severe symptoms such as tremor, saliva and muscle cramps, as well as paralysis may occur. In this case, the veterinarian should be consulted immediately. If the therapy is intensive enough, the acute phase is well over and after-effects are usually not expected. In general, it is the human responsibility to give pets no food or waste with a potential risk of poisoning and to keep these substances safely. However, if it happens that the dog or cat gets a large chunk of chocolate, nuts or grapes (often without the owner’s permission), a quick visit to the vet is required. In no case may the pet owner himself try to induce vomiting in his animal. The salt water infused for this purpose has already caused severe poisoning in many animals! The veterinarian, however, has the opportunity to induce vomiting with certain drugs. If the animal breaks down within 3 to 6 hours after ingestion of the toxic substance, the toxins in the carcass will definitely be reduced. If necessary, the stomach can also be rinsed under general anesthesia. If the symptoms are already dangerously advanced, the animal should be hospitalized at an animal hospital. There, the acute phase of the poisoning can be treated intensively and usually the whole thing is still a bit lucky but still good.