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Open 24 Hours, Year Round

256 Sheppard Ave. West
Toronto, ON M2N 1N3
(416) 222-5409

If cats and dogs could speak English, “I have to pee,” is something owners would hear a lot of. For instance, when you are talking on a non-portable landline and your dog is whining at the back door and you can’t reach the door to let him out, or perhaps you are cleaning your kitten’s litter box and it’s about “that time” for them. All of these are silly examples that we are all familiar with. Silly, if only because they are all true and in the end we make the effort to give our pets the opportunity to do their thing.

There is one other instance where your furry feline might be trying to communicate to you their need to urinate and it has nothing to do with where you have recently placed the litter box. It might be that your cat has feline lower urinary tract disease also known as Flutd. Flutd is a disease of the bladder and urethra and can cause urinary obstruction and because of this it can be a life-threatening complication so it is vital to know if your cat is displaying any signs or symptoms. Here are some things to look out for:
· Frequent urination

· Difficulty urinating – if your cat is spending a lot of time and straining in their litter box with little urine to show for it.

· Presence of blood in urine.

· Complete inability to urinate – if this occurs seek immediate veterinary care, the vets at Bloor Animal Hospital are here to help.

The causes of Flutd can vary from cat to cat so it is important to have your cat properly diagnosed by a vet this way treatment can be specifically tailored to their needs. For example, your cat may have uncomplicated Flutd and may only need a single treatment of antibiotics or a dietary change but, on the other hand your cat may need emergency treatment to remove any life-threatening blockages.

The vets at Bloor Animal Hospital say that there is no preventive measure that completely guarantees your cat will never be infected. That being said, the three most important things you can do help ward off Flutd is to make sure your cat drinks plenty of water, eats a high quality diet and maintains a healthy weight through lots of exercise. This way, you can ensure your furry friend is happy and healthy for years to come!

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