Dysuria (Trouble Urinating) in Cats

Overview of Dysuria (Trouble Urinating) in Cats

Dysuria is defined as difficult or painful urination in cats. It is characterized by straining to urinate, frequent attempts at urination, and evidence of discomfort when urinating.

Discomfort may be demonstrated by crying out during urination, excessive licking at the urogenital region or turning and looking at the area. Many pet owners misinterpret the signs of straining to urinate for constipation.

What To Watch For

Causes of Trouble Urinating in Cats

Causes of dysuria include a number of different conditions including:

Treatment of Dysuria in Cats

Treatment will depend upon the underlying cause of the problem. It may require:

Home Care

Administer as directed any medications prescribed by your veterinarian. Observe your cat’s urination patterns. Make sure urine is being passed in adequate amounts. Observe your cat’s general activity level, appetite and attitude.

Make sure your cat has plenty of water and has frequent opportunities to urinate. Follow dietary recommendations of your veterinarian.

In-depth Information on Dysuria (Trouble Urinating) in Cats

Dysuria may be the result of a number of different causes. These include:

Diagnosis In-depth

Diagnostic tests needed to determine the cause of dysuria include:

Treatment In-depth

The course of treatment will be dictated by the underlying cause of the problem.

Follow-up Care for Cats with Trouble Urinating

Follow-up may require long-term medical management. Also subsequent radiographs may need to be taken or repeat ultrasound examinations. Frequent examinations of the urine and repeat cultures will be required to monitor for infections and response to antibiotic management.