We’ve probably all read a lot about lockdown puppies and the behavioural problems owners are facing now they are returning to work, however there’s one family member that might be glad to see the back of us, our cat!
Urethral obstructions are very serious, if left untreated they cause acute kidney failure and death within 48-72hrs, so this really is a life and death situation. As soon as the bladder is unable to empty pressure starts building up in the bladder which also then transfers up the ureters to the kidneys, this back pressure can cause physical tissue damage but essentially prevents the kidneys from filtering out the toxic by-products in the blood and balancing salts, minerals and water in the body.
There is a condition that is also more common at this time of year in cats; that affects almost exclusively males, a condition called urethral obstruction or a urethral blockage.
Most of us are familiar with seeing our cats enjoying the sunshine and nibbling on fresh spring grass, but does it really indicate ill-health or is it harmless?
Please remember that heatstroke is life-threatening and if left untreated then there can be serious and sometimes irreversible consequences such as organ failure and even death.