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Common symptoms of bladder infections

Frequent urge to urinate

When a cat has a bladder infection, they may experience an increased urge to go to the bathroom. This is expressed by frequent meowing or restlessness. The cat tries to empty the bladder to get rid of the uncomfortable feeling.

Dropwise urination

The cat can only pass small amounts of urine, and it often does so in several small portions rather than in one continuous stream. This symptom shows the irritation and inflammation of the bladder wall.

Urinating outside the toilet

A cat with cystitis may have trouble controlling their bladder and may urinate outside of the litter box. This behavior is because the cat is trying to avoid the pain or burning sensation that can be associated with urinating in the toilet.

Blood in the urine

The presence of blood in the urine is also known as hematuria. If the bladder wall is inflamed, small bleeding may occur, which may show up in the urine. The urine may be red or brown in color.

Recommended by vets

Dr. Nerése Ellis

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Common symptoms of cystitis in cats

Did you know that bladder infections are one of the most common diseases in male cats? Our beloved four-legged friends are reluctant to show that they are in pain and so it often happens that cystitis in cats is diagnosed late and sometimes even leads to consequential damage. In this article, we explain how you can tell if your cat has a bladder infection.

What is bladder infection in cats?

Symptoms of feline cystitis are easier to spot when you know what to look for. The irritated bladder leads to frequent urges to urinate, so your cat will go to the toilet noticeably often. Since cats' urinary tracts are often swollen when they have a bladder infection, your pet can only urinate drop by drop and with great pain. The cat often does not make it to the toilet in time and urinates on the floor. Sometimes traces of blood can also be seen in the urine.

By the way, a common sign of a bladder infection is that the cat constantly licks its genitals. Cats are very clean animals and grooming is part of their rituals. If your cat notices that something is wrong in her genital area, she will try to clean her genital area and relieve her pain by constantly grooming her.

You should look out for these symptoms of a bladder infection:

  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Urine is drained drop by drop
  • blood in the urine
  • Urinating outside of the litter box
  • Frequent licking in the genital area

How long does cystitis in cats last?

The duration of a bladder infection in cats is actually very dependent on its cause.

Bacterial cystitis can be cured after diagnosis with a course of antibiotics lasting several days, which should not usually take longer than a week.

In the case of idiopathic cystitis, i.e. inflammation of the bladder without an identifiable cause, it is often assumed that stress and other environmental influences must be treated until symptoms can improve.

Sometimes cystitis is also caused by urinary crystals or tumors that irritate the bladder wall and cause cystitis. These triggers then usually have to be surgically removed.

Find out more about common cat diseases or other topics related to cat health by visiting our blog .

About Feniska

Feniska is a Berlin-based animal health startup that develops smart, stylish and easy-to-use devices to maintain and improve pet health. It is our promise to recognize symptoms of illness faster than the veterinarian and thus avoid unnecessary headaches and veterinary costs.

The first product is the Feniska Base, an intelligent toilet pad that is placed under the litter box. The pad monitors the cat's weight development and toilet visits and can thus detect anomalies in good time. Our data-driven approach makes it possible to quickly make statements about disease symptoms that indicate diabetes, cystitis, kidney failure or obesity.*

The smart base connects to the Feniska app, so you always have an overview of your cat's health, even when you're not at home.

Feniska's mission is to ensure a healthy and happy cat life and we take this task very seriously.

*Disclaimer: Feniska is not a veterinarian and is excluded from liability. The statements about symptoms of illness are to be considered as such, not as complete diagnoses. Please consult a veterinarian in any case.