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Kidney stones in cats: symptoms and diagnosis

They are popularly known by the name of “ kidney stones ”, But they are also called medically speaking, uroliths.

It is the excessive accumulation of minerals in the urinary tract, which influences your ability to urinate. The minerals that most affect cats are:

* Struvite type calculations , caused by magnesium.
* Calcium type calculations , consequence of a high level of acidity in the urine.

The problem of kidney stones is that if your cat tries to urinate, and these deposits have accumulated in its ducts, it will cost a lot to do so and it will cause a lot of pain.

Stones in the kidney, if they have not been diagnosed in time or if the necessary medical attention is not sought, can have fatal consequences. A condition that in just two weeks, can lead to renal failure and the death of your life partner. Click to Tweet

7 conditioning factors of the appearance of kidney stones

  1. Gender : more frequent in males than in females.
  2. Age : more common in adulthood, from the age of five.
  3. Genetic predisposition : There are races with a greater chance of suffering from this problem, such as the Persians, the Himalayas and Burmese.
  4. Medicines : constant pharmacological treatments with cortisone or tetracycline for example, can cause renal and urinary failures.
  5. Desh>: lack of water, can cause kidney failure and mineral accumulation.
  6. Diet : If your cat's diet is high in carbohydrates, magnesium, calcium or phosphorus.
  7. Infections: these can cause the formation of kidney stones.

Symptoms of kidney stones in cats

The most important thing is to detect the problem as soon as possible. To do this, you should check if there is any change in your cat's habits:

  • Painful urination
  • Nervousness and restlessness.
  • Problems urinating: they are clearly seen if the cat struggles to urinate.
  • Urinate in small amounts and often. This denotes that you cannot eject everything at once.
  • Anxiety and depression.
  • He complains of pain when using the sandbox.
  • Presence of blood in the urine.
  • Excessive licking of the genital area.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Vomiting

By the way, check out this post if your cat does not use the sandbox as it should. Get down to work to solve any incident with your drawer, because this can have a decisive influence on your urinary health.

How kidney stones are diagnosed

To reach a medical conclusion, you should describe to your veterinarian the unusual symptoms or signs that you have observed in your cat.

Based on your data, and the performance of certain tests, you can determine if they are kidney stones:

  • Radiography to assess the state of the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract, looking for mineral deposits.
  • Palpation of the abdomen, to see if the cat suffers from pain, or a lump or swelling is found.
  • Urine analytics, to detect infections.
  • Analysis of the kidney stone sample in the laboratory.

With these tests, you will be able to know if your cat finally has a urinary obstruction, and also determine what type of kidney stones has.

In the next post, we will tell you about the treatment of kidney stones.

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