Pets mean so much to us and are a big part of the family. They are as much a member of the family as anyone else – human or not. Taking care of your pet and monitoring their health is important so that you can spot the signs of distress or health troubles before they escalate and take them to the vet so they can get proper care and treatment.
It’s not always easy to know when our pets are struggling with their health, because unlike humans, they can’t speak our language and tell us what’s wrong. That’s why pet owners NEED to educate themselves so that they can detect when something is wrong with their pet and take action to help improve it with the help of a veterinarian.
How much do you know about your cat’s health? Would you be able to recognize signs of lower urinary tract disease? If your cat seems to be showing some signs of “cattitude” that aren’t normal to their usual behaviour or more excessive than usual, it could be a sign of trouble with their lower urinary tract.
Lower Urinary Tract Disease in cats is actually a collection of conditions that affect the bladder and urethra. Cats can show pain and/or difficulty when urinating, increased frequency in urination, blood in urine and of course, urinating outside of their litter box. They might also excessively lick their genital area and as many pet owners know, licking is often a sign in many pets (both cats and dogs) of something that is wrong.
Are you getting frustrated because your cat is suddenly urinating OUTSIDE of their litter box lately? It might not just be your cat trying to give you grief and attitude, but it could actually be a sign of a serious medical condition that needs medical attention. Doing their business outside of the litter box is one of the #1 signs of lower urinary tract disease and it could be causing a lot of stress for your poor feline.
What can you do? Don’t worry! Recognizing the signs and symptoms is the first step. Make sure to visit your veterinarian to discuss the best ways to prevent and manage urinary tract disease and get your cat on a proper diet. Also, be aware of environmental factors around your cat to ensure they are comfortable and feel safe in their home.
You can help prevent lower urinary tract disease in your cat by nourishing them with a combination of precisely developed nutrition and properly managed environmental factors such as safe spaces, enough food and water, etc.
National Cat Day Twitter Party
Don’t miss the #Cattitude Twitter Party with Royal Canin taking place October 29, 2015 from 8:00 – 9:00 pm EST. There will be over $900 in prizes to be won! This is a great opportunity to learn more about your cat’s health and ask questions. Follow @RoyalCaninCA and @oncom on Twitter to join in on the fun.
Be sure to visit Royal Canin Canada to learn more about your pet’s health and how you can help, as well as the selection of foods and products they offer to ensure you’re providing the best diet for your pet.
Disclosure: I have partnered with Royal Canin Canada to help share this information with you. All views and opinion are genuine and my own.