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Kidney and Bladder Stones

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Common signs that may indicate bladder stones are:

  • Blood in the urine (hematuria)
  • Painful urination
  • Straining to urinate
  • Frequent urination
  • Genital licking
  • Chronic urinary tract infections
  • Urinary tract obstruction (especially in males)
  • Urine spraying
  • Passing urine in unusual places

Please note, sometimes cats with bladder stones exhibit no clinical signs.

Common causes of bladder stones:

  • Nutritionally imbalanced diet
  • Decreased water intake
  • Urinary tract infection
  • High concentration of magnesium, ammonium and phosphate minerals in the urine
  • Urine pH favorable to the formation of various crystals
  • Certain drugs and dietary supplements
  • Congenital liver shunt
  • Breed predisposition

Treatment options for bladder stones:

  • Prescribed diet (to dissolve stones and modify pH)
  • Increased water consumption
  • Flushing procedure (filling bladder and inducing urination)
  • Surgical removal of stones
  • Sometimes cats-more likely females, whose urinary tracts are not as narrow as the male’s-will naturally pass the smaller stones when urinating.
  • Lithotripsy (breakdown of stones with shock waves)
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