My cat cannot urinate and the vet's office is closed what can I do?
Pet's Sex: FemalePet's Age: 8
Nothing, yesterday I noticed she was entering the room where her littler box is kept over and over again. At first I thought she could not poop she is long haired and has very small bm's so I put some vasilne on her paw. There was some poop in the box this morning and signs of false start urniation. She was goingin the box a few more times with no result. She is othewise herself, but it's Sunday and I worry about making her wait until my Vet is at work tomorrow. Is there anything I can do for her?
Thanks for your question. Is there any dribble of urine that you can see? Is she eating / drinking normally?
Yes, there is a dribble...she is drinking and eating.
Thanks for your answer. It is possible that she has bladder stones that are blocking her unrination, although this is much more common in male cats then females. I think it is more likely that she has cystitis, or a urinary tract infection, and this causes a burning sensation that makes her feel like she has to "go" more. She is not producing a lot of urine at one time because she is using the litter box so much, so it's only coming out in dribbles.
Her otherwise normal attitude with normal eating / drinking behavior tell me she is stable enough to wait until tomorrow morning and is not in any immediate danger. At that time your vet will perform a urinalysis, possibly some x-rays and blood work, and prescribe some medications to help her out. If cystitis is confirmed as the diagnosis, then she will most likely be on a cycle of antibiotics. You can also ask your vet about some mild pain medications to get her through the first few days, as it takes a while to see improvement with the antibiotics. It is a burning, uncomfortable sensation, but it is not severe pain.
Good luck, I hope she is feeling better soon!
DVM student at University of Florida; 10 years experience as a CVT - emergency & critical care