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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My 4 year old female cat keeps squating I think to urinate,

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My 4 year old female cat keeps squating I think to urinate, but not sure. I took her to vet about 1/2 year ago same issue and they found nothing wrong.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I thought I added this, but here goes again. As I work fulltime and am in animal rescue, I cannot monitor her full time. I feed cats wet and dry in morning and dry at nite. They have lots of water. She doesn't appear to eat with the rest, but I catch her eating out of bag. I have given her water, flavored water, olive oil on her nose, etc, etc.... She is rather stubborn and appears fine other than the squatting all the time...
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

It's reasonable to assume that she's a stranguric (straining to urinate little or no urine) female suffering from a bacterial urinary tract infection or idiopathic cystitis - a usually sterile inflammation of her bladder. Such a patient needs to have a urinalysis performed on urine obtained by cystocentesis - percutaneous aspiration of urine through her abdominal wall. A constipated cat might display the same behavior and simply palpating her abdomen should tell her vet whether or not constipation is present. X-rays might be suggested to better understand the health of both her urinary bladder and colon. Some of these cats are harboring stones in their bladder and/or urethra which will cause symptoms indistinguishable from urinary tract infection or idiopathic cystitis.

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