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1) Is she spayed? 2) Is this urine she's straining to produce or feces? 3) Does she have any history of illness?
Most often when we see straining, it's urinary. In either case, it would be wise to have her examined and treated. This is most likely going to turn out to be a urinary tract infection. Most often your vet will want to collect a urine sample, test it for abnormalities and get her started on antibiotics. If needed, depending on what the urinalysis shows, your vet may also recommend a change in her diet. Your vet may also start her on an antispasmodic medication to help relax the muscles so she can urinate freely and medication for discomfort, as well, as these tend to be painful afflictions.To make her more comfortable overnight, you can add a few drops of cranberry juice to her water or her food to help balance the pH of her urine. Try to keep her drinking as much water as possible and offer canned food for the increased fluid content. If at anytime she cannot urinate, she needs to be examined promptly by a veterinarian. This typically happens more often in male cats, but it can happen to females too.
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