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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) – VetVid Episode 008

Hello, I’m Dr. Mike. Today were going to talk
about feline lower urinary tract disease. This is a very common disease, especially
in male or overweight cats. It is very important to recognize the signs of this disease,
as it can be serious, requiring emergency care and possibly surgery. FLUTD
stands for feline lower urinary tract disease and its a disease that can affect
our cat population, usually the younger cats who are anywhere between about six months
to about five years or so. It is something where the kidneys are working and they’re
producing urine and making the urine go into the bladder, but the bladder is not able to
evacuate itself, so the urine backs up into the
urinary bladder and is not able to get to the outside. Its predominately our male cats
with this particular disease. Overweight cats tend to be more effected than our lean
cats, but the young male cats are the ones that are most effected. Clinical signs that
they’ll often notice are cats that are going to the litter box more frequently than normal,
so several times, not really producing any urine. A lot of times, cats will also vomit
and not want to eat. They will sometimes show
signs of discomfort as well, just as the urine is accumulating in the bladder, unable to
be passed. If an owner notices the clinical signs of this disease, this needs to be seen
by a veterinarian immediately. It is life threatening. Typical diagnostics that your
veterinarian may recommend start with a urinalysis, and a blood panel to evaluate
kidney function as well. Knowing that the cats
typically do not have urinary tract infection associated with FLUTD is up in the air as
far as if they will recommend a urinary culture
as well. Other tests that may be recommended include abdominal ultrasound.
X-rays are important, however, for animals who are showing clinical signs for
the first time, it’s not always indicated. Treatments associated with this disease for
cats that are having the mild symptoms often require a little bit of fluid therapy
so if you present to your veterinarian they may
recommend fluids underneath the skin, sometimes they will prophyllactically treat with antibiotics
but most importantly its pain control and monitoring your animal to make sure that they
are not going to fully obstruct. Many times, dietary therapy is indicated as well, depending
on what we see on the urinalysis, but the most important thing with dietary therapy
is canned food at least initially. It a cat obstructs completely, meaning they’re unable
to pass any urine at all, the veterinarian will recommend most of the time to go ahead
and place an IV Catheter, sedate your cat, and actually place a urinary catheter to relieve
the obstruction. Most of the time, its not a stone, where this is not a surgical procedure,
it’s a medical management situation where a few days on IV fluids and medical therapy
remove the catheter and then send it home for at home care is usually what’s indicated.
There are preventative measures in as much as depending on the urinalysis results that
your veterinarian will go over with you. Sometimes there are crystals that are there that require
dietary therapy, sometimes fluids are indicated, sometimes other medications are indicated
as well, depending on the individual case that presented for the feline urinary tract
disease. There you have it. Feline lower urinary tract disease can be a potentially fatal disease.
I would like to reiterate a very important point that Dr. Mourning discussed. That is,
make sure your pet drinks more water. To recap, canned food is a way of getting more water
into your pets diet. I often send my patients home on a very specific diet. I picked the
diet based on results of their lab tests and their individual needs. Your veterinarian
may discuss with you the importance of pH of the urine, if there are crystals, or if
there is an infection present, there are many over the counter diets that claim to be urinary
diets and many of them can be very beneficial. However, you need to talk to your veterinarian
first to see if they think a dietary change is necessary and which diet your pet should
have. Remember, if your recognize any of the signs we discussed, call your veterinarian
immediately. Don’t wait. I hope this information has been helpful. Thank you for watching.

41 thoughts on “Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) – VetVid Episode 008

  1. Our cat died from this Friday, the 9th…:( they were able to get the blockage out, but he went into cardiac arrest a few hours after….

  2. My cat just went to the vet last week and he had it but now i think he still has the same problem but i dont know he is still peeing or could this also be from having to be cathed?

  3. my cat just got put to sleep because their is no cure, it would end up in a very painful death, 🙁 RIP Peanut Butter

  4. I'll have to take my cat in to the vet tomorrow, he just started showing symptoms tonight but there aren't any vets open this late. T^T I hope he'll be alright, and I can afford the vet bill.
    He's eating, but he's moaning and keeps sittting in a squat. I've put towels down everywhere in the room, so all I can do now is give him comfort, prayers, and safety. He's an outdoor cat but he ain't going outside until a vet say's he's better.

  5. @femanon420 Got me £160 for my cat at the start of the month. Got screwed over by my insurances too >:( she now costs me £15 every week for urinary food 🙁

  6. our sweet 5 yo Tazzy has a block at the beginning of his bladder. Unless we pay 5000$ for a specialist our vet cant help. already in the past two weeks we have paid 3000$ and now they said he'll have to be put down. this is what happens when you dont have pet insurance. Get Some.

  7. My cat has just been diagnosed with this. Do you know what the best dietary products are for it?

  8. "Royal Canin Urinary SO". I had two of my boys diagnosed with Struvite bladder stones, blocked , and nearly died. They were thankfully saved, and have been on this diet 1 for 1 year and other one for 7 years with no recurrences. Additionally I added 2 water fountains so they can drink more (Drinkwell is great as water drips like from a tap) . Also as there is a suggestion it could be hard water too, give them just filtered water. Lastly an extra litter tray is a must.

  9. Hi Laura, my female cat has this too. The vet said I should take her off the dry food and onto tin/wet food and leave her plenty of water. Always take your cat to the vet though as it could be something more serious. Hope this helps.

  10. You should switch your cat over to an all canned food diet. This way the kidneys and urinary tracts are proper hydrated and there is less of the chance of blockage.

  11. I am very sorry to hear about your cat.. I know it happened around two years ago but how long was it after you noticed the symptoms that you got him to the vet and he passed? My girlfriend's Persian appears to have the main symptoms of FLUTD and they did not come about until earlier today. After talking to our veterinarian he said to bring him in first thing in the morning..

  12. my 7 year old neutered male is going through this, we went to the emergency vet last night at midnight when I realized he was peeing blood, and sitting in the litter box for 15 min at a time and making frequent trips, he has very bloody urine but he is not blocked. (he is skittish and has hidden himself too well for me to find him. It is getting close to time for his next dose of meds, I am getting worried. I am scared he will block. Today we went to the regular vet and he gave him antibiotics

  13. My 5 year old Himalayan was barely breathing we rushed him to the ER Vet and found out through a blood test he had FLUTD. They went to sedate him to start the Cath, but in less than 2 minutes he passed away. He did not seem to be showing signs of having trouble urinating but was eating dry food "Pro Plan" We lost his brother earlier this March unexpectedly and had been watching to make sure it was nothing hereditary. R.I.P. Kahlua

  14. Perfect Litter Alert is a great way to detect the early warning signs of FLUTD in your cat's urine using their litter tray. You can get a free 14 day trial and have it delivered right to your door! You can find them on YouTube with the channel name PerfectLitter.

  15. Sadly my cat died from this. By time vet got to look at him he was to far gone. but i'm kicking myself for not seeing any of the earliar signs. R.I.P MillHousex

  16. Damn, I'm even more worried when reading this. My cat had a complete blokage, I took him to 2 veterinarians, second on 2 am, when I just couldn't look at him of how much in suffer he was. Luckily mine is strong and big and not so luckily vicious to veterians. Anyway he has a catheter now and is peeing constantly. Not in the mood all the time, crying often, due of heavy drugs and veterians, he's just, I just hope he will be all right..

    The first symptoms started a month ago, then it seemed that they stopped, but in one day he couldn't pee anymore suddenly, people take this seriously and do proper analysis on first symptoms!

  17. what i have'nt watch this video earlier…………………….. two days earlier…………….my cat died due to this disease. 

  18. Alkaline pH – cats are carnivores, yet a majority of the easy available food found in stores is plant based (even if it says meat is the #1 ingredient). Please feed your pets a biological correct diet. Cats need a meat based diet, dogs are omnivores. Stay clear of the well known pet brands like Purina, Meow mix, Friskies, 9 Lives etc. There are meat based products out there, but you can often not find them in the big pet stores, but in specialty stores or online. (Honest Kitchen, R.A.D, Primal, Steve's, Acana, Pride, Orijen etc) Plant based foods are alkaline (great for the human body), meat based food is acidic (great for a carnivore). Please look into feeding your pet the appropriate food. Prevention is much cheaper then paying all those veterinary bills.

  19. Hello, My name is Mabel. I had a one year old tabby cat and he passed away last month due to this. He was my first cat, as i was a dog person before he came into my life. The vet told me he had crystals in his bladder, but he was not overweight. He was a very healthy baby. I am just so confused as to how crystals form in their bladder. I would refrain from giving him wet food because i was afraid of him getting worms or something worse, so i stuck to Blue Wilderness. I am just so lost i am doing as much research as possible. Poor babies such a horrible way to go. Please stay informed on all the possible diseases. I was so scared of my boy getting cancer or something way worse, and he left over this..

  20. I recognized these symptoms in my cat right away, called the vet who said they could get him in but it would be considered an emergency visit.. I got there at the time they told me to come (hour later) was taken to the exam room where someone took my cat to be weighed. Came back 1 min later and then the vet came in. He then told me that the cat would need this procedure and that it would cost $1000!! The whole time my cat was on the floor. I wasn't prepared to put my cat down so I agreed. Come to find out my cat was put in a cage for the next 2-3 hours while waiting in agony to be cared for…
    Upon looking at the bill I see I am being charged $67 for an emergency visit and $40 for an exam! Apparently the vet noted my cats abdomen while it was being weighed. NOTHING was done in the exam room, in fact the Vet never touched my cat in the exam room.
    Would you all pay these charges!
    Why am I being charged for an emergency visit when the cat was put in a cage for hours?

  21. I really want to be a vet in the future, and it’s all I’ve always wanted to be. These videos help me a lot for preparing for an exam called HOSA that I’m about to take in grade 9. Can you make some more videos of veterinarian clinical procedures?

  22. My cat have symthoms of this for 3 days so we went to the vet and deworm my cat even the symtoms is uti ,sad to say after 24 hrs my car pass away , im so sad and so much dissapointed with the vet

  23. my cat got his catheter last week. we was scheduled to visit the vet today to finally remove the catheter. however, my cat bites the catheter and some part of the tube is still inside him. the vet said that it might be inside or already came out by itself. im very worried. now my cat can’t pee normally. is that normal for a cat that just has the catheter removed? will the tube of the catheter inside him harm him? what can i do?

  24. Nowhere in this video do they address the CAUSE of the symptoms (signs) of FLUTD. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease is only a name given to a group of symptoms. What is causing the symptoms? Vets should be able to tell us this and therefore, tell us how to prevent any and all symptoms from occurring and/or recurring.

  25. My 11 month old cat (is a male) my family and I along with the vets we went to think that the end of his back where his tail starts, he might've gotten hit/run over by a car. He can walk but he completely lost all control over his tail so he can't move it to go poop or pee. so when he does poop he gets it all over him self and his back/bladder is all swollen and inflamed so he just drips pee but doesn't really "pee". The vet said theres not much they can do about it so we are just giving him some meds everyday which is supposed to decrease the size of the bump on his back, but I haven't seen a difference recently. We only got him when he was 2 months old and right now we have had him for about 9 months and it is devastating to think that we most likely have to put him down at such a young age. Whoever has a cat or is new to having a pet, just be ready because you never know when he/she will be gone.

  26. We just went through this with one of our cats, and it was so stressful and I was worried sick. We came home with a $1900 vet bill, with the chance that he could block again in the future. It’s so scary and stressful

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