Kidney stones in cats
There are several reasons for the formation of kidney stones in cats. The treatment will depend on this cause as this depends on the type of stones being produced. Tiny kidney stones in cats are not detected except through incidental finding while X-raying for another condition. But why are these stones important if they do not seem to cause pain in your cat. Let’s take a look.
What causes kidney stones in cats?
Kidney stones or nephrolithiasis can have many different causes. Several factors come together, such as the accumulation and saturation of stone-forming minerals. Other factors that contribute to the condition include increased levels of calcium in blood and urine.
Signs of kidney stones in cats
Nephrolithiasis, which is more common in older cats, usually goes undetected until it is more advanced. This is when the cat begins to show symptoms. Be aware of the signs in order for you to best assess and treat. These signs can be:
- Abdominal discomfort
- Kidney pain
- Blood in urine
- Poor appetite
- Vomiting in cats
- Weight loss in cats
- Lethargy in cats
Now, do not that these symptoms are not exclusive to the condition, except for kidney pain, perhaps. However, it is not possible for you to accurately observe any sign of kidney pain in your cat. The best course of action is to take your feline to the veterinarian.
Usually, a kidney stone is the result of a bacterial urinary infection. It is hard for the veterinarian to tell if the infection came first or the stone. Usually, removing the stone will clear the infection. The regular treatment for nephrolithiasis includes with antibiotics, diet and many fluids. This will usually do the trick but be prepared if circumstances change. Vets will use these much safer methods than surgery to get rid of the stone. However, it will not work for all stones.
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