A condition called urethral obstruction (blocked urethra ) in cats is a serious problem. This can occur in both male and female cats, but is more common in male cats. Males have a narrower and longer urethra, so, they are more susceptible to getting blocked.
Several issues can cause an obstruction in a male cat:
If your cat is experiencing any of the following symptoms please contact your local veterinarian.
Urinating behavior can change over the course of a few days, depending on the underlying cause. Urethral obstruction is very painful and if your cat is unable to urinate, it is a life-threatening emergency. If left untreated it can cause damage in just a few hours and lead to acute-kidney failure and death within 2-3 days.
If your veterinarian finds your cat to be obstructed, after running some diagnostic tests such as blood, urine, radiographs and/or ultrasound, they will need to relieve the obstruction quickly. Anesthesia will be required.
After diagnosing and treating your kitty, long-term management may be necessary. You would need to speak to your Veterinarian to find out what is best for your cat and you.