Let me start by saying this… A cat that cannot pee is a cat that’s going to die, unless appropriate veterinary medical care is obtained immediately. Urethral obstruction is a very severe, very acute, very critical medical emergency.
If you take nothing else from this initial installment in my blog series about feline urethral obstruction, I hope you will at least appreciate the importance of being able to promptly recognize this common pet emergency. The second and third installments will deal with ‘what to do’ in the event of a urethral obstruction and the steps you should take to minimize its likelihood or prevent it all together, respectively.
If you’ve come to this post after having typed “help my cat can’t pee” (or something along those lines) into the search field of your favorite search engine… stop reading, step away from the computer and take your cat to the vet immediately. There are no safe and effective first aid steps which you can, or should, perform at home for a blocked cat. If they are to have any hope of survival, they must receive appropriate medical treatment at once. Then, only when your cat is safely at the vet and treatment has been initiated, come back to this series of blog posts to learn what you might expect and what you should do to prevent another episode from happening in the future.
Hopefully you’ve come to this post prior to your cat becoming blocked. If so, I encourage you to read on so that you can avoid ever having to deal with the costs, frustrations, and potential heartbreak of having a cat with a urethral obstruction.