kidney stones in cats

Kidney Stones In Cats [Causes, treatments & More]

Kidney stones in cats are rare and are not very common. However, sometimes the stones may appear in the kidneys of the cat. However, it is not a matter of concern (in most cases) because stones that are smaller in size are not usually painful. The harmlessness of kidney stones in cats can be understood from the fact that the stones usually allow normal urination. So the cat does not feel any kind of pain. It means the stones are smaller in size and are not interfering with the metabolic processes of the cat. 

Let’s know more about symptoms, causes, and treatments.

In order to understand the causes, it is important to go through the symptoms first. 

Symptoms and signs of kidney stones in cats

Sometimes the kidney stones are larger and interfere with the metabolism of the cat. At this time, the cat will experience the following symptoms: 

  • Blood in urine
  • Kidney pain 
  • Weight loss 
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Lethargic behaviour
  • Poor appetite. 

Here it is important to mention that based on these symptoms, various methods are used to diagnose and check out the size of these kidney stones in the cats. Some of the techniques used for this purpose include X-rays, abdominal ultrasound, urinalysis, contrast radiography, and detailed analysis of the systemic blood pressure. 

Causes of kidney stones in cats

As already discussed kidney stones are not common in cats, so a few causes that may result in kidney stones include metabolic disruption and imbalance. 

The detailed causes are unknown but it is a common perception that varying blood urea levels result in stone formation. 

Here it is important to mention that some stones are caused due to infectious diseases and bacterial interferences. So before proceeding with the treatment, it is important to check out the particular type of kidney stone in the cats and then introduce the treatments accordingly. 

Treatments of kidney stones in cats

As we know that the treatments and causes of kidney stones in cats are interrelated, so if they occur in the cats due to metabolic problems a detailed hormonal checkup is required. For this purpose, certain medications are combined with the diet. 

When the bacterial infections give rise to kidney stones and cats the antibiotics are introduced that are added into the diet and treats of the cats. Moreover, keeping the cat’s paw dehydrated and introducing a lot of words is also the commonly accepted solution to this problem.  

However, in some serious cases, surgical and sensitive treatments are often required. They can immediately remove the stones from the kidneys of the cats or break them. 

Final verdict

If you are a pet owner or handling the cats on a large scale, you may encounter the problem of kidney stones in your cats at times. At this stage, you must have some basic knowledge of the symptoms. Moreover, you should know how to deal with the situation even before you can reach out to the veterinarian. 

Are you a pet lover? Then we would love to hear about your cat experiences. Feel free to comment in the comment section below.