Dear VetBabble: Is it Safe to Wait for My Cat’s Bladder Stone Surgery?
I recently found out that my 9-year-old cat has bladder stones and needs surgery, but the surgery is scheduled 3 days from now. There was no urinalysis done to determine the type of stones, and I’m concerned because she can’t seem to pee much while straining to urinate. With the surgery days away, should I be worried and seek immediate help?
Understanding Bladder Stones and Urinary Obstructions
Bladder stones are solid deposits of minerals, crystals, and other substances that can form in the urinary bladder. It’s essential to identify the type of stones because some can be dissolved with antibiotics or dietary changes. However, this is only possible when there are no signs of obstruction in the bladder.
When a cat is straining to urinate and producing very little or no urine, it may indicate a urinary obstruction caused by a bladder stone. This situation is critical and requires immediate veterinary attention, as it can be life-threatening. When a cat cannot pass urine, toxins and waste products build up in the bloodstream, leading to severe complications and possibly death if left untreated.
If you notice your cat struggling to urinate, you should consult a veterinarian immediately to determine the cause. It’s essential to distinguish if it’s a bladder stone or another health issue, such as kidney disease in cats that could also cause difficulty in urinating.
When to Seek Emergency Care for Your Cat
Given your cat’s situation, waiting three days for surgery may not be the safest option. If your cat is indeed straining to urinate with little to no success, it would be best to take her to an emergency veterinarian right away. They will assess her condition and determine if the surgery needs to be done sooner or if other interventions can alleviate her discomfort until the scheduled surgery.
Keep in mind that urinary obstructions can be just as life-threatening in dogs, so always be vigilant about any changes in their urination habits and seek veterinary advice if you suspect an issue. For more information, you can read our article on whether your dog might have bladder stones.
Preventing Bladder Stones and maintaining a healthy urinary system
While not all bladder stones can be prevented, certain steps can be taken to minimize the risk. Ensuring your cat stays well-hydrated by providing fresh water daily is vital, as dehydration can contribute to crystal formation in the urine. Feeding your cat a high-quality diet tailored to their specific needs will also minimize the risk of bladder stone formation.
It’s worth mentioning that some bladder stones are more common in cats that haven’t been neutered, so consider desexing your cat if you haven’t already. This procedure is more common than you might think and can help reduce the risk of some health issues, including bladder stones.
In conclusion, your cat’s wellbeing should always be a priority. If she’s struggling to urinate and appears to be in discomfort, don’t hesitate to seek professional help immediately. Remember, it’s better to err on the side of caution than to risk your cat’s health while waiting for a scheduled procedure.