What is Perineal Urethrostomy Surgery?
Perineal urethrostomy surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed on male cats. Perineal urethrostomy surgery is often used as an alternative to urinary catheterization for the medical management of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) in order to avoid the discomfort and inconvenience associated with the repeated use of a urinary catheter. Perineal urethrostomy surgery can be life-saving for some cats, but it’s important to first consult your veterinarian.
Why Are Male Cats More Susceptible?
Male cats are considerably more likely to develop urinary blockages than female cats, owing to the distinctions in urinary tract structure between the two genders. One reason male cats may develop urinary blockage is that the lower urinary tract is narrower in males, which can lead to partial or complete blockage of the urethra. In addition, male cats have a longer urethra than female cats and are also more prone to anatomical malformations that may obstruct urine flow.
What is a urinary blockage in pets?
Urinary blockage in pets is the inability to pass urine. The urethra, or tube that carries urine from your pet’s bladder out of their body, can be blocked by a variety of different things. Urine builds up behind the blockage and causes pain as well as damage to tissues if left untreated for too long.
What are signs your pet may be experiencing urinary blockage?
Some signs of a blocked urethra include:
– Straining to urinate in the litter box
– Crying or howling while attempting to use their bathroom
– Visible discomfort or pain when going to the bathroom
– Blood in urine, which is often a sign that there has been damage done and your pet
If you notice your feline friend experiencing these symptoms, please seek emergency veterinary care immediately.