The following symptoms/behaviours can be indicative of your cat having Feline Urologic Syndrome (cystitis):
If your cat is struggling to urinate, this can be very dangerous, so it is important that you take your cat to the vet immediately. If there is a complete blockage of urine, this is classed as a medical emergency (if blockage is not relieved within 48 hours, there is an extremely high risk of cats dying of kidney failure as toxins will be retained).
The vet may need to extract urine through a syringe placed in the bladder or to catheterise the cat immediately. Male cats are much more prone to this blockage due to their urethra being smaller leading to a build-up of crystals.
Urinary crystals/stones deposits of magnesium can build up blocking the urinary tract. Sometimes these contribute to cystitis and other times not (ultrasound and radiograph can show up the presence of these)
Please see your vet if problems persist.
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