Valley Veterinary Hospital, PC

1191 Ken Pratt Boulevard
Longmont, CO 80501


Valley Veterinary Hospital's P.C.

Feline Urinary Tract Disease

This group of conditions include kidney failure, kidney or bladder infections, kidney or bladder cancer, or kidney or bladder inflammation of various causes.  Specifically here we want to address bladder infections/inflammation.


This condition is quite common among cats and in the male can create an emergency situation if the urethra becomes obstructed.  Symptoms include:  inappropriate urination, frequent or painful urination, bloody urine, and urinating small amounts.  Interestingly, this condition has numerous causes and the causes tend to be different from young to older cats. 



Years ago diet, ph created by diet, and or magnesium levels often were the culprit, but since the 80's commercial diets have corrected these issues, yet we still see the problem.  In older cats we do see a significant amount caused by bacteria, some by stones, tumors, or other physical causes.  In younger cats 50% show no cause in spite of extensive testing.  This condition is often referred to as idiopathic cystitis. Idiopathic meaning we don't know the cause.  We are currently thinking it may be a stress related condition.  We urge you to learn more about this condition in the pet library from veterinary partner.  We have included a direct link to the idiopathic cystitis topic in the pet library.

 Longmont, CO. 80501-80503