This condition is most commonly seen in male cats but that doesn’t mean females can’t get it too. It might very well be the main reason as to why your cat is not using his litter-box, Feline Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). It’s not always easy to spot early on, your cat might act normal without showing any symptoms of pain, but the pain is real. Every time he will be using the litter-box he will feel pain, soon he will start associating the litter-box with pain and soon will stop using it.
What to look out for
However, there’s a few things that can be done to catch it early on and that you should be on the lookout for. None of us don’t really enjoy watching our cat use the litter-box, especially your beloved cat, he really hates it when you watch but it is advised to observe him a couple times a week. This way you can observe for the most part his normal cat litter-box behaviors and you should be able to tell the moment something out of the ordinary is going on.
One obvious giveaway is your cat crying and meows in pain when he is urinating. If you notice this happening do not hesitate call your vet immediately and stop looking the symptoms up online.
Secondly, even if your cat is doing his business in an normal manner, take a look at little puddle left behind afterwards, before he buries it. He might look at you in a weird way at this point, not understanding why you suddenly care so much about his toilet habits, it’s important to look past that. Observe the puddle if you see and red or pink colors, you need to get your cat to the vet urgently because that’s a strong indication that he has UTI.
Other Potential Signs
Another thing to look out for is after your cat is done using the litter-box, if he starts licking his genitals obsessively and maybe even meows, you can be pretty sure that he has feline UTI, particularly if it’s right around the time that you find small accidents around the house.
A few minutes here and there now can save your cat a lot of pain later on and you a lot of money saved on vet bills and medication, also a bit less cleaning up around the house. It is important to learn to comprehend your cat, to see what is normal behavior so the instant something is abnormal you’ll be able to react immediately. Cat’s can’t talk so we need to learn to understand their behaviors instead.