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I had meant to post this two months ago; at any rate, it's going into the FAQs for this board.

Signs of a Blocked Bladder in a Cat
This usually happens with neutered male cats, approaching middle age. In Orlando's case, he won't be 2 years old until January.

* Decreased urine production.
Pay attention to your cat's litter habits. If you only have one, note what's there when you scoop. He should be voiding his bladder regularly. If what you find is smaller than usual, or nonexistent, get worried.

* Frequent visits to the litterbox
If he's going in and out of the litterbox, start watching. Wait till he's done and about to scratch, and see what he's put out. A regular amount? Good - but keep an eye on him. Not so much - think about phoning your vet.

* Vocalizations
If he's crying when he goes into the litterbox, he's in discomfort. Phone your vet.

* Inappropriate urination
I they are having trouble with blockage, they will often squat and try to void their bladders. This is a classic sign.

(Note: blockage is most often caused by the buildup of crystals in the urine. These irritate the lining, attract protein molecules that surround them, and cause the blockage)

* Lethargy

* Guarding - by this I mean that he is standing hunched, as though his abdomen is hurting him. In point of fact, it is.

Don't grope around his abdomen - if he's blocked, you can rupture the bladder, which can be pretty dire.

In my case, I had a cat that nearly died and I won't forget the sypmtoms. If you flip your cat over (gently) and look at the urethral opening, you may see a couple things that cause extreme concern.

* The p*nis may be exposed, and you may see tome yellowish discharge. This is (IMHO) a sign that he's blocked. The yellowish discharge, which resembles the albumen or white of an egg, is the blockage itself.

When in doubt, call the vet and then go over. A blockage is very, very dangerous. If the cat doesn't have treatment immediately, he will die within about 12 hours.

This is just a quick, dirty guideline. When in doubt, call your vet.
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