I was sad to hear of the recent passing of “Grumpy Cat,” and read that she died of complications from a urinary tract infection. Are UTIs common in cats and how would I know if my cat had one?
Grumpy Cat Fan in Garden Oaks
Dear Grumpy Cat Fan,
Indeed, it was a sad day to learn of the passing of one of the Internet’s most famous felines, “Grumpy Cat,” on May 14. Grumpy Cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, died at the young age of 7 from problems that arose due to a urinary tract infection. Grumpy Cat’s more than 2.4 million Instagram followers responded in droves to the news of the famous cat’s death, leaving messages of condolences and memories of how the cat’s witty Internet memes had made their days brighter.
While UTIs can be fairly common in cats, they are typically easy to treat and diagnose and few end in the untimely death of a beloved kitty. Here are some symptoms to watch for to prevent your own cat from experiencing a painful infection of the urinary tract:
– Peeing outside of the litter box. Since cats tend to be fastidious about using their litter boxes, when you notice your kitty suddenly peeing in other places, a trip to the vet is always in order.
– Frequent trips to the litter box. If you see your cat making many trips to the litter box — and if you witness little-to-no urine coming out — this could indicate either a blockage or a UTI.
– Painful urination. If you hear your cat cry or howl when urinating, this could indicate pain while urinating, which is another symptom of a UTI.
– Excessive licking of the genitals. You might also notice your cat licking his or her genitals more often than normal. This might also indicate a UTI as they are likely experiencing pain in that area.
Thankfully, UTIs are usually treatable with the help of a vet — but a trip to the vet is definitely in order. Do not try to ignore your cat’s UTI because it can get worse and fast, ultimately requiring expensive emergency vet care or death.
While the world will certainly miss Grumpy Cat and the mark she left on the Internet, we can rest easy in the idea that she likely turned many people into “cat people” due to her cute face and sense of humor.
Rest in peace, Grumpy Cat. Run free at the Rainbow Bridge.
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