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Dr. Drew, Cat Veterinarian
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Cat passes fine, then continuously visits the litter

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Cat passes urine fine, then continuously visits the litter tray thinking she needs to pass urine again but only a drop comes out, this can go on for 2hrs, then she settles again for a few hours then the process is repeated. She is eating and drinking normally.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

The situation you are describing is consistent with some type of inflammation or irritation of the bladder lining,

Dr. Drew :

also known as cystitis,

Dr. Drew :

which in some cases may not have an obvious underlying cause such as infection or stones,

Dr. Drew :

I would caution against continued use of Metacam in an elderly cat, as this medicine has been linked to kidney damage and failure with repeated usage.

Dr. Drew :

If x-rays and ultrasound of the bladder have not yet been done, that needs to be the next step, to look for signs of stones, polyps, or tumors.

Dr. Drew :

any of those could explain the signs you are describing.

Dr. Drew :

If no cause can be identified, this may be a case of Idiopathic Cystitis, which may need to be managed with a combination of pain medicine such as Buprenorphine, anti-anxiety medicine such as Amitriptyline, stress-relieving pheromones such as Feliway, and a diet change to a prescription urinary formula.