Bladder Infection in Cats

Bladder infection in cats


The bladder is a hollow organ in the abdomen which collects and stores urine.

Cystitis is the inflammation or infection of the bladder, so you may see cystitis, bacterial cystitis OR urinary tract infection used in place of or in conjunction with bladder infection. Most cases of cystitis are¬†idiopathic, which means the cause can not be determined. Bacterial infection of the cat’s bladder is less common in cats than it is in dogs. E-Coli is the most common bacteria to infect the bladder.

There are different types of UTI depending on the location of the infection.

  • Cystitis – Infection of the bladder
  • Urethritis – Infection of the urethra
  • Pyelonephritis – Infection of the kidneys

Bladder infections are thought to develop when bacteria around the anus ascend into the urethra and the bladder.

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How To Safely Remove Fleas From Newborn Kittens

Treating fleas on newborn kittens


Reviewed by Dr Sam Kovac – Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic

Fleas are a common external parasite which feeds on the blood of their host. Their flattened body, hard exoskeleton and backward-facing hairs allow the flea to burrow through the fur to the skin where they feed on the host’s blood using specialised mouthparts.¬† Young kittens are at risk because of their small size and blood volume, which puts them at risk of anemia (low red blood cell count). Most flea products are toxic to very young kittens and cannot be used until 6-8 weeks.

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Cat Meowing – Excessive Vocalisation in Cats

Cat meowing

What is excessive vocalisation?

This is a difficult question to answer. Some breeds of cat are more talkative than others. The Siamese and Bengal breeds are both well-known talkers. We share our home with a domestic shorthair cat who is a constant chirper she had already been named Melody when we adopted her.

It also depends on the pet owner’s tolerance. Some pet owners enjoy a talkative cat; others prefer a quieter cat.

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Kitten Meowing All The Time

Kitten meowing all the time

Why is my new kitten crying?

Bringing a new kitten home is an exciting time in our lives, but for the kitten, sometimes the experience of moving to a new home can be overwhelming. Leaving his family, who he’d had around 24 hours a day, new people and possibly pets, different home, smells. It can be all too much, particularly in younger kittens.

They may either react with fear and hide in a quiet corner, or they may cry. Both of which are distressing to both the kitten and his new owners.

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Scabs on Cat’s Neck

Scabs on cat neck

Cats are often afflicted with scabs, which can be extremely uncomfortable. Itching often accompanies scabs and sores, which causes further damage as well as the potential to develop a secondary bacterial infection.

Initially, some irritations may be minor, and the cat himself causes further damage due to itching, other disorders may cause large lesions. Scabs may be small and numerous, large and singular or a combination of both. The neck may be the only affected area or scabs and crusting may be more widespread. Itching is common but not always present.

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Scabs on a Cat’s Ears (Ear Edge Dermatitis)

Scabs on cat's ears

At a glance

Ear edge dermatitis is a common condition in which the cat develops crusting along the ear margins.


  • Ear mites
  • Sunburn
  • Solar dermatitis
  • Frostbite
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Pemphigus
  • Allergy
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Ringworm
  • Sarcoptic mange
  • Demodicosis
  • Notoedric mange
  • Insect bite or sting


This will depend on the underlying cause.


Known as pinnae, the outer (visible) part of the cat’s ear is susceptible to developing thickening, crusting and scaling. The medical term is ear edge dermatitis or ear margin dermatitis.

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