Normally urine in cats is yellow with a characteristic odor.
Faced with the fact that the urine of the domestic favorite has acquired a dark color, breeders sometimes do not attach importance to this.
However, this fact should be cause for concern, because it indicates problems with the health of the animal.
The main cause of darkening of urine in catsIs the presence of blood and bacteria in it. This is due to the presence of crystals in the urinary tract or because of the inflammatory process. But there may be other reasons. In any case, the darkening of the urine in the animal is an occasion for an immediate visit to the vet.
The dark color of urine may be due to a violation of the blood clotting process. In this case, the cat should have point subcutaneous bleeding, known as petechiae.
Infections and stones in the urinary system
Infections of the urinary system are better manageable,Than crystals of uric acid. However, the consequences of infection can be quite severe. Bacterial infection most often takes on an upward character and, reaching the kidneys, can cause serious disturbances in their work. Prolonged infection leads to the fact that the cat loses weight because of the loss of proteins. Also, in view of the fact that the bacteria raise the pH of the urine, struvites can form in the bladder - stones that give the animal great suffering. In most cases, urogenital infection in females is much more dangerous than crystals (for males, a blockage of the urinary tract is characteristic). If the analysis of the urine of the animal shows the presence of both infection and crystals at the same time, it is difficult to say exactly which problem is primary and which is secondary. As the infection can lead to the formation of struvite, so the crystals themselves, affecting the walls of the bladder, can cause infection. In any case, veterinarians prescribe antibiotics and recommend special nutrition.
Urine can get dark, or ratherDark orange color due to dehydration, so make sure that the cat is drinking enough liquid. Canned food is a more preferable option than dry food, so if you have any problems, think about adding wet food to the diet of the pet.
A blood disease called thrombocytopenia, in which a low platelet count in the blood is detected, can also be a cause of darkening of the urine.
If we talk about females, then darkening of the urine canBe caused by diseases of the reproductive system, in which dark, bloody discharge from the genital organs of the cat gets into the urine. These are serious diseases such as ovarian cancer, neoplasia, as well as inflammatory processes of various etymologies.
Heat is a natural process, evidencingReadiness of the cat for mating. In this case, the animal has menstrual-like discharge, which can fall into the urine and color it in a dark color. If the cat has all the signs of estrus, then the darkening of the urine is not an excuse for contacting the vet.