Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

PetMD Seal

Urethral Shaft Abnormality in Cats

ADVERTISEMENT

 

Treatment and Care

 

Treatment for repairing an ectopic ureter will involve surgically creating a new ureteral opening into the bladder, or removing a blocked or severely infected kidney. A portion of the displaced ureter will need to be removed, if feasible, and the ureter opening (ureterocele) into the bladder then repaired. Incontinence may continue if your cat also has urethral muscle incompetence, and will be weakened to some degree during recovery from surgery. Keeping the litter box close and easily accessible will help your cat to regain its composure over time.

 

Living and Management

 

Your veterinarian will need to evaluate the effectiveness of the surgery in a follow-up visit. Internal imaging of the urinary organs and bladder using dye injection through the vaginal canal (for female animals) will follow the track of the fluid and will make it possible to visually inspect the healing of the surgical site. Surgically elevating the vagina to support the bladder neck (where the urethra and bladder join) using the colposuspension technique may correct the incontinence.

 

If incontinence persists, phenylpropanolamine, an alpha-blocker, may be prescribed to enhance urinary flow, or to relieve tension and pain, a tricyclic antidepressor agent such as imipramine can be prescribed. Reproductive chemical hormone therapy may increase the naturally occurring sensitivity of urethral stress response receptors. Reproductive hormone therapy is not advised in immature animals.

 

 

Related Articles

Bacterial Infection (Pyelonephritis) of the Kidneys in Cats

Pyelonephritis is a bacterial infection of the renal pelvis, the funnel-like part of the ureter in the cat's kidney. Learn more about the causes,...

READ MORE
Painful and Frequent Urination in Cats

Dysuria is a condition that leads to painful urination, and pollakiuria refers to abnormally frequent urination. In other words, you'll have...

READ MORE
Crystals in the Urine in Cats

Crystalluria in cats with anatomically and functionally normal urinary tracts is usually harmless because the crystals are eliminated before...

READ MORE
Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Feline urinary tract disease is a general term for disorders characterized by blood in the urine, difficult or painful urination, abnormal, frequent...

READ MORE
MORE FROM PETMD.COM