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Urine Samples and Your Cat

There is a great deal of information that can be obtained through urine samples. The urine can reveal information about the presence of certain medical conditions like diabetes, bladder problems, kidney problems, and liver problems. As useful as it can be, however, it’s not always easy to obtain.

Collecting a dog’s urine is usually far easier than collecting a cat’s urine. For many dogs, it’s fairly easy to just slip a container underneath them as they’re going about their usual business. Most cats, however, won’t allow you to do this. An empty litter tray sometimes works if your cat will urinate directly into it. If not, there is also non-absorbable litter that you can ask your veterinarian about. This allows the urine to pass through a grill into a tray beneath it, though this method may not be sterile enough in some cases. Urine can also be collected directly from the bladder by passing a needle into the bladder, a method which your veterinarian may suggest in order to reduce the risk of contamination.

When collecting urine, be sure to use a clean, sterile container. You can even get one from your veterinarian. Because urine tests should be conducted as soon as possible after the urine is collected, get the sample to your veterinarian as soon as you can. To keep the urine fresh, it can be kept in the refrigerator – not the freezer – for several hours.