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What causes crystals in cats

Crystal formation in cats is a result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

The precise cause of crystals in cats is not fully understood.

Crystal formation occurs in some young cats and never in others.

Crystal formation in cats is associated with various health problems, as well as with environmental factors, such as diet and stress.

Crystal formation in cats may be a sign of dehydration, poor kidney function and/or liver damage.

Certain diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, urinary tract disease, heart disease and diabetes mellitus, can cause crystal formation in cats.

Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the endocrine system where the body is unable to produce enough insulin or use the insulin that it produces properly.

A healthy cat's kidneys produce and excrete a clear, watery fluid called urine.

Cat urine contains no crystals or stones, and is easily passed through the system.

Cats with crystals in their urine may have crystals in their urine because their kidneys are not efficiently filtering the urine.

The crystals in the urine may produce pain in the cat's rear end and/or abdomen.

The crystals may also cause the urine to smell bad and may make it difficult for the cat to pass urine.

The crystals may even block the urethra and cause cystitis (inflammation of the bladder).

Crystal formation in cats may also be caused by a urinary tract infection.

How is crystal formation in cats treated?

Treatment of crystal formation in cats involves managing the problem.

If the crystals are in the urine of the cat, they can be removed via a procedure called "fecal extraction".

The cat is also treated for the underlying health problem.

What is the cause of crystals in cats?

The exact cause of crystal formation in cats is not fully understood.

Crystal formation in cats is thought to be a result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

They may also cause the urine to smell bad and may make it difficult for the cat to pass urine.

Another possible cause of crystal formation in cats is urinary tract infection.

Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria.

If the bacteria get into the urethra, they can cause crystal formation in the urine.

Urine from a cat with a urinary tract infection may contain particles of bacteria.

These particles may crystallize in the urine.

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