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Can cat in heat cause UT infection in fixed male?

September 10th, 2009, 10:24 AM
My mother's male cat has just died from a urinary tract infection. She just noticed he was sick when she came home from work yesterday, and today he died during surgery. My daughter's cat, who is in heat, is living there for a while, and my mother is convinced that the cat being in heat caused the fixed male cat to get a urinary tract infection. Is this possible?

September 10th, 2009, 01:13 PM
Sorry to hear about your mother's cat dying. It's extremely unlikely to be related to the other cat being in heat. More probably, it has to do with what the kitty was eating: a dry food diet is the number one cause of urinary tract blockages in male cats. However, it would still be a good idea for your daughter to have her cat spayed, for the health of the cat and to prevent any unwanted litters from adding to the tragedy of pet overpopulation.