Urine Sample - Cat

Need help collecting that sample from your cat? Urine Luck!! How to collect a urine sample from your cat at home.

For starters, we cannot magically remove urine from a clump of litter. We don't need a lot of urine but we do need a clean, untainted sample in order to run our tests.

1. Choose a small, enclosed room without carpeting that you can close your cat off in. a. An example would be a bathroom or laundry room.

2. Provide your cat with food and water in the enclosed room. It may take several hours before you are able to collect a sample.

  1. Remove all rugs, towels, etc that could absorb any urine that is outside of the box.

  2. Also, plug any drains (tub or sink) that your cat could pee down.

  3. Place an empty, clean litter box in a designated area. NO LITTER in the box.

a. If your cat will not go in an empty litter box, you can use one of these nonabsorbent alternatives... unpopped popcorn (kernels), shredded plastic bag, cut up plastic straws, plastic beads, marbles, Legos, packing peanuts, Kit4Kat, or nonabsorbent kitty litter.
(Make sure your cat does not eat any of these foreign objects!)

6. Once your cat has urinated, collect the urine is a sealable, clean container
a. Your vet should be able to provide a syringe or pipette to suck the urine up with.

7. Urine has the tendency to crystalize if left sitting out. Either get the urine sample to your vet clinic ASAP or place the labeled urine container in the refrigerator. Sample needs to be less than 12-16 hours old.

Please answer the following questions:

Have you noticed your cat straining in the box?
Have you seen blood in his/her urine?
Is your cat urinating more or less frequently?
Is your cat urinating in the litter box?
Is he or she defecating normally?
Has this problem occurred before?
Did you recently change litter brands?
Do your litter boxes have hoods?
Do your litter boxes have liners?
Does your cat go outside?
Have you recently had any new stresses in your life? (moved/new home, new baby or pet, new job schedule, etc.) If yes, please explain:
Which type of medication do you prefer to give your cat?