Retrospective analysis of 131 feline uroliths from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (2010-2020)

Cristina J. Ortega, Evangelia M. Stavroulaki, Amanda Lawlor, Jody Lulich, Benoit Cuq

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Background: The proportions of different urolith types have not been investigated in cats from the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI) previously. The objective of this study was to investigate the proportions of different feline urolith types submitted to Minnesota Urolith Center from the ROI and NI from 2010 to 2020. An additional aim of this study was to identify potential risk factors associated with each urolith type in cats in this geographic area. Results: One hundred and thirty-one uroliths were submitted for the studied period with 44.3% being struvite, 43.5% calcium oxalate and 7.6% compound. Only 11 uroliths were submitted in the first 4 years. The number of submissions increased after 2015, peaking in 2019 with 25 submissions. Due to low numbers no conclusions could be made about changes in incidence of urolith types over time. Cats ≤7 years of age were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with struvite uroliths (OR, 2.87 [1.37-6.06]; p = 0.007) while cats ≥7 years of age with calcium oxalate uroliths (OR, 2.67, [1.29-5.37], p = 0.004). Conclusions: This is the first epidemiologic study of urolithiasis from cats in the ROI and NI. The most prevalent types of uroliths in our study population were struvite and calcium oxalate. Due to the low number of urolith submissions, changes in the incidence of different uroliths could not be accurately determined. Increasing age was associated with calcium oxalate formation while younger cats were more commonly diagnosed with struvite urolithiasis which can be medically dissolved. Therefore, urolith dissolution is more likely to be successful in young cats than older cats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
JournalIrish Veterinary Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study received funding from Hill’s to cover the costs of data collection carried out by the Minnesota Urolith Center.

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  • Calcium oxalate
  • Cats
  • Ireland
  • Struvite
  • Urolith

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  • Journal Article


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