How do I analyse Blücare® granules?
The Blücare® granules included in OdourLock maxCare® help detect traces of blood and/or glucose in your cat’s urine. The presence of blood in urine is strongly associated with urinary disorders in cats, including feline idiopathic cystitis, urolithiasis and urinary tract infections. The presence of urine glucose is often linked to feline diabetes.
When using Blücare® granules, it is important to remove urine and stool clumps daily with a litter scoop. If a granule on which the cat has urinated is left to evolve for longer, the test may be falsified.
Observe the granules that have come into contact with your cat’s urine and consult the guide below to help you analyse the colour of the granules.
Note: Granules are not a substitute for veterinary advice. Whatever the colour of the granules, if you have any doubts about your cat’s health, we recommend that you contact your veterinarian.
You only see white granules
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The granules are negative for blood and negative for urine glucose in your cat. There are no indicators of disease detectable by our granules in your pet.
Continue to keep a close eye on your cat, especially if it is one of those individuals with risk factors for diabetes or urinary disorders (redirect to risk factors blog ”Learn more about risk factors”).
If you’re not sure whether to choose white or blue
Very light blue or pale green granules may appear when, for example, very small amounts of blood or glucose are present in the urine.
Note: Particular environmental conditions (high temperature and/or humidity; direct exposure to sunlight; exposure to an oxidising agent – e.g. bleach) as well as a bias in compliance with conditions of use (forgetfulness of daily cleaning, granules already soiled by urine on which a cat will “re-urinate” etc.) can distort the colorimetric response of granules.
If you’re unsure of the colour, remove all soiled granules from the litter and make sure the litter is clean. If your Blücare granules have been in your litter box for a month or more, clean the entire box and replace it with a new set (litter + bag of granules). In the next 24 to 48 hours, watch your cat’s behaviour and the colour of the new soiled granules.
If your cat’s behaviour is unusual and/or you still notice a bluish discolouration, contact your vet.
You see blue granules
The granules have detected blood and/or glucose in your cat’s urine.
It’s advisable to contact your veterinarian, as these biomarkers may be signs of urinary pathology or feline diabetes. The darker the blue, the greater the quantity of biomarkers detected.
Reminder: Granules are not a substitute for veterinary advice. Whatever the colour of the granules, if you have any doubts about your cat’s health, we recommend that you contact your veterinarian.