Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

There are a number of ailments that are shared by cats and humans and cat urinary issue. If you have ever had a UTI you will know just how painful they can be. Left untreated, they can become serious for  cat and some case on poodle in malaysia.

As with humans, UTI’s are more common in female cats than males. If you notice your cat making frequent trips to the litter box but not passing very much urine, or if she meows or is straining when trying to pass it, check with your vet.

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She also may not be making it to the litter tray and leaving small puddles around. There can be two explanations for this – she physically cannot make it to the litter box in time and/or she associates the litter box with the pain she is experiencing when she tries to pass urine so doesn’t want to use it. A simple tip on detecting a UTI is to smell your cat’s urine. If it has a strong and unpleasant odour, it is probably an infection. If your cat is continually licking at the genital area, this is another indication of a problem as your cat will be trying to heal itself.

Of course there can be other reasons why she is eliminating elsewhere and you need to be able to rule these out. Cats will eliminate inappropriately when their routine is upset. This could be because you have rearranged the furniture or repainted the living room. It could be due to visitors coming to stay or a family member leaving home for work reasons. She could be showing signs of stress because she has been frightened by loud noises near her litter tray or by a puppy malaysia outside.

If you are able to rule out any behavioural problems, I suggest checking with your vet. Most urinary tract infections are caused by one of three things – an inflammation of the lining of the bladder, bacteria spread from the urethra, or bladder/kidney stones. Treatment can be as simple as a course of antibiotics from your vet. However your vet does need to rule out obstructions such as kidney or bladder stones as they require a different type of treatment.

Most UTI’s will be due to an abnormal urine pH. Your vet can check this and give you methods or treatments to help increase the acidity of the urine. In some cases, the urine may be too acid and your vet will give you something to make it more alkaline.

Fresh water is essential in the treatment of UTI’s. If you live in a city that has water treated with fluoride or other chemicals, use bottled or filtered water. Make sure there is plenty of it and it is fresh each day. Just as with humans, plenty of water helps flush any toxins from the body.

Try to keep your cat at a healthy weight and fit. Encourage it to play daily and make sure the food is of the best quality you can afford. If you are feeding your cat a dry food diet, consider adding some tinned or moist food or increase the amount of water available. Many good quality dry foods contain less phosphates and more salt to encourage drinking. Overweight or obese cats are more prone to urinary tract disease. With older cats, not making it to the litter tray could be a sign of incontinence.

I use pure cranberry juice in bottled water as well as cranberry tablets as I have recurring UTI’s. These help balance the pH of the urine. You might try adding some cranberry to your cat’s water (1ml per 1 pound of body weight daily) or by giving it a crushed tablet such as Cran Actin at A� a tablet per 10 pounds of body weight daily. There are also herbal and homeopathic remedies which can be used for inflammation. Stones do require vet intervention for the safety of your cat’s health.

Blood in the urine always needs immediate checking by your vet. It is one of the symptoms of urinary tract infections but can also be an indicator of other serious health problems.

Your cat’s health is as important as your children’s health. Being aware of what is going on with it at all time, including keeping an eye on how often the litter box is used, will help in preventing any potential problems developing into something serious. Feline urinary tract infections do occur, but you can help cut the suffering down to a minimum.

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