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Cat Urinary Tract Infection -- Questions And Answers About Cat Urinary Problems
Did you know that cat urinary tract infection is the most common reason that people take their kitties to the vet?
Many pet owners still have many questions about cat urinary problems, even after paying the vet a visit. Here are some answers to common questions about cat bladder infection.
Is There A Difference Between A Cat Urinary Tract Infection And A Feline Bladder Infection?
These terms are used interchangably, which leads to some confusion among people owned by cats. Technically, a cat bladder infection affects only your feline's bladder.
A feline urinary tract infection (also known as a UTI) can affect any part of your kitty's urinary tract, which includes his kidneys, his bladder, his urethra (the tube that carries urine out of his body), or his ureters (the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder).
Can I Catch A Bladder Infection From My Cat?
No. A feline urinary tract can't be passed from a cat to a person, or from a cat to another kitty.
What's A Urinalysis?
Your vet will examine a urine sample from your kitty to see if it's cloudy or has blood in it. If it's cloudy, it's because white blood cells are present, which is a sign of an infection.
If the urine is bloody, there is some kind of irritation in the bladder. Crystals may also be present, which indicates cat bladder stones. Your vet will also check to see if protein is present in the urine.
Why Does My Vet Want To Do A Urine Culture?
When a urine culture is done, the bacteria found in the urine are separated out, and then grown in the lab. This test takes a couple of days, as the bacteria need time to grow.
A urine culture provides your vet with important information. He or she will now know what kind of bacteria is present, have a good idea of how severe the infection is, and know which antibiotic will kill the bacteria.
Do I Really Have To Give My Cat ALL Those Pills?
Yep, afraid so. Giving a cat a pill isn't a picnic, but a pill gun can make the job a lot easier. Your vet may have them for sale, and they're well worth the investment.
Many pet owners make the mistake of stopping the antibiotics too soon. Your kitty is much better, and it looks like the infection is gone. But there's a good chance it will come back if you don't give all the antibiotics over the ten or fourteen-day period required.
An even more serious problem is that of antibiotic resistance. If you stop the antibiotics too soon, the bacteria may become resistant to it, and soon the antibiotic isn't effective any more.
Cats are very devious in finding ways to resist pills, but stay the course, and finish all the antibiotics, no matter what your pet does to resist.
Natural Pet Remedies Are Safe And Effective For Feline UTIs
Many pet owners wonder if natural remedies for cats can help with cat urinary tract infection. The answer is yes. You'll want to look for a remedy that's easy to give, so you're not faced with trying to give your kitty a pill every day. You'll also want to know that the remedy has been formulated especially for pets, not people.
Now that you've read this article, hopefully you have a better understanding of cat bladder infections, and how they're treated.