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Three Things You Must Know About Cat Urinary Tract Infection

Updated on May 19, 2009
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Darlene Norris is a long-time pet lover. She has worked as a vet assistant and draws on this experience when she writes her articles.

Does your kitty have a cat urinary tract infection?
Does your kitty have a cat urinary tract infection?

Let's face it, if your feline friend has cat urinary problems, it's pretty hard to ignore. A cat bladder infection is not only painful, but it can cause your friend to urinate inappropriately in odd places in your home. Here are three things you should know about a cat urinary tract infection.

1. What Are The Symptoms Of A Feline Urinary tract Infection?

Did you know that your cat's bladder is normally a sterile environment? Bacteria usually isn't present in the bladder, so if some stray germs do manage to find their way in, it makes sense that they would cause a bladder infection.

Inflammation from the infection can cause the following symptoms:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Urinating in places other than the litter box
  • Straining to urinate
  • Crying out in pain while in the litter box
  • Drinking more water than normal
  • Unable to pass urine

You need to know that a urinary blockage is a veterinary emergency that requires immediate treatment. Your cat can die within a day or two from an untreated blockage.

Sometimes a cat can have a feline bladder infection, but not show any symptoms at all. This can happen if your kitty is being treated with an anti-inflammatory medication like cortisone. If your pet is on this kind of treatment, you'll want to be alert for cat urinary problems.

2. How Is A Cat Urinary Tract Infection Treated?

These infections are usually treated with antibiotics. Before prescribing one, your vet will probably do a urinalysis to see if bacteria or stones are present in your kitty's bladder. He or she may want to do a urine culture to identify which bacteria is the culprit. This will aid your vet in deciding which antibiotic to use when treating your pet.

3. Can Feline Urinary Tract Infections Be Prevented?

This may sound odd, but putting your cat on canned food may solve the problem. You probably don't realize that felines are meant to get most of their water from their food. They just don't drink a lot of water. A cat who is always fed dry food is chronically dehydrated, which predisposes him to cat bladder infections.  

As an aside, did you know that a common cause of death among older cats is kidney failure? This can be the result of years of chronic dehydration.  

Your kitty must have access to clean, fresh water at all times. You wouldn't want to drink water that's warm and stale and has stuff floating in it, and your kitty friend won't either.

Natural Pet Remedies May Help Prevent Cat Urinary Problems

Interest is rising in natural treatments, so it's only logical that pet owners wonder if these remedies are effective for pets, too. You'll be interested to know that uva ursi and berberis are two herbs that have been used to support urinary health in people for centuries.  

These herbs have been combined with the homeopathic remedies Cantharis and Staphysagris in a remedy formulated especially for pets. Many pet owners have used natural remedies for cats to both prevent and treat feline bladder infections.

If cat urinary tract infections are a problem for your feline companion, you'll want to take action to change his diet, and start him on an herbal cat remedy as soon as you can.

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