Like most mammals, cats are also prone to urinary tract infection, which by definition refers to a bacterial infection inside the urinary tract. Once bacterial multiplies painful symptoms start to occur. While mild urinary tract infection can be cured with the animal's immune system, severe cases of feline urinary tract infection require veterinarian attention. Some of the most telling symptoms for feline urinary tract infection can be found in the cat's potty habits. If you notice that the cat is over-urinating or under-urinating or urinating outside of the litter box, then this may indicate a serious problem. You are looking for any sign of difficulty in urination, as in a blockage.
Sick cats have also shown peculiar behavior in bathroom habits; what we humans would call "psychological" trauma. Cats may decide to stop using the litter box if they are interrupted or if urination is painful. They associate pain with going in the litter box. So, naturally, they will start to "think outside the box" when it comes to relieving themselves, hoping for a less painful experience. Therefore, if you notice cat urine in other areas of the house in a housebroken pet you should be very concerned.
What are other symptoms of feline urinary tract infection to look for? Obviously crying meows while urinating are indicative of a painful experience, though not all cats will show pain in the same way. Be mindful of bloody urine or the cat excessively licking itself. If you suspect feline urinary tract infection based on these or other unusual symptoms then you should not delay in taking your cat to the vet. Once the vet looks at the animal he or she will make a diagnosis based on medical history, observation and urine samples. In order to get a urine sample, the vet will either use a special brand of special non-absorbable litter or have to perform a cystocentesis if the cat is too nervous to urinate. (This involves inserting a needle through the abdomen and into the bladder to collect a sample)
What Kind of Treatment Exists for Feline Urinary Tract Infection?
What are some common treatments for cat urinary tract infection? If the urinalysis shows any evidence of a bladder infection, then the vet will give your cat antibiotics and maybe even medication, provided the cat is not extra sensitive to such substances. The more severe the case, the more complicated procedures will be suggested. However, do not fear that the vet will push unnecessary surgery on you. In fact, most feline urinary tract infection conditions are treated with special dieting, regular check ups and antibiotics to relieve pain and or prevent secondary infections.
One major issue is that cat urinary tract infection tends to relapse, even after an initial healing. Therefore you should focus on prevention as much as cure. One way you can do this is to make sure that your cat gets plenty of fresh, clean water. This may be problematic in some cases so try flavoring smaller volumes of water with tuna or salmon juice to make it more appetizing to the cat. Cats also love fresh running water so buying a pet drinking fountain may help to increase the cat's intake. If the cat has been urinating outside the litter box, you should break this habit immediately. If and when the cat goes outside the litter box, clean the area thoroughly and use an odor neutralizer to eliminate the scent. That way the cat will avoid coming back to this area. Lastly, you can look into a product called Feliway, which is proven to help cats overcome kitty stress, which contributes to feline urinary tract infection.
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My name is Einar Eskeland. I am a norwegian medical doctor and homoeopath. I promote several high quality sources of knowledge and products for self improvement, health, evolution and growth as a part of my practice as a doctor, and as a help for my patients in their struggle to regain health and balance.