Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are not as common in cats as in canine pets, but once identified, the issues in resolving the problem successfully so as to prevent a recurrence of it can prove to be challenging. While struggling with their pet's discomfort and pain, owners may find themselves beset on all sides, when treatments do not work, or exacerbate the situation.
Veterinary medicine has long leaned on the administration of synthetic chemicals or manmade antibiotics to provide succor to suffering animals. However, it has been observed that even extended treatment with costly pet antibiotics do not ensure a complete recovery for the concerned animal.
Feline UTIs are conditions that cannot be ignored for long because they can seriously affect a cat's health, and entail increasing expenditure on pet care. Alternative therapies such as pet herbal supplements are now gaining in popularity with pet owners and veterinarians alike, as conventional therapies do not always succeed in controlling infections.
Here's a quick overview of the conventional and alternative remedies for Feline UTI.
Conventional treatments would involve urinalysis of the pet's urine sample for bacteria by a laboratory, which if found to be positive is followed by a course of prescribed antibiotics which has to be administered over a period of three weeks. In some cases, catheterisation or surgery may be advised in order to ease the animal's suffering.
However, antibiotics do not always suit the pet, and nor do they invariably banish the harmful bacteria. Moreover, antibiotics kill a lot of the good bacteria in a cat's digestive tract and impair its digestive processes. The immune system can be compromised as well and often the unfortunate animal may end up as a chronic sufferer of UTI.
Alternative therapies look at cure as well as prevention of the problem.
Part of the belief in this system of treatment is that the diet and care must suit the physiology and needs of the cat. Commercially prepared pet foods are far from ideal foods for cats (which eat only raw protein foods in the wild), while simple things like clean water and a regularly cleaned litter box go a long way in keeping your beloved kitty happy and healthy.
Alternative therapies therefore concentrate on holistic methods, wherein natural or herbal treatment is used to relieve the problem and restore the health of the feline urinary system, as well prevent an infection from happening again. These remedies seek to reflect the natural biochemic systems in a cat's body, which sustain the animal's health in the wild and protect it from changes in food and weather,
A number of herbal pet food supplements are now available for those going the way of alternative treatments. Natural antibiotics bearberry and barberry are among the herbal supplements that can be used for tackling feline UTIs.
Another well-known restorative agent for the feline urinary tract is the herb Cantharis. These and other standardized natural food supplements will bolster the pet's defences against unwanted and troublesome infections and help support the overall health of an animal's urinary tract. (507 words).
Janet Markowitz has been a German Shepherd Breeder for over 20 years. She has always been interested in using natural and holistic remedies for her Shepherds whenever possible. She has found that by using natural Remedies in conjunction with conventional medicine, she has achieved great success in the health and longevity in her dogs.