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Identifying and Preventing Feline UTIs

There are a few things that can make cats really uncomfortable, and present a problem for the pet's owner, and of them identifying a case of UTI without resorting to the veterinarian's help presents challenges. Cats are thought to be behaving strangely, for instance when the source of the problem could be a urinary tract infection.

Owners who notice any signs such as the cat's urine in an odd place, or an animal going for it's hind end again and again, will be able to spot the telltale indications of feline UTI if they observe their pet over the space of a day or two. There are five classic signals that a cat can give you that will alert you to the fact. :

Reduced use of the litter box;
Repeated licking of the genital area;
Less playful and more moody;
Attempts to bite the genital area
Increase in 'mad behaviour' episodes.

Those pet owners who may have experienced UTI themselves would be aware that the itching and burning sensation caused by the infection makes life very uncomfortable.

A cat is no different. Cats start avoiding the litter box because they associate it with the pain of urination. They may even stop midway during urination to lick their genitals and cause that little accident you don't like. They cannot be their usual playful selves because the itching and discomfort is such that they are scared to move around and end up sitting around looking morose and unhappy. The animals take to biting or nibbling at themselves just to soothe the itch in their urethra.

UTIs are generally found more commonly in dogs than in cats. Also, more male than female cats develop this infection, mainly because the male feline urethra is rather narrow and therefore more easily blocked. Human intervention is necessary to ease their suffering.

Of course the first step to take after noticing the above signs would be to meet a veterinarian and have your pet's urine analysed. The signs themselves are merely indications or warnings. If a report finds that infection is present, it will mean that the infection will have to be treated, and this is usually done with antibiotics, which are available in capsule, tablet or liquid form.

A rather more attractive way than using antibiotics to tackle UTI in humans is through ingesting natural remedies such as apple cider or cranberry juice. This relieves the condition effectively. Talk to your veterinarian about natural remedies that you could make or obtain from shops that could be used to treat your pet with on a regular basis, thus preventing this problem from occurring in the first place.

Veterinarians are aware that herb mixtures and solutions provide quick and effective relief from feline UTI, even in the most toxic cases. Herbs can be used similarly for preventing the incidence of feline UTI. Diet and natural remedies can go hand-in-hand in ensuring that your pet stays frisky and playful throughout its life. Feline UTI is one of those painful and chronic problems that your pet can do without.

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.

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