Take a look at the classic signs of feline urinary tract infection (feline UTI) in your feline companions, and find out why your pet's behaviour seems to be so different when she has this sort of infection..
Your pet sends you clear signals about the presence of a UTI in the following ways:
- Initially, the signs may not be very noticeable. If you are always conscious of your cat's behaviour, you will see that she is grooming her genital area more than usual. She will bite and lick the region again and again, even pausing during urination to do so. Think back to when you or someone you know had a urinary infection. It causes an itching and burning sensation that results in an uncontrollable desire to scratch the area. Your cat doesn't know what else to do and tries to physically soothe the itchiness by licking, biting and nibbling the area.
- The cat may seem unwilling to engage in play, be uninterested in the interesting titbits of food you may tempt her with, and turn away from petting and affection. This is when the infection is beginning to cause more trouble internally and your pet is beginning to actually feel unwell. Also, it hurts when she moves around so she decides to just stay put.
- Your pet may then have a few 'mad' or 'spastic' episodes, which may have her chasing her tail or rushing about. The discomfort is probably driving her crazy and this behaviour is because she doesn't know how else to express it.
- If your pet starts to avoid the litter box, or comes close to it when urinating but then urinates just outside it, you will be sure that the problem lies fair and square with her urinary system and that your pet in now in pain. Animal experts reason that the animal begins to believe that the box is the cause of her pain, and urinates outside it to escape from the extreme discomfort that urination brings on. You may see traces of blood in her urine.
- A final and dangerous stage is reached when you have signs that your cat has stopped urinating and has lost her appetite and thirst. Her problem is now reached severe proportions and she will need immediate and probably prolonged medical treatment or even surgery.
Feline urinary tract infections are bacterial in nature and cause extreme discomfort, whether in humans or in their pets. They can get really dangerous or even fatal if left untreated, because of the resultant damage to bladder tissues and formation of stones and cancerous growths in the kidneys and bladder.
While females tend to contract these infections more often than males, as a pet owner you should stay alert for these symptoms in your male pets as well. Age can be a factor in developing these problems, but younger cats can and do suffer from feline UTIs. Have a vet attend to your pet ASAP if you spot the signs of UTI.
Take steps to start on a healthy food program for your pet, and make changes in her habits that will ensure that the infection is eliminated and prevented from recurring. Look for natural foods and remedies that will help your cat.
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.