Day 4: Home Remedies For Cat Urine Issues
Welcome to the last day of our 4 day program. Today we'll talk about a very common problem in cats that is very frustrating for owners, and that is urinary tract infections
Feline Urinary Tract Infections
Feline Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) occur quite frequently in female cats and rarely in male cats. UTIs can be very painful for the cat and in severe cases can be life threatening.
1-2% of cats in the US
are affected with lower
urinary tract disease
A urinary tract infection happens when bacteria ascend up the urethra and into the bladder, and in extreme cases, the kidney.
Often times underlying disease problems (like diabetes), certain prescription medications, and physical abnormalities can lead to UTIs.
The reason that females experience a much higher incidence of urinary tract infections is because they have a much shorter urethera.
If these infections are not treated quickly the infection could become systemic, which could lead to sepsis and even death.
7 Signs of a Urinary Tract Infection
Here are 7 signs that your cat could potentially have a urinary tract infection:
1. Straining to urinate.
2. Painful urination.
3. Constant licking of the genitals.
4. Urine that contains blood.
5. Cat tries to urinate but only a few drops of urine passes.
6. Cat urinates outside the litter box.
7. Cat has a decreased appetite.
How to Diagnose a Urinary Tract Infection
There are many ways to diagnose an urinary tract infection. Most veterinarians use a combination of clinical signs, medical history, and physical exam.
They will also test the urine for a number of different parameters that could indict an infection.
These include things like urine pH, bacterial culture, crystals, red blood cells and white blood cells.
In more advanced cases your veterinarian might want to do additional blood tests, radiographs, and possibly an ultrasound.
Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections
Antibiotics are the main medication used to treat infections. If your veterinarian does prescribe an antibiotic for your cat, be sure to give it at the recommended times and for the whole course of treatment.
For example, if your veterinarian requests that you give your cat the antibiotic for 2 full weeks, be sure to do that, and don't stop giving the antibiotics if your cat seems better after only one week.
Not giving a full course of antibiotics can result in a persistent infection.
Some Homeopathic Remedies
Antibiotics are the best way to treat infections, but natural herbs and remedies can also be beneficial.
Many people prefer natural remedies because they do not have same potential for negative side effects as prescription medications do.
Arctostaphylos uva ursi
These two herbs have antibacterial properties that can help to reduce inflammation and help to boost your cat's immune system.
These two herbs can also help with UTIs, but are not used as often.
5 Tips to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
1. Give your cat lots of fresh water every day. Some cats may prefer to drink out of fountains.
Cats prefer to drink
running water like that
from a fountain (like this one!)
2. Give your cat a high quality cat food that helps promote urinary tract health.
3. Help your cat stay clean by regular grooming and bathing. You may also want to trim long haired cats to help with grooming of their genital areas.
4. Help your cat stay active by providing lots of toys.
5. Keep your litter boxes clean and filled with fresh cat litter.
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