Urinary Problems in Cats

Very few instances in pet ownership are as sad as caring for a poor kitty with urinary tract infections; these are similar to those in humans in that they are painful, unpleasant, and can even be potentially lethal if untreated. Prevention can save your kitty a lot of pain and stress. Not only can these types of infections be a pain but they also have a high probability of becoming chronic which means a lifetime regime of antibiotics and testing.

Most cats will contract a urinary tract infection at least once in their lives. Common symptoms are urinating in inappropriate places, avoiding the litter box area, straining to pass urine, howling while trying to pass urine, exhibiting mean and/or antisocial behavior, excessive water consumption, fatigue, blood in the urine, and of course everyone's favorite a foul smelling urine smell that is nearly impossible to get rid of.

Petmed lists most common symptoms such as:

  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Abnormal, frequent passage of urine
  • Urinating in inappropriate locations
  • Blockage of urine flow through the urethra to outside the body
  • Thickened, firm, contracted bladder wall, felt by the veterinarian during physical examination
  • Some cats with lower urinary tract diseases exhibit similar symptoms to those observed in humans with interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome)

So how does a cat get an infection? Possible contributing factors include

  • Bladder stones
  • Urinary tract cancer
  • Thickening of the bladder
  • Weakened immune system
  • Regular exposure to bacteria laden places (dirty litter boxes)
  • Diet ( Here is a pretty good write up on foods that can cause feline urinary problems here)
  • Dehydration
  • Nutritional deficiencies

Common treatments include:

  • Reduce your cat's stress level, which can be factor in any cat urinary problem.
  • Take your cat to the veterinarian. He or she will most likely prescribe UTI antibiotics.
  • For instances of chronic UTI, catheterization or surgery is often recommended.

Hope any of this helps!

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