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:
So how does a cat get an infection? Possible contributing factors include
Common treatments include:
Hope any of this helps!