Unfortunately, many cat owners overlook cat urinary tract infection symptoms, assuming that their cat has behavioral issues. This may cause a cat to endure needless suffering, and in some cases even death. Take a few minutes to educate yourself about cat urinary symptoms to prevent UTI pain, and even save your cat’s life.
If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, then you understand just how painful this condition can be. Chances are you gripped the sides of the seat, wincing at the sharp, burning pain with nothing but a few drops of urine to show for it. You felt the urge to pass more urine, but you dreaded your next trip to the bathroom.
Your cat isn’t much different. If you observe your cat straining at the litter box, he may be exhibiting the most classic of cat urinary tract infection symptoms.
Some things to watch for include:
- frequent visits to the litter box;
- repetitive squatting;
- not using the litter box;
- and even balancing on the edge of the litter box.
If you notice these behaviors, you need to take your cat to the vet right away. Again, think about how you felt when you had a UTI. Do you recall the itching, burning pain you felt? If your cat is continually licking the crotch or groin area, this is another of the most common cat urinary symptoms.
When you had a urinary tract infection, did you ever moan in pain while wrestling with the temptation to scratch the area? Again, your cat may exhibit these same behaviors like crying, howling, and scratching in an effort to deal with the horrible pain and itch that goes along with cat urinary symptoms.
There are a number of causes of cat urinary symptoms, including bacterial or viral infections, trauma, stress, bladder stones, and even tumors. You should know that this illness is often more serious for male cats, since the urinary tract may be blocked. Whatever the cause of your cat’s troubles, your vet will be able to make a proper diagnosis.
Another important warning signal is blood in your cat’s urine, which you may notice if he pees on the floor. If you see this symptom, get him to the vet immediately; if you wait until tomorrow, it may be too late. Your vet can confirm whether your cat is suffering from a feline UTI or blockage through a variety of diagnostic tests, like a physical exam, urinalysis, blood work, and sometimes x-ray.
Treating Feline UTI
In severe cases of a cat urinary tract blockage, your vet may need to catheterize your cat, or possibly even perform surgery. Your cat may also need IV fluids to avoid dehydration while he is undergoing treatment, and you will not be able to bring him home until he can drink and urinate without assistance.
If no blockage is found, then your vet may diagnose a bladder infection. She may prescribe antibiotics to treat the condition. Talk with your vet about natural herbal compounds to treat your kitty’s infection. More and more vets are relying on herbal remedies to treat bladder infections and other cat urinary symptoms.
Think back to some ways that you dealt with your own UTI. Did your health care provider suggest drinking cranberry juice and taking more vitamin C? You can use a similar approach in treating your cat’s UTI. Holistic vets are increasingly trying to avoid the use of antibiotics because they can actually make bladder infections worse in some cases. And, their overuse has caused the proliferation of bacterial strains that are resistant to antibiotics.
As a reminder, your cat may have a urinary tract infection if he displays one or more of the following symptoms:
1. Urinating on the floor
2. Blood tinged urine
3. Straining at the litter box
2. Constant licking in the groin area
3. Crying out in pain
Now that you know what to look for to identify cat urinary tract infection symptoms, you can incorporate natural, herbal remedies into your cat’s diet to help treat painful symptoms and prevent recurrent infections. These herbs are safe and natural, and may be used long term with no risk of side effects.