Cat Urinary Tract Infection

Cat urinary tract infection can be extremely painful and distressing for Kitty. It's caused by excessive multiplication of bacteria.

Causes, Signs And Treatment

1) Cause

The main risk factors are:

  • Stagnation and concentration of urine
  • Physical irritation of the bladder wall due to cat bladder stones

2) Signs

Some or all of the following signs may occur:

  • Cat spends a lot of time around litter box or other favorite toilet area
  • May develop a sudden aversion to litter box and start peeing elsewhere - often in the bath or sink
  • Straining to pee, but very little being produced each time (this may be mistaken for cat constipation)
  • Offensive smelling, bloodstained urine
  • Twitching tail
  • Feline incontinence
  • Scratching at the ground
  • Looking stressed and anxious
  • Increased thirst
  • Listlessness, fever and vomiting

3) Treatment

Treatment will vary from case to case - your vet will decide what's the most appropriate for your kitty. Treatment often includes:

  • Antibiotics
  • Urine acidifiers - this helps to suppress bacterial growth
  • Encouraging Kitty to pee more frequently

To prevent recurrence, the last point is important. Ideally, Kitty should empty his bladder at least three times a day. Regular bladder emptying gets rid of waste products and bacteria before they become a problem. It also flushes out the sand-like material in the cat urine that bladder stones are formed from. He should have easy access to a clean toilet and clean drinking water at all times. For advice on health insurance for your cat, click here.

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