Are one of your cats showing signs of urinary problems? There are several reasons and they can be very serious.
It was hurting and then after I left the box I felt like I needed to right back. I just couldn’t empty my bladder. It didn’t make me feel very good at all. Now Oscar is struggling with this problem. We had urinary problems.
Fortunately Mom noticed how frequently I was in the litter box and when I was there it was for quite a while. She checked and noticed there wasn’t much urine left behind when I left. The next thing I knew I was in a carrier and at the Vet Clinic where there were many unusual smells and new people trying to get their hands on me. I was a feral cat and don’t let anyone touch me not even my human family. So, they had to relax me to take care of me. Mom was afraid I had a urinary blockage. Fortunately it was not that, but an infection. They sent me home with some medicine. It still took awhile to make it easy for me to go to the bathroom.
6 SYMPTOMS OF CAT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
1. Straining to Urinate
Like I mentioned, I was having trouble when I went to the litter box. If this situation is not addressed it continues to
get worse and the crystals that form eventually can create a blockage of the urethra. This is life threatening for us,
and more common if we are male.
2. Frequent Trips to the Litter Box
I would go right back to the litter box after leaving, because I had not emptied my bladder. When this is happening we are not getting rid of the toxins that normally are eliminated through urination. This will make us very sick.
3. Painful Urination
When you know you have to pee, but you also know it hurts to do it, it becomes frustrating. There seems to be no way to relieve that pain. You may find us licking our privates to help soothe that pain. We also may be more cranky than usual.
4. Bloody Urine
Finding blood in our urine or noticing it is darker and discolored is alarming! Females can be more apt to have blood tinged urine than males. But, in our household Joe Boo Boo, a husky male, occasionally has blood in his urine. He has been to the Vet and we have a post about that situation.
5. Urinating Outside the Litter Box
When we do this it is our way of letting you know we are having a problem. For example, Joe Boo Boo will leave some bloody urine in the bathtub to let Mom know he is having a problem. Oscar used the mat around the litter box when he was beginning to have a problem. If you find us doing something like this PLEASE pay attention and get us to the Vet.
6. Lethargy, vomiting or crying out in pain when in the litter box are emergency situations!
if this is happening we are in extreme stress and may already have a blockage of the urinary tract. It is life threatening and it doesn’t take long. The Vet needs to drain our bladder immediately.
FELINE IDIOPATHIC CYSTITIS
This is the technical term for the bladder inflammation of the lower urinary tract that causes straining when urinating.
Crystals are formed that build up and eventually without treatment will cause a blockage in the urinary tract. There are two types of crystals. One is struvite which means the urine is too alkaline. The other is calcium oxalate meaning the urine is too acidic.
WHAT CAUSES CAT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS?
Low quality dry pellet cat food! That is the answer to that question. A few years ago companies making perscription dry cat food added acidifying substances to so called healthy food to combat the struvite crystals. Now this has created more of the calcium oxalate crystals. If you read what is in the cat food stay away from those that mention “byproducts”,fillers, grains, food colors and chemicals that work against our health.
TREATMENT FOR CAT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
Go to the Veternarian.
When they have determined the cause of the problem the Vet will perscribe an antibiotic, Amoxicillin or Cephalexin.
It is suggested that if you are taking an antibiotic you should add a probiotic or some live culture yogurt to your food to create the good bacteria in the GI tract that is being destroyed with the antibiotic.
There is a caution about antibiotics and cats who experience chronic infectons. It is not recommended that you give me constant doses of Amoxicillin to prevent me from having recurring infections. This will keep the antibiotic from truly working the next time it needs to. There are some holistic treatments that can help prevent this from recurring.
HOLISTIC TREATMENTS FOR CAT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
Now we are getting somewhere. Here are some immediate things you can do to help us.
I swear by Apple Cider Vinegar. Add 1 – 3 tsp. apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water. Try to get about 1/8th of the cup into the cat with the problem and follow up every hour with some. Now, you know it isn’t going to be easy. Oscar is really hard to get cooperation from when it comes to getting a dropper full of anything into his mouth. One suggestion may be to dip his paw into the water mixture and hopefully he will lick it off. You can put a dropper full on our food as well. Again, Oscar has such a good “smeller” that he won’t eat his food if there is vinegar on it. We tried that before. I got used to it in my food.
Cranberries are naturally good to keep the bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract. You can use the cranberry juice like the vinegar. It can be added to our water bowl or on our food. Just be sure it is natural and unsweetened. You can also use fresh or dried cranberries. Blueberries will do the same thing.
Coconut Oil is very healthy. Add a pea sized amount to our food.
There are several herbs that can help with Urinary Tract infections.
There are some herbs that will help soothe and give long term good urinary health.
Echinacea ~ This will help with acute infections and will help with UTI
Uva Ursi ~ Especially for bladder and kidney infections. It may serve as an antiseptic to clean the urinary tract.
Horsetail ~ We need to try this with Joe Boo Boo. It is especially helpful if there is blood in the urine.
Marshmellow ~ This is soothing for the inflammation experienced by the forming of the crystals.
Tumeric ~ This is a natural anti-inflammatory. Add 1/8th – 1/4th tsp. to our food once or twice a day. You can find this in the spice section of the grocery store.
Parsley ~ This has a healing effect to the bladder. Put 1/4 tsp. on our food or make a parsley tea and give it in place of our water. Add 1 teaspoon of parsley to 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for about 15 minutes then strain theparsley. Cool and put it in our water bowl.
Corn Silk ~ This is good for bladder problems. It can be mixed with the food, or mixing 1/4 tsp. of corn silk tincture and 3/4 tsp. water which can be given by syringe orally twice a day.
DIET CHANGES AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES FOR CATS WITH URINARY TRACT INFECTONS
Immediately begin giving us canned food instead of the dry pellet food. Canned food has more moisture in it and consequently will add moisture to our system.
Find a better dry commercial cat food. Do research on what is in the food you choose.
Make homemade cat food. There are many good websites that have recipes and good information about the nutrition you need to be aware of to take on this project.
Clean fresh water daily. Please give us fresh, cold water everyday. We aren’t happy with water that has things floating in it. Even cats who live outdoors will find a source of fresh water to drink. We need the fresh water to flush out the toxins in our bodies and keep our bladder healthy.
You can make a bone broth for your furry friends, too. To do this boil chicken bones in water for several hours. Strain, then pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Each day you can take a couple and put in the water bowl.
URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS ARE NOT A DEATH SENTENCE IF CAUGHT EARLY
We have delicate systems and need attention from our human family. Joe Boo Boo is mostly an outdoor cat in the nice weather and you can see him trying to go to the bathroom occasionally. He will be sure you see him and that he is staying for awhile or going back soon after leaving. Those of us in the house, watch to see if we are there more often or just sitting there. Check the box, too.
This does not have to be a death sentence. As long as you are observant. Thanks for taking good care of us!
We suggest these websites for more information earthclinic.com and petnet.io