Urinary tract infections (UTI) are uncomfortable and extremely painful for pets and people alike. They tend to be more common in cats than dogs and can be caused by bacterial infection or urolithiasis (stones in your cats urinary tract). Cat UTI’s often recur and can lead to more serious kidney infections if left untreated. Conventional treatment of UTI’s will depend on the specific cause of the problem. In many cases, antibiotics are prescribed which invariably relieve the animals symptoms rather speedily. However antibiotics tend to have a general weakening effect on the immune system which can cause further problems.
Bacteria entering the bladder from the urethra is the simple explanation of the cause of cat urinary tract infection. But UTI may also indicate other health issues such as bladder stones, over-use of pharmaceutical medications (antibiotics, etc.), or other underlying illnesses. Point being that it requires immediate attention, however noticing the warning signs of infection in your cats urinary tract is often very difficult. In most cases, due to just genuine lack of knowledge of the problem, the symptoms of cat urinary tract infection go unrecognized until severe damage has already been done. With that said, reading just a little further could be the difference between life and death for your beloved pet.
Cat Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms
The following is a list of visible symptoms of cat UTI.
- Your pet takes longer than usual at the litter box. Your cat is not trying to do #2 they’re trying to force pee.
- Only small amounts of urine are passed by your cat frequently and cat may even cry out in pain.
- Blood in the urine (also called hematuria) is a red flag that your cat has an infection.
- Your cat urinates in places other than the litter box.
Be sure to consult a licensed Vet if any of these symptoms show in your cat.