A cat urinary tract problem is not as common as UTI among dogs. However, if left untreated for a long time, it can lead to severe complications which may prove to be fatal in the end. So if you are a cat owner, see to it that your beloved felines get regular check-ups to determine if they have symptoms of a cat urinary tract disorder, and have it treated immediately.
We’ve come up with a detailed checklist of the top five remedies and preventive measures against a cat urinary tract problem. It emphasizes natural methods over synthetic ones for the sake of your cat’s overall health and well-being.
1. Keep a close watch for symptoms of cat UTI.
Your cat can’t verbally express how it’s feeling, so it’s up to you to watch out for the usual symptoms of a cat urinary tract problem. Key symptoms to observe include what seems to be a sudden kitty toilet crisis. A cat urinary tract disorder is marked by your pet’s reluctance to use its kitty litter, so once it starts using the floor, your furniture, or other surfaces as toilet, chances are it already associates the litter box with the painful experience of urinating.
Also observe if your cat grooms its genital area more than usual. It can be attempting to relieve the burning sensation caused by UTI through licking. Bloody urine which may also have a strong acidic smell, drinking too often, lethargy, and crying out in pain while urinating are more severe signs of cat UTI and must be treated straightaway.
2. Provide your cat ample amounts of clean drinking water.
A well-hydrated pet is unlikely to have a cat urinary tract problem. Cats should have a regular supply of clean drinking water to keep any urinary tract disorder at bay. Feline diets, especially dry ones, require distilled water (not chlorinated or tap) to prevent constipation and other illnesses. Clean water helps them flush out toxins faster, and aids proper liver function.
3. Make regular trips to the veterinarian.
Giving your cat antibiotics can often make a cat urinary tract problem worse. This is because antibiotics only suppress the symptoms long enough for the body to heal itself, but this does not always happen. In this way, antibiotics can often make a urinary problem chronic which is why pet owners are starting to consider other treatment options.
4. Consider natural treatments for cat urinary tract problem over synthetic ones.
Vitamin C is usually recommended as a cat dietary supplement and to control the incidence of a cat urinary tract problem. Unfortunately, it has been proven to cause diarrhea to most cats. When it comes to natural treatments for a cat urinary tract disorder, consider what your pets will instinctively look for and ingest when they’re out on their own in the wild. Herbal ingredients such as berberis vulg, which has natural anti-inflammatory properties and helps with proper immune system function; cantharis for healthy maintenance of urine flow; and staphysagris, which is great for feline urogenital health; are just some tried-and-tested ways to address feline UTI.
Other herbs which your cat will most likely pick out on its own to make itself feel better are Echinacea, Indian ginseng, milk thistle, and dandelion. Fortunately, you can now get these in a conveniently prepared formulation designed specifically to treat a cat urinary tract problem.
5. Make preventive measures against cat urinary tract disorder recurrences.
In the case of a cat urinary tract problem, an ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure. As mentioned above, it’s best to get your cat to the vet for regular check-ups for early detection of any symptoms. You should also maintain your cat’s hygiene by giving baths regularly. Remember that your beloved pet grooms itself using its tongue. A filthy coat can encourage bacteria and infection pretty fast. The same goes for its diet: choose wisely when it comes to pet food. Don’t give your cat something laced with sodium or sugar, as these can encourage a cat urinary tract disorder.
Laura Ramirez is an advocate for pet health. Read more about her recommendations by going to www.pet-ut-health.com.