Once again, one of my cats and i are off to the vet

Once again, one of my cats and I are off to the vet. It seems a spider had delivered a nasty bite to his nose. After arriving I couldn’t help but notice the number of felines in the hospital area of the clinic, and was curious as to why so many cats were in such bad shape. It was easy to satisfy my curiosity because each cage was clearly marked. The most common description read “Cats Urinary Tract Infection”. I must admit I was expecting to see something else, like FIP or some other type of airborne disease, rather than cats urinary tract infection, which is of course bacterial.

When it came time for my appointment I asked the vet as to why so many cages in the pet hospital were labeled cats urinary tract infection. His reply was shocking! He stated that often times over half of the cats with serious concerns are those with cat urinary tract infections. He went on to say that his best guess as to why it is so common is a combination of weak immune systems and poor litter box hygiene.

My experience above was an eye opener for me, and it should be for you as well. Nevertheless, if you are reading this article chances are your cats urinary tract infection either has become chronic or you suspect your pet may have this condition. So, since this is the case let’s explore cat urinary tract infections in more detail and then look for some home treatment options.

Almost always cat urinary tract infections (UTI) are caused by bacterial infection, with the most likely suspect being E.coli. While the infecting bacteria can gain access orally, through old food or contaminated  bacteria filled water, the most common entry point is the urethra. This likely explains why so many more female felines are infected. There can also be a number of contributing factors that encourage the condition including partial or total blockage of the urinary tract by stones, genetic abnormalities, immune deficiency caused by illness, and age.

Step home treatment steps for cat urinary tract infections

*Supply plenty of clean water: Drinking plenty of water flushes the urinary tract of bacteria, and is a vital component of any UTI prevention plan.

*Clean those litter boxes: Bacteria loves a dirty litter box. If you are going out of town enlist a neighbors help. Adding additional litter boxes will also help to keep them for being overused.

*Age matters: As your cat gets older their immune systems weaken as well. This naturally occurring process opens to the door to all kinds of infections including those of the urinary tract. Additionally, older cats may become lethargic. This inactivity both reduces the effectiveness of their immune systems and makes them twice as likely to form stones (uroliths)

*Mix wet and dry food: Too much dry food will extract liquids and reduce the number or urinations, providing bacteria with a foothold.

*Add cranberry or blueberry juice: These two juices make the lining of the bladder and urethra slippery and difficult for bacteria to adhere. This step combined with increased fluid intake will be a powerful one two step to flush harmful bacteria.

Implement a homeopathic urinary tonic: Urinary tract tonics containing the herbal ingredient uva ursi work well both as a preventative tool, or when dealing with recurring infections.

In summary, whether your cats urinary tract infection has become chronic or you are simply trying to help your pet fight off the early stages of a urinary tract infection the six steps should prove helpful. Nevertheless, if symptoms worsen you should not hesitate to take your cat to the vet for an examine, diagnosis, and quite likely a round of antibiotics.

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