Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a general term for illness related to urinary difficulties. It could be one of the causes of a class of illnesses named Feline Urinary Syndrome (FUS) or sometimes referred to as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). It is important to treat a urinary tract infection in cats before it turns into something more serious like urinary blockage.
Straining to urinate or only being able to eliminate a few drops.
There may be blood in the urine.
Frequent urination or attempts to urinate.
Urinating outside the litter box.
Excessive licking of the genital area.
Probable causes of a UTI in cats are:
Bacterial build-up or viruses
Accumulation of urinary crystals or stones
Not urinating often enough
Not drinking enough water
Diabetes or hyperthyroidism
Stress, causing a lower resistance to illness
Some recommendations for treatment:
If the illness has been going on for a while and blockage has occurred, surgery may be required. However, in most cases, the infection can be treated at home, after you have seen your vet.
Make the switch from dry food to canned food. Canned cat food contains much more moisture than dry foods and will help provide fluids to keep the urinary tract flushed. If you need to stay with a dry cat food, buy food specialized for urinary health. And always buy your cat a high quality cat food made without preservatives, fillers or artificial colors or flavors.
Another way to facilitate flushing of the bladder and urethra is to encourage your cat to drink plenty of water. Fresh water should always be available and consider buying a water fountain to keep the fresh water circulating.
Keep your cat’s litter box clean. This will minimize the chance for infections occurring and will make it more likely your cat will keep using it. Use multiple litter boxes if you have multiple cats.
We recommend our Natural Born Critters Kidni Biotic Urinary Cleanse to treat urinary tract infections. It contains a blend of herbal extracts that will both flush out the urinary tract and treat and prevent infections. The blend of herbs include Usnea Lichen and Enchinacea for treating infection, Uva Ursi Leaf or Bearberry for relieving crystals and stones and Pipsissewa Herb for its diuretic properties.
If your cat is experiencing pain, your vet will probably prescribe NSAIDs to combat the pain. We recommend our natural alternative to NSAIDs, L-PhenyPet Pain Relief. L-PhenyPet Pain Relief uses a natural amino acid, l-phenylalanine, to alleviate pain naturally.
If your cat is incontinent, we have a special product to treat it. Kidni Kare for Incontinence contains a variety of herbs known to strengthen the urinary tract to stop unwanted leakage.
If you suspect your cat’s urinary issue are due to stress, use our Emotion Soothing Kit. It’s two supplements, Rest & Relaxation Essence and Herbal Calm supplement, are made with herbs that will relax your cat and provide more restful sleep.
Giving your cat the proper nutrients every day is probably the most important way to keep your cat healthy. We recommend our Natural Born Critters Daily Health Kit. It contains two supplements, Mega Pet Daily Vitamin and Daily Boost, which will ensure that your cat gets all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they need every day.