Dealing With Your Cat and Urinary Tract Infections

Did you know that cats are susceptible to urinary tract infections? You don’t want to let that go unnoticed! Here are some common signs to watch for in your cat. Remember, catching it early is the key to healing any infection!

Idiopathic Lower Urinary Tract Disease in Cats

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This disease occurs in both male and female cats. The incidence of blood in the urine, difficult or painful urination, and/or blockage of the urethra in domestic cats in the U.S. and U.K. has been reported at approximately 0.5 percent to 1 percent per year. While it can occur at any age, it is found most commonly cats between the ages of one and four-years-old. It is uncommon in cats less than one year of age and in cats greater than 10 years of age.

Symptoms and Types

  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Blood in the urine
  • Abnormal, frequent passage of urine
  • Urinating in inappropriate locations
  • Blockage of urine flow through the urethra to outside the body
  • Thickened, firm, contracted bladder wall, felt by the veterinarian during physical examination
  • Some cats with lower urinary tract diseases exhibit similar symptoms to those observed in humans with interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome)

– via CatTime

Don’t want your cat to suffer a UTI? Preventive measures can have a powerful impact on your kitty’s health! Here are a few things to keep in mind when caring for your furry friend.

Preventing Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

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The best way to prevent cats from getting UTIs is to prevent or correct the things that predispose them to developing this disorder. When underlying medical or anatomical conditions cannot be controlled or eliminated, many urinary tract infections can be prevented with long-term, low dose prophylactic antibiotic treatment, which carries its own risks. Another preventive measure is to avoid the indiscriminate use of urinary catheters, which can inject bacteria directly into the bladder. Free access to fresh water is also important; it promotes hydration and helps flush infectious organisms out of the urinary tract.

Special Notes

Hard to prevent, difficult to detect and dangerous if not treated, urinary tract infections affect cats of all ages and breeds. Because many of these infections are asymptomatic, it is important for cats to have regular veterinary check-ups, including annual blood tests and urinalyses. Even asymptomatic UTIs, if untreated, can lead to much more seriousproblems, including escalating damage to the tissues of the urinary tract and elsewhere. Because urinary tract infections are less common in males, any UTI in a male cat is considered serious.

– via www.petwave.com

Have you ever dealt with a cat and urinary tract infections? What have you learned about preventing or healing these nasty infections?

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