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Are there any natural ways to prevent UTI in cats?



(April 28, 2010)

Cat urinary tract infection is quite a serious problem and needs immediate medical attention. Many vets today are adopting the natural homeopathic methods to cure this problem in cats. When using home remedies you need to know a little about them so that you can help your cat either avoid or deal with the problems of UTI.

In order to control the infection you can use can give your cat cranberry juice extracts. This helps by controlling the bacteria from coming to the surface of the bladder and also helps acidify the urine. You can also give your cat Vitamin C as it is very helpful in strengthening the lining of the bladder. Vitamin C although helpful is known to cause diarrhea so it is important to closely monitor how much your cats bowels can handle and reach the right dosage through trail and error. Always read the ingredients on the pet food that you buy for your cat as canned food has a lot of chemicals and preservatives that can weaken the immune system. You have to ensure that your cat urinates regularly in order to flush the bacteria out. Cats unlike most animals do not lap up water and it is not possible to force your cat to drink water so it is important for you to ensure that you feed your cat moist food. If your cat is on dry food then moisten it by dipping it in some water or chicken broth. Always make fresh water available to your cat and ensure that the litter box is kept clean all the times. Cats don not like to use dirty litter boxes and hence may hold on to their urine causing it to thicken. This leads to infections and irritation in the bladder wall.

If you have taken your cat to the vet and the urine analysis done shows an infection. The Vet may prescribe a dose of antibiotics and medication to relieve the pain. Homeopathic medication such as cantharis helps relieve the pain to a great extent. You may need to administer two to three pellets two to three times a day. This is easily absorbed by the pets’ mucus membrane and relives pain. If the cat is diagnosed with crystals the vet will also prescribe antibiotics to prevent any secondary infections and a medication to relieve pain and discomfort. The cat will also be put on a special diet for at least 6 – 8 weeks.

Submitted by N M on April 28, 2010 at 05:16

 

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