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Cat urinary tract infection

Feline Urinary Tract Infection:

Feline or a cat bladder infection or cat urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection that often reoccurs in cats.

This particular type of infection is most often observed in male cats that have been neutered and in male cats that are un-neutered. However cat UTI is known to affect the health of even the female cats. In majority of the cases, the indications of a urinary infection tend to remain hidden even from the cat owners because cats normally tend to disguise any signs of pain and discomfort.

However if the condition is left untreated, it can lead to the blockage of the urinary tract and even complete obstruction of the same urinary tract thus leading to either permanent damage or possibly death.

There are many reasons that can lead to a cat developing a urinary tract infection. Some of these cat UTI causes include the diet the cat is following. Cats should be eating food that contains low levels of magnesium thus helping reduce any risks of a kidney stone developing.

Another factor is the environment the cat lives in. The cat’s litter box should always be kept clean, fresh water should be available for the cat to drink from and having a clean house helps to lower any risks of cat UTI. If the cat is exposed to any stressful changes either in its diet or in its environment this can be an additional factor to the cat developing this problem. The gender of the cat also plays a part. Male cats have a higher risk of getting urinary tract infections as opposed to the female cat. They are also more prone to developing kidney stones and blockages in their urinary tracts. A cat’s age is another factor to take into account. As the cat ages it has a higher chance of developing a urinary tract infection. After approximately 7 years of age all cat owners should regularly take their cats for check ups. Some of the cat urinary tract infection symptoms include excessive thirst, bloody urine, straining while trying to urinate, excessive crying or yowling when the cat tries to urinate or use the litter box.  Some other symptoms are strong urine smell, signs of inactivity, excessive licking of the bladder area and irritation or redness of the bladder area.

Sticking to a chemical free diet is one kind of cat UTI treatment whereas ensuring the cat is fed plenty of fluids can also help the cat from getting this infection or help in flushing out the toxins from the system. Try increasing the cat’s body strength by increasing the Vitamin C intake.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010  

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