Urinary Tract Infection in cats
Urinary Tract Infection in Cats (UTI) is one of the most common diseases in felines. In this disease your cat may not pass urine, will have pain. There might be a blockage in the urethra (the tube which connects the urinary bladder with the anus outside area of the body). The reason for this could be Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease which was also known as Feline Urologic Syndrome. This disease can be a collection of various problems which may include kidney problems, stones in the kidneys or bladder, some bacterial or viral infection. The symptom of Feline Urinary Tract Disease is the frequent visits to litter box but returning without urinating, or extreme pain while passing urine out. The urine left in the litter box may be clouded or have blood in it and your cat will be licking continuously. This disease can also be caused by cancer and cystitis (bladder inflammation).
Urinary Tract Infection is common in both male and female cats and is commonly found in age between 1 year and 4 years. Some common and obvious symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection are frequent visits to litter box but not passing any urine, passing too much urine, crying while passing out urine because of the pain, drinking water more than usual, blood in urine, clouded urine, strong smell in urine, passing urine around the house, dripping urine, hard and tight abdominal area, vomits, constant licking of the urine opening area.
The diagnosing and treatment of Urinary Tract Infection in cats
If you see any of these signs of Urinary Tract Infection then immediate vet’s attention is required. This should be treated with 24 to 48 hours otherwise the cat’s urinary bladder may burst which may prove to be fatal. Your vet will diagnose this disease by touching your cat’s abdominal area. Your vet will find fir, thickened and contracted urinary bladder wall and may also do an ultrasound, X-RAY and may also do some blood work.
If your cat has a mild infection of Urinary Tract then it can be treated with Antibiotics and different medications and drugs. Your vet will recommend you to change its diet and to feed your cat with fresh water every day. If your cat has small stones in the bladder or kidney, then your doctor may give some medications which will allow the stone to pass through the urethra. In case your cat has larger stones or tumors in the bladder or kidney, then immediate surgery may be required. With this surgery the tumor or the stone will be removed.
It is important to seek immediate vet’s attention in this case otherwise your cat’s urinary bladder may burst or its kidneys may fail to function which can result in immediate death. In order to prevent stones, cancer or Urinary Tract Infection it is important to keep your cat healthy and clean. Don’t go for commercial food, they all are nothing but processed which you can call junk food for kitties. Imagine yourself eating processed food every day, obviously you will fall sick more often and your immune system will grow weak. Feed your cat with homemade food and you can use processed food as a treat only. Boiled meat like chicken along with rice, chick peas, and different vegetables can be an excellent source of balanced diet for your cat. If your cat is moody about what to eat and what not to, well then it’s your job to fix it. From the very beginning feed your cat with a home based food only. With this it will get all the important nutrients in its body and won’t fall sick often either. Provide your cat with wet food, food which should have soup or stock quantity in it. Cats are usually finicky when it comes to drinking water. With wet food they will have a water intake on a daily basis which may provide Urinary Tract Infection and other diseases.