How to help cats with urinary tract infections

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, or more commonly known as FLUTD is a bacterial infection found in the bladder. FLUTD Infections occur mostly when there are other medical issues in the urinary tract, perhaps diabetes, a tumour in that area or kidney disease, these are some of the other conditions that may be occurring in your cat’s health. This article is intended to help your cat if they have a FLUTD, to help your cat, you need to understand this condition and know what to look for, so let’s get started below…

The Signs and Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection

The symptoms of a FLUTD include difficulty and pain when urinating, urinating in different places than usual, smelly urine or even blood traces in the urine. If you notice your cat showing signs of any of these symptoms, take them immediately to the veterinary practice, as well as being extremely painful this condition can be very serious. We know how secretive our feline friends can be, especially when they are feeling under the weather, so you need to be vigilant.

You may notice your kitty peeing in unusual places, but not necessarily take notice of this until other issues come to your notice. You may notice your cat having trouble urinating, or not urinating very much urine at a given time. These are the signs that something is wrong, but you may not automatically know this.

What To Do

Ok, let’s see if we can get some other assistance, like an early warning sign! Believe it or not, there are many cat litters on the market that can inform you of your cat’s illness before perhaps you notice it physically! Fantastic, I know! One cat litter that is available is Pretty Litter. The litter is made up from a highly absorbent silica gel, not clay or paper pellets that traditional litters have. The gel changes in colour, indicating if your cat’s urine and faeces are below par. Great, this means that you can get your cat to the veterinary sooner rather than later, for diagnosis and treatment.

Ever thought about a water fountain for your cat? No, well think again. By encouraging your cat to ingest more water is a good way to increase their water intake. Purified water is also good for your kitty.

A good moisture filled diet is paramount in getting that extra bit of fluid into their system. A raw food diet is a particularly good option, as it has natural fluids as well as all the great nutrients that promote your cat’s wellbeing. Your cat may be used to a fresh chicken and fish only diet, encourage them to try eating rabbit or lamb for a while. If your cat resists the raw food diet, try canned foods as these are fuller in fluid than dry foods.

By trying to change your feline’s diet you are encouraging them to ingest more natural foods, which benefit their entire system by reducing inflammation in their bodies.  If however, they decline the tasty treats on offer at dinner time, a good alternative on the market is anti-inflammatory supplements.

Holistic treatments are on the increase, think about it, you often find your cat eating grass when they are unwell. There are many natural sources that can reduce inflammation, Uva Ursi Leaf reduces minor bleeding and inflammation, as does Marshmallow Root which also kick starts the immune system. Cranberry is a very good source to lower your cat’s PH in its urine, you can get powders or capsules from Holistic veterinary practices and from online sources. Parsley has antiseptic qualities in it, also is a natural diuretic, Parsley Leaf can help your cat’s system to flush out nasties in their urinary tract, and strangely enough it encourages a natural thirst which is a great thing. Nature is a wonderful thing, if your cat was living in the wild it would be accessing many things to maintain good health and well-being.

Lessen stress within the home, as cats pick up on it. Stressful environments are not beneficial to a cat, especially when they are unwell. There may be a quiet place within the home that would be best suited for your cat while recuperating from urinary tract infection.

Exercise continues to be an important daily routine, keeping up full movement when your feline friend is unwell is just as important, although this may be hard to manage as FLUTD often causes lethargy.

Minimizing recurring urinary tract infection

So, you may have one, two or three cat litter boxes within the home, it is a must that these are changed and cleaned thoroughly each day.

Make it a daily part of your agenda to wash your cat’s water bowl and ensure freshwater is available at all times. Water fountains also need your daily attention. Water is such an important part in cleaning out their systems.

Encouraging your cat’s new moisture filled diet is so important for them. Persevere with a raw food diet or failing that really try to encourage them to enjoy a wet food diet.

Invest in a good natural anti-inflammatory supplement, The Two Crazy Cat Ladies online site offers excellent supplements for exactly this purpose. Consider and investigate holistic natural ingredients which could be added to their daily diet to keep inflammation at bay and lessen the chance of reinfection.

Cat’s pick up on stress within their home environment, which can inhibit their healing process. Even when they are feeling better, they continue to enjoy a peaceful and comfortable spot within the home, so allow them this space, and perhaps even join them for some quiet time together.

Continue to encourage your cat to exercise throughout recuperating and when they are back in good health. Although they may be lethargic and in pain initially, we all know that movement is good for the entire body. Get some ball games going, get walking again, your feline friend will be the better in the long run for it! And so will you!

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