Urinary tract infections are a common condition among felines, and are dangerous if not taken care of. Know the signs and how to prevent it.
Cats love routine; every chore has its appropriate time: food, play, nap, litter box.
But when the trips to the box become more frequent, or missed completely, it is a red flag that something is not quite right with your kitty.
Observe the signs:
- Is she straining to pee but nothing comes out?
- Does she cry in pain before, during, and after a visit to the box?
- Does she miss the litter box entirely?
- Does her pee have a strong odor?
- Is there blood in the urine?
- Does she have less of an appetite?
- Is her energy level low?
Any of these symptoms will give you reason to believe your cat has developed a urinary tract infection (FLUTD). The infection can be caused by a variety of situations like stones or crystals in the bladder, any bacterial infection, diabetes, hypothyroidism or, stress; none of them should be taken lightly.
If unattended the infection can spread causing renal failure, even death.
Your cat should visit the veterinary right away. If the diagnosis is correct, the vet will prescribe antibiotics and suggest more water intake and a protein-based diet. Kibble is easy to store, and cats love the crunch, but they have a high percentage of carbohydrates that your cat doesn't need as part of her daily food intake.
Felines are obligated carnivores and need more protein than carbs. They should also have fresh water available at all times, since dehydration is dangerous with FLUTD. Canned food is 70 percent water and its ingredients are all protein packed, making it the best ally for your kitty's fight against FLUTD.
If her diet is already balanced with water and canned food, the problem may be the location of the box. Consider moving it to a more private area where she can feel comfortable or better yet, get another litter box and place it in the other side of the home so she doesn't have to run far to get in.
This is especially useful if your feline is close or already in her senior years.
FLUTD is serious but can be prevented and cured with antibiotics and a better diet.
Has your cat had a urinary tract infection? What did you do? Let us know in the comments below!
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