Signs of UTI in cats and how to treat it

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Cats, like us, also feel anxiety and fear. Your cat can be stressed for a number of reasons. A good example is that you have recently moved house or there is a new addition to the family, like a new pet. Whatever be the reason, you now have a stressed cat. Initial detection of this problem is your cat peeing and dropping feces outside the litter box. It could even have trouble during urination. The latter happens only when something is seriously wrong. It could be a behavioral problem, but the most common reason in such a case is the feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). The urinary tract problems in cats cause the bladder from emptying correctly. The urethra could also be fatally blocked.

FLUTD symptoms

The FLUTD is not only a single problem but a cluster of clinical symptoms which may have multiple causes. The list includes stones or crystals found inside the bladder and bladder infections. Other causes include urethral obstruction and urinary bladder inflammation. Other urinary tract abnormalities could also lead to FLUTD. The latter is the most common reason as to why cats are taken to the veterinarian.

The FLUTD brings with it many warning signs. The most visible is the cat straining itself to urinate. This may lead to dire situations like the formation of urethral plug or bladder stones. It is observed that male cats are at an increased risk when it comes to developing a urethral plug. This condition is a life-threatening one. The cat may lose its urinating ability. Another symptom is that your cat frequently tries to urinate, but only a small amount of urine comes out. The process itself is a painful one, and your cat will cry out while doing so. The FLUTD’s other symptoms are the presence of blood in urine. Your kitty will frequently lick its abdominal or genital areas. Cats do this to decrease the pain. The feline will be irritable and will urinate outside its litter box. It will do so on cool surfaces like tiles or the bathtub.

Treatment

If you observe any of the above symptoms, take your kitty to the veterinarian as fast as possible. The medical professional will conduct a physical examination and also collect urine samples. The diagnosis process also includes blood work, abdominal ultrasound, and x-rays. A majority of FLUTD affected cats recover sans any medical treatment, but the symptoms could recur. Although the condition is not mortal to your cat, it is an uncomfortable one. Treatment should be done to better your cat’s quality of life. You should make sure that your cat drinks more water.