Ouchie, ouchie, burn, burn!
No, that is not the beginning of the hottest new pop song, but the exasperated words you would use to describe the state of your infected urinary tract.
Cat's are unable to vocalize their pain or discomfort, but believe me, they would complain to you about their suffering if they could. Urinary tract infections in cats are such a big deal that it is a major reason owners give their cats up to shelters. This ailment's contribution to animal shelter overcrowding is unfortunate, as it can often be easily treated.
Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of UTIs in Felines
Urinary Tract Infections can affect cats of all ages and breed types. Understanding why your cat is constantly getting a UTI will aid you in preventing these often pesky and sometimes deadly afflictions.
Urinary Tract Infections in cats, otherwise know as feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), can affect all ages and breed types. Understanding why your cat is constantly getting diagnosed with a UTI will aid you in preventing these sometimes pesky and sometimes deadly afflictions.
You may have once asked yourself: "Why does my Calico cat get UTI's so often?"
A urinary tract infection in felines, or FLUTD, is most often caused by bladder inflammation, also known as Feline Idiopathic Cystitis. When your cat's urinary tract and bladder are inflamed, it can lead to painful urination.
In severe cases, bladder inflammation can lead to the creation of painful bladder stones and can sometimes cause straining when your cat is urinating. Over time, these bladder stones can form a urethral plug, which can all but eliminate the ability to properly urinate, especially in males.
If you think your cat may have a urethral plug or has lost the ability to urinate, an emergency veterinarian should be seen immediately.
One of the biggest indicators that your cat's urinary tract is infected is the amount of times she has to urinate and where she is urinating. You know Fluffy's bathroom habits, is she going more than usual? Is she having accidents outside of the litter box? If you answered yes to one or more of those question than it may be time to take her to the local vet.
Mood and Cleaning Habits
Another sign to look for is your cat's mood and cleaning habits. Cats recognize that you are the protector and that communicating their needs is important to get them what they want.
Key in on your kitty, is she abnormally grumpy?
Did cat literally get your tongue when you went in for a smooch? While it may sound silly, being in tune with the mood of your cat can alert you to fix problems before they hairball.
With self cleaning, cats will lick their genital area in an attempt to quell the discomfort caused by straining when urinating. If your cat is abnormally licking down there, keep a watchful eye when she urinates next.
When a urinary tract is in bad shape, your cat will begin to excrete blood when urinating, leading to a brownish red discharge and a very unhappy cat. Whether your cat has a UTI or not, blood in urine is a red flag to bring your fur-ball to the vet.
The Science and Causes of Urinary Tract Infections In Cats
The cat's urethra is one of the few entry ways from her inner-anatomy to the microorganism filled outside world. As such, microorganisms of all kinds can easily enter through the urethra and make their way into the bladder. A bacterial bladder infection is known as bacterial cystitis, although infection can be caused by viruses, fungi, algae, and mycoplasma. The same microorganisms that just infected your kitty's urinary tract and bladder can migrate to the kidney and wreak havoc down there as well.
Of the bacteria that can cause FLUTD, the most common are Proteus, E. coli, Enterococcus, Pseudomona, Chlamydia, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Klebsiella.
It does not get talked about enough, but the pH of your cat's urine is a huge indicator as to how fertile their urine is for bacterial growth. An elevated pH will make bacterial infection more likely.
Preventing Your Cat's Next UTI
Like all felines, cats are carnivores. As such, their bodies have evolved to subsist off of the nutrients and minerals available from the tissues and bones available in meat.
There is a reason why we don't see lions and tigers chomping on the Serengeti grasses.
Regularly consuming a carnivorous diet ensures the kidneys will produce a highly acidic urine. Acidic urine is beneficial to the health of your cat because it it creates a hostile environment for bacteria growth, a pH of around 6.3.
When cats are fed a diet that their bodies should not be processing, the pH can be thrown out of whack, which will allow the formation of bacterial crystals, bladder stones, and eventually a urethral plug. Be sure to check your preferred cat food's ingredient list and stay away from grain rich foods. The more meat, the better.
While antibiotics are one method used to treat bacterial infections, your kitty's system can be thrown out of whack after the antibiotics destroy both the good and the bad bacteria. In addition, antibiotics may cause stomach upset, rash, and allergic reactions.
A great way to deal with a cat's infected urinary tract is through the use of probiotics. They offer urologic support, supports regularity, and may help prevent future occurrences.
We at Fidobiotics believe in getting your cat healthy and healthy quickly. We have designed a probiotic formula specifically for the promotion of urinary tract health in cats, our Meowbiotics - Kitty P. Freely probiotic supplement.
Kitty P. Freely is an all-natural probiotic supplement formulated specifically for cat urinary tract health. Every scoop contains 1 billion CFUs of immune system-boosting probiotics, plus antioxidant-rich cranberry extract and dandelion root, to relieve pain, fight infection and prevent future problems. With our delicious Turkey and Cranberry-flavored powder, Fluffy will be giving nuzzles for the taste as well as the soothing relief.