Helping your cat through a urinary infection
It can get so frustrating when your cat keeps missing the litter box, or refuses to use it full stop. This sadly has ended up with cats being given away or worse, just being left to fend for themselves. However, there could be a very good reason for this which can be alleviated, and it is usually some form of urinary infection.
The painful and irritating infection can be brought on by any number of diseases or disorders affecting the lower urinary tract. Causes can be nasty and might result in anything from stones or crystals in the urinary bladder, bladder infections, inflammation and more.
The good news is that there have been many medical and nutritional advances to help to resolve this, but first of all you need to look at the symptoms. They are probably something which you are already aware of, but it helps to know what to look out for.
Does your beloved mog have difficulty urinating, or if they do go is it painful? Check their urine, does it have blood in it? If they have a lack of appetite this can also be a symptom, and licking their penile, vaginal or abdominal area is not just unpleasant to look at, it could also be a symptom that these areas are in pain.
These are all awful things and it can be really hard to watch your beloved cat going through these pains. So if you do see any of these symptoms you will need to take your cat straight to the vet as they don’t just cause pain and irritation but can be fatal, particularly with male cats. The vet will examine your cat, which will mean anything from taking a urine sample, blood test, x-ray, or even an abdominal ultrasound, which will help them to diagnose the cause.
Once the cat has been diagnosed the vet can prescribe a number of treatments. For those cats showing no signs of infection, they may still be prescribed pain medications to help alleviate stress and pain therefore reducing the chance of recurrence. Anxiety medications may also be prescribed.
If crystals or stones are found, then a long-term change in diet may be advised as this will help to keep the urine pH at a safe level. Large stones may be removed by surgery.
The other solution may be immediate hospitalisation where the bladder is decompressed and urine is removed by a needle. The vet may need to perform a urinary catheter, which could mean that your feline needs to be put under anesthesia.
What can be disheartening is this can become a lifelong problem, however, ongoing care, a good diet, lots of love and aiming to reduce stress as much as you can, are all incredibly useful in easing the pain.
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