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How to spot a urinary tract infection in your cat
Infections of the urinary are prevalent in pets, topping the list as one of the most common health conditions that bring animals to the vet. Cats are particularly prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs), so it is important that owners know what symptoms to look for so their feline can get proper treatment.
Cats with urinary tract infections may have difficulty urinating, and may have to go more frequently, which can cause them to eliminate in inappropriate places. These cats may have blood in their urine and might seem lethargic or otherwise acting out of the ordinary because of the pain of the condition.
If you notice these symptoms, it is important to bring your cat to the vet for a checkup. Just like in humans, urinary tract infections will not simply go away on their own. They need prescription antibiotic pet drugs to kill the infection-causing bacteria.
To treat a UTI, your vet will likely prescribe Amoxicillin. If your cat is experiencing frequent UTIs, your vet may recommend giving it other medications to prevent them. A urinary acidifier like Uroeze helps to prevent infections and dissolves certain types of bladder stones. If it is difficult to administer oral medication to your cat, consider using pet products like Greenies Pill Pockets that will hide the pill so your feline thinks it's a treat.
It can also help to give cats dietary supplements like Cranberry Relief or UT Soft Chews for Cats. Cranberry Relief is a powder that can be added to your cat's pet food and contains echinacea to boost the feline's immune system, plus vitamin C as an antioxidant and Oregon grape root that can fend off cancer. These ingredients, working with the cranberry extract, can maintain a healthy urinary tract. UT Soft Chews fight off infections in the bladder by removing the E. coli bacteria that attach themselves there.
You may also be able to prevent your cat from getting UTIs by changing its diet. Cats need a diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates with minimal grains. Cats can benefit from eating only wet food like Before Grain Canned Cat Food, as it provides them with additional water.