Cat Urine Infection
"Cat urine infection symptoms include inability to pee, frequent urination, blood in the urine and strong smell. Treatment includes anti-biotics and possibly herbal remedies.""
Cat urine infection is fairly common, particularly in female cats. Female cats are more susceptible because their urethra (the tube that leads from the bladder to the outside of the body) is shorter than that of males, making it easier for bacteria to ascend to the bladder.
Feline Urine Infection Symptoms
A common symptom of feline urine infection is urinary incontinence (inability to pee). Your litter trained cat may suddenly begin having “accidents” in the house. Before you get angry at your cat, take her to the vet. She may have a bladder infection.
Other symptoms of bladder infections include urinating only small amounts at a time, frequent urination, blood in the urine, a bad smell to the urine, and licking the genitals after urinating (in an effort to relieve pain, itching, and burning sensations).
If your cat has symptoms of a bladder infection, she should see a vet promptly because the infection could spread to her kidneys, causing more severe problems.
Cat Urine Infection Diagnosis
Urine infections in cats are easy to diagnose. Your vet will suspect a bladder infection based on your description of your cat’s symptoms. He or she will need a urine sample from your cat. The urine can then be cultured (tested) to see if there is bacteria growing in it. Your vet may be able to perform this test at his or her office, or the urine may have to be sent out to a lab. Often, however, signs of infection such as white blood cells or bacteria are actually visible in a simple urinalysis. Treatment can begin right away, without waiting for the culture to come back, which can take a couple of days.
Cat Urine Infection Treatment
A urine infection in cats is treated with antibiotics. After a couple of weeks on antibiotics, your cat’s urine will usually be tested again to make sure the infection has all cleared up. However, you should notice improvement in her symptoms, including any incontinence, in just a few days. Make sure you continue her antibiotics and give her the full course, however, to prevent a recurrence of the infection.
If your cat frequently gets urinary infections you might want to consider adding a natural remedy to restore balance balance to the bladder and urinary tract. One product worth researching that is made for this purpose is PetAlive UTI-Free formula for pet urinary tract infections.
While your cat is being treated for a bladder infection, she should drink as much water as possible to help flush the bacteria out of her bladder. Make sure fresh drinking water is available to her at all times.
Cat Urine Issues