Advice on preventing urinary tract infections in your cat.

July 17, 2008 12:40pm CST
My cat Tabitha recently had a urinary Tract infection, she was peeing in piles of laundry on the bathroom floor instead of in the litter tray and at one point it was so severe she was straining to go to the toilet so hard she peed blood. Of course I took her to the vet and she had a couple of jabs, one a pain killer and the other to treat the infection. The vet said these jabs should last four days and if the infection comes back I have to take her back to the vet to discuss changes in diet. I did a lot of research online into urinary tract infections in cats and I’ve discovered they are very common, in fact they are the commonest cause of cats peeing outside the litter box which is in turn the most often cited reason people give up their cats to adoption centers or abandon them. It’s sad to think that something so easily treated causes so many cats to be abandoned by their owners when as trip to the vet and some changes in diet could sort it out easily. I’ve found the urinary tract problem my cat had is referred to as “Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease” or FLUTD, it’s also know as cystitis. It can result in urine crystals and bladder stones which are a more serious problem, worse in male cats than female cats. Vets used to blame ash and magnesium in the foods but now are more concerned with the PH level of the cats urine, it seems you can help prevent these crystals forming by avoiding fish flavored cat foods which are suspect in causing them, and also make sure the cat always has fresh drinking water. I also found a list of foods that cats should never eat because they are toxic to them, I found some of the foods on it surprising (for more detail on this list check out the article "human food for cats" discussed below). Onions Garlic and related Root Vegetables Tomatoes Raw potatoes Chocolate Grapes And raisins Milk My sources were two articles from about.com “Which cat food to correct urinary problems?” And “Human Food For Cats” I recommend both articles to any cat owners, to find them just go to about.com and search for the titles. There are also other articles on the site that have helpful tips on choosing the right food for your cat it’s worth looking into as it could save you a lot of money in vets bills in the future, and save your cat unnecessary pain and suffering.
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@beeeckie (803)
• United States
18 Jul 08
One of ours is getting meds for her recent UTI. She's getting Clavamox (I've learned it's much easier to put it in soft food than it is to force the dropper in her mouth!) as well as cranberry supplements. Since she's got long hair, we had the vet do a "sanitary shave" around her butt, etc, so the bacteria won't get trapped where she can't clean herself.
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19 Jul 08
I managed to find a food with a cranberry suppliment in it so that saves me putting the other one I was using in her wet food. I hadn't thought about getting her shaved and she is very fluffy around that area, if the infection re-occurs I may consider it.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I'm glad Tabitha is doing so much better now. Thanks for sharing this information. I have several cats, and although I do try to follow a good diet for them, any new information and ideas are always appreciated. Thanks again...and give Tabitha a big hug from Auntie Katlady. Hugs to you too hon.
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18 Jul 08
I was surprised onions and garlic are toxic to cats, so we have to be careful not to give them gravy now. Tabitha loves chicken and I ususally give her some, I'll just have to make sure it's before the gravy goes on.
@Polly1 (12647)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Thanks for the valuable info, maybe it will save someones kitty. I found out the hard way about bladder stones. I had a male cat that had that problem. I didn't catch it in time and by the time I did catch it and get him to the vet it was too late. I had to have him put to sleep.
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18 Jul 08
Sorry to hear about your cat, it seems like a lot of people on here have lost male cats to bladder stones or something similar.
@GardenGerty (116609)
• United States
17 Jul 08
It is really nice that you are sharing what you have learned. I knew about chocolate, not tomatoes, or potatoes. I think we may have to look into what the ph is on our cat food. My oldest cat has a persistent peeing problem.
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17 Jul 08
I just found a brand of dry food that has cranberry extract fewer additives and more natural ingredientsto help with the problem, it's called "James Well Beloved". I don't know if it's available in the US but there's sure to be an equivalent available.