Urinary Tract Infections in Cats: Causes and Home Remedies for UTI

July 1, 2010 | Cat Health | Leave a Comment |

Causes of Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

  • If you notice that the cat is crying when trying to urinate, is passing small amounts of foul smelling, blood tinged urine, or always licking at the bladder area, the cat may have a UTI.
  • Another strange thing the cat will do is not use its litter box. The cat may find cool places to void such as the tub or sink.
  • Urinary tract infections in cats can be caused by diets too high in magnesium, unclean litter box conditions and old water.
  • As cats get older they are more prone to developing UTI’s, especially after age 7.
  • Bladder stones can be a cause of urinary tract infections in cats.
  • You can also read more about what causes renal infections in cats

Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) in Cats

  • Have a clean, fresh smelling litter box always available to your cat. Build up of urine and feces breeds bacteria that can enter the urinary tract and cause infection. Also read dog urinary tract infection
  • Cranberry juice is excellent home remedy to acidify the urine. Bacteria cannot live in an acidic environment. Get the cranberry juice extract as cats do not like the taste. You will only have to get a small amount in to do the trick.
  • Steer clear from antibiotics if at all possible. They destroy the good bacteria as well as the bad and this could create worse problems down the road. Read urinary infection in cats
  • If the cat HAS to be on antibiotics, counteract the bad effects they have on the good bacteria by giving 1/8 of a teaspoon of Lactobacillus 2 hours after the antibiotic dose. You can also just feed the cat plain yogurt.
  • Herbal tinctures can be used short term for symptoms of UTI. Goldenrod, horsetail, parsley, marshmallow root and elderberry’s will help symptoms of straining discomforts and bloody urine.
  • Tinctures use alcohol. Do not use long term.
  • Herbal teas can be made and cooled with the same ingredients. Give the cat a tablespoon 3x a day until symptoms disappear.
Related Reading:

Causes of Bladder Infections in Cats

  • Bacteria, (Usually E-Coli Or Strep)
  • Bladder Stones
  • As A Condition The Cat Is Prone To
  • Due to Diabetes.

Home Remedies of Bladder Infections in Cats

  • Long term dry food can cause dehydration in your cat. Feed wet food and add water with it all the time. It is very important to flush the toxins out of the bladder.
  • If you do use dry food, soak them in water to increase the fluids your pet is getting in its system. Read more on how to prevent urinary obstruction in cats
  • Always have fresh water available at all times. Flushing the system helps prevent bladder stones from forming which can be very painful to your furry friend.
  • If your cat does not seem to be drinking the fresh water, sneak some broth in to get liquids in somehow. The broth taste might be more appealing.
  • Cranberry juice extract can be added to food or water. It has fabulous antibacterial properties and helps keep the urine acidic to prevent bacteria from growing.
  • Keep the litter box immaculately clean. You should place newspaper on the bottom of the litter pan and only put a cup or so of litter on it at one time. Change it each and every time your cat uses it.
  • Use home remedies to help your cat’s body resist the buildup of bacteria and assist with symptoms he may be suffering.
  • Cantharus can help with pain attributed to straining at urination.
  • Vitamin C is a good anti inflammatory that helps build up the strength of the lining of the bladder. It can cause diarrhea so be sure the proper dose is given depending on your cats weight.
  • Home cooked food is far better than the commercial foods that are loaded with chemicals that break down the cat’s immune system.

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