Pet owners who may be on the lookout for warning signs about their pet’s health can use these tips for identifying a feline urinary problem in their pet. Cats are completely self-contained creatures, seldom giving away the fact that something is amiss.
But if you have spotted your cat urinating in the wrong places, and more frequently, as well grooming the genital area again and again, don’t delay in getting your beloved pet to your local vet and seeking a diagnosis for a feline urinary problem. Here are seven tips you could use to spot an existing feline urinary tract infection (feline UTI).
I) Moaning or wailing sounds: Have you noticed your pet whining in pain while urinating? If this happens more than once and in quick succession, you will be sure that the cat is in pain. Remember that cats tolerate pain better than do dogs, for instance, so if you hear the cat in pain, take her to the vet straightaway.
II) A change in the frequency of urination can also be a pointer to a feline urinary problem. If your pet is urinating more or less than before, take note of this.
III) A complete cessation in urination means that there is a blockage in the cat’s urethra. This can be fatal to your pet so have it looked at immediately.
IV) Droplets of urine constantly leaking from your pet’s urethra can be a sign of a feline urinary problem. Feline UTIs can result in incontinence.
V) Grooming habits will also show a change when cats have urinary problems, as they try to soothe the itching and burning sensation in their genital area by grooming it again and again.
VI) ‘Accidents’ begin happening more regularly as cats start to urinate just outside their litter boxes and even around the house as they try to escape the discomfort and pain of the urinary infection, because they think it comes from using the litter box.
VII) The final and most definite way of identifying a feline urinary problem is seeing the presence of blood in the urine. Once again this requires urgent action to help your cat.
Your best bet as an owner would be to keep an eye open for these warning signs but at the same time work to prevent these feline urinary problems. Food supplements, homeopathic remedies, and diet changes can all provide protection from urinary tract infections in pets. Visits to vets can be avoided altogether, if these infections are spotted early, and treated with natural remedies at home.
Feeding your cat the right food will also keep UTIs at bay. Prevention is better than cure as they say, and it is no different in the case of your beloved pet. Keep in mind that recurrence of the problem can lead to an extended, difficult and traumatic period of treatment.
In case your pet has contracted feline UTI, your aim should be to get her well and then take the care that is necessary to prevent further outbreaks or recurrence of the problem.