Causes of UTIs in Cats
UTIs usually occur when the sterile urinary tract is exposed to bacteria or viruses. The urinary tract is the system responsible for formation, storage and elimination of urine. It is made of a number of organs: two kidneys (responsible for filtering the blood, thereby turning liquid waste to urine); two ureters (responsible for transportation of urine from the kidney to the bladder); the bladder (responsible for holding urine till it is passed out; and the urethra (which transports urine from the bladder, outside the body). Infection in any of these organs will affect the whole urinary tract and cause distress and usually pain for the cat. Sometimes a UTI can occur because of a disease or illness that the cat already has, such as the Feline Leukemia Virus or Diabetes, other times they can occur from an outside source such as a dirty litter box, or a lowered immune system.
Symptoms of UTI In Cats
These are behaviors to look out for in your cat if you suspect they are suffering from a UTI.
(1) Frequent Attempts to Urinate
(2) Painful Urination
(4) Straining to Urinate
(5) Urinating Outside the Litter Box
Natural Remedies For Cat UTI
Treating your cat’s UTI is something you can do at home easily, and at a relatively low cost. There are a number of cat UTI home remedies which include a lot of natural herbs and roots. Few of the most effective include:
• D-mannose: The most effective supplement for treating UTIs. It is a naturally occurring sugar that is the active ingredient in cranberry juice, and many other fruits and berries. D-mannose sticks to the E. coli bacteria that most commonly causes UTIs, so it can be effectively “flushed” out when your cat urinates.
• Bromelain: High potency bromelain (more than 2200 gelatin digesting units) has been shown to enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics and reduce inflammation in patients with UTIs.
Other herbs and fruits that are effective in treating cat UTIs are marshmallow roots, parsley leaves and cranberries.
You should also make sure your cat has plenty of pure water (no fluoride and no chlorine), and try to reduce any stresses the cat may be facing.
We recommend Vitality Science’s Uro Cleanse. D-mannose and Bromelain are two of the active ingredients along with Arabinogalactan, a prebiotic fiber, and Zeolite.
These natural remedies for cat UTIs are very safe, can be very effective, and can be used along with other medications if necessary. Uro Cleanse is safe for both cats and dogs. In acute cases contact your Veterinarian.