UTIs are Common for Cats
 
Urinary Tract Infections are a common occurrence in many cats. Research has shown that urinary tract infections are a major reason why cats are abandoned at animal shelters. They can be misdiagnosed as a cat acting out, and if the infection cannot be cured or even diagnosed, many of these cats are euthanized. This makes UTIs a critically important condition to know the symptoms of and how to treat them.

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
Cats suffering from a UTI, attempt to urinate many times each day. This is because very little or no urine is passed out at each attempt, and the feeling of having to urinate remains, without relief. The cat is therefore unable to rid itself of their urine and consequent pain.

(2) Painful Urination
UTIs cause cats to experience pain while urinating. Urinating might be so painful, you might notice your cat licking their genitals to soothe itself or even crying out when they urinate. Cats that experience this pain can be very irritable.

(3) Hematuria
This is a condition where there is blood in the urine. Cats with UTIs often have discolored or blood tinged urine.

(4) Straining to Urinate
This is caused by bladder inflammation, a common UTI symptom. This leads to straining when urinating, and can often be mistaken for constipation. 

(5) Urinating Outside the Litter Box
Healthy cats can sometimes urinate outside their litter boxes. It is probably a UTI when it is frequent, and combined with any of the aforementioned symptoms. They may feel as though they can’t make it to the litter box, or they possibly associate their box with pain and want to stay away.

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.
 
• Uva Ursi Leaf: This is a powerful natural astringent which is capable of attacking pathogens which are responsible for UTIs. This leaf can also stop bleeding and reduce bladder inflammation. 

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.
 
Giving your cat watery food is necessary as plenty of moisture is important in tackling a UTI.
 
Bone broth can also be added to your cat’s diet.  Parsley and marshmallow root can be added to the bone broth while it cooks and then strained out later.

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.

One thought on “Natural Remedies For a Cat With a UTI

  1. clt says:

    My vet told me that many cats get non-bacterial Cystitis, not a UTI. Same symptoms, different problem–treated differently too–important to note that. Not sure if I’d try a supplement vs an antibiotic if it was bacterial. UTI’s are painful! “Natural” doesn’t always work quickly enough. Giving them subQ fluids helps push water through the kidneys and bladder if dehydrated. I give my cats strictly wet food and add water. But the extra fluid helped my cat with cystitis tremendously. Just something to be aware of…

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