Expert Author Rebecca Shelly

There is an important question that you must ask yourself; why is my cat having urinary tract infections? It is even more important to ask this question if your cat is having repeated urinary tract infections or cystitis, especially after a round of antibiotics. The main reason why this could be happening is because the root of the problem is not being addressed by the veterinarian.

This guide for treating UTI in cats will help cover the reasons cats have UTIs, the conventional and the alternative treatments that can help, plus, how to finally get rid of UTI's once and for all.

What Can Cause UTI's in Cats

--Kidney stones

--Bladder stones (Struvite and Oxalate)

--Some type of obstruction, other than bladder stones


--Metabolic illnesses

--Bacteria, especially e coli contamination

Symptoms of UTI's

--Urinating often

--Not using the litter box

--Meowing in pain

--Licking the urethral opening trying to soothe the pain

--Drinking an above average amount of liquids and not urinating as much

--Sleeping or hiding more

Treating UTI in Cats, the Conventional Treatment

If none of the above listed causes for a bladder infection or cystitis is found, the conventional treatment is to administer antibiotics, creating a vicious cycle. Other than not working to eliminate the root problem, antibiotics are harsh and your cat can develop a resistance to them, so when the medicine is needed for an injury or more serious infection they will not work.

Treating UTI in Cats, the Alternative Treatment

The alternative treatment on the other hand works to boost your cat's health including the immune system; it will strengthen the bladder and kidneys. The cat's whole body will improve and will be better equipped to fight off bacteria, thus eliminating UTI's once and for all.

Here's a list of things you can do to help treat UTI's using the alternative method of treatment for your cat:

--Always have fresh water available to help flush waste and bacteria out of kidneys and bladder.

--Don't feed dry cat food which dehydrates and can cause other health issues. It also has ingredients not meant to be eaten by animals, especially cats.

--Use high moisture, high protein (meat or fish) cat food.

--Offer a clean unscented litter box. Many times the scented products have ingredients that irritate their urethra opening. Also, bacteria in an unclean box can contribute to infections.

--Treating UTI in cats should also include a homeopathic remedy which works on the entire urinary system and to strengthen the immune system. An added plus is the fact that they are safe and very effective.

--D-mannose can also help to keep the e coli bacteria from clinging to the urinary tract walls. Try 1/8 tsp in 1 tsp water every couple of hours (or every hour if the symptoms are extreme) until the UTI symptoms settle down, and then give your cat 1/8 tsp in 1-2 tsp of water with every meal for 7 days to make sure the bacteria have been eliminated. If your cat is not urinating increase the water to 2 tablespoons. You can also give kitty a little D-mannose in the water bowl as a preventative measure once a week.



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