Help keep your feline friend stay in good health
Here, we’ll cover the most common urinary problems in cats, and review some of the symptoms and solutions to help keep your feline friend healthy and well.
Cats are prone to UTI’s (feline urinary tract infection), so it’s important to recognize common urinary problems they may suffer from.
If your cat is showing symptoms of a urinary issue, it’s always best to contact your vet- they will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
Urinary Tract Infection – Cat UTI
Urinary Tract Infections are common in dogs, but also occur in cats, especially older cats. Normally, your vet will prescribe antibacterial medicine to help fight any infection.
On occasion, a UTI can also be a sign of something more serious, like an underlying endocrine disease, so it’s wise to contact your vet if you sense there is something wrong.
- Pain or discomfort when urinating
- Smaller amounts of urine
- Not urinating at all
- Blood in their urine
These symptoms may also indicate other issues, such as:
Feline Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
FLUTD refers to a variety of issues than can irritate your cat’s bladder and urethra, often blocking the urethra, and stopping the bladder from properly emptying. If left untreated, they can get much worse.
- Struggling to urinate
- Loss of bladder control
- Urinating more than usual
- Avoidance or fear of litter box
- Strong ammonia odor in urine
- Hard or distended abdomen
- Cloudy or bloody urine
Untreated, FLUTD can lead to other complications, so it’s important you contact a vet if you notice any of the above issues.
What can you do to help?
Feed them right
Your cat’s diet has a huge impact on overall health, but can specifically impact urinary health too. A high-protein diet can take strain off their kidneys by lowering the urinary pH which makes it easier to keep minerals dissolved in the urine and avoid kidney/bladder stones. GAIN Elite is an ideal food for these reasons.
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Groom them well
Regular grooming helps keep your cat clean and free of bacteria or dirt that would otherwise lead to UTI’s.
Keep them hydrated
Encourage your cat to drink more water, keeping a fresh water dish and keeping it topped up. This will help them flush out their system and keep it clean and healthy.