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Urinary Tract Infections in Cats



If your cat does not have blockage of the urethra, it will probably be managed on an outpatient basis, although diagnostic evaluation may require brief hospitalization. If your cat does have blockage of the urethra, it will most likely be hospitalized for diagnosis and management.


For cats with persistent presence of crystals in the urine associated with plugs in the urethra that are causing blockage of the urethra, appropriate dietary management will be recommended. Observations suggest that feeding moist rather than dry foods may minimize recurrence of signs. The goal is to promote flushing of the bladder and urethra by increasing urine volume, thereby diluting the concentrations of toxins, chemical irritants, and substances that can add to the components that produce urinary tract stones and lead to inflammation of the bladder and urinary tract. Whether prescriptions medications are used will depend upon the diagnosis.


Living and Management 


Your veterinarian will want to continue to monitor blood in the urine by urinalysis, and will recommend a diet that will help with healing and prevent recurrence. It is wise to keep stress as low as possible for your cat, and you will need to be diligent in giving medications on the schedule prescribed by your veterinarian.


If catheters have been used to retrieve urine from the bladders, there may be some trauma that could lead to infection. You will need to be aware of this possibility and watch for symptoms. Surgery can sometimes also increase the likelihood of infection, and scarring from surgery may narrow the urethra, making urination more difficult. Signs of urinary tract infection generally subside within four to seven days following treatment. If they do not subside, you will need to return to your veterinarian for further treatment.




The means of preventing recurrence will depend upon diagnosis. If there is something in your pet's environment that is found to have brought the condition on, you will, of course, be advised to make changes.


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  • Urinary tract /cats
    01/18/2016 02:28am

    I have a cat with urinary tract problems. I am able to get her to drink more water by making her a weak tea using catnip. I use filtered water for this to cut mineral content. It does seem to help her.

  • 01/14/2017 02:43pm

    I have a 6 year old female and I noticed yesterday 1-13-17 she has a small amount of blood in her urine, she is wanting to urinate in abnormal places. Is the Tea with catnip working? I love her and at the moment I have to wait to afford to take her to the vet. What can I do to help her in the meantime?

  • Thoughts?
    01/14/2017 11:59am

    I am dealing three weeks in with my male cat. First symptoms started 12/25, took him to the ER Vet, diagnosed UTI, Liquid Antibiotics and pain med given. He did not have anything in his bladder, but had been straining at home and had blood in the little bit that he did urinate. Week later back to the ER Vet, they did full CBC< EKG

  • 02/02/2017 04:46pm

    I am having a similar issue with my cat. Did they find anything in the CBC??

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