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What to Do If Your Cat Has a UTI

Cat and Veterinarian
As a cat owner, you want to be sure that you are taking the best possible care of your cat each and every day. While cats are quite independent and self-sufficient, they can develop health conditions that can cause them serious problems. One such health problem is the urinary tract infection (UTI).

Read on to learn more about UTIs in cats and make sure you take your cat to the vet if you notice any of the following signs.


Signs of UTIs in Cats

A urinary tract infection is a bacterial infection that can cause many symptoms in your cat. Knowing some of these signs and symptoms can help you to get your cat the help and treatment they need to deal with the infection. Some of these signs include the following.

Urine Dribbling
One of the first signs of a UTI that you might notice is if your cat begins to have minor urine accidents throughout the house. A cat with a urinary tract infection may have trouble controlling their bladder or may try not to urinate because it can be painful.
Your cat may dribble urine in their beds or elsewhere throughout your house because of their infection. If you notice urine stains around the house, then you may want to head to the vet to have your cat checked out. 

Vomiting
When a cat has a serious infection like a UTI, it can cause symptoms that extend throughout the body. So aside from experiencing urinary symptoms, a UTI can also cause your cat to vomit.
If your cat vomits more than once in a period of a few days, then you will want to get them veterinary care. While vomiting alone may not necessarily mean a urinary tract infection for sure, it is a sign that some type of infection or illness is present.

Crying When Urinating
UTIs can cause painful urination. While your cat can't come to you and tell you that they are in pain, their actions can give you a sign. If you notice that your cat is meowing or crying whenever they go to the litter box, they are indicating that urination is uncomfortable for them.

Blood in the Urine
When you are cleaning out your cat's litter box, it can be very disconcerting to find blood in their urine. Bloody urine is one of the signs of a serious UTI. Any time that you find blood in the litter box, a trip to the veterinarian is in order.


Treatment for UTIs in Cats

After you have noticed one or several of these signs that your cat has a UTI, you must head to the veterinarian. Your veterinarian will perform a physical examination of your cat to look for any signs of a UTI. Sometimes, a cat's bladder wall will become hard or stiff when they have an infection and the abdomen will feel rigid or hard to the touch.

Your veterinarian will also speak to you about the signs that you have noticed in your cat and may perform a urinalysis, or urine test, to confirm a UTI diagnosis. Other diagnostic tests can include blood screenings, ultrasounds, or x-rays to rule out kidney stones and other similar issues.

UTIs are usually treated with oral antibiotics. However, if the infection has spread to the kidneys, your cat may need to stay with the veterinarian to receive IV antibiotics. Kidney infections are quite serious and can lead to sepsis, or blood poisoning. At home, you can provide your cat with plenty of fluids and possibly give them special food designed to improve urinary tract health.
Now that you know more about urinary tract infections in cats and how to detect such an infection, you can get your cat to the veterinarian at the first sign of trouble.

Dr. Michael Butchko, DVM
5488 Mission Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92509

Phone: 951-686-2242

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