Rounds of different antibiotics, dietary changes, urine rechecks, and the cost and time involved can be very frustrating for most cat
owners but stopping treatment too soon will increase the chances of a relapse. Unlike urinary tract infections in humans where we
are given a 5-day super pack of antibiotics, told to drink a gallon of cranberry juice, and “bam” we’re done, cats take a little more
time and patience. Owner compliance makes all the difference in treating these difficult health problems and your reward will be a
happy, healthy cat (who doesn’t pee in the sink).
some degree of discomfort, up to and including quite a bit of pain.
Urinary tract disease is a common reason for antimicrobial therapy in dogs and cats. Proper and prompt diagnosis of UTI is required to allow for informed treatment decisions to be made, and careful scrutiny of patient history, clinical signs, urinalysis results, as well as culture and susceptibility data, is required for optimal case management. Successful treatment should not only involve elimination of the clinically apparent infection, it should also do so while minimizing the risks of complications such as struvite urolithiasis, ascending or systemic infection, recurrent infection, or development of antimicrobial resistance. While there are major limitations in available data, including a complete lack of published efficacy studies for dogs and cats, these comprehensive practice guidelines will assist with optimal management of UTIs in dogs and cats.
Feline Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms - Cats - LoveToKnow
By Jennifer Coates, DVM Urinary tract disease in cats is commonly diagnosed and can have a number of different causes that lead to improper urination or the inability to urinate. Idiopathic Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease is a diagnosis of exclusion, which means your veterinarian must rule out other diseases (e.g., bladder stones, tumors, and infections) that cause similar symptoms. The first test to be run is a on a fresh sample of urine that is taken directly from the cat’s bladder using a needle and syringe. Depending on the results, your veterinarian may also recommend: The cause of iFLUTD is unknown and many cats with the condition experience intermittent flare-ups regardless of what treatment (if any) they receive. Your veterinarian will work with you to keep your cat comfortable while he or she is recovering from an attack and reduce the severity and frequency of future flare-ups. Your veterinarian may prescribe: Modifications to the diet and home environment are the most important part of managing cats with iFLUTD. Concentrated urine can irritate the bladder wall so one goal of treatment is to increase the amount of water a cat takes in. The easiest way to do this is to feed several meals of canned food each day. Fresh, clean water should also be available at all time. Scientific studies point to the important role that stress plays in the development of iFLUTD. The most common stressors for indoor cats are: Signs of Idiopathic Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease include some combination of: Talk to your veterinarian if you suspect that your cat is experiencing a relapse. Male cats with iFLUTD are at high risk for becoming “blocked,” a potentially fatal condition that completely prevents him from passing urine. If your cat is showing signs of discomfort and you aren’t sure that he is urinating freely, call your veterinarian immediately. Image: via Flickr
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