Cats who spray around the house or who urinate outside of their litter box may be displaying signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI) such as a bladder infection, bladder inflammation, or bladder stones. Stress is a factor in developing urinary problems and the cat’s diet plays a role, too. If the cat has diabetes, kidney disease or another co-existing illness, it may also influence their susceptibility to UTI and affect their behavior.
Pet owners can do the following to help their cats:
Consult a Vet
If an owner notices that his or her cat urinates frequently or sprays suddenly, or it stops urinating, the owner should schedule an appointment with the veterinarian immediately. Cessation of urination could signify a urethral obstruction, which is a medical emergency. Straining to urinate is one warning sign that a cat has this complication.
Make Drinking Water Available
Always provide plenty of fresh, clean water for the cat to drink, particularly if he eats a lot of dry pet food. Inadequate hydration can be a cause of urinary problems in pets.
Give Nutritious Food
Animals with poor nutrition are more susceptible to urinary problems and a whole host of other illnesses. Not all pet food provides adequate nutrition; some containing as little as 4% meat meal. Many are padded with cereals and sugar to make them palatable. Sugar feeds bacteria, so a sugar-laden diet in cats worsens the infection. The ideal food should have a high meat content and ideally grain- and sugar- free.
Opt for cat food that’s beneficial to urinary tract health to prevent infections in your pets. Cat food designed to boost urinary health may contain cranberry extracts and supportive herbs. Cranberries can beat infections by preventing E. coli from sticking to cells and infecting the bladder.
Good veterinary care, clean water and superior nutrition are the key ways to support a pet’s urinary health.