Avoiding Cat Bladder Infection

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Cats are prone to bladder infections. Other names for this disease are feline lower urinary tract disease and feline urological syndrome. The result is bloody urine and microscopic crystals. Other signs are your cat urinating elsewhere than the litter box, drinking excessive amounts of water, vomiting, depression, and loud meowing when it pees. These symptoms are created by the inflammation in the cat’s bladder. Detecting this illness promptly can save your friend from suffering serious illness. A male cat’s urethra can be blocked, which can make his bladder expand too much and rupture because of toxins and he will die.

Treatments

There are several treatments for this disease, but antibiotics is the most used treatment. The vet will do an urinalysis, which determines if white blood cells are in the urine. He’ll take a urine culture to find the bacteria responsible for the bladder infection. That way he’ll know the right antibiotic to use.

A different treatment for feline lower urinary tract disease is herbal using uva ursi and barberry. Uva ursi promotes normal pH in your cat’s urinary tract and it is a good diuretic that removes bacteria from his urine. Cantharis and staphysagria are good for stopping pain, which your cat will have, if he has to strain to pee. Staphysagria heals inflammation too. Berberis promotes a healthy immune system. Scullcap soothes his nervous system, which if he has been stressed this will calm him and stress for a prolonged time causes his pH to get out of balance. There are already prepared products that have several of these herbs in them.

The causes of stress for your pet include: new home or person, travel or a new pet. Never take this illness in a light manner. Your cat may need to go to a vet. You can administer herbal remedies and give your cat an antibiotic that your vet prescribes. Check with him concerning this, but usually herbs don’t interfere with the medication. You can research to see, if the herbs you want to use are known to interfere with the medicine he prescribes.

While your feline friend is sick, give him or her a lot of attention. Be kind when giving the medication. Sit and talk sweetly to your cat. Your love will help him get well.

Prevention

Feeding your cat some moist food each day helps prevent this illness. You can add a bit of these herbs to his daily food. Find remedies made for cats at sites providing natural remedies for animals. That way you can find something easy to give to your cat too. Buy a food with reduced ash content. Make sure he drinks clean water;using a filter or filter pitcher to insure clean water will help. Keep his litter box tidy.

Preventing and curing bladder infections in your cat is very important to his health. This information should help you see the symptoms and take care of your feline so he’ll live a long and healthy life.