Urinary Tract Infections In Cats – Natural Solutions

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Many cats develop urinary tract infections at some time during their lifetime. It appears to be more prevalent in female cats. A urinary tract infection can be very painful.

With a urinary tract infection your cat’s urine may be thicker and smell stronger than usual. When your cat has a urinary tract infection he will try to urinate, but will probably only be able to pass a little water. You cat may also bypass using his litter box as the litter may be irritating when he has a urinary tract infection. Rhe cat may decide to urinate in the sink or bathtub because it feels cool and smooth.

There are some natural remedies you may want to try if your cat has a urinary tract infection.

First, the food your cat is eating may play a role in causing the urinary tract infection. Cats need moisture in their diet and this will come from good moist cat food. Feeding a cat only kibble may cause your cat to become dehydrated since cats usually do not drink enough water.

Your cat may object to the taste of the water from the faucet and if this is the case you might consider giving your cat filtered water.   Be sure to change the water in the cat’s bowl frequently. Some cats prefer their water cold so you might want to add ice cubes into the water. Other cats like moving water and prefer drinking from a cat water fountain. Whatever the cat will drink from is what you need to provide. In order to get more water into your cat you might try adding a little water to the wet cat food when feeding.

If your cat has a urinary tract infection you might try giving him Vitamin C. The Vitamin C may help the bladder heal and may help relieve some of the pain of the urinary tract infection. Start with a low dose of approximately 250 milligrams of Vitamin C. You can increase the dosage up to 500 milligrams if your cat does not show any problems. Too much vitamin C may cause diarrhea so start with a low dose till you see what your cat can handle.

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Cranberries also may help the cat’s urinary tract infection. You can purchase cranberry capsules to give the cat.

Cantharis may help the cat if he is having trouble passing urine. It is useful for relieving the pain and will relieve the cat of the feeling his bladder is full when it actually is already empty.

Some herbs which are effective for humans may also help your cat’s urinary tract infection. Oregon grape holly may help relieve an inflamed bladder. Uva ursi is helpful at destroying bacteria in the bladder and acts as a diuretic.

Another treatment that may help your cat’s bladder functions is apple cider vinegar. A few drops of apple cider vinegar in the cat’s water may be effective. Try 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to ½ cup water. If your cat won’t drink this try dipping his paws in the apple cider water several times a day. He will lick the water to get it off his paws.

It is sometimes best to consult your veterinarian if your cat has a urinary tract infection since it may develop into more serious problems. The vet will probably prescribe antibiotics.