What Are The Most Common Signs That
My Cat Is Suffering From A Urinary Tract Infection?
Cats are often perceived as aloof, independent, and even
downright snooty. While this is not always true (especially to
the lucky human who is the catís personal slave), itís very true
that a cat will isolate itself when itís feeling sick. In the
wild, predators will attack a wounded or sick animal. So animals
instinctively understand that they can protect their "pack" by
hiding somewhere else until theyíre feeling better. If your cat
is suddenly lethargic, withdrawn, or hiding, this may be a sign
that itís not feeling well.
Is it urinating more or less frequently? A change in
either direction can indicate a serious problem.
One of the symptoms of a UTI is an inability to
urinate properly. Is it "dribbling" urine when it stands, walks,
or sits? If your cat leaves little puddles everywhere, donít
scold it...get it to a vet immediately!
Is it choosing odd places to urinate? Urgent urination
is another symptom of a UTI. Despite its best efforts, your cat
simply may not be able to make it back to its litter box, and
may be forced to urinate wherever the need strikes.
Look for signs of pain. Cats wonít whine the way a
feverish child would, but if you know what to look for, their
body language is quite expressive. Is your cat hobbling or
hunching over? Is it licking its genitals more frequently,
trying to relieve the pain of an infection? Is it straining to
urinate, and maybe only expelling a few drops of urine? Is its
tummy sensitive and swollen?
If youíre concerned about whether your cat is
suffering from a urinary tract infection, a quick and easy way
to tell is to use Scientific Professionalís cat litter. Its
specialized crystals will remain gray if your cat is
healthy...but they will turn pink if an infection is present.
The darker the pink, the more serious the infection. If any pink
color is present, you should take it to your vet immediately.
If caught quickly, a urinary tract infection is easy
to cure. These simple clues can help you keep your cat healthy.