Did you know that cats can get UTIs? They do. Similar to humans, cats get UTIs when bacteria travels up their urinary tract and wreaks havoc.
According to Catster, some cats are at higher risk of developing UTIs than others:
"Bacterial urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are a common cause. Female cats, longhaired cats, diabetic cats, and cats with kidney disease are at increased risk for acquiring UTIs."
One of the best natural defenses for cats is hydration. To help your cat avoid UTIs, make sure they have access to plenty of clean water.
However, many cats that struggle with UTIs may actually have a more serious condition called Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), in which case prevention is much more complicated than hydration. According to Petfinder, issues with your cat's urethra could be complicated quickly, and should be taken seriously:
"Although some cats present with urinary crystals, stones, or infection, the majority of cases do not have a readily identifiable cause. Stress is thought to be a trigger in many cases, causing a painful syndrome similar to interstitial cystitis that occurs in people. Regardless of the cause, prompt veterinary care is key to a positive outcome."
How do you know if your cat is at risk of a UTI or FLUTD? There are a few signs to look out for in your cat:
- Frequent trips to the litter box, usually passing small amounts of urine.
- Blood in your cat's urine.
- Avoidance of the litter box. Some cats start to relieve themselves in areas outside the litter box, particularly if they begin to associate the litter box with pain.
And now, because it’s Friday and we’re feeling indulgent, Bieber-themed cat memes for you: