Our female cat has had UTI several times.
In dogs and cats, if UTI occurs only once or twice yearly, each episode may be treated as an acute, uncomplicated UTI. If episodes occur more often, and predisposing causes of UTI cannot be identified or corrected, chronic low-dose therapy may be necessary. Low antimicrobial concentrations in the urine may interfere with fimbriae production by some pathogens and prevent their adhesion to the uroepithelium. In dogs, recurrent UTIs are due to a different strain or species of bacteria ~80% of the time; therefore, antimicrobial culture and susceptibility is still indicated. Antimicrobial therapy should be started as previously described and when urine culture is negative, continued daily at ⅓ the total daily dose. The antimicrobial should be administered last thing at night to ensure that the bladder contains urine with a high antimicrobial concentration for as long as possible.
A friend of mine has a UTI prone cat and is also a feline dietician and uses the Royal Canin urinary health though so I would say that's a great start!
The symptoms of your pet's urinary tract infection will usually dramatically decrease within two to four days of therapy. Prognosis of a cure for simple urinary tract infections is excellent after a two-week course of therapy. A follow-up urine analysis should be done five to seven days after antibiotic therapy is completed to evaluate for persistent, unresolved, or recurrent infection. If your pet's infections are not adequately controlled, long-term complications including deep-seated kidney infections and pain may occur. In cases that recur or with prolonged symptoms, it is important to have a complete medical examination to evaluate for underlying causes that need to be addressed. In cases where physical exam and diagnostic testing fail to determine underlying causes, long-term therapeutic options including daily, low-dose antibiotic therapy at bedtime may be tried. In other cases, five to seven-day full course antibiotic therapy each month (known as pulse therapy) is another common long-term treatment option. Feline lower urinary tract disease, or FLUTD, is a term used to describe a group of disorders or diseases that affects a cat’s lower urinary tract (bladder or urethra). FLUTD is diagnosed after causes like urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney stones have been ruled out. Causes include crystals or stones in the bladder, bladder infections, urethral obstruction, inflammation in the urinary bladder (sometimes referred to as interstitial or idiopathic cystitis), and other abnormalities in the urinary tract. FLUTD is one of the most common reasons cats are taken to the vet.I caution against assuming that Buttercup's temporary response to antibiotics is proof she has a bacterial infection. Many cases of lower urinary tract disease naturally wax and wane, so antibiotics may have nothing to do with the remission. But if it turns out Buttercup does indeed have a bacterial infection, it would be prudent to look for predisposing conditions like or . Correcting any conditions found, choosing the best antimicrobial medication based on information from the diagnostic laboratory, and treating for an appropriate amount of time - usually a number of weeks - is the best way to assure treatment success. Our cat "Honey Girl" is about 12 yrs old (a guess since she was a rescue cat). She was diagnosed with feline hyperthyroidism three years ago. We started treatment with a liquid form of tapazole and continued for 12 months, including a dose titration early on. Honey's T3 and T4 numbers did not stabilize and she had recurrent UTIs.