Pet Urinary Tract Health - Natural Remedies for Dog and Cat
Urinary tract disease is a common ailment for cats. Though most people think of bladder or kidney infections when they think of urinary tract disease, many cats suffer from urinary tract disease without having infections.Let’s talk first about male cats and urethral blockages. This is an important issue because it so quickly becomes life-threatening. If your male cat is trying to urinate but is unable to pass urine, he is in serious trouble and needs emergency veterinary care. He may have a urethral obstruction (a stone or other blockage in his lower urinary tract) which is keeping him from being able to urinate. Without proper care immediately, he may not survive.What cats suffer from urinary tract disease? That depends on what type of disease you are talking about. Lower urinary tract disease is probably the most common type of urinary issue that we see in cats. Lower urinary tract disease can occur in both male and female cats, and cats of any age can be affected. However, when we talk about (FLUTD), we are actually talking about a number of different diseases that cause a similar set of symptoms.If your cat is suffering from FLUTD, your cat may strain to urinate, urinate outside of the litter box, have blood in the urine, or cry when trying to urinate. Your cat may eat less and become irritable. You may even see your cat licking excessively at the belly, or at his or her penile or vulvar area, respectively.Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help keep your cat’s urinary tract healthy. While it may not always be possible to prevent urinary tract disease, these tips may help.I had personal experience with stress causing interstitial cystitis for my cat Lilly. She experienced a period of grief when we lost her adopted sibling, Ebony. Ebony died after an illness lasting only a few days. During the last few days of Ebony’s life, Lilly began urinating on my bed. She was also licking excessively at her belly.She recovered after a short period of time and with a little bit of extra TLC. I believe it was the stress associated with Ebony’s illness and her grief over his loss that caused her illness. She had not urinated outside of the litter box before Ebony’s illness and has not done so since.What about you? Have any of you had urinary issues with your cats? How did you handle it? Are you doing anything to prevent it? If so, what?Dr. Lorie HustonImage: / via
There are several other behavioral changes to watch out for inmanaging your cat's urinary tract health. A cat's genitals and thesurrounding area will feel irritated and even itchy during aninfection. He'll spend more time licking or nipping at the area andmight even cause injury. He may also scoot on the ground, especially ona cold, hard surface, to try to alleviate the feeling of burning andinflammation.
Urinary health in cats is an all too common problem, but incredibly important. Your cat cannot live a healthy life unless you make their urinary health a priority. It’s easy for your cat to get dehydrated and suffer. Urinary tract disease is bound to happen to your cat – unless proper precautions are taken.If your cat has trouble with urinary problems, the Canidae All Life Stages Indoor Formula Adult Recipe Dry Cat Food might be an option to consider. This recipe is nutrient-dense, featuring protein-rich chicken meal as the number-1 ingredient along with digestible carbohydrates like brown rice, white rice, and cracked pearled barley. As far as supplementation goes, this recipe is balanced with plenty of vitamins as well as chelated minerals for optimal nutrient absorption – it also contains dried fermentation products as probiotics to support your cat’s digestive system. In addition to offering general nutritional balance, this recipe contains cranberries specifically for urinary tract health and plenty of omega fatty acids to support your cat’s kidney health as well as his skin and coat. Overall, this recipe offers more than 30% protein and nearly 15% fat.