Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Feline UTI and Home Remedy

This information is not a replacement for veterinary care.  It is almost impossible to diagnose your cat at home.  Improper use of this information may actually worsen your cat's condition if you have incorrectly diagnosed.

Feline UTI. All pet owners worry when they see the signs of this fatal disease it their cat. But how do you know he really has it, and what do you do if he does? Read more, and find out.

Feline UTI (urinary tract infection) is a disease that many

cats have. It’s mostly found in neutered male cats. Since it is a fatal but highly treatable disease, you will want to know the signs so that you can treat it early. UTI shows up very quickly, one day your cat is fine, and the next he is blocked by crystals or bladder stones. Toxins will build up in the cat’s body, as the kidneys are no longer filtering bad things out of the cat’s system. If your cat isn't treated, it can die within 24 hours. Recognizing the signs and symptoms is easy. Some of the first symptoms are urinating outside of the litter box, straining to urinate, blood in the urine, excessive licking of the genitals, and crying in the litter box.

Some may just think that their cat has developed bad cat behaviors. This is because they may be urinating on the floor away from the litter box. The cause of this is that if the cat finds it painful to use the litter box, they may start to identify the box as the problem. In this case, they will avoid it, trying to escape the pain. If not quickly corrected, you may have a lot of trouble getting your cat to use his litter box again.

A cat’s bladder will usually feel like a slippery water balloon. However, when it has UTI, the bladder will more likely feel like a hard peach, as it is all full. Palpate your cat’s stomach, and see if it feels hard. Hopefully it will feel normal, and soft. Once in a while, the palpating actually releases the blockage.

UTI is usually treated by a vet. At the vet they will use a catheter to push the blockage out, or back into the bladder where it will dissolve. This is a painful operation for the cat. Because of the pain, anesthetic is given to the cat. Usually, the cat will be kept at the vets for a few days with a catheter attached to them to make sure that the cat doesn't have the blockage come back, or if you are on a budget, you can leave right after the operation is complete. These vet visits may cost up to around $4,000, so you might want to treat at home.

For this, I recommend apple cider vinegar. I used ACV along with Gimborn Uri soothe
for urinary tract health. After about five days of apple cider vinegar and Uri soothe treatment, Wessie is now urinating normally. It was low cost, around $10.08, while a visit to the vets can cost over a thousand dollars.
If you are trying to treat at home, here are some tips.
  • When your cat has UTI, regularly scoop his box so that you can see any new urine that he has left.
  • Make sure that the cat keeps hydrated, but that he doesn't have too much water, as he will then be in extreme discomfort if he is unable to release the pressure.
  • Feed your cat his normal amount of wet food with a capful of ACV mixed in. If your cat usually has dry, switch to wet.
  • You might want to find a urinary tract supplement like we did.

Here’s my story of Wessie’s UTI
I knew that Wessie had a problem when I saw him straining to urinate, and nothing came out. Immediately I thought of feline UTI, as Wessie is a neutered male.

I went to the Internet to find out what you can do for your cat when he has UTI. I searched for things that you can do to help a cat with UTI. Most resources advised going to the vet. Then, I came across a website that suggested feeding your cat apple cider vinegar. After reading the reviews on ACV (apple cider vinegar), I decided to try it to save my kitty’s life. Many people were satisfied with it, and very few said that it didn't work to help their cat.

I explored different websites to find additional advice, and decided to get Wessie some canned cat food. It turned out that cats that eat dry food are more likely to get UTI than wet food eaters, as they don’t get as much water.

We headed out to Petco to see if there was any kind of urinary health treatment for cats. We found Gimborn Uri soothe, which is used for cat urinary tract support. Afterwards, we headed over to the grocery, and picked up our ACV and canned cat food. Later, we blended the recommended teaspoon of Uri soothe with Wessie’s new food, and put it out for him to eat. Over the day, we fed him food mixed with ACV, and found that Wessie was becoming slightly more successful with his urination. During the night, I left my bedroom door open so that Wessie had easy access to his litter box. Awakening in the night to check on him, I found out that he had used the litter box and made an almost normal sized urine cake. Then, as if to prove to me that he could go and actually make something, he proceeded to urinate in front of me, leaving about a golf ball sized puddle. That day he made more golf ball sized puddles, but occasionally was unable to urinate.

The next day, Wessie was making slightly smaller than normal puddles, and sometimes made a nice large normal sized one. After several days, Wessie is urinating normally, and has his regularly large puddles.


12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great information. Anything we can do to stay out of the vet's office is a bonus for us both!

    Pat
    www.critteralley.blogspot.com

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  2. The advise in this is DANGEROUS and this person obviously has NO expertise nor is informed on PROPER care!!!!!!!!!!!! Just like the ole adage Buyer beware it is Reader Beware !

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    1. your reasoning?

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    2. this advice is dangerous UTI infection unless treated properly WILL kill your cat. Follow this clowns advice if you don't want your cat anymore or are an idiot!

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  3. I noticed my 10-year old male neutered cat frequently squatting on the lawn (in the snow!). Most unusual behaviour for him. So I took advice from a cat expert friend and checked out the internet.

    I quickly came across lots of similar problems with possible urinary tract infection and many people advising the use of apple cider vinegar, also to add more wet food to the cats diet. So out we went and bought a bottle of organic ACV (organic is better apparently as it hasn't been pasturised).

    I have not come across this problem with my cats before but recently introduced Purina dry food - unbelievably I found a couple of forums where people are 'blaming' Purina for problems with their own cats! Gulp! I have always fed dry food in the mornings and wet food at night, so my cats get a variety.

    For the next week, he is going to get wet food only with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ACV twice a day mixed in with the food. Fingers crossed this works.

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  4. Feline urinary blockage is extremely painful for a cat and can quickly become life threatening within a matter of hours if it is not treated by a veterinarian. A build up of toxins that are normally expelled in the urine can cause a complete system failure.

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    1. This should be used as a last resort if you are unable to go to a veterinarian. I can't guarantee that this remedy will work, but it worked for me, and I wanted to share it with others who are unable to get a vet.

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    2. My cat has been showing some relatively "mild" symptoms of urinary problems for the past month, namely his urine comes out in spurts, as opposed to one fluid stream and he dribbles towards the end of the stream. It seems to be gradually worsening, so I have scheduled him a vet appointment for tomorrow. Yesterday, I noticed that he hadn't peed in quite a while so decided to try the apple cider vinegar as a solution until his vet appointment. Within 7 hours, he peed and peed relatively normally, so it seems to be working wonders for him! Although he did some foaming at the mouth and licking/retching immediately after I gave it to him. I do have a question though about this. Will any urinalysis tests conducted by the vet be altered by the presence of the apple cider vinegar? Meaning will this cause his pH to be out of whack 2 days later? Just don't want to get a misdiagnosis as I'm very concerned about him. Any input would be appreciated.

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    3. Hi Caitlin,

      I'm glad to hear that the ACV seems to have helped your cat.

      How did you administer the vinegar? My cat vomited after putting vinegar directly into his mouth (not really a good idea), but he's fine when it is mixed into his food.

      Shortly after your cat takes the ACV, his urine pH will be acidic, but after a day or two it should be alkaline. I don't think the ACV will really affect anything after two days.

      Sending good vibes your cat's way!

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    4. Hi Eileen,
      How lonh o can feed my cat with this diet? For his whole life or certain period only?

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    5. Hello Anonymous,

      It's fine if you supplement your cat's diet with ACV for his whole life (there are a lot of health benefits besides just helping UTIs).

      However, this may temporarily raise the acidity of his urine (though in the long run your cat's body will become more alkaline), which may increase the chances of your cat developing calcium oxalate stones.

      Eileen

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  5. my cat has something going on, it has been leaving a bad smell everywhere as it has a brownish liquid discharge from its anus. It is peeing very small amounts and then a good pee and back to small amounts and is very unhappy, I gave it ACV and didnt know to dilute it for the first day or so. It seemed to help and the cat seemed normal, then I didn't do it and she's having trouble again, I gave her cranberry extract in food and vit c both crushed and in fsoft food, She usually eats hard food and I was told the opposite of what I know now, hard food is the one that causes the trouble and soft helps them, I have no money literally as I have health problems and am applying now for aid. I called around today but no one will help. I am so upset and sad. I don't know what to do. I also put a small amount of coconut oil on her paws to lick off, please pray!!. Im afraid and I don't have any money so cant get her help. What am I going to do? I love her very much and need help.

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