Urinary tract infections are an incredibly painful condition. But did you know that cats can also contract a urinary tract infection? How can you treat your cat’s urinary tract infection?
Provide Adequate Pain Relief
Cats that have acquired a urinary tract infection will be frightened and in pain. Many will try to avoid urinating out of fear of recurring pain, which will only make the problem worse. Cantharis is a homeopathic remedy that can help ease the pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infection in your cat.
According to PreciousPets.com, Cantharis is most effective when there is also evidence of blood in the urine. Administer pellets when the infection first takes hold and repeat according to package instructions. Even if your pet does not swallow the pellets, the Cantharis pellets will be absorbed by the mucous membranes and can offer a great deal of relief from the pain. If you see no improvement after a day, you should consult your veterinarian.
Cranberry juice is effective at helping human sufferers of urinary tract infections. But it can also help cats too. Cranberry juice extracts can help cats that are experiencing the pain of a urinary tract infection by preventing bacteria from adhering to the bladder. The acid from the cranberry juice extract will also help to acidify the urine, thus making it less painful for your cat to urinate.
Flush Out Infection with Fluids and Water
When your cat is suffering from a urinary tract infection, the last thing it will want to do is drink, but it is important to try to increase the fluids that your cat is consuming in order to try and flush out the bacteria causing the infection from your cat’s system by encouraging frequent urination. You should never force your cat to drink more, as this will only increase the cat’s stress levels. Rather, include moist foods or dip dry cat food in a little water or chicken broth, to stimulate your cat’s interest to eat. Provide fresh, clean water each day for your cat to drink, to encourage your cat to drink, and thus urinate, more.
If your cat’s urinary tract infection persists, take your cat to your veterinarian for some further advice and counsel on what to do to reduce the pain and clear up the urinary tract infection.
Nativeremedies.com, Cat Urinary Tract Infection Home Remedies, by Tess Thompson.
PreciousPets.org, Urinary tract infections.