Signs Your Cat May Have a UTI and How to Prevent Them

Posted on: 27 October 2015


Some cats are more prone to urinary tract infections than others. However, there is always the chance your cat may get one. A urinary tract infection will affect the lower urinary tract of your cats system and make it difficult for them to empty their bladder. If your cat develops a urinary tract infection and it is ignored, or treatment is put off, then it can lead to serious health problems and possible death. This article will educate you on the signs of a possible UTI and provide you with information on how you can decrease your cat's chances of getting one.

 Signs and symptoms of a UTI in your cat

  • You notice traces of blood in your cat's urine.
  • The cat makes more trips to the litter box than they normally do. A UTI can make them feel as if they have to go to the bathroom constantly, even if their bladder is empty. 
  • You may notice your cat has wet fur down there because urine is dripping.
  • They may also be caught peeing outside of the litter box when they are normally completely litter box trained.
  • They may be drinking a lot more water than normal.
  • Your cat will have a hard time urinating, or not be able to urinate at all.
  • They can get so bad they start sleeping a lot and become lethargic.

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms above, then it's important for you to make an appointment to take your cat in to see a veterinarian. However, if you notice they have completely stopped going to the bathroom, they seem to be in pain or they have become lethargic, then you don't want to wait; you should get them in to see a veterinarian immediately. If your vet can't see them right away then take them to an emergency animal hospital.

How to prevent your cat from ending up with a UTI

Give your cat purified spring water so they don't take in additives and harsh minerals that can be rough on your cat's system and cause a urinary tract infection.

Cats count on their food to provide them with most of their water consumption. When you give your cat dry food they won't get the amount of water their body requires to stay healthy. Wet food can help keep them hydrated and decrease their chances of getting a urinary tract infection.

If you fear your cat may have a UTI then you want to get them in to a local animal hospital, such as Bayshore Animal Hospital & Bird Practice, for tests and any necessary treatment.