How to identify and prevent cat urinary tract infections

What are the symptoms of bladder and urinary infections in cats?

The best way to detect these infections in your cat, such as urinary crystals or a bladder blockage, is to take note of their toileting habits and stay alert for the following:

  • Straining to urinate
  • Urinating frequently, but only passing a small amount of urine
  • Crying out while urinating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Increased licking of genitals

If you notice any of these symptoms it is recommended that you take your cat to the vet for treatment straight away.

What causes cat urinary problems?

Cat urinary problems occur when their bladder or urethra become infected or obstructed, thus preventing them from urinating normally. Factors that increase a cat’s chance of urinary infection or blockage include:

  • Being male
  • Being overweight
  • Being an indoor cat
  • Only eating dry food

What is the best prevention for cat urinary infections?

Prevention is always better than a cure, and the best way to reduce your cat’s chance of urinary problems (and the need for expensive procedures such as urinary catheterization) is by choosing the correct vet recommended cat food. Bondi Pet offers a wide selection of urinary care cat foods, and our vets are available to assist you in selecting the right food to protect your cat.

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