Cat with urinary tract infection.

If your cat cries often and refuses to use the litter box, he or she might be suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI). The most common causes of UTIs in cats are blockage, stress complications, cystitis (FIC), or stones. Symptoms may be caused by something else, like feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). 

The Veterinarians at Long Animal Hospital can diagnose your cat’s issues and offer treatment options as needed. We want to help you know what symptoms to look for if you suspect your cat is suffering from a urinary tract infection.

Signs of a Possible Urinary Tract Infection in Cats

Although these symptoms could have a different source, call us at (704) 523-2996 if you see any of these in your pet:

  • Straining to urinate
  • Crying while trying to urinate (painful)
  • Increased visits to the litter box
  • Not using the litter box
  • Blood in the urine
  • Increased grooming at the urinary opening

Does a UTI Require a Vet Visit?

We highly recommend allowing our veterinarians to thoroughly examine your cat before recommending treatment. Without a proper diagnosis, you won’t know how to help your pet. Any problem in your cat’s urinary tract can be serious, even fatal. Let us examine your pet and perform the proper tests to accurately diagnose the cause of your pet’s discomfort or pain.

Proper Diagnosis and Treatment

If your cat does have a urinary tract infection, we’ll recommend a course of treatment. You can help, in most cases, by increasing your pet’s fluid intake. Tempt fluffy to drink more water with the following tips:

  • Always keep the water bowl clean
  • Make sure the water bowl is accessible and full
  • Add some broth to the water, but don’t leave it out too long. Meat broth can spoil!
  • Change your pet’s diet from all dry food to more wet food

As much as you can, keep your cat’s stress level low by:

  • Making few changes to your cat’s environment
  • Having plenty of toys to keep cats active
  • If possible, providing scratching posts and cat towers
  • Keeping cat beds clean
  • Providing a clean litter box 
  • Offering lots of love!

Follow your Veterinarian’s Advice

At your pet’s wellness visit, your vet may recommend changes to your cat’s diet, including prescription food. You may receive a prescription(s) for medicines that will help your cat get better. Be sure to give them as prescribed—no more, no less, and on time.

Contact us with questions and concerns about your pet’s behaviors or if you suspect illness. We’re here to help you and your pets have happy, healthy lives together.