Tips For Cat Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Prevention

Urinary tract infections in your cat, or UTI, are a common condition. Usually preceded by a condition known as FLUTD, or feline lower urinary tract disease, UTIs can be treated and prevented with dietary management.

Many cats develop urinary tract stones or crystals which irritate the bladder and-more dangerously-block the urethra. Crystals can be dissolved and prevented with a special prescription diet available from your veterinarian.

Signs of a UTI

  • Straining or pain while urinating
  • Incontinence
  • Blood in urine
  • Urinating outside the litter box
  • Excessive thirst

To Prevent the Formation of Crystals

  • Provide unlimited fresh water
  • Switch to a canned food. The higher moisture content reduces the concentration of the urine.
  • Feed small amounts of food more frequently.
  • Keep litter boxes clean and accessible to encourage regular use.

Warning: Urethral obstruction is serious and may require veterinary treatment. If your cat is straining to urinate and showing signs of severe distress, it is an emergency. Contact your veterinarian at once.