Feline Urinary Tract Infection Diets

Feline urinary tract infection-an inflammation of the urinary tract caused by infection, stress, allergy or diet-is a common condition in cats.

Symptoms of a Cat UTI

  • Straining to urinate
  • Inappropriate urination -- not using the litter box
  • Blood in urine
  • Excessive urination

Often, the cause of bladder infections and feline urinary tract infection is diet-related. Oxalate or struvite crystals form in the urine, irritate the bladder and create an environment in which infection can occur.

Dietary Tips to Reduce Feline UTI

  • Feed a canned food rather than dry. Canned foods contain more moisture, diluting urine.
  • Feed small meals more frequently.
  • Provide unlimited fresh water.

Struvite crystals can be managed with a diet that makes the urine more acidic. These prescription diets are available through your veterinarian. Oxalate crystals can also be managed with a prescription diet. Your veterinarian will perform laboratory tests to determine the type and severity of your cat's crystal development. Warning: Stones and crystals can cause a plugged urethra, particularly in male cats. This is a serious condition requiring immediate medical attention. In addition to the above symptoms, the belly will feel hard and the penis may protrude.