Blockages or problems can cause great danger to your cat and can even cause death in a short period of time -- after one day! It's important to know what to look for to make sure your cat is free of illness or blockage of the feline urinary tract.
So, what are you looking for? These symptoms can be very obvious, or very subtle.
If you find your cat urinating in inappropriate places, in particular in cool, smooth places like tile floors, or the porcelain of your bathtub, this is a likely sign that your cat is suffering from cat urinary tract problems.
Your cat may show symptoms simply by attempting to use the litter box at a very high frequency.
The changes in behavior appear to be caused by irritation and discomfort.
A cat can have weakening of the hind legs, can stagger, or can even collapse.
Other feline urinary tract symptoms include signs of blood in the urine, straining while urinating, abdominal discomfort and distention, constant grooming of the groin and abdomen as the cat attempts to relieve the pain in the feline urinary tract.
If you detect any of these feline urinary tract symptoms the first thing to do is to get your cat to the veterinarian immediately.
Problems can be deadly in a very short time if there is a blockage, causing renal failure, or internal tearing leading to death by internal bleeding, or even rupturing the bladder entirely.
Once your vet has seen and diagnosed your cat the two of you can then proceed to design a treatment to return and maintain your cat's health.
After treating any infections with antibiotics and immediate blockages have been dealt with, the first move will be a natural approach, through diet and environment, and possibly through supplements.
There is a wide range of natural supplements that can encourage urination, reduce crystal formation, and promote a healthy bladder and urethra.
Arctostaphylos uva ursi and Berberis vulgaris are herbal ingredients that can reduce infections and kill a range of bacteria.
Other ingredients, such as Cantharis and Staphysagris can reduce a number of urinary tract symptoms such as inflammation, reducing the likelihood of complications caused by the symptoms themselves.
When possible the best choices are proactive, and as natural as possible, suited to the inherent biological system of the cat.
While there are approaches to more severe cases, where a cat suffers chronic or extremely life threatening forms of feline urinary tract problems, it is better for you, your cat, and your finances to avoid having to deal with extensive medication and even the possibility of surgery.
Where possible work with your veterinarian to promote easy, regular urination, reduce infections and build up your cat's health through natural and ordinary methods of reducing feline urinary tract symptoms.