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Lower Urinary Tract Infection in Cats

Urinary bladder and/or upper portion of urethra can be infected by bacteria which results in inflammation and other urinary-related symptoms.
Commonly, senior cats develop the condition more frequently than adult cats and kittens.

Symptoms

  • Difficulty urinating or frequent urination
  • Blood in urine or cloudy urine
  • Urination outside the litter box
  • Poor odor of the urine
  • Occasional urination when the bladder is pulped

Diagnosis

A thorough physical check-up, blood-work and urinalysis would be done as well as you would need to provide information regarding health history and issues of your cat. Bacteria will be cultivated from urine samples and suitable antibiotic treatment will be prescribed. Additionally, x-rays and ultrasound of the bladder and kidneys can be performed to check for stones and other abnormalities.

Treatment

Antibiotic therapy is prescribed to treat the infection. It’s important to identify causes as in case of the infection, it can spread to other organs and go up to kidneys and even heart.
Usually, antibiotic treatment is enough, however, if there are complications, a surgery could be required. In case of a long-term antibiotic treatment, watch for side effects and call your veterinarian as soon as you notice them.

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