Cats and Urinary Tract Infections

Our 11 yr old kitty, Juliet, has spent the day struggling with a urinary tract infection. We had to scramble to find a vet who was open, get her examined, and then manage to get her to swallow the pain meds and antibiotics. She’s hiding upstairs now. Now begins the 2 week regimen that she won’t be fond of. But hopefully at least after a few days the pain will go away.

We are fairly attentive about the food we feed her and she’s been quite good on a menu of Science Diet (dry) 11+ cat food, daily wet food, and fountain water. I understand that wet food is important for digestive reasons. I also understand that some dry food is important for dental health. So we try to provide that pairing.

What happened was the pet store ran out of the Science Diet 11+ when we ran out of food, so we grabbed some Science Diet 7-10 as a stopgap. She then got the infection. So it’s important to maintain that level of food that matches their needs.

For those who have not had a cat with a bladder / urinary tract infection before, here were the symptoms:

* mrowling in pain
* licking their privates more often
* making small pee spots all over
* a bit of pinkish tint to those spots

Apparently a cat’s UTI is extremely painful so it’s important to take them right in for the treatment to start and to get pain meds.

Some sites say Vitamin C helps – but many others indicate it either doesn’t make a difference or it can cause issues. And it won’t help with the substantial pain. So I’d definitely go to a vet vs trying to fix it on your own. Also, it could be something more serious, so a vet should check that out.