Urinary Tract Infection
This is usually a bacterial infection, but there are also viruses that can cause urinary tract infections as well. The bacteria or virus will attack the cat’s bladder and eventually his or her immune system.
- Blood in the Urine
- Painful or difficulty in Urination
- Licking the genitals excessively
- Urination in unusual locations
- Urinating more than usual
A high consumption of magnesium and urine acidifiers can sometimes cause this cat illness. Bacteria are most often the cause of a cat getting a urinary tract infection. Other causes can include; trauma to the afflicted area, neurological problems, uroliths, or urethral obstruction.
Most commercial cat foods are formulated to help prevent urinary tract infections by limiting the magnesium in the cat food. Keeping the cat litter box clean, ensuring the cat has constant access to water and a healthy diet are the best prevention methods.
Blocked urethral tracts require immediate veterinary assistance. Depending on the severity of the cat illness surgery might be required. In less severe cases the vet will prescribe antibiotics and a special diet with lower amounts of magnesium and urine acidifiers.