Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in cats over 10 years old. Symptoms of a UTI in cats include urinating outside the litter box, going to the litter box more frequently than normal, blood in the urine, signs of pain in their posture and drinking more water than usual.
Cats diagnosed with a UTI are typically treated with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
Apart from antibiotics, try these dietary and lifestyle changes to resolve and prevent future UTIs in your cat.
If your cat suffers from UTI, the best home treatment is Apple Cider Vinegar. In fact, the regular use of apple cider vinegar may prevent UTIs from occurring frequently. You can also use to treat cat's cystitis and get rid of fleas from cats, dogs, and your home. Acetate in apple cider vinegar helps neutralize harmful bacteria causing infection. In addition, some other nutrients of it will help boost your cat's immunity for other types of infections as well. To help treat the infection, you can mix raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into your cat's food. The amount depends on your cat's weight. Cats weighing: 15 to 20 pounds must be given 1/2 teaspoon. 7 to 14 pounds should be given 1/4 teaspoon. 4-6 pounds must be given one teaspoon. You need to give 5 drops if your cat weights less than 4 lbs.
While dealing with UTI, you need to make sure that your cat drinks more water. In fact, drinking more water is also the most important preventive measure for urinary tract diseases like UTIs. Sufficient water intake will help to flush out harmful toxins, and harmful bacteria within the body's urinary tract. Always keep fresh water available for your cat.
D - Mannose, tasteless sugar is another good remedy to deal with your cat's UTI. Bacteria causing the infection will bind to D - Mannose and are flushed from the body through urination. Although it is sugar, it does not affect blood glucose level or pH level, it is safe for diabetic cats. This type of sugar is safe for pregnant or nursing cats. D - Mannose powder can be purchased in the market or online and can be given once or twice at a time. The recommended dose is 1 tablespoon of water with 1 to 1/2 teaspoon of D - Mannose. Please add it to your cat's food or water.
For any kind of cat's bladder, you can always rely on cranberry juice that is not sweetened. Cranberry juice acidifies the urine and helps to treat UTIs. In fact, cranberry juice can also be used to treat cat's cystitis. Most cats do not like the taste of cranberry juice, so disguise the taste and mix it with your cat food and water a little. You can also consider cranberry extract, but only after consulting with your veterinarian.