You were away from home longer than usual. When you walk in your door, you’re hit with an overpowering odor… and you know just what it is. But why? You may jump to the conclusion that your cat sprayed or urinated outside the box as a passive-aggressive way to say, “Your absence is unacceptable! You’d better come home on time from now on.”
In reality, there may be something altogether different going on with your furry companion.
Sometimes when a cat’s urinary tract is in distress, accidents, inappropriate urination and unusually strong-smelling urine result. Feline urinary tract problems are one of the top causes of visits to the vet, but are often misinterpreted or unnoticed by pet parents.
How can I tell if my cat has urinary problems?
Symptoms of UTI in cats are sometimes unrecognized. If a cat has pain or burning while urinating, he or she may cry or whimper. If you notice changes in your cat’s litter box habits such as frequent urination, cloudy or discolored urine, missing the box completely or even a decrease in urination, it may be a urinary tract problem.
You may want to use an inexpensive home urinary tract infection test kit, such as the Cranimals Pet UTI Home Test Kit to see if a visit to the vet is in order. If the test is negative, you’ve avoided a costly trip to the vet. Of course, if your cat shows signs of weakness, lethargy or excessive thirst, it’s best to visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you suspect that your cat may be experiencing some sort of mild urinary distress, try a natural urinary tract treatment such as HomeoPet Feline UTI+, which is a homeopathic treatment to help both upper and lower urinary tract issues. The all-natural ingredients in HomeoPet Feline UTI+ help to relieve anxiety, burning during urination and unusually strong urine odor, and it’s easy to administer to your cat by mouth or mixed with water. It’s also safe for cats of all ages, including kittens.
- Helps with burning, spraying, strong urine odor, inappropriate urinating and straining during urination
- Supports kidney function
- Alleviates anxiety
- Safe for cats and kittens of all sizes
How concerned should I be about my cat’s UT health?
Your cat’s urinary tract health is of great importance. A urinary tract infection that is left untreated may lead to kidney failure, which could be devastating to your cat’s overall health and longevity. Awareness is the first step to protecting your cat’s urinary tract health. Rather than assuming your cat is “behaving badly” when inappropriate urination occurs, remember there may be physical issues that need to be investigated by your veterinarian.