Professor Daisy on urinary tract infections

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Ohai! You caught me about to use the litter box. So much for privacy! Just give me a moment to take care of some business…

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As long as we’re in the restroom, this is a good time to discuss an important subject: urinary tract infections. There are different urinary tract problems like stones and obstructions, but a urinary tract infection happens when bacteria gets into the urinary tract. Any cat or dog can get a UTI, so do not feel embarrassed if you get one. The important thing is to get quick treatment. An untreated UTI can lead to a blockage which is a medical emergency!

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Let me put on my lab coat so we can discuss this in more detail. Hey, I look GOOD! Since you can’t tell your mom or dad that you are having a problem, these are the signs that you might have a UTI:

  • Having trouble passing urine
  • Frequent visits to the litter box
  • Blood in the urine
  • Accidents outside the box
  • Strong smelling urine

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What should your mom or dad do if they think you have a UTI? Take you to the vet, stat! Your veterinarian will probably steal some of your urine to examine. If you are diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, the most common treatment is a course of antibiotics. I know, medicine tastes yukky, but it is important that you take all of your medicine. Sometimes, getting a treat after taking your medicine makes pill-time easier. Besides, all Good Cats and Good Dogs deserve treats!

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How can you prevent getting a UTI in the first place? That’s a tough one! Start by eating a healthy diet of grain-free canned food which has a higher water content than dry kibble. Try to drink lots of nice, fresh water. A pet drinking fountain might entice you to drink more! Consider a cranberry supplement to help maintain and support a healthy urinary tract. Make sure your mom or dad keeps your litter box nice and clean. Here’s an idea to consider: keep a Cranimals Pet Home UTI Test Kit at home so your urine can be tested at the first sign of potential trouble. That can help you get to the vet as soon as possible!

I wish you the best urinary tract health!

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18 Comments

  1. very good information. and i trust the source since it came from someone wearing a nice looking lab coat.

  2. wonderful advice professor saving lives

  3. You are the wisest cat around Daisy

  4. I agree, Daisy – kitties deserve treats all the time, and especially after having to take yukky medicine! Great info about UTIs!

  5. da tabbies o troutJune 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm · Reply

    daisy…..veree good post two day N ewe DUE look good in a lab coat…if de vet looked az good az ewe; we wood knot haza problem goin two de vet
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    and how kewl is de UTI test kit….de food gurl is definitely gonna chex that out …thanx for de linx !!♥

  6. Oh my goodness, this is a VERY important topic! If you have ever had a UTI, then you will know how miserable your animal friend is. Get to the vet as soon as possible. Even if it means waiting at 11:00 at the emergency vet. Your kitty (and your floors) will thank you.

    Also, please make everyone aware that UTI’s can also be stress related. My Grace gets them all the time when there is disruption at home–a kid comes home from college, new kitty or dog in the house, or if an existing kitty “friend” is not being very nice to another kitty in the house (ahem….HOBBES.)

  7. I got one some months ago back in November. Mommy had me in the hospital and my brother (human one) at the same time. I was there because she couldn’t be home to medicate me properly.

  8. laurarfritz@aul.comJune 3, 2014 at 3:38 am · Reply

    Dear daisy

    My name is pansy rose, You should also talk about felinine Ulongic Sydoem You hav all the symptoms of a UTI but no infection is presen t. It is very painful and brought on by stress

    it is found in young female cats This is what i have the only cute is an anxiety

  9. Great advice, Daisy. We have one of those fountains here, and Moosey, Gracie and Zoe all love it.

  10. Thank you for helping hoomins learn about their critter friends. 🙂

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