Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chronic Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Many cats have chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). As soon as the kitty finishes the round of antibiotics, a few days later, the symptoms return. Signs your cat may have a urinary infection include frequent urination, painful urination, mucus or blood with urination, urinating outside of the litter box, meowing, crying and sometimes excessive drinking. Sometimes the only clue is that your cat just isn't acting like him or herself.There are many reasons why cats can get chronic urinary infections: stress, kidney concerns, age, hormonal issues, weak immune system, structural issues but most often overlooked: food allergies! Holistic care can often provide great relief for cats and put an end to chronic pain and suffering. Whatever the reason your cat is getting chronic infections, a comprehensive approach is needed. 

Natural supplements are needed to help boost your cat's immune system and replenish the good bacteria so that the infections won't return so quickly.  We have seen excellent results with the veterinary approved Pet UTI Prevention Package that includes a few products that you can select based on your pet's unique symptoms.

Urinary tract infections can become a chronic problem. This can occur because even if the infection is temporarily stopped with antibiotics, the underlying tissue is still present. Many times, the affected area remains inflamed and creates an environment where bacteria can hide within bladder walls....(aka interstitial cystitis). Furthermore, antibiotics can disrupt the intestinal flora and good bacteria which are needed to fight off infections. Many people report that their cat starts to get another urinary tract infection just days after finishing the antibiotic. While the antibiotic helps fight off the infection, the underlying conditions that contributed to the cat's urinary tract infection in the first place are still present.

Diet is often a critical factor with cats and dogs that get chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). Allergies for one can cause a great deal of inflammation and lower the pet's immune response. Diets too high in carbohydrates break down into sugar and can also contribute to yeast overgrowth. Wheat and grains, for example can be high allergen foods and also contribute to yeast growth. Also, kibble and/or dry food can be problematic for both cats and dogs because of its low moisture content.There is no “one” hypoallergenic diet that works for all pets. For best results, scheduling a telephone consultation with us or another veterinary professional will ensure your cat gets on the right track once and for all. Also, many “hypoallergenic” foods are high in carbohydrates which can also contribute to chronic infections. Just like with humans, carbohydrates break down into sugars which can feed the infections. Sometimes the culprit is too many treats which contain wheat or corn, that also can create an environment for yeast to thrive.

Nutritional supplements can greatly help reduce the frequency of urinary tract infections and in some cats in combination with diet changes, can eliminate them completely. Be sure to talk in depth with your veterinarian to understand the issues associated with your cat's
urinary infections. For example, are there crystals present, very high pH or is the urine pH acidic? In terms of supplements, Ask Ariel has a comprehensive pet UTI prevention program. The Pet UTI Prevention Formula is excellent for cats and dogs that get chronic UTIs and who have a tendency to have high urinary pH as the product helps to acidify the urine (contains cranberry and Vitamin C). The Probiotic and Renelix are helpful for all types of urinary support. Finally, for tough infections, Notatum and Samento Cat's Claw have always been especially helpful for cats with chronic urinary tract infections (UTIS).