Old Cat With Bladder Infection - What to Do and How to Help

Published: 08th January 2010
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It is not uncommon to have an old cat with bladder infection issues. In fact, it is somewhat commonplace for pets, especially felines, to experience various types of bladder infection. Elderly cats are simply more prone to this condition. There are a number of reasons for this and determining the underlying cause of the problem should be your first task.

Signs and Symptoms

An old cat with bladder infection issues can exhibit many types of behavior patterns as clues to their illness. Here are just a few of them:

Uncontrolled Urination: A bladder infection in elderly cats will often be first noticed by the pet owner when the feline begins to urinate outside of its litter box. It is true that in some cases, this may be a behavioral problem and can be addressed through better training, but in other cases, it can be a sign of disease. An old cat with bladder infection issues will often be unable to hold its flow. The may result in wetting the owner's bed or furniture.

Unusual Amounts: In some cases, the old cat with bladder infection issues may begin to discharge very small amounts or very large amounts of urine. Mostly, you will notice smaller amounts and there may also be some indication of pain while voiding.

What To Do

When you notice any of the above signs or symptoms it is time to take your cat to the veterinarian. There is just no way for you to know what the cause by simply looking at the animal. At the very least, your vet will want to do a urinalysis. Bladder infection in elderly cat, or dog for that matter, will best be identified with the urine test and perhaps a blood test.

It is important that your vet check for stones while the exam is being performed. Often the presence of stones in the urinary tract will result or cause irritation. An old cat with bladder infection issues will often present with some form of stone. These can be removed either through medication or through surgery. It is very important to remember that some stones will not dissolve with medication and diet change and must be removed surgically. In either case, the stone must be dealt with, especially if the animal is older. Again, the only way to know what the exact cause of the bladder infection in elderly cats is to visit with the vet.

Helping With Bladder Infection Elderly Cat

Your veterinarian will determine the underlying cause of the problem. If it is nothing structural such as a blockage, and it is simply due to a weakened immune system which allows the bacteria to take hold, then there are some things you can do.

1. Dietary Change - Cats are very particular eaters so this option might not be a good one. See if you can gradually move your cat to a canned food such as Hill's Prescription Diet s/d. This will help in two ways. The first is that it will increase the amount of moisture (water) your cat is taking in since canned food has more than dry. Cat's tend to get their water from food, not from drinking water directly (probably due to their heritage in the wild when water was not always available). The second reason is that certain foods may increase the formation of stones or affect the PH of the urine so it is not as effective in fighting infection.

2. Natural Supplements: Certain supplements are known to support urinary health. As mentioned before, your cat may not be producing urine with the PH needed to naturally fight infection. Products are available that can be taken by a old cat with bladder infection that will help to support the urinary system and help your cat's body help itself. This is a safe and easy step where you could tell in a matter of weeks if it is helping.

3. Clean Litter box: Bacteria tends to enter the urinary tract from outside the body. If your cat comes in contact with feces, bacteria could enter the area where your cat urinates.

The bottom line is that infection is preventable if you take certain steps to avoid elderly cat bladder infection problems. Make sure your cat has access to fresh water at all times, eats the right foods and possibly gets extra natural help to prevent this problem.

The author recommends this site for more information on natural old cat bladder infection treatment options. Jeff Grill is an editor of the Cat Health Guide and has written on many feline health problems.

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