Post # 1
If so, how could you tell they were better? Did you go back to the vet and have your cat tested again?
My poor kitty was using the litter box really frequently and either not passing any urine or only passing small amounts, so I immediately took her to the vet, and she was diagnosed with a UTI. The vet said she did not have a blockage (I guess that’s usually typical for male cats, but not female cats), and I started her on antibiotics. I also started adding water to her wet food, and I switched her from tap water to filtered water.
She has stopped going to the litter box as frequently as before (this is after 3 doses of her antibiotics), but I still can’t tell if she’s passing the right amount of urine. It seems smaller than her normal output, but it’s so hard to tell.
If you’ve had a cat with a UTI, how long did it take for your cat to get better and what were the signs of improvement you saw?
This whole time my cat has been playful, affectionate, and eating well, so there were no other signs of the UTI besides the frequent litter box trips.
Sorry for the long post! I’ve just been so worried about my kitty! Here she is:
Post # 3
She may have crystals in her urine and that blocks her from being able to pass urine. It usually happens in male cats, my 14 yr old had it when he was 1 yr old. His was so bad that they had to catheterize him. But since then no problems, I had to put him on special food though.
Post # 4
Sorry about your kitty! I don’t have a cat, but my dog has had UTI’s a couple of times. I think it was about 3 days or so before we noticed a difference. We just noticed that she wasn’t going out as often and stopped peeing on our floor.
Post # 5
My kitty had a UTI about 4 months ago. She was peeing everywhere but the litter and peeing out some blood and a mucus.
We took her in and he prescribed her prednilosone.
we noticed a difference after about 3 days.
it was gone within a week but then it came back. We took her in and he kept her for an ultrasound which showed she had severe E-coli. She was kept in the vets for 2 nights hooked up to fluids. Then sent home with medication that we had to administer by needle in her scruff. It was horrible.
Shes been fine since.
did your vet do a urinalysis?
Post # 6
@RockStar33: No urinalysis, unfortunately when we went in her bladder was empty, so they couldn’t take any urine. I’m wondering if I should just take her back in to get tested and make sure she’s definitely okay.
As I said, she seems much better. On Wednesday when we took her in to the vet, she was going into the litter box like 20 times a day, straining to pass urine, and only being able to get out small amounts.
She’s going to the litter box a normal amount of times now, but I just can’t tell if her urine output is back to normal. It’s so hard to tell if she’s actually better now!
That’s so scary that your kitty’s UTI came back so quickly, but I’m glad she’s been fine since! It makes me so sad to see my cat uncomfortable and in pain. 🙁
Thanks everyone for your insights. It helps to hear about other pet-owners’ experiences.
Post # 7
wait a couple days and see, keep a close eye on her peeing. If its not gone then you should take her back and leave her there till they can do a urinalysis, which should only be a couple hours provided she drinks/eats.
you can never be too sure because cats don’t show signs of pain until its really bad. We were not expecting our kitty to have severely inflamed insides due to an infection.
I hope she’s better soon :(.
And watch and make sure she’s not peeing in other places.
Post # 9
@RockStar33: Yes! She’s all better! Still giving her the antibiotics for the full cycle, but she is acting to completely normal now. Urine output is back to normal, she’s going to the litter box her normal amount of times. She is significantly improved. I’m so relieved.
I’m taking her back to the vet in 2 weeks anyway (it’s her yearly check-up time, and they couldn’t do her rabies shot when she was sick), so I’ll have the vet confirm she’s all better then too. Thanks for all your advice!
Post # 10
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@sn2bmrsmntgmry: Same for me! My guy had a complete blockage at 3 years old, he’s been doing great since being on a new diet.
@whiteorchid: I’m glad she’s back to normal! Hate having a sick animal, it really takes it out of you 🙁
Post # 11
Glad to hear that she is all better!
I worked at a vet for 4 years and one of the trends we saw was that the MAJORITY of cats with UTI were eating Iams cat food. I didn’t see if you mention the food brand, but if it is Iams switch to something else! I fed my cats Science Diet for 8-9 years and recently switched to an organic food that I can buy at PetSmart (versus SD that you can only buy at a vet).
Post # 12
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@Miss Gamer: That’s very interesting…
Post # 13
@Miss Gamer: No, we don’t feed her Iams, but that’s very interesting! I’d actually heard that UTIs were really common in pets whose owners just feed them dry food because the cat doesn’t get enough water. We feed our cat wet food, but I recently started adding water into the wet food to make sure she’s getting enough water (I guess that’s supposed to help flush out any bacteria?) I’m also considering switching to distilled water, as I hear that’s really good for cats (using filtered right now).
On another note that doesn’t really have anything to do with this thread, but I just wanted to add: God bless whoever invented chicken-flavored antibiotics for cats. The only time I’ve ever had to give my cat medicine before this time was after she got spayed and we had to give her pain medicine (which was a nightmare!). This medicine she’s on right now is chicken-flavored, and I just measure the right amount, put it on a dish, and she just licks it up! Best thing ever.
Post # 14
@whiteorchid: I’ve read on here and in other places that D-mannose can help with UTI’s in humans AND animals. You should give it a try if this happens more than this one time. It’s a supplement made from the sugar found in cranberries!