When your beloved cat starts acting up, especially if she is urinating in all the wrong spots, then its likely she has a cat bladder infection. Especially when your cat is older and knows where the litter box is at in your home. You know that something is wrong and causing your cat to act out of character.
The symptoms of bladder infection cats range from abnormalities in their urine, taking longer in the litter box or drinking more water than normal. The reason why bladder infections happen are because of bacteria, but once in awhile it can be because of a fungus.
Any cat can develop this type of an infection and sometimes you’ll hear it referred to as a feline urinary tract infection. Just like humans, female cats are more prone to this issue. A cat that struggles with diabetes or has a tumor can develop an infection easier.
There are some signs of a possible bladder infection in your cat. Some you may notice faster than others, especially if they’re completely out of character. For one, if the cat starts going to the bathroom in abnormal places, this could be one of the first signs. Your first thought is to figure out why your cat is misbehaving, but this behavior is really a sign that something is very wrong with her health.
Other symptoms are an increase in visiting the litter box, only going a small amount or not able to go at all, or avoiding the box altogether. Bloody urine or crying when trying to urinate can be another sign of a bladder infection. If your cat starts dribbling urine, is lethargic, sitting or squatting for awhile or has urine that has a strong smell of ammonia, then it is likely she has a cat bladder infection.
If any of these are noticed, try to get your cat to the veterinarian. The reasons why bladder infection cats can happen is because it is a bacterial infection, due to mineral and high ash content in dry food, stress or dehydration. It can be because of bladder stones or crystals that have developed in the bladder or urethra.
An injury or tumor can produce similar signs.These are just another reason why diagnosis is needed to make sure your kitty is treated appropriately. The urine test will see if there are red blood cells, bacteria or white blood cells, which will show whether an infection is present or not.
Treatment often starts with antibiotics. The down side is that you can only give your cat antibiotics for a short period of time, say 2-3 weeks. A cat bladder infection can take several weeks to get under control.