How do you know if your cat has a UTI?

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ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 18:33:39

CocoCat has just used the tray 4 times in the last hour despite me letting her outside. shes coming back in to use the tray. she seems to be doimg small amounts each time not her usual stream. is this a sign of a UTI?

she seems fine in herself other than that so how else would I know if she was ill?

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 08-Feb-14 18:52:28

Yes sounds like a uti to me. Vets for you tomorrow I think sad

cozietoesie Sat 08-Feb-14 18:54:03

I'd be maybe thinking about a touch of cystitis. How old is she and is she in good health?

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:11:29

shes about two and in very good health. shes well looked after!

since my original post she has had a loose poo and just been back to the tray and done nothing. shes now snuggled on my lap

cozietoesie Sat 08-Feb-14 19:14:00

So she wanted to go but couldn't ? I'd vet her tomorrow.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:15:28

I'm not sure she got in but got out straight after. she didnt scratch the litter or assume her position so she didnt actually attempt anything iykwim

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:16:14

If she was in pain would she vocalise it?

cozietoesie Sat 08-Feb-14 19:16:53

It sounds as if she had the urge but couldn't produce.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:18:03

Ive never had a cat so dont really know the signs of illness. I rehomed her when a relative didnt want her any more. I love her to bits shes so good, she doesnt leave the garden and is a proper home body.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:18:51

Will she need anti biotics? will I need to get a sample from her? that will be interesting. .. grin

cozietoesie Sat 08-Feb-14 19:18:56

Vocalising? If it was bad, probably in some way, but it sounds as if she's only just started having the problem? (As far as you know.) Is she doing any intense washing of nether regions?

17leftfeet Sat 08-Feb-14 19:19:45

Vets please ASAP

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:20:16

No she isnt, she seems totally normal otherwise. I meant do cats cry/meow in pain? will she be in pain and i not know?

Definitely sounds like cystitis - our cat had it about that age a few times but grew out of it eventually. Dcat is an Asian breed which are more prone to cystitis anyway. Definitely vets as she will need treatment.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:24:08

what treatment is involved for cystitis?

cozietoesie Sat 08-Feb-14 19:25:20

Cats are masters at covering up pain and discomfort. It has to be very uncomfortable indeed for them to show it.

I'd keep a close eye on her but with a view to vetting her tomorrow if this continues. If you've ever had a UTI yourself, you'll understand why.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:27:15

I haven't...

Will vets see her on a Sunday?

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:28:21

Should I take away her dry food? encourage her to drink more water? Dunno how I would do that though? thinking out loud now

Antibiotic injection as I remember - and maybe pills (sorry it's been 10 years since Dcat had it!) hers was mainly caused by stress - me going away for work. Luckily we didn't need to collect a sample as after she'd had it the third time she grew out of it, though we had got a container given to us from the vets if it happened again.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:30:30

Wah! not pills hopefully! it took five hours for me to get a worm pill down her last time and I lost about a pint of blood haha grin

17leftfeet Sat 08-Feb-14 19:31:13

If she will eat wet food then give her that but add a little water to it

Treatment is usually a painkiller and an antibiotic and possibly a change if food -does her nose or ears feel warm?

A lots of Pets at Home home shops have vets in them now if you can get to one of them maybe? Otherwise last time we had to see emergency vet it was very expensive.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:32:03

Nose and ears feel normal. and shes sleeping with her paws tucked under - happy cat sign right?

Yes, sounds like a UTI to me. My cat had it once, and it was stress induced - we were having building work done on the house. Initially the vets gave us an oral antibiotic which was impossible to give, second time we went he had an antiobiotic injection.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 08-Feb-14 19:32:33

Give her some wet cat food, it's got a lot of moisture in it.

If your own vet isn't open on a Sunday your nearest pets at home will have a vet who is. They will see her.

Cystitis is not nice. Don't give her any human medication though.

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