How do you know if your cat has a UTI?

(64 Posts)
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.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:33:24

Pets at home is miles away in the next city; no can do as I dont drive.

It sounds terrible but I'm worried about the cost january has been a hard month and feb isnt going to be much better sad

PMTIsMe Sat 08-Feb-14 19:34:51

Mine used to pee a bit of blood too. And do that weird bum dragging along the floor thing dogs do. But seemed otherwise fine, so cats can def put up with discomfort. I never realises she was poorly til I saw blood sad

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:35:00

She has had some wet food and a drink since her poo.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:35:40

no haematuria yet thank god.

BingoWingsBeGone Sat 08-Feb-14 19:38:47

My cat gets this quite regularly - hers is caused by stress (neighbour bully cat) rather than an infection (can be either)

She does have some medicine for it which solves it quickly, but I can sometimes get rid of it (and manage it normally) by mixing loads of water in with her wet food. Limit dry food and give her some cat milk.

So, I would try this before you can get to the vet to see if it helps, but if it is an infection she will need medicine. Ours was pretty reasonable cost IIRC and I have used it a few times.

Fingers x'd pushing additional fluids works in the next 12hrs or so until you can get to a vet

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:43:38

Nothing has changed at home to increase her stress levels but there is a bullycat that comes and yowls at the windows every night. he's horrible. hes the kid in the playground everyone hates!

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 19:59:37

She's still sleeping now bless her. ill take her biscuits away tonight and put some extra wet + water down for her and re assess in the morning. She refuses to sleep upstairs at night so might camp out downstairs to keep an eye on her

We had a cat that waited outside for ours as well - a water gun convinced it to stop up yowling at 4am outside out house (now whenever we open the window it runs away).

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sat 08-Feb-14 22:09:13

ive mixed some water in with some more wet meat and she slurped it dry in seconds so gave her sone more water in it and she drank it all down before eating some of the meat. even though there is always fresh water down for her she never really drinks much of it. perhaps this is parr of the problem.

cozietoesie Sat 08-Feb-14 22:17:02

Sounds good - keep up with getting liquid into her as long as she'll take it.

Has she peed again?

BingoWingsBeGone Sat 08-Feb-14 22:27:09

Coconuts, my cat never ever drinks water but will take it at about 50% water/50% wet food pouch. It seems enough to keep her stress related peeing problems at bay

we were also recommended trying Feliway plug ins for the stress but they were expensive and useless for us

I would say is she starts peeing normally and not sitting trying to pee 4x per hour then you may well have washed it through

If tomorrow she is still not peeing I think you will need the vet for some medication

Good luck smile

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 08-Feb-14 22:31:07

Mine will drink out of the loo if we don't keep the seat down.

cozietoesie Sun 09-Feb-14 08:00:37

How did she do overnight?

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sun 09-Feb-14 09:39:27

I had to go to bed but I left all doors open for her in case she decided to come upstairs but she didnt.

when I got up there was a solid poo in the tray, and three clumps of wee (thank god for clumping litter). shes been outside and toiletted and eaten more 50/50 food&water.

im going to hospital tomorrow for a minor op so cant take her to the vet tomorrow.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sun 09-Feb-14 09:41:52

She's now trying to steal the butter off my toast and playing with the cords on my onesie

BingoWingsBeGone Sun 09-Feb-14 10:03:28

That all sounds good smile

Can you keep he in for a bit to see if she is still visiting the tray a lot but struggling to wee? This will hopefully help you to see if the irritation is still there.

cozietoesie Sun 09-Feb-14 10:13:34

That's promising. Keep up with the 50/50 - it seems to be suiting her.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sun 09-Feb-14 10:22:25

How can I get her to drink more without mixing it with her food? syringe? im worried im encouraging her to eat too much. yeah im going to try and keep her in so I can monitor things a bit more.

cozietoesie Sun 09-Feb-14 10:28:58

Wet food has a high water content anyway (the figure of 70% comes to mind but I might be mistaken) so if you're starting with that and then 50/50ing it, I doubt she'd be eating too much. Certainly a lot less than any sort of comparable amount of the dried which you used to give her, I''d have thought.

BingoWingsBeGone Sun 09-Feb-14 10:35:58

Cat milk? Would a dripping tap entice her. As I say, mine never drinks any water from her bowl or elsewhere as far as I can tell. The 50/50 is usually good enough to pull her back from a minor stress irritation

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sun 09-Feb-14 10:44:33

I havent got any cat milk although can go and fimd some later.

how long woukd you say id meed to keep going with this 5050 to pull it back? how long before I see improvement?

sje usually has wet food anyway. biscuits are always down for her, water bowl always full and she has 1 pouch a day of wet.

BingoWingsBeGone Sun 09-Feb-14 11:13:07

With mine, it's within 12-24 hours she stops the constant trip to the litter tray. I change to no biscuits and 2 wet pouches a day for a few days after too. Also tinned tuna in spring water drained as a treat.

If she is still 'dry weeing' with v regular trips to the tray I would be starting the medication I have. Mine was diagnosed by a vet, and yours might well be something different.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Sun 09-Feb-14 11:20:16

She has been to the tray twice this morning and produced a small amount each time so it's improving hut still not better. I need to be at hospital by 10 30 tomorrow so im calling the vet and trying to get her in by 9am tomorrow. I really cant afford tje £100+ for today. sad

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 09-Feb-14 11:35:41

Infections usually cost me £35-40. Keep pushing the fluids.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Mon 10-Feb-14 08:52:08

booked in for 9.35.

keep you posted.

she does seem so much better this morning tho smile

cozietoesie Mon 10-Feb-14 08:59:29

Good that she's better but I think you're right to have her to the vet. UTIs seem to be a recurring problem so any vet advice/intervention now would be timely - and would keep the practice in the loop with her health.

Best of luck and let us know how she gets on.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Mon 10-Feb-14 10:02:49

jusy home now. cystitis. anti inflammatory jab given. mow off to hospital what a day!

cozietoesie Mon 10-Feb-14 10:34:41

Hope your op goes well - you'll be the better for knowing that she's been seen.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Mon 10-Feb-14 14:14:31

all done and dusted. what a relief. ive been gone since 10am and just got back and litter tray is clear smile smile

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Wed 12-Feb-14 14:28:19

Ok so now shes back in the litter tray every hour. think we definitely need to consider a wet diet. vet advised as such if she didnt clear up within 24h. she got better almost immediately but has gone downhill again.

what would you recommend? wet only diet? wet with special cystitis biscuits? they do those at the pet store up the road. any advice would be greatly welcomed

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 12-Feb-14 14:35:37

I'd ring the vets and ask if she needs to be seen again.

I'd be going for a wet diet with special biscuits but I'd be prepared to drop the biscuits if she's prone to cystitis.

cozietoesie Wed 12-Feb-14 15:19:09

I'd also go for a wet diet.

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ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Wed 12-Feb-14 15:47:24

At the minute she is on felix as good as it looks (I know it's not the best but she loves the stuff) the vet said she'd need about 4 pouches a day if she went completely wet.

if I changed back to the butchers tins it would be better for her (and the wallet!) wouldnt it? we did used to give her them but found that we were wasting so much and she'd only eat half a tin a day and it wss going off. but she would be eating more regularly so it should work ok shouldn't it?

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Wed 12-Feb-14 15:49:22

Should I continue adding water to her meat? shes perfectly happy to eat it like this so i might as well hadnt I?

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 12-Feb-14 15:54:37

For the time being I'd add water yes. It will be ok, lots of cats get uti.

cozietoesie Wed 12-Feb-14 15:58:21

I'd keep on with the 50/50 if she'll eat it. It gets water into her.

By the way, cat food freezes fine so if you wanted to move on to a better food, find some smallish lidded containers (or get family and friends to save and donate them - ex food containers are usually fine) and put down half of each tin before you dish the rest. That way you can vary the flavours and keep it fresh. And it's not so bad on the wallet.

BingoWingsBeGone Wed 12-Feb-14 16:08:22

Did the vet say there was an infection or did he just medicate her? Also is there any follow up jab/medication or did he expect the one to sort it out? Did he give you any timescales?

With mine, she had a jab the first time but as the vet was pretty sure it is was stress he gave me some Metacam (Meloxicam - add drops to food) which I understand is an anti-irritant to avoid jabbing her when no actual infection. So my maintenance with her is:

breakfast: 1/2 pouch wet mixed with water
tea: 1/2 pouch mixed with water
biscuits: down all the time, BUT they are ones she is not overly keen on (she goes mad for Go-cat, so gets Lidl instead grin)
She is c.4kg so fairly small (with a round tummy) hence not massive amounts of food
She doesn't drink at all, hence always doing the mixing

At first signs of squatting and no wee I use the Metacam, remove biscuits and give her tinned tuna as a treat instead of a pouch on 1 or 2 occasions. I up food to 2x pouches per day.
Usually after 24hrs she is fine but I medicate for c.3 days to be sure.

I hope the medication kicks in soon smile

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Wed 12-Feb-14 16:19:31

Vet said there was bladder inflammation and administered the anti inflammatory jab. no mention of continued meds and said if she got it again to go on a wet diet. and make sure she is outside plenty. she prefers to be inside and I do encourage her to go out but she isnt that fussed.

ALovelyBunch0fCoconuts Wed 12-Feb-14 16:21:51

and thank you for the freezing tip that's really helpful smile

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