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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?

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

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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?

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

I'd also go for a wet diet.

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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.

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

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

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 10:02:49

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

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 08:52:08

booked in for 9.35.

keep you posted.

she does seem so much better this morning tho smile

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

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

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

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 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 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

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.

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 10:13:34

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

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.

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

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