Urinary Tract Disease
Idiopathic Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (IFLUTD) is a general term for disorders characterized by blood in the urine, difficult or painful urination, abnormal, frequent passage of urine, urinating in inappropriate locations (ie., bath tub), and partial or complete blockage of the urethra. Also known as Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS), or Interstitial Cystitis, this treatable condition occurs in the bladder and urethra of the lower urinary tract; that is, the tube from the bladder to the outside, through which urine flows out of the body. Thank you to PetMD for the above information…
For more in depth information http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/urinary/feline_idiopathic_lower_urinary_tract_disease#.UpzcHMSkq3g
Cats are carnivores. They should be eating meat preferably a raw diet with plenty of moisture. With the convenience of dry food, cats are consistently dehydrated. Pet Parents need to make the switch to a high quality canned cat food for their optimum health. Dry food is so far away from their prey specific diet. The truth is dry commercial cat foods are anything but healthy for cats.
Cats are not made to eat only dry food. Even if it looks like they are drinking, they are consistently dehydrated making their urine concentrated, developing bacteria and crystals is high. Giving them raw or canned food diet with more water added to both am and pm helps tremendously with these problems as well as helping their kidneys. I have a client that has three cats that had crystals, just by switching them to canned and one on raw due to allergies, they have had had NO crystals in 7 years!!!
Symptoms and Types
- Difficult or painful urination
- Blood in the urine
- Abnormal, frequent passage of urine
- Urinating in inappropriate locations
- Blockage of urine flow through the urethra to outside the body
- Thickened, firm, contracted bladder wall, felt by the veterinarian during physical examination
If you think that you cat may have a UTI bring him to the vet as soon as possible.